Congregation Beth Shalom
Volunteer Mission to Israel

Led by Rabbi Aaron Melman

Mar 31, 2024 - Apr 5, 2024

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Mission
  • Duration 6 DAYS
  • Group Size 15+
  • Price From $3,165
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.

Coming to Israel today is a special act of solidarity and of Jewish peoplehood. Israel has never faced more challenging times. We hope that your solidarity mission is about encountering and understanding where the people of Israel stand – in our hurt, in our healing, and in our hope. The mission is about bringing comfort and being comforted. It is an act of empathy and a confirmation of shared memory and destiny. Above all, the solidarity mission is about what each one of us chooses to do to make a difference on the day that we return to our communities from Israel.

The program below is tentative and subject to change due to the fluid situation in Israel.

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Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Sun. Mar 31, 2024
  • Depart the US.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Mon. Apr 1, 2024
  • Please plan to arrive to Ben Gurion Airport so that we may begin our journey Monday morning.
  • Meet your J² Expert Educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Sharing the Burden: Cook for families with one parent in reserve duty (time permitting).
  • Drive to Kiryat Ono and visit Magen David Adom's National Operations Center.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner at Piccolino, an intimate Italian restaurant in Jerusalem’s historic city center with a briefing from your tour educator about the latest developments in the region.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
ON THE GROUND
Tue. Apr 2, 2024
  • Join the volunteer organization Leket Israel and pick fruits and vegetables for those in need.
  • Visit Hostages Square, which has become a national center for the struggle for the return of the hostages.
  • Meet the families and the activists worried and working to bring all of Israel's hostages home. Hear their stories and ask what can I do to help.
  • Talk with journalist Haviv Rettig Gur, political correspondent and analyst for The Times of Israel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
BEARING WITNESS
Wed. Apr 3, 2024
  • Meet Gadi Ezra from the IDF Spokesmen bureau for a military briefing.
  • Head south to visit the communities impacted by October 7.
  • Walk through the remains of Kibbutz Nir Oz with members of the community as they share the stories of this once-vibrant home.
  • Visit the site of the Nova Music Festival. The temporary installation is to memorialize those lost and serve as a reminder that "we will dance again."
  • A hard day. Take time to reflect and share.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch
DAY 5
EXTENDING OUR HAND
Thu. Apr 4, 2024
  • Visit Pantry Packers, where you will pack food for Israel’s poorest families who are even more in need since October 7th.
  • Bikur Holim - Visiting the Sick - is a fundamental Jewish ethical practice. At this time in Israel, Bikur Holim is more important than ever. Visit an Israeli medical facility and extend your hand to the ill, the injured, and the healing.
  • Visit Mount Herzl, Israel's central military cemetery, and contend with the human price paid by Israeli families and the country in the Israel-Hamas War. Join the daily morning kaddish dedicated to the memories of our fallen soldiers.
  • Late Check out of the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6
HOME
Fri. Apr 5, 2024
  • Arrival to the US

RATES & LODGING

participants
15+
Cost p/p in double room
$3,165
Cost p/p in single room
$3,790

Cost of accommodations for pre nights including breakfast and all taxes at Jerusalem – David Citadel: $395,- per night per double occupancy room; $379,- per night per single occupancy room.
Shabbat dinner in main dining room without drink package: $100,- per person.
*All rates are subject to availability.
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David Citadel Jerusalem

Jerusalem: David Citadel

  • Nights: 3+LCO
  • Room Category: Superior New City View
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What to expect

  • 3 nights' accommodations. Late check out until 6:00 p.m. on the day of departure is included.
  • 4 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator (guide), 4 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 2 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.
  • Late check out past 6:00 p.m. on departure day.
  • 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 30 days before your trip begins, or as specified in your invoice. You will receive an email reminder 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 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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