Anshe Emeth Mission
Connecting to our People,
our land, & our National home

Led by Rabbi Philip Bazeley and Rabbi Bennett Miller

Nov 2, 2024 - Nov 10, 2024

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Our Community
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 9 DAYS
  • Group Size 50+
  • Price From $4,340
Program is tentative and subject to change. Connect with our Customer Care Team by calling: (888) 230-6008 Mon.-Thur. from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

YOUR journey

J² crafts journeys of inspiration, education, and Jewish connections to Israel and worldwide. We are guided by a simple but powerful concept: No two trips are the same; each experience should be personal, meaningful, and backed by superb service. Travel is not just about the places you visit, but the connections you make along the way.

  •   Art & Culture
  •   Current Affairs
  •   Heritage
  •   Home Hospitality
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Active
  •   Archaeology

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Sat. Nov 2, 2024
  • Depart the US.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
THE START OF A JOURNEY
Sun. Nov 3, 2024
  • Group arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Meet your J² Expert Educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Opening dinner at Maganda.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
THE STRUGGLE THEN AND NOW
Mon. Nov 4, 2024
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • BUS 1:
    • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the State of Israel. This secret ammunition factory produced millions of bullets for Jewish forces fighting for a Jewish state and the end of British rule over Palestine.
    • Modern Tel Aviv grew out of ancient Jaffa. Gaze out over the Mediterranean Sea; learn why Jaffa, mentioned in the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale, is so historically important; and see how its Old City reflects the present as well as the past.
    • Walk along the newly-opened Independence Trail in Tel Aviv and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
  • BUS 2:
    • Join an expert on Tel Aviv’s alternative scene for an urban adventure and graffiti tour. Explore the latest street art and find out what it reveals about life, ideas, and ideology after recent events.
    • Go into the home of Doris Hiffawi for coffee and a conversation about her life as a Christian Arab in Jaffa.
    • Take a tasting tour of the Milk & Honey Whisky Distillery, Israel’s one and only whisky distillery. Learn how Israel got into the Scotch game, see the stages of making spirits – from grain to glass – and then raise your own glass in celebration of your journey. L’chaim! Cheers!
  • ALL:
    • Return to the hotel.
    • Join a presentation and a briefing by Gadi Ezra, Israel’s former Director of the National Public Diplomacy Unit: Discuss what has been accomplished, what lies ahead, and what is the status on the borders post-October 7.
    •  Tel Aviv’s food scene is on fire with world-class chefs and a huge range of happening restaurants. See and taste for yourself during a free evening with dinner on own. Afterwards, those who love the nightlife can sample the city’s bar, club, and café culture or stroll along the refurbished promenade and port.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
COMMUNITIES, LAND, & RESILIENCE
Tue. Nov 5, 2024
  • Begin the day at ANU – Museum of the Jewish People, the largest Jewish museum in the world, and join a fascinating journey that portrays the story of the Jewish people through the generations and up to the present time. The Museum represents all parts of the Jewish people and highlights the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities in different periods of history.
  • Visit Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, named after Mordechai Anielewicz, leader of the Jewish resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto. View Gaza from afar, hear about the realities of Operation Iron Swords, and discuss Jewish resistance through the ages.
  • Continue to Sderot, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, and meet with a resident for a discussion about the reality on the ground.
  • Meet with a desert agronomist and join the Salad Trail, an innovative program on a northern Negev farm combining agriculture and environmentalism. Learn about their struggle since October 7 and lend a helping hand.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5
NORTHERN EXPOSURE
Wed. Nov 6, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • BUS 1:
    • Visit Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period.
    • Spend time in Tsfat, where you will:
    • Meet with David Friedman, a Tsfat artist inspired by Kabbalah.
    • Walk through the Artists’ Colony.
    • See the Caro Synagogue, built originally, like the Ari Synagogue, in the 16th century.
  • BUS 2:
    • Head to Mishmar HaEmek, the temporary home of Nahal Oz and hear testimonies from those who survived October 7.
    • Visit Shefaram, a fascinating but rarely-visited ancient town and modern city. Our tour will include:
      • A local mosque and talk with a muezzin (Muslim clergy) about Islamic practice and life in Israel.
      • The town’s beautiful Roman Catholic church.
      • The now-abandoned synagogue.
  • ALL:
    • Drive to Jerusalem and celebrate our arrival with a special “shehehiyanu” ceremony & traditional group picture at the mifletzet.
    • Check into the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6
MEMORY AND RENEWAL
Thu. Nov 7, 2024
  • BUS 1:
    • Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Your guided tour will include the Avenue of the Righteous and the Historical Museum.
  • BUS 2:
    • The new Israel National Library provides the opportunity to understand centuries of Jewish creativity through one of the world's most impressive collections of Jewish and Israel-related literature. In addition, the library staff is dedicated to a national project documenting the events of October 7 2023.
  • CHILDREN:
    • Visit the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo.
  • ALL:
    • Visit Pantry Packers, where you will pack food for Israel’s poorest families.
    • Join Professor Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University for an introduction into Israel's turbulent political scene & how it is affected by the US's most recent presidential elections and recent war.
    • Enjoy a free evening to roam and explore the bustling and vibrant Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7
LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
Fri. Nov 8, 2024
  • BUS 1:
    • Stop at the Kotel to experience the special atmosphere of this holy spot and then walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
    • A walking tour will take you to the heart of Jewish life, history, and holiness of Jerusalem's Old City and the Jewish Quarter. Among the highlights will be:
      • The Cardo, the main street of Roman-controlled Jerusalem and its spectacular Byzantine-era columns.
      • King Hezekiah's “Broad Wall,” built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 year ago.
      • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
    • Enjoy a Yami Shuk voucher for lunch in the Old City.
    • BUS 2:
      • Take a ride on Jerusalem's light rail and experience the mosaic of the Jerusalem population. As we travel through Jerusalem's diverse neighborhoods, including those populated by Haredim and Arabs, we'll note the difference between East and West Jerusalem and the ongoing struggles between the city's different communities.
      • Take a multi-cultural journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shop.
    • ALL:
      • Set your mark on the land with tree planting at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory and enjoy free time at the New Jerusalem Deer Valley Park for leisure and nature.
      • Return to the hotel to freshen up before Shabbat.
      • Kabbalat Shabbat services with Shoham community, followed by a home hospitality dinner.
      • Return to the hotel.
    Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
THE DEAD SEA BASIN
Sat. Nov 9, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • BUS 1:
    • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before setting out to explore the Dead Sea region.
    • We'll drive to the Dead Sea Basin, 1412 feet below sea level and the lowest place on earth. The desert, the landscape, and the views are breathtaking.
    • Take the cable car to the top of Masada with its extraordinary views and fascinating archaeological remains. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE).
    • Float into happiness at The Dead Sea. Not much can live or swim in what is the saltiest piece of water in the world, nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun. Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel.
  • BUS 2:
    • Yemin Moshe and Mishkenot Sha'ananim: Get to know the great banker and philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore as you explore the pastoral neighborhoods, famous windmill, and the artists’ colony that he developed and which transformed Jerusalem in the 19th century. En route, view two of modern Jerusalem’s most storied and important landmarks: the King David Hotel and the YMCA building.
    • Tour the Citadel moat and the “Kishle” in the Tower of David museum. Discover the underground military complex and prison compound from the 19th century which includes newly-discovered archaeological evidence on the history of Jerusalem since the First Temple.
    • Get a different view of Jerusalem, its epic history, and diverse communities on a nighttime tour of the Old City Ramparts.
    • Experience the complexity of inter-religious relations on Mount Zion. We’ll first visit the Upper Room. It is venerated by Christians as the location of Jesus’ Last Supper but was, for a period, converted into a mosque. In a room directly below, Jews pray at the place believed to be King David’s Tomb. We’ll also see the nearby Abbey of the Dormition, marking the place where the Virgin Mary is believed to have died, and learn about the Abbey’s long and not always easy relationship with the other faiths of Jerusalem.
  • Closing session.
  • Farewell dinner and group transfer to Ben-Gurion International Airport.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Sun. Nov 10, 2024
  • Arrive in the US.

RATES & LODGING

participants
50+
Cost p/p in double room
$4,340
Cost p/p in single room
$5,510

Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama

Jerusalem: The Inbal

What to expect

  • 6 nights' accommodations.
  • 7 days of touring with 2 J² Expert Educator (guide), 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 3 dinners.
  • The J² adventures App available on the App Store & on Google Play (active 7 days before your departure and throughout your trip).
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Israel.
  • COVID related expenses, including tests.
  • Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc. are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • Gratuities: Recommend guidelines for tipping are provided in the terms section.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Value Added Tax is currently not applicable to tourists visiting Israel. Should the law change, you will be notified accordingly, and VAT will be added to your final invoice.
  • Peace of Mind Travel Protection Program (POM).
  • Please review our terms & conditions (T&C’s) or request that we send you our full T&C’s. Until you do that, here is the small print, and other stuff you may want to know:
  • Validity | All prices quoted are based on exchange rates as of the proposal date and are subject to change without notice. Rates are per person and are based on shared twin room occupancy.
  • How to Make a Reservation | The quickest way to make a reservation is to register online or contact us by email. We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required in order to complete the registration process.
  • For any assistance with this registration process or other trip-related queries, please email Customer Care: customercare@j2adventures.com.
  • Payments | The balance of your payment is due 90 days before your trip begins, or as specified in your invoice. You will receive an email reminder 2 weeks before this date. Various payment options are available as follows:
  • Credit card | We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Please check with your credit card provider regarding international processing fees. We are unable to process payments of over $1,000 over the phone. Please submit payment online via a credit card or by wiring funds via your bank.
  • Domestic bank wire transfer | Payment should be wired in the same currency that is listed on your invoice. Please add the name of your group or invoice number as a reference and forward a copy of the transfer receipt by email. The bank transfer should clearly state the beneficiary’s name on the wire transfer.
  • J² Adventures reserves the right to automatically cancel your reservation on that date and it may be subject to reconfirmation should the final payment not be received.
  • Cancelation Policy | All cancelations need to be made in writing. The cancelation fee depends on the date when we receive written notification of your request to cancel your booking. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
  • Cancelation fees | Cancelations made 90 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit. Cancelations made 89 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost. Cancelations made 45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full trip cost.
  • Cancelation fees may also include: Hotel or supplier cancelation fees. J² Adventures reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits.

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