CCAR: A Journey of Hope & Resilience

Led by Rabbi Hara Person

Jan 25, 2025 - Feb 2, 2025

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going CCAR Members
  • Trip Type Organization
  • Duration 9 DAYS
  • Group Size 25+
  • Price From $2,397
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.

  •   Heritage
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Social Justice
  •   Home Hospitality
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Current Affairs
  •   Art & Culture

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Sat. Jan 25, 2025
  • Depart the US.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Sun. Jan 26, 2025
  • Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
  • Check into your hotel.
  • Meet your trip leaders in lobby of the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner with your J² Expert Educator who will provide a briefing about the latest developments in the region.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
IN SEARCH OF HOPE
Mon. Jan 27, 2025
  • Meet Dr. Oded Leshem whose research on the cultural-social concept of "hope" is as relevant today than ever. Oded will explore interpretations and examples of hope as a philosophical and social phenomenon with special emphasis on Israel and the Jewish world today. Where can we look for hope in tough times?
  • Hear from Ali Abu Awwad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger/ Rabbi Shaul Judelman from Shorashim (Roots), a program bringing West Bank Palestinians and their Jewish neighbors together despite their fears and suspicions.
  • Spend time with a leader from IRAC (Religious Action Center) to learn about social justice initiatives in Israel.
  • Take part in an interactive workshop with Jerusalem Youth Chorus alumni and staff. Hear about the struggle of continuing inter-community dialogue work during times of turmoil.
  • Meet with Iris Haim, mother of Yotam Haim, who was held hostage by Hamas in Gaza and then accidentally killed by IDF troops.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
UNDERSTANDING THE PAST: INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
Tue. Jan 28, 2025
  • Hear from Hamutal Gouri, longtime feminist peace activist and storyteller for social change, how art can serve as a catalyst for social change.
  • Preserving the Past for the Sake of the Future: Tour the New Israel Antiquities Authority National Campus and see artifacts that were never previously shown to the public.
  • Food, Comfort, and Memory: Bake challah or babka with chef Nissimi, a reservist who notifies families about lost loved ones. He shares his story, and the story of Israel, and how sharing food and love can help us heal.
  • Building the State - The Rehavia Neighborhood: Beginning with the historic Jewish Agency building and continuing along the streets of Rehavia, our tour will focus on people and places that contributed to the building of the State from defense and diplomacy to culture and education. We will pass the Jewish Agency Building – the Shocken Library – the Rehavia Gymnasia, and the homes of luminaries like Martin Buber, Elazar Sukenik, and Benzion Netanyahu.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
RESILIENCE AND RELIEF
Wed. Jan 29, 2025
  • Visit Shaar Hanegev, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, and meet with the local Reform community.
  • Stop at the Black Arrow Monument, which honors Israeli soldiers who died during 1955’s Operation Black Arrow against Egyptian army posts in Gaza.
  • Drive to Moshav Netiv Ha’asarah, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, and meet with a resident.
  • Continue to Sderot, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, and meet with a resident.
  • Visit the new home of Kibbutz Kerem Shalom at Ashalim.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6
ALL ROADS LEAD TO TEL AVIV
Thu. Jan 30, 2025
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Join the Women of the Wall on Rosh Chodesh with a prayer service at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Pioneering New and Old: Visit Kibbutz Maagal and its story of life on the periphery, and its revitalization based on innovative agriculture and industry.
  • Encounter activists and volunteers working for a better Israel today and tomorrow in a variety of Tel Aviv social innovation arenas.
  • Check in at your Tel Aviv hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7
CREATING A COMMUNITY
Fri. Jan 31, 2025
  • Incorporating Sefardi-Mizrahi Traditions Into the Israeli Reform Movement: Enjoy a panel discussion with local rabbis.
  • Visit the Hatikva neighborhood, once one of the poorer parts of Tel Aviv with a rich history of immigration and rich cultural traditions, and enjoy a tasting tour at Hatikva’s open-air market.
  • "Your People are My People." Meet with conversion class participants learning with the Israel Reform movement as they make the powerful move to join the Jewish people.
  • Shabbat Shalom! Experience Kabbalat Shabbat at a few different Reform congregations.
  • Enjoy a home hospitality Shabbat dinner.
  • Return to the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM
Sat. Feb 1, 2025
  • Shabbat morning services (TBD).
  • Gentrfication in Tel Aviv: Walk along the Mesila of Tel Aviv, a new park between the Neve Tzedek and Florentin/Levinsky neighborhoods. This park is where the old Ottoman railway from Jaffa to Jerusalem once was. They restored some of the old tracks which you will see while you are walking along.
  • Especially Now: Meet with Alon Lee-Green, the National Director of Standing Together עומדים ביחד نقف معًا, a non-political grassroots movement in Israel established in the winter of 2015, which mobilizes people around issues of peace, equality, and social justice.
  • Cherish Shabbat and mark its passing (until next week) with a havdalah ceremony by the beach.
  • Late checkout followed by a festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the US.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9
HOME AGAIN
Sun. Feb 2, 2025
  • Arrive back in the US.

RATES & LODGING

participants
25+
Cost p/p in double room
$2,397
Cost p/p in single room
$2,807

Jerusalem: Dan Panorama

Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama

What to expect

  • 6 nights' accommodations. Late check out on the day of departure is included.
  • 7 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator (guide) in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 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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