Jimal (Gemal) Convent & Monastery, Bet Shemesh, Israel

Convent of the Sisters of Bethlehem

Beit Jimal Monastery

Located approximately 5 km/3 mi south of Bet Shemesh on Route 38.Sisters of Bethlehem sanctuary

Drive past Beit Shemesh and look for a small sign on the right side of the road, showing a left turn. Turn left and drive up a dirt road with olive trees on either side – reminiscent of Tuscany. All the way at the top, you will find two Christian communities: the Convent of the Sisters of Bethlehem established by Trappist nuns, and the Beit Jimal Monastery built by Salesian monks in 1881.

Entrance to both communities is open to the public. There is video on the life of this silent order of nuns, and you can see their prayer room when you climb to the top of the building. In the small adjacent shop, ceramics and pottery made by the nuns are on sale, as well as convent- and monastery-produced olive oil.

Convent SanctuaryJimal (Gemal) Monastery