Boaz Zissu

A PLACE FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS was built, consisting of a main hall and a vestibule. Pillars to support the roof were found in situ against the northwestern wall. A large hiding place was constructed underneath the building.

When the villagers walked into the hall from the only entrance, they were oriented toward Jerusalem. The archaeologists who dug at Horvat ‘Ethri believe the building was a synagogue because of the orientation toward the Holy City and the building’s similarity to other buildings identified as synagogues from this period.