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At Mona's: a unique and delicious Druze hospitality experience the likes of which you have never known - voila! good to know


In the north of the Golan Heights, under the Hermon Mountains, she hides a unique hospitality experience, by a larger-than-life woman named Mona, who offers rich and varied traditional Druze food, along with royal hospitality

At Mona's: a unique and delicious Druze hospitality experience the likes of which you have never known (Photo: Pavel Presliak)

The winter days are already here, and we headed north, to the approaching snow and the snowy Mount Hermon.

The Israelis have already adapted to them the tradition on Shabbats, and it is: to travel early in the morning you should have time to enjoy the snow, skip the traffic jams and also enjoy slightly different food, from the villages surrounding Mount Hermon.

The Druze community totals less than a million people in the entire world.

In the State of Israel, the Druze were recognized as an official religious community in 1957, and since that year the Druze have been serving mandatory service in the Israel Defense Forces.

Following the Six Day War, the Druze of the Golan Heights were added to Israel's domain.

So what if we tell you that you have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a woman from the tribe, an entrepreneur who opened a business of a particularly magical Druze culinary experience that hosts people from all over the world who are interested in the magic of the tribe and its cooking that you can find in her kitchen, alongside her stories.

At Mona's: a unique and delicious Druze hospitality experience the likes of which you have never known (Photo: Jinan Shukir)

Mona Safdi, a veteran of Jadal Shamas is responsible for the entire unique hospitality experience, an excellent cook who specializes in authentic Druze cooking, Mona cares not only about the food but also about the people.

For Safadi it is important to maintain a culture of discussion alongside hosting, among other things bringing up for discussion complex and fascinating issues that are not used to hearing from the mouth of a traditional Druze woman, such as: the future of the younger generation, both Jewish and Druze, the status of women in male society, stories about the Golan Heights and the history of the village, and the importance of A culture of discussion between people, it emphasizes the inevitable connection of food and people.

At Mona's: a unique and delicious Druze hospitality experience the likes of which you have never known (Photo: Jinan Shukir)

It is important to her that the people leave with morals and an open mind, along with a full stomach and seven of her reasons.

This is a new and interesting breakthrough when it comes to traditional hospitality in all its shades.

The food is served in the form of a buffet, the meal begins with the "table opening ceremony".

The opening of the pots is accompanied by an explanation by Mona about each of the pots and the food in it and where it comes from.

Among the dishes you can find:


from Kolobah


Freki from


stuffed with potato/onions and more

menus are served according to your choice such as: vegetarian/meat menu.

There is an option For cooking workshops, and culinary and cultural tours in Majdal Sha'ams, where you go through the various stations led by the women of the village, whether it's a meeting in Naul Shopi's baking room where you can watch the preparation of Druze pita bread using the traditional Tabun method on wood inside a cave-like structure.

A unique spectacle, as if time stood still until a magical meeting and tour in the studio of the artist Varda Khater.

In the studio we will look at beautiful pottery and porcelain, some of which are made from local clay, clay soil that Varda collects in the areas around the village.

* Places must be scheduled in advance for groups/couples/family


At Mona's: a unique and delicious Druze hospitality experience the likes of which you have never known (Photo: Jinan Shukir)


Dear Yona "Mona, we would like to thank you for the warm visit to your home. For opening your home to us and entertaining us like a king with traditional dishes made by you and your family. We enjoyed your guidance on the tour of the village and the authentic stories about your family and the Druze community. We enjoyed every moment, thanks to you we had a great


Fun and enjoyable and for that thank you very much. We wish you the best of luck in the future. Appreciate and cherish veterans Naot Golan "


" We arrived in Mona with a group of jeep travelers that numbered 21 people including a child. Already at the entrance we were greeted with a warm and inviting welcome. The house was warm, clean, spacious and creates an atmosphere Homely. Mona and her husband were amazing, good people who made it important for them to feel at home. And the food was plentiful and very tasty, invested and special. Even the child among us had no problem finding something to eat. The prices were definitely fair for what we got and even more. There is no doubt that we will return to her Again, and we will even recommend to friends"


"We dined at Mona's with a group of guests from abroad.

The food is excellent.

Mona hosts with all her heart.

It is interesting to talk with her and hear about the life of the Druze in the Golan Heights.

In short, a recommended experience".

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