In the Judean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea and near Masada and Qumran caves you will find Ein Gedi – a nature reserve in the south of Israel and in its heart there is a kibbutz and several archeological sites. This oasis is listed as one of Israel’s best hiking spots – through the fantastic scenery of waterfalls and cliffs and the botanical gardens that feature hundreds of plants. The reserve is also a sanctuary for many types wildlife and birds. Don’t miss the lookout points to enjoy some of the best views around. If you are good runners, the Shalom Marathon (Peace Marathon) is a popular event to run the area. The ancient synagogue is great place to hold a ceremony while on a bar mitzvah tour in Israel.