The painting is based on my husband’s image "Donkeys drinking from the Jordan river
The image was taken at the Jordan river very close to Christian baptism site called Yardenit. You can see Donkeys drinking from the water.
The Yardenit site has nice dressing rooms, inside restaurant, outdoors bistro and souvenir shop.
Yardenit site is operated by kibutz Kinneret.
Kibutz kinneret is one of the first kibuzim. It is situated on a hill on the west bank of the Jordan river southern of the sea of Galilee(Kinneret in Hebrew).
Kibbutz Kinneret was established in 1913. Through most of its years the members of the Kibbutz earned their living from agriculture. The area typical weather forced the Kibbutz members to develop a wise agriculture based
on good and thrifty watering and fertilizing. The Kibbutz is famous for its Dates orchards.
The beginning of planting date in Israel began by a Kinneret member that brought branches from Iraq. The Kibbutz has an orchard of over 5000 date trees in different ages and in a variety composition of species. The Kibbutz
processes the fruit and creates from it a variety of secondary products that are being sold in local and abroad. In addition a unique dates shop was developed in the Kibbutz, which is another marketing source for
the date branch.
Naomi Shemer one of the best Israeli song writers and composers, was born in kibutz Kinneret. One of her first songs is called The Eucalyptus Grove she wrote it about the place shown in the image. She wrote the lyrics and melody.
Naomi Shemer is buried in the cemetery of the kibutz on the shore of the sea of Galilee (it is an historic site worth visiting).