Chizuk Amuno Congregation
Chesed (Kindness) in the Land of Israel

Led by Rabbi Debi Wechsler

Nov 4, 2024 - Nov 13, 2024

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Our Community
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 10 DAYS
  • Group Size 25+
  • Price From $4,165
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.

Early bird discount: Participants who complete registration and pay the $500 per person deposit by midnight, October 18, 2023, will receive $100 off per person, which will be deducted from the final trip invoice.

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

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
SETTING OUT
Mon. Nov 4, 2024
  • Departure from the USA for Israel. Safe Travels.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Tue. Nov 5, 2024
  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Check in at your hotel.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Introduction and orientation with Rabbi Wechsler and your tour educator.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
FOR ZION'S SAKE
Wed. Nov 6, 2024
  • Meet with a staff member from Ruach Tova (“Good Spirit” in Hebrew), one of the leading organizations in the field of volunteering in Israel, specializing in matching volunteers with organizations, followed by volunteer work in Jerusalem.
  • Experience first-hand the magic of inclusion. The hour-long tour of the Shalva National Center will give you an insider’s glimpse into their programming. Learn the story of Shalva, its vision, the challenges, and about the many varied activities within the Center.
  • Enjoy lunch at Cafe Shalva, an inclusive, family-friendly, boutique café, offering a menu of Mediterranean-Italian fusion cuisine. The café is an equal opportunity work setting with a staff comprised of adults with and without disabilities working side-by-side.
  • Art workshop at Susan’s House, a unique non-profit organization that empowers teens at risk to find their place within society through artistic expression, personal investment and creative initiatives.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 4
THE VALUE OF LIFE ABOVE ALL ELSE
Thu. Nov 7, 2024
  • Dialogue with Eli Beer, the founder of United Hatzalah of Israel, and President of the U.S.-based organization Friends of United Hatzalah. United Hatzalah of Israel is an independent, non-profit, fully-volunteer emergency medical services organization that provides fast and free emergency medical first response throughout Israel.
  • Visit Pantry Packers, where you will pack food for Israel’s poorest families. Every month Pantry Packers delivers crates containing all the necessary foods and household maintenance supplies to Israel’s poorest families and senior citizens.
  • Visit the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.
  • Plant a tree and take a tour of the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, Israel's first urban wildlife site, located in the heart of the busy city right next to the Knesset, Israel's parliament.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
FOOD FOR THE BODY AND THE SPIRIT
Fri. Nov 8, 2024
  • J² Salon Talk: A Small Country With Big Questions. Geographically, Israel is one of the smallest countries in the world. However, few landscapes have played such a formative role in human civilization. What are the foundational elements that make up the story of Israel, and what key questions does Israel contends with as it continues to evolve in a shifting regional and international reality? Especially at the end of 2024, where is Israel at and where are we heading?
  • Prepare a vegetable basket at Kaima Beit Zayit, a non-profit educational farm, located just outside of Jerusalem, which aims to improve opportunities and choices for vulnerable Israeli teens and young adults and engage the larger community in the process.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
  • Shabbat Shalom. Kabbalat Shabbat services at local Masorti synagogue in Jerusalem.
  • Enjoy Shabbat Dinner at your hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 6
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM
Sat. Nov 9, 2024
  • Shabbat morning services with a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat lunch at the hotel.
  • Tour Jerusalem's Old City and the Jewish Quarter, including:
    • The Jaffa Gate and the walk through the Armenian Quarter.
    • A climb to the rooftops, overlooking the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the golden Dome of the Rock, and the famous Hurva Synagogue.
    • The Cardo, the main street of Roman-controlled Jerusalem and its Byzantine-era columns.
    • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
    • King Hezekiah's "Broad Wall," built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 years ago.
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall), widely considered Judaism’s holiest site. We’ll discuss the wall’s historical and contemporary importance and experience its unique atmosphere.
  • Dive deep with a Torah study session with Rabbi Wechsler.
  • Mark the end of Shabbat with a communal Havdalah ceremony overlooking the Old City. Shavua Tov.
  • Enjoy all that Jerusalem has to offer with a night out along one of the city's many cultural and culinary hubs.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 7
FULFILLING THE PROMISE OF THE LAND
Sun. Nov 10, 2024
  • Check out from your hotel and depart Jerusalem.
  • Harvest fruits and vegetables with Leket Israel, the National Food Bank, the leading food rescue organization in Israel. Unique among all other organizations that serve the poor in Israel and food banks worldwide, Leket Israel’s sole focus is rescuing healthy, surplus food and delivering it to those in need through partner nonprofit organizations.
  • Visit the Israel Guide Dog Center, which was established to raise, train, and provide guide dogs for people with blindness and visual impairment in Israel, giving them independence, mobility and self-confidence.
  • Dialogue with Max Simonovsky, Soapy’s Founder & CEO. Soapy’s automated clinical hand wash stations help prevent the spread of infection using smart tech powered by computer vision, artificial intelligence, and cloud analytics.
  • Check in at your hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 8
HARD WORK TOWARDS A SHARED SOCIETY
Mon. Nov 11, 2024
  • Head north and meet with Mohammad Darawshe, the Director of Strategy at the Center for Shared Society at Givat Haviva. Givat Haviva’s vision for a shared society is anchored in principles of mutual respect, trust, pluralism, and intrinsic equality between citizens.
  • Visit Sindyanna of Galilee - a non-profit organization that is creating economic opportunities for Arab women, one of Israel’s most underemployed sectors - and sample some of their award-winning olive oil.
  • Tulip - Good Wine and Good Deeds: Wine tasting at the Tulip Winery, a social business located in the Village of Hope, a community for adults with special needs, some of whom are employed at the winery.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Optional: Walk through colorful Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv’s earliest neighborhoods. Explore the stories of entrepreneurs, artists, and activists who pioneered the first neighborhood beyond Jaffa that became the metropolis of Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9
LIKE SAVING AN ENTIRE WORLD
Tue. Nov 12, 2024
  • Dialogue with Yotam Polizer, the Global CEO of IsraAID, Israel’s leading humanitarian NGO. IsraAID‘s mission is to support people affected by humanitarian crisis. IsraAID partners with local communities around the world to provide urgent aid, assist in recovery, and reduce the risk of future disasters.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit Save a Child's Heart (SACH), an Israeli humanitarian organization, working internationally to save the lives of children from countries where access to pediatric heart care is limited or nonexistent.
  • Visit KitePride, an Israeli fashion social enterprise owned by an Israeli NGO which provides jobs to survivors of human trafficking and prostitution. Together we will create functional, one-of-a-kind BAGS from up-cycled kitesurfing kites, sails, parachutes, and wetsuits. Through each bag sold, jobs are created, and fabric is saved from landfill. Meet volunteers and hear about their challenges and achievements.
  • Meet African women seeking refuge in Tel Aviv. Learn about Kuchinate (meaning crochet in Tigrinya), a collective that celebrates African art and culture while empowering women asylum-seekers.
  • Take time to reflect on your journey and share and what you are taking home with you.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Tour ends: Bus departs at 8pm for the airport (book your departing flight after 11pm).
  • Depart on your overnight flight to the USA. Travel Safely and Return Soon.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 10
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Wed. Nov 13, 2024
  • Arrival home.

RATES & LODGING

participants
25+
Cost p/p in double room
$4,165
Cost p/p in single room
$5,315
Early bird discount: Participants who complete registration and pay the $500 per person deposit by midnight, October 18, 2023, will receive $100 off per person, which will be deducted from the final trip invoice. Registration open

Jerusalem: Leonardo Plaza Hotel

Tel Aviv: Crowne Plaza Beach

What to expect

  • 7 nights' accommodations.
  • 8 days of touring with a tour 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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