The Ein Hod Amphitheater

Picture this: The day has been rather warm and humid, but now you sit under starry summer skies and the rising sea breeze makes you feel cool and pleasant. You are in a small amphitheater, styled in ancient Roman stonemasonry, surrounded by woods. It is almost full, the seats have all been taken, and excitement is in the air. Soon your favorite artist will come on stage and appear before you, right within reach!

Locally known as Amphi, the Amphitheater has been venue for numerous performers and bands, including local ones, over the years. Being of a rather modest size, performances here are quite intimate so artist and audience connect directly. Sitting there, you see them up close, listen to their stories and tunes, and even sing along.

With only 450 seats, the Amphi offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing the finest artists up close. The combination of music in nature and the local liberal atmosphere helps creating an unforgettable experience.

The traditional Amphi concerts have been renewed recently with a series of Israel’s best artists (including Shalom Hanoch, Ivri Lider, Mati Caspi, Kutiman, and others). 

The venue also serves as a fairground and site of annual festivals such as the Golden Calf Ceremony.

On the last day of Passover each year, the women, men, and children of Ein Hod gather in a merry parade, led by a sculpted gold calf – a reminder of the calf that the People of Israel cast of their jewelry in the Sinai Desert, after receiving the Torah. A local artist whose identity is kept secret is commissioned to create a giant calf that is first presented on Parade Day, leading the singing and dancing crowds through the village alleyways

 When the joyous parade arrives at the Amphi, one of the village elders dressed as Moses angrily stops the celebration and orders the crowd to destroy the calf, which they do happily, cheering and chanting.