A Multifaceted Jewel
Exploring the Innovations of Modern Israel
with Temple Chayai Shalom

Led by Rabbi Ken Carr

Jun 24, 2023 - Jul 4, 2023

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Featured
  • Duration 11 DAYS
  • Group Size 15+
  • Price From $5,370
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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.

  •   Innovation
  •   Active
  •   Archaeology
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Current Affairs
  •   Heritage
  •   Local Specialists

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
DEPARTURE
Sat. Jun 24, 2023
  • Depart the USA.
DAY 2
ARRIVAL
Sun. Jun 25, 2023
  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Opening dinner will be at a local Chef ‘s restaurant.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
THE INOVATION SPIRIT
Mon. Jun 26, 2023
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • A Culture of Creativity: Talk with technology journalist Viva Sarah Press about how Tiny Israel is playing a giant role in hi-tech. We’ll hear the personal stories behind the Start-Up Nation andfind out why Israeli innovation (and chutzpah) is changing the hi-tech world and our lives.
  • The Innovation Nation: The newly opened Israeli Innovation Center celebrates the people and companies that are making Israel the “innovation nation.” Located at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, it includes continually updated, high-tech exhibits on everything from artificial intelligence to the latest developments in water use.
  • From Shuk to Chic: Take a tasting tour through a local favorite: Shuk Hapishpishim - the Jaffa Flea Market. Combining traditional dishes from the Bulgarian, Bukharan, Middle Eastern, Persian, North African, and Eastern European kitchens with offerings from hip new cafés and restaurants, the market is a delicious illustration of the diversity of the Israeli culinary scene.
  • Jaffa Stories and Coffee: You're warmly invited into the home of Doris Hiffawi to hear about her life as a Christian Arab in Jaffa. Over coffee brewed by her family and Arabic sweets, she'll talk about whether the area's Jewish, Muslim, and Christian population mix or merely make do. We'll also find out how female entrepreneurs like Doris are bringing change to this socio-economically deprived neighborhood.
  • The City at Night: Israel's food scene is on fire with world-class chefs and a huge range of happening restaurants; see and taste for yourself. We'll be happy to make reservations and recommendations so that you can enjoy a night out at the ideal Israeli restaurant for you.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE
Tue. Jun 27, 2023
  • Take a tour of start-up nation's hub on Rothschild Street. We will see what makes Israel a high-tech powerhouse and show you how the city has embraced an innovative spirit, including a visit to a Start-Up company.
  • A Farm in the Big City: Venture up to the rooftop of Dizengoff Center, one of Tel Aviv’s most popular shopping malls, to visit the Green in the City Rooftop Farm. Meet representatives from the Livin’Green movement that are growing leafy green organic vegetables in the heart of Tel Aviv and using green transport to sell them to restaurants and supermarkets around the city.
  • Experience the dynamism of Jewish life at ANU, the newly opened Museum of the Jewish People, dedicated to telling their story and representing their diversity, highlighting the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities in different periods of history until the present day.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
A MULTICULTURAL CITY
Wed. Jun 28, 2023
  • Strangers in a Strange Land: South Tel Aviv is now "home" to thousands of migrant workers, asylum seekers, and refugees from war-torn and impoverished African countries. BINA, The Jewish Movement for Social Change will lead us on a tour of the Neve Sha'anan neighborhood as we explore what life is like for non-Jews seeking a new start in the Jewish state. The tour will include talking with African immigrants about their experiences in Israel and what brought them here.
  • Ethnic Tasting Tour: Eat, drink, and learn at the Levinsky Market, where we’ll sample food and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East and try to figure out what is Israeli about Israeli food. This multi-cultural tasting tour will double as a delicious lunch.
  • What’s Going on in Bohemian Tel Aviv? 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 in Israel’s cultural capital.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 6
WATER AND MORE
Thu. Jun 29, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Clean Hands for a Better World: Talk with Max Simonovsky, co-founder and CEO of Soapy, an award-winning start-up that is using Israeli ingenuity to fight disease in developing countries. Soapy’s solar-powered hygiene stations and smart systems create water from the air’s humidity to provide people from impoverished villages with 24/7 access to the perfect amount of soap and water.
  • Does Water have a Technological Fix? Visit the Desalination Plant, Israel’s newest water production facility.
  • OR Visit the Shafdan Wastewater Treatment Plant, which reclaims water for agriculture from cities in the Greater Tel Aviv region. It is one of the largest and most advanced facilities of its kind in the world.
  • Get busy and help Israel's needy as we join the volunteer organization Leket Israel for a hands-on Tikun Olam activity. We'll be sorting and packing fruits and vegetables that, instead of rotting in the fields, will be distributed to the homes, shelters, and schools of those in need.
  • A First Look at the Holy City: Over the centuries, many have been moved and awed by their first sight of Jerusalem. We'll stop at the Haas Promenade for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional shehecheyanu.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Enjoy Jerusalem's nightlife. We'll be happy to make reservations and recommendations so that you can enjoy a night out at the ideal Israeli restaurant for you.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7
A MOSAIC OF JERUSALEM
Fri. Jun 30, 2023
  • A brief shiur (lesson) at HUC with Rabbi Michael Marmur, Associate Professor of Jewish theology at HUC in Jerusalem. Until July 2018 Rabbi Marmur served as the Provost of HUC, having previously been dean of the Jerusalem campus.
  • The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Drive through the city of Jerusalem and explore some of its political and diplomatic complexities.
  • Nahlaot Walking Tour: Experience the feeling of Jerusalem as it prepares for Shabbat with a journey through the courtyards of Nahlaot, where dozens of synagogues and Jewish traditions from around the world are maintained within a radius of just a few blocks.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Hakerem.
  • Home hospitality Shabbat dinner with local congregants.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Shabbat Dinner
DAY 8
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM
Sat. Jul 1, 2023
  • Shabbat services together with Kol Haneshama – a Reform congregation in Jerusalem.
  • Explore the streets of Jerusalem through the eyes and words of its poets and authors, including Yehuda Amichai and S.Y. Agnon.
  • 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. Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations will lead this fascinating tour.
  • Three Stars in the Jerusalem Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony overlooking the Old City.
  • When the Shutters Go Down: When the stalls close at night, a different sort of Jerusalem springs into life as the city's hipsters come out to play and to paint. As you wander through the Mahane Yehuda Shuk (market) at night, notice the graffiti portraits of local celebrities from Rabbis to rockstars that have been painted on shop shutters and find out what they tell us about life, art, and ideology in the Holy City. To help you get into the night-market mood, sample the drinks that are popular with the city's trend-setter.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9
THE ELLA VALLEY
Sun. Jul 2, 2023
  • Making Our Mark: Feel the land and help it flourish with a tree planting ceremony. After the ceremony, explore the Gazelle Valley Park, a 250-acre haven of nature in urban Jerusalem with wildlife, including 30 gazelles, roaming through the park.
  • Chickpea Heaven: Get to the bottom of Israel’s love affair with hummus during lunch and a tasting tour of the Mahane Yehuda Shuk (market). We’ll check out the Shuk’s best hummus joints and a tehina factory, taste chickpea candies, and decide what’s tastier: old-fashioned or modern hummus. Along the way, you’ll find out everything you ever wanted to know about hummus but were afraid to ask. And just to make sure that the taste of Israel remains with you when you return home, the tour will conclude with some classic hummus recipes and a hummus-making kit.
  • There has been a rapid rise in the quantity and quality of Israeli wine. Take a Vintner’s Journey in the Ella Valley and the Judean Hills, home of the Ella, Tzora, Flam, Kastel, Tzuba and Katlav Wineries. We’ll sample some of the best new local wines. and find out how international wine-growing techniques are being adapted to Israeli conditions. Our tasting tour will be led by prominent wine writers and connoisseurs.
  • Repurposing Is Right at Home Here: In Moshav Luzit, Ilya Magnes and Sigal Geva designed and built a unique, two-story home from shipping containers. The stunning interior of their containers house includes many items that have been handcrafted, renovated, or recycled as well. Explore the house and learn about the ecological principles upon which it was created. While we're in the containers house, Ilya will entertain us by sharing his story and playing music on instruments he has collected. We'll also enjoy baked goods and hot drinks.
  • Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 10
THE TAPESTRY JERUSALEM
Mon. Jul 3, 2023
  • Israel, A Start-Up – Is the Party Over or Is it Just Beginning? Dialogue with Jonathan Medved, one of Israel’s leading high-tech venture capitalists. Hear from one of the top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel on his thoughts for Israel’s creative ingenuity, business capability and astronomical success in the field of high-tech and where he thinks it’s going.
  • Explore on your own the wonderfully creative Israel Museum with its eclectic collection, ranging from archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls to Jewish life and art, European art, contemporary Israeli art, and the open-air model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period. Your tour educator can provide a suggested list of not-to-be-missed exhibits for a brief visit to the museum.
  • Free time for last-minute shopping and packing.
  • Return to the hotel for a late check-out.
  • Farewell dinner with The Jerusalem Food Rescuers who aim to create a more just and sustainable urban food system with less waste. Working with the wholesale market, they divert surplus produce that would have otherwise gone to waste and support communities that don’t have equitable access to food, engage in food literacy focused activities such as lectures and workshops with kids and adults, and run a sustainable catering business.
  • Group transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 11
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Tue. Jul 4, 2023
  • Return to the USA.

RATES & LODGING

participants
15+
Cost p/p in double room
$5,370
Cost p/p in single room
$6,960

Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama

Jerusalem: Dan Panorama

What to expect

  • 8 nights' accommodations. Late check out on the day of departure is included.
  • 9 days of touring with a tour educator (guide), in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 3 dinners.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the airport & 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.
  • 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.
  • Gratuities: Recommend guidelines for tipping are provided in the terms section.
  • 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.
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  • 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:
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  • 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.
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