Congregation Beth Am
Family Journey to Israel

Led by Rabbi Heath Watenmaker

Jun 12, 2024 - Jun 23, 2024

  • Who’s Going Families
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 12 DAYS
  • Group Size 30+
  • Price From $5,650
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.

  •   Art & Culture
  •   Heritage
  •   Current Affairs
  •   Home Hospitality
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Nature Walks
  •   Archaeology
  •   Street Food
  •   Family Friendly
  •   Jeep Tour

Program Itinerary

Wed. Jun 12, 2024
  • Depart the USA.
Overnight: Flight
Thu. Jun 13, 2024
  • Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
  • Check into your Tel Aviv 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
Fri. Jun 14, 2024
  • Stop at the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv and to our journey in Israel.
  • Visit the Peres Peace Center, created by the late Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and President of Israel.
  • Explore Nachalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv’s arts and crafts market and the Carmel Market. See how Tel Aviv prepares for Shabbat.
  • Join a scavenger hunt in Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv’s oldest neighborhoods.
  • Community Kabbalat Shabbat on the beach.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Sat. Jun 15, 2024
  • Visit ANU - Museum of the Jewish People.
  • Enjoy lunch on own 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.
  • Hit the beach with the rest of Tel Aviv for a swim and paddle ball game.
  • Join an artist/expert on Tel Aviv’s alternative scene for an urban adventure and graffiti tour.  
  • Mark the end of Shabbat with a communal Havdalah ceremony.
  • Enjoy free evening and dinner on own at the rejuvenated Tel Aviv Port.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
Sun. Jun 16, 2024
  • Check out from your Tel Aviv hotel.
  • Guided visit to the ancient city of Caesarea - a wonder of the ancient world hugging the Mediterranean.
  • Walk through the 2,000-year-old water tunnel at Park Alona, the water source for ancient Caesarea.
  • Visit the Hula Nature Reserve, home to thousands of storks, cranes, pelicans, and flamingos. Enjoy bike-riding and golf-carting.
  • Join an Israeli Arab family at their home to talk, over tea and coffee, about their lives and to join them for a GalilEat cooking workshop, followed by a traditional dinner.
  • Check into your kibbutz hotel.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Mon. Jun 17, 2024
  • We'll gaze across the Golan and into Syria from the top of Mount Bental and gain powerful insights into Israel's geopolitical and security situation.
  • Go on an off-road jeep tour of the far north and the border with Lebanon.
  • Visit the Odem Mountain Winery at the foot of Mt. Hermon on the Golan Heights for wine tasting.
  • For families with children - Visit the Odem Freedom Farm and Animal Rescue Center and learn about the center's unique rehabilitation work with a variety of animals.
  • Raft or kayak down the Jordan River.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Tue. Jun 18, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Drive along the Trans-Israel highway.
  • Take part in an interactive archeological dig geared to all ages at the Beit Guvrin Caves.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem. Stop at the Haas Promenade for a traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check in at your Jerusalem hotel.
  • Experience the vibrant atmosphere of the Machane Yehuda Shuk at night.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
Wed. Jun 19, 2024
  • Tour Masada, where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE), an internationally renowned world heritage site.
  • Spend time at the Ein Bokek beach enjoying a dip in water and mineral mud at the Dead Sea.
  • Take part in an interactive experience recreating ancient Jewish desert life In Genesis Land:
    • Take part in a sheep-herding session.
    • Create art with mosaic and biblical letter-writing workshops.
    • Enjoy hospitality in a desert tent and share a traditional “hafla” dinner.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Thu. Jun 20, 2024
  • Celebrate Jerusalem and your communities' bnei mitzvah at Ezrat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Visit the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center and Robinson’s Arch. Stand on the stairs that were the entrances to the Temple of Jerusalem two thousand years ago.
  • Tour Jerusalem's Old City including the Jewish and Christian Quarter's including a rooftop view of the holy cities most sacred sites.
  • Exit the Old City through the Jaffa Gate.
  • Meet with a leader from IRAC (Religious Action Center) to learn about social justice initiatives in Israel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10
Fri. Jun 21, 2024
  • Adults and children over 10:
    • Visit Yad Vashem - the central memorial and educational site commemorating the Holocaust and it's ongoing impact on the Jewish world and the State of Israel.
  • For families with children:
    • Take part in a scavenger hunt in Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while preparing or shabbat at the Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
  • Shabbat Shalom. Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Mevasseret in Mevasseret Zion and home hospitality.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 11
Sat. Jun 22, 2024
  • Visit the secret ammunition factory at the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and relive the eve of Israel's Independence in 1948.
  • Stop at the water tower at Har Radar to understand the connections between history, geopolitics, and security in the Jerusalem area.
  • Late check out of your Jerusalem hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 12
Sun. Jun 23, 2024
  • Until we meet again.


Cost p/p in double room
Cost p/p in single room
Child As 3rd (Reduction)
- ($980)

Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama

Upper Galilee: Hotel HaGoshrim nature

Jerusalem: Dan Panorama

What to expect

  • 9 nights' accommodations. Late check out on the day of departure is included.
  • 10 days of touring with a tour educator (guide), in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast & 7 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.
  • Peace of Mind Travel Protection Program (POM).
  • 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.
  • 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: [email protected].
  • 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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