According to Bible, the cities of Sodom and Gomorra; and three more (Admah, Zeboim and Zoar) that were completely destroyed by God in the time of Abraham stood at this region. Also before the destruction, the Dead Sea was a green valley called the Vale of Siddim (Genesis 18-19; Deuteronomy 29:23)! Interestingly, biblical prophets Ezekiel (47:8-9) and Zechariah (14:8) proclaim that Dead Sea will be revived and become a normal lake in future. King David, King Herod, Jesus Christ and John the Baptist were also closely linked with the Dead Sea and its surroundings. Heard of Essenes and their Dead Sea Scrolls; the heights of Masada and how rebellious Jewish zealots held out against the might of the Roman Legion? It all happened in the vicinity of Dead Sea.
The 2-day trip was organized by the Student Council of Sede Boker Campus. The itinerary in brief: 22-05-09-Visit to Ein Gedi Botanical Garden and Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Hiking Ein Feshka Reserve, Swimming in the Dead Sea and Camping at the base of Masada. 23-05-09-Hiking Wadi Arugot, Ein Gedi and Shopping at Dead Sea.