restaurants are not unusual in Northern Israel, but it is a pleasant
surprise when one comes across a kosher establishment in an out-of-the-way
location. "A Place in Sejera" is located in Moshav Ilaniya, between
Kfar Tavor and Tsomet Golani, and it is a real find, especially for
kashrut-observers in the area who are always looking for ways to vary
their somewhat limited options for eating out.
Sejera was established
in 1907 in the Lower Galilee as a workers' farm - the first communal
agricultural settlement in Palestine and the birthplace of the Ha-Shomer
movement. Shimon Danieli and his son Barak are direct descendants of
some of Sejera's original founders, and they have re-created the family
kitchen in a 100-year old farmhouse at the entrance to the settlement.
is two-story (a dairy restaurant is under construction upstairs) and
quite unique. The tables and chairs, handmade of rough wood, recall
the settlement's origins. There are many period pieces such as wagon
wheels, agricultural implements, a camel saddle and (somewhat incongruously)
a Sefardi Torah case. There is even a small "living room" next to the
staircase with comfortable seating - we would have had our coffee there
but we didn't notice it until we were on the way out.
philosophy is one of heightened environmental awareness - the vegetables
are organically homegrown on the premises and the main courses -- meat,
game and fish -- are organically fed and hormone-free. The menu features
delicacies unfamiliar to many kosher diners such as quail, mallard and
At the waiter's
recommendation we started with homemade pita and humus, along with a
green salad to die for and stuffed grape leaves. The appetizers were
all delicious and we could barely wait for the main courses. My companions
chose meat dishes - filet mignon, veal ribs and mallard, served on "plates"
made of tree trunk slabs treated with olive oil, salvaged by the owners
from being used for firewood. All of the meat courses are served with
roasted potatoes; my companions were thrilled with their choices, to
the extent that two of them were seen surreptitiously licking their
fingers at the end of the meal. I ordered whole rice with lamb strips,
raisins and pine nuts and it was also quite delicious (although I admit
to being consumed with jealousy after tasting the mallard…).
pareve ice cream homemade from tofu with maple syrup. The menu also
boasts natural (not pool-bred) fish and a number of pasta dishes including
a beef ravioli that tempted me - but in the end we stuck with the meat
The bill for
four including wine, appetizers, desert, coffee and service was about
600 NIS - not an inexpensive evening, but well justified by the relaxed
atmosphere and quality of the food.
is open 6 nights a week and is available for groups during the day.
Parking is ample and although it was dark when we arrived, we saw that
the grounds are landscaped and eye-catching. For area residents and
those traveling in our region - this spot is highly recommended!
the owner, boasts that the restaurant promotes "Avodah Ivrit."
All of the workers in the restaurant are Jews and most are from the
local area. To guarantee seating, reservations must be made in advance.
Glatt meat is available on request.
vary. Whereas the menu offers some very exotic and high priced items,
there is also a selection of reasonably priced dishes. Appetizers run
between NIS 30 and 55. Pasta dishes are modestly priced between NIS
40 and NIS 65. Fish dishes NIS 65 to NIS 165. Main meat dishes can be
had for as little as NIS 55, but don't be surprised to see some rather
expensive entrees (filet mignon) which can run to about NIS 110, or
a meat platter priced at NIS 200, and something called "Sejarine"
listed on the menu for NIS 300. Stuffed pigeon, not commonly found on
your garden variety menu, is priced at NIS 180.
A Place in Sejera is located 10 kilometers west of Tiberias. Barak claims that his is currently the only kosher restaurant between the coastal road and Tiberias.
To get to Ilaniya, from the main Haifa/Tiberias road, take a right at Tsomet Golani and go south for about 10 minutes. You can also go to Afula and drive straight north for 20 minutes.
Events and Groups: A Place in Sejera can be reserved for groups or special events by arrangement in advance. The restaurant is closed to the general public when a private event is being hosted. Thus it is important to reserve places in advance.