Tourist Tip #99 Bet Gabriel, 'Peace Room' to Eatery

Culture center on Lake Kinneret's south is an oasis of tranquility with a restaurant to boot.

Mike Rogoff
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When the Bet Gabriel cultural center was established in 1993, one room overlooking the Sea of Galilee was optimistically designated for peace negotiations, should that day ever come. It did, just a year later, when then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and King Hussein of Jordan re-confirmed the peace treaty between the two countries in that very room, known now as the "Peace Room."

The center is located on the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee, a 10-minute drive south of Tiberias, still offers peace – of mind. It’s an oasis of tranquility, removed from the hustle and bustle of the area’s major tourist sites and popular watering holes. The in-house restaurant – called “Techelet” (Turquoise) – has a free picture-postcard view of the shimmering waters of the lake – and an outdoor patio in good weather. It offers uncomplicated cafe food (quiches, salads, sandwiches, dessert) and midday specials. And yes, there's a children’s menu for the kids.

There's also nourishment for the mind with a host of changing exhibitions of fine art and photography in Bet Gabriel's lobby and halls. There is a movie theater on site, and the center hosts concerts and other performing arts events.

Bet Gabriel: On Rte. 92, 300 meters east of the Tzemach Junction.

Tchelet Tel.: 057-934-5545 / 04-670-9200; Web: http://tchelet.rest-e.co.il/

Want a good meal and a beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee? Head to Bet Gabriel.Credit: Eyal Toueg

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