Temple Beth El
Solidarity Mission to Israel

Led by Rabbi Greg Weisman and Cantorial Soloist Michelle Cohen

Jul 28, 2024 - Aug 2, 2024

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Our Community
  • Trip Type Mission
  • Duration 6 DAYS
  • Group Size 15+
  • Price From $2,490
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.

Coming to Israel today is a special act of solidarity and of Jewish peoplehood. Israel has never faced more challenging times. We hope that your solidarity mission is about encountering and understanding where the people of Israel stand – in our hurt, in our healing, and in our hope. The mission is about bringing comfort and being comforted. It is an act of empathy and a confirmation of shared memory and destiny. Above all, the solidarity mission is about what each one of us chooses to do to make a difference on the day that we return to our communities from Israel.

Once you have registered for the trip, you can also register for the extension. Click here for details.

  •   Current Affairs
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Heritage

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Sun. Jul 28, 2024
  • Depart for Israel.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Mon. Jul 29, 2024
  • Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
  • Meet your J² Expert Educator who will accompany you throughout your mission.
  • Visit Kehilat Yozma in Modi'in, led by Rabbi Nir Barkin, and meet with the community leadership. What is the role of community and the Reform Movement after October 7th?
  • Spend time and volunteer with members of Kehillat Yozma.
  • Drive to Jerusalem and stop at the Haas Promenade for a traditional “Shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Understanding the Context: Looking back to October 7th and towards the future with your tour educator.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Discussion with Professor Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University for an update on the Israel-Hamas War and its impacts on Israeli life and society.
  • Welcome dinner at local Jerusalem restaurant and orientation with your Trip Leader and Expert Educator.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
BEARING WITNESS
Tue. Jul 30, 2024
  • Drive south to Be'er Sheva.
  • Bikur Holim: Visit Soroka Medical Center, the only major medical center in Israel’s south, and hear their response to October 7th and meet with recovering patients.
  • Continue to the Gaza Envelope and stop at Sderot, the largest town located on Israel’s border with the Gaza, to have lunch and see reality on the ground.
  • Meet with Chen Kotler - a resident of Kibbutz Kfar Aza. Tour the remains of the kibbutz and learn from Chen about the events of October Seventh and their aftermath.
  • Visit to the site of the Nova Festival at Kibbutz Re'im.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Unpacking and Processing: A time to reflect and share about the day.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
CONNECTING TO PEOPLE
Wed. Jul 31, 2024
  • Israeli farmers need help now more than ever. Farmers around Israel are currently serving on the front. Farm hands are not available to cover the needs. Volunteer and keep Israeli agriculture up and running.
  • Meet with members of Brothers for Life, a non-profit organization, created and run by injured Israeli veterans, which gives critical and immediate help to other injured Israeli combat veterans who sacrificed their lives for the safety of the Jewish people.
  • Project 24 – The New Kibbutz Re'im – tells the story of communities displaced by the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, 2023. Hear how the members of Kibbutz Re'im are working to sustain the community and supply meaningful outlets for youth and adults, all while keeping the dream of returning home alive.
  • Mount Herzl is Israel's central military cemetery and hosts the graves of the leaders of the nation. Over the last several months, the recently fallen have joined this sacred place. Visit Mount Herzl and contend with the human price paid by Israeli families and the country in the Israel-Hamas War. Join the daily morning kaddish dedicated to the memories of our fallen soldiers.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
BRING THEM HOME
Thu. Aug 1, 2024
  • Meet with Orly Erez from IRAC (Religious Action Center) to learn about social justice initiatives in Israel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Solidarity is about lending a hand. Devote time to volunteering with Rabbi Rinat Sefania and her congregation in Shoham.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv & walk through the streets of Florentine to see the new graffiti works of local artists entitled "Walls of Hope." Each new mural represents one of the children held hostage.
  • Hostages Square has become a national center for the struggle for the return of the hostage. Meet with activists and families in the square and lend your voice to this crucial struggle. End the visit with a special prayer.
  • Farewell dinner and reflection. What have we experienced this week? What are we taking home?
  • Transfer to Ben-Gurion International Airport or return to Jerusalem for your extension.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6
HOME AGAIN
Fri. Aug 2, 2024
  • Arrive back in the US.

RATES & LODGING

participants
15+
Cost p/p in double room
$2,490
Cost p/p in single room
$2,990

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What to expect

  • 3 nights' accommodations.
  • 4 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator (guide), 4 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 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 on July 14, 2024, 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 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.
  • Mobility: Solidarity missions are specifically strenuous, and our visits include places that are inaccessible to people who may have mobility challenges. You should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances, often over unpaved and uneven surfaces. PLEASE NOTE: In some cases you may need to run to a shelter, if you have questions regarding this matter please speak to a J² representative.
  • Protect your investment for $495 p/p: Should you cancel your trip up to 5 days before your departure for any reason, our POM program offers you a trip refund. Call 888-230-6008 or e-mail: customercare@j2adventures.com.
  • Please click here to view our full terms (T&C’s). These T&C’s apply to all reservations created within J2 Adventures.

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