|Getaway... to the Golan|
By HAIM SHAPIRO
(February 21) Betty Baharav is a nice girl from Brooklyn. These days she runs a rural accommodation facility in the Golan Heights.
But to describe Betty's Inn at Moshav Nov in the southern part of the Golan as simply rural accommodation would be doing it a great injustice. The inn includes four vacation suites, each with a master bedroom, a living room with two couches opening into four beds, and best of all, a bath, complete with a jacuzzi.
Baharav explains that when she and her husband decided to build the vacation suites near their moshav home, they wanted something that would make them special. They decided that the best thing anyone could want would be a jacuzzi, especially if they had been hiking in one of the many nature sites nearby.
We appreciated the other features of our suite, the radio and the television, the big, American-type bed and the roomy closet and drawer space. I was also especially appreciative of a bedside light that really gave enough light for me to read by. Although it was cold and drizzling the day we visited, if there had been fine weather, I'm sure I would have also appreciated the outside terrace, with a table and chairs, and a pergola, which can be transformed into a succa.
However, it was the jacuzzi that really added a special note. I took a whirlpool bath after a long day of hiking. I was dirty and tired and I had used muscles that I hadn't flexed for some time. When I got out, I was a new man.
As Nov is a religious moshav, it is only natural that most of those who stay there should also be religious. The kitchen area is compact, but there are two counters and two sinks. No pots are provided and the utensils are all disposable. A large water heater and a Shabbat hot platter are also available.
According to Baharav, there have occasionally been nonreligious guests on Shabbat. Although she herself provides only coffee, tea and sugar, meals are available, if ordered in advance, from a neighboring moshav. There are, however, extensive herb gardens just outside the doors to the suites. I myself enjoyed a relaxing cup of verbena tea.
The fact that the moshav is religious, Baharav says, does not mean that nonreligious guests are not welcome. They cannot drive into or out of the moshav on Shabbat, but they are free to do as they please inside their suites, she says. In theory, non-observant guests could leave their cars outside the entrance to the moshav, as is done elsewhere, but nonreligious guests who have stayed in the past on Shabbat have not done so.
For those who want to have a little Shabbat, or midweek, exercise, the moshav is within easy walking distance of an adjacent nature reserve, which at this time of year is filled with blooming narcissus.