Highlights of Israel
A Journey with
Temple Chayai Shalom

Led by Rabbi Kenneth Carr

Jun 23, 2024 - Jul 5, 2024

  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 13 DAYS
  • Group Size 20+
  • Price From $6,100
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YOUR journey

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  •   Active
  •   Archaeology
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Expert Scholar
  •   Heritage
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Home Hospitality
  •   Innovation
  •   Jeep Tour
  •   Nature Walks
  •   Rafting & Kayaking

Program Itinerary

Sun. Jun 23, 2024
  • Depart the USA.
Overnight: Flight
Mon. Jun 24, 2024
  • Group arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Dinner
Tue. Jun 25, 2024
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • The Changing Nature of political and religious identity in Israel: Dialogue with Dan Feferman, author, speaker, and researcher.
  • Guided visit to the ancient city of Caesarea.
    • Visit a village on Mount Carmel and meet Israel’s Druze community including home hospitality lunch.
    • Visit the Muchraka at carmel mountain.
    • Visit the Leo Baeck School in Haifa, the Israeli Reform Movement’s flagship school.
    • Enjoy the overlook from the Baha’i Gardens.
  • Check into the hotel in Haifa.
Overnight: Haifa Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Wed. Jun 26, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Encounter the Christian Crusaders and their Muslim rivals at Akko (Acre).
  • At Rosh Hanikra, go on the steepest cable car ride in the world.
  • Visit Sindyanna of Galilee. We’ll learn how this non-profit organization is producing fine, fair-trade products and creating economic opportunities for Arab women, one of Israel’s most underemployed sectors. We will have the opportunity to talk with one of the basket weavers about her life and work. In addition, we will join a special Za’atar Workshop (mix some za’atar leaves, sesame seeds, sumac, olive oil, and sea salt, and presto, you’ve produced one of the great spices of local Arab cuisine). We’ll then combine our za’atar with some award-winning Sindyanna olive oil and pita bread for a delicious manakish snack with olives, bread, and Arab coffee.
  • Look into Southern Lebanon from Kibbutz Misgav Am, including a dialogue with a Kibbutz member.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel, followed by dinner.
Overnight: Upper Galillee Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Thu. Jun 27, 2024
  • Enjoy a hike in the beautiful Tel Dan Nature Reserve.
  • Hit the ground racing as we go off-road for a jeep tour of the Golan Heights that will combine natural beauty with insights into one of Israel's most strategically important areas. Retrace the experiences of Israeli soldiers in their battles here during the Six Day War of 1967 and talk with your jeep drivers about their personal experiences and feelings about the Golan.
  • Take in the panoramic views from Mt. Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) and gain sharp insights into Israel’s security situation on the Golan Heights and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • Stop at Tel Faher, an abandoned Syrian outpost where Israeli soldiers fought during the Six Day War.
  • Raft or kayak down the Jordan River.
  • Return to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Fri. Jun 28, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Drive via Tiberias, an ancient/modern city on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).
  • Visit the Beit She’an National Park, one of Israel’s largest archaeological sites, with its Biblical period archaeological mound and excavated Roman-Byzantine city.
  • Visit the 1,500-year-old Beit Alfa Synagogue, located on Kibbutz Heftziba, at the foot of the Gilboa range.
  • As we drive south on the Trans-Israel Highway, there will be plenty of opportunities to see the Security Barrier which runs along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and to learn about the barrier’s effects on Israeli security and Palestinian communities.
  • Over the centuries, many have been moved and awed by their first sight of Jerusalem. We will stop at the Haas Promenade for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony.
  • Check into the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Attend Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehilla Beit HaKerem, a local Reform congregation, followed by a home hospitality dinner.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Sat. Jun 29, 2024
  • Morning services at a local reform congregation.
  • The Old City is rich in Christian significance. Our exploration of the Christian Quarter will include the Via Dolorosa, the path Jesus is believed to have taken when he walked, holding a cross, to the crucifixion. At the end of the Via Dolorosa is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the place where Jesus is said to have been crucified.
  • Tour the Tower of David Museum and explore the city's history – from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
  • Havdalah overlooking the Old City.
  • Check out Jerusalem nightlife favorites including: The Mamilla Mall, an upscale, open-air food and shopping area located outside the Old City’s Jaffa Gate; The First Station, Jerusalem’s rail link from the late 19th century now a lively center of restaurants, shops, and culture; or join the crowds for a stroll through the busy Ben Yehuda and Nachalat Shiva Pedestrian Malls.
  • Watch the Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum, a cinematic celebration of sight and sound depicting the story of Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
Sun. Jun 30, 2024
  • Explore the City of David, the core of ancient Jerusalem. Our visit will include:
    • Wade through the 2,700-year-old water tunnels (with optional dry exit).
    • Walking tour through Jerusalem's Old City and the Jewish Quarter and experience the center of Jewish life, history, and holiness. Among the highlights will be:
      • A climb to the rooftops to see and discuss the ties and tensions between the different faith groups and communities of the Old City. From this one spot, we'll look out over the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, venerated by Christian groups as the burial place of Jesus; the golden Dome of the Rock, which is sacred to Islam; and the Jewish Quarter's famous Hurva Synagogue.
      • The Cardo, the main street of Roman-controlled Jerusalem and its spectacular Byzantine-era columns.
      • King Hezekiah's "Broad Wall," a massive wall built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 years ago.
      • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
      • No visit to Israel is complete without experiencing the Kotel (Western Wall), widely considered Judaism's holiest site. Each year, over one million notes containing prayers and wishes are placed in the cracks of the wall. We'll discuss the wall's historical and contemporary importance and experience its unique atmosphere.
    • Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel, and examine important archaeological discoveries that are revising our understanding of daily life in ancient Jerusalem.
    • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
  • Meet with a leader from IRAC (Religious Action Center) to learn about social justice initiatives in Israel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
Mon. Jul 1, 2024
  • 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.
  • A blissful Morning will include floating on the Dead Sea. Not much can live (or swim) in the "Sea of Salt," which is nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun.
  • 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). We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel. descend by the Roman Ramp.
  • Experience desert life and hospitality at Kfar Hanokdim.
  • Ride a camel into the Kanaim Valley.
  • Experience Bedouin hospitality with tea, coffee-making rituals, and a traditional “hafla” dinner.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 10
Tue. Jul 2, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, an essential emotional and educational experience. Your guided tour will include:
    • OPTION 1:
      • The Avenue of the Righteous, where trees symbolic of the renewal of life have been planted along with plaques honoring brave non-Jews who saved Jews during the Shoah.
      • The Historical Museum, a state-of-the-art interactive display reflecting decades of research and educational expertise. The story of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on individual victims, is told through survivor testimonies, original artifacts, and personal possessions saved from the ghettos and camps.
      • The Children's Memorial, commemorating the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.
      • A memorial service where we will pay tribute to those who were lost. It will include the opportunity to talk about family members and loved ones who died during the Shoah.
    • OPTION 2:
      • The Art Museum is the world’s largest collection of Holocaust art, revealing the lives and heroism of artists engulfed by the Shoah. These artists risked their lives to create, often under the most harrowing conditions, an artistic record of the catastrophe.
      • The Valley of the Communities is a 2.5-acre monument dug out of bedrock. Engraved on its stone walls are the names of 5,000 Jewish communities that were destroyed by the Shoah.
      • The Sculpture Garden with its powerful and poignant artworks.
  • Meet with 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.
  • Take part in an interactive archeological dig geared to all ages at the Beit Guvrin Caves.
  • Check into the hotel in Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 11
Wed. Jul 3, 2024
  • Stop at the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv and to our journey in Israel.
  • Walk along the 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.
  • Visit the Palmach Museum.
  • Check out local murals and graffiti.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 12
Thu. Jul 4, 2024
  • Join the volunteer organization Leket Israel and pick fruits and vegetables for those in need.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and its secret ammunition factory.
  • Enjoy lunch (not included in package) at the Sarona Market, which was once a colony of Templars, German Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land, but is now a center of Tel Aviv cuisine.
  • Visit ANU - Museum of the Jewish People.
  • Late Check out of the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Group transfer to the Airport.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 13
Fri. Jul 5, 2024
  • Arrive home.


Cost p/p in double room
Cost p/p in single room
Child As 3rd (Reduction)
- ($1,150)

Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama

Haifa: Dan Panorama

Upper Galilee: Hotel HaGoshrim nature

Jerusalem: Dan Panorama

Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama

What to expect

  • 10 nights' accommodations. Late checkout on the day of departure.
  • 11 days of touring with a tour educator (guide) in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 6 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.
  • 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:
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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