Israel's Cheese Trail, One Goat Farm at a Time
Editor's Note: Sarah and her family had just finished the Israel Trail at Tel Dan and needed a new travel goal. “Let’s walk from the sea to sea” was one suggestion, "The Golan Height Trail?” was another idea. The popular Jesus Trail also came up. And then Sarah made a final statement: “Guys, we are going to do the cheese trail now” and that was it. --Heather
Mozalis is an amalgam of Moses and Alice Buie, an African American couple from Mississippi who immigrated to Israel in the 1960’s. Strongly spiritual people, they dreamt of becoming shepherds but didn’t realize how difficult it would be. The government ignored their request to live in a kibbutz or moshav. Instead they found themselves in the desolate periphery town of Dimona where the only job available was at a local textile company. In 2009 their children moved to Luzit, a small village near Bet Shemesh, to start a goat farm in honor their parent’s wish. When I visited during the Mata Yehuda Festival with Liz and Ben, Janice, their daughter apologized she didn’t have more to offer “We didn’t expect so many people to come” she told us. Instead she asked if we wanted lemon meringue pie made from fresh goat milk, an unexpected sweet surprise.