Congregation Shalom
Journey to Israel

Led by Rabbi Noah Chertkoff

Dec 18, 2023 - Dec 29, 2023

  • Who’s Going Our Community
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 12 DAYS
  • Group Size 25+
  • Price From $5,190
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
  •   Home Hospitality
  •   Street Food
  •   Archaeology
  •   Jeep Tour
  •   Heritage
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Local Specialists

Program Itinerary

Mon. Dec 18, 2023
  • Depart for your flight to Israel.
Overnight: Flight
Tue. Dec 19, 2023
  • Welcome to Israel! Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport.
  • Stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea.
  • Continue north to the hotel, check into the hotel and enjoy dinner.
Overnight: Sea of Galilee Meals: Dinner
Wed. Dec 20, 2023
  • After an exhilarating jeep tour, 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 with a briefing by an expert from the Alma Research and Education Center.
  • Sample some of Israel's finest wine at a boutique family owned winery.
  • Enjoy a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan, where you will take part in a tour and workshop and sample handmade premium chocolate.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Sea of Galilee Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Thu. Dec 21, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Drive to Tzfat, one of the four Holy Cities. Visit ancient synagogues before strolling through the Artists’ Colony.
  • Witness the impact of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation in the partnership region known as "Sovev Kinneret".
  • Visit the Kinneret Cemetery where iconic Zionist figures are buried.  
  • Head toward Jerusalem, stopping at Mount Scopus for a traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check into the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
Fri. Dec 22, 2023
  • How does Yad Vashem reflect the Israeli understanding of the Shoah? Discussion led by a J² expert.
  • Depart the hotel.
  • Adults and children over 10: Visit Yad Vashem. Your guided tour will include:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous.
    • The Historical Museum.
    • The Children’s Memorial.
  • Children’s program: Explore the Bloomfield Science Museum.
  • ALL: Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
  • Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Welcome the Sabbath with Kabbalat Shabbat services.
  • Enjoy a home hospitality/communal Shabbat dinner with members of a local progressive community OR a festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Sat. Dec 23, 2023
  • Tour Jerusalem’s Old City and the Jewish Quarter.
  • Among the highlights will be:
    • 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.
    • King Hezekiah’s “Broad Wall,” built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 years ago.
    • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall), the most significant site in the world for the Jewish people.
  • Explore the Christian Quarter including Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
Sun. Dec 24, 2023
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Take the cable car to the top of Masada, where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE).
  • Float on the Dead Sea where the feeling of weightlessness is great fun.
  • At Genesis Land, ride a camel into the heart of the desert, and bake pita. Enjoy hospitality in a desert tent and share a traditional “hafla” dinner.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Mon. Dec 25, 2023
  • Take part in an interactive archeological dig geared to all ages at the Beit Guvrin Caves.
  • Stop at Tel Azeka, the site of David’s biblical battle against Goliath.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and its secret ammunition factory.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
Tue. Dec 26, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • 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.
  • At the Magen David Adom (MDA) Emergency Station, we'll hear and see how this important organization functions.
  • Visit Khan Shaar Hagai a new heritage site which is dedicated to the period of time when Jerusalem was under siege.
  • Enter Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps.”
  • Check into the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10
Wed. Dec 27, 2023
  • Visit the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation created by the late Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and President of Israel.
  • Explore the Old City of Jaffa before eating and drinking at Levinsky Market, where we’ll sample food, sweets, and spices from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
  • 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.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 11
Thu. Dec 28, 2023
  • Visit ANU - Museum of the Jewish People, which is dedicated to telling the ongoing story of the Jewish people.
  • Free time for last minute shopping and packing.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Enjoy a festive farewell dinner.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 12
Fri. Dec 29, 2023
  • Arrive home.


Cost p/p in double room
Cost p/p in single room
Child As 3rd (Reduction)
- ($1,250)

Sea of Galilee: Nof Ginosar Hotel

Jerusalem: The Inbal

Tel Aviv: Crowne Plaza Beach

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, 1 lunch & 5 dinners.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Program with P2G Partnership.
  • 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.
  • 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 is required in order to complete the registration process.
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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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  • 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.
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