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Tiberias, in the Lower Galilee; is an Israeli city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) with a strong Jewish identity of mostly Moroccan Sephardi heritage and growing Ashekanzi communities.
This lovely city is the largest urban settlement in the Jordan Valley and serves as the administrative, cultural and trade center of the surrounding region. It is built on a steep slope rising up from the lake, the city is spread over a relatively large area, with the highest point some 1,500 feet above the level of the lake, with consequent differences in temperature, rainfall and vegetation, even within the city limits.
The city was founded in the first century c.e. by Herod Antipas, son of Herod, king of Judea and was named after the then-reigning Roman emperor, Tiberius. For about 150 years the city remained a Roman enclave, with its city administration organized on a Greek model and its population consisting mainly of laborers and artisans. During the second century, however, it was chosen by the Nasi (the leader of the Jews) and the Sanhedrin as their place of residence; for hundreds of years thereafter the city played a central role in the development of Jewish culture and tradition. It remained the seat of the Nasi until the Arab conquest in the seventh century.
For a long time, the Jewish and Arab populations of Tiberias maintained relatively cordial and tolerant relations, but during the War of Independence in 1948, all the Arab inhabitants fled, leaving the city totally Jewish. Since then, Tiberias has become a major center of absorption of new immigrants to Israel, and today has a population of about 47,000 the majority of whom originate from the countries of North Africa and Eastern Europe. Over time, the city became a major Galileean center for tourism.
You will find the beautiful City of Tiberias to be a fascinating blend of a rich, historic past with the dynamic growth of new residential and business opportunities.