Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'alot
Family Journey to Israel

Led by Rabbi Richard Steinberg

Jun 24, 2025 - Jul 3, 2025

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Families
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 10 DAYS
  • Group Size 40+
  • Price From $4,890
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.

  •   Active
  •   Family Friendly
  •   Food Tasting Tour
  •   Nature Walks
  •   Jeep Tour
  •   Archaeology
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Home Hospitality
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Rafting & Kayaking

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Tue. Jun 24, 2025
  • Depart the US.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Wed. Jun 25, 2025
  • Welcome to Israel!
  • Meet your J² Expert Educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Stop at an overlook of Jerusalem for a traditional “shehehiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Tour Jerusalem’s Old City and the Jewish Quarter. Among the highlights will be:
    • 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 Jerusalem Archaeological Park. 
  • Spend time at the Kotel (Western Wall), Judaism's holiest site.
  • Explore the Western Wall Tunnel.
  • Check into your hotel.
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
DEAD SEA BASIN
Thu. Jun 26, 2025
  • Take the cable car to the top of Masada.
  • Float on the Dead Sea.
  • Hike in Nahal David, part of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.
  • Ride a camel into the Judean wilderness followed by a traditional “hafla” dinner in a tent.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4
MEMORY NEAR AND FAR
Fri. Jun 27, 2025
  • ADULTS & CHILDREN OVER 10:
    • Visit Yad Vashem.
    • Your guided tour will include:
      • The Avenue of the Righteous.
      • The Historical Museum.
      • The Children’s Memorial.
      • A memorial service.
  • CHILDREN UNDER 10:
    • The Biblical Zoo.
    • The Bloomfield Science Museum.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
  • Return to the hotel to freshen up before Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Kol Haneshema.
  • Home hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM
Sat. Jun 28, 2025
  • Take part in an interactive archeological dig geared to all ages at the Beit Guvrin Caves.
  • Return to Jerusalem and stroll along the ramparts of Jerusalem's Old City.
  • Tour the new museum at the Tower of David and explore the city's history including an interactive game using the compound.
  • Mark the end of Shabbat with a communal Havdalah ceremony overlooking the Old City.
  • PARENTS: Night out exploring Jerusalem.
  • CHILDREN: Pizza and a movie.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6
A TASTE OF THE NORTH
Sun. Jun 29, 2025
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Drive to Tsfat, the capital of Jewish mysticism with its medieval synagogues and modern art galleries. Learn about the development of Jewish mysticism while touring the streets and alleys of the city.
  • Raft or kayak down the Jordan River.
  • 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 the hotel.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7
ADVENTURE IN NATURE
Mon. Jun 30, 2025
  • Enjoy a hike in the beautiful Tel Dan Nature Reserve.
  • 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.
  • ADULTS: Visit the Odem Mountain Winery at the foot of Mt. Hermon on the Golan Heights for wine tasting.
  • TEENS & CHILDREN: The Odem Freedom Farm is a rehabilitation center and educational project aimed at creating a change of consciousness in the way humans view the earth, animals, and, just as importantly – themselves. Hear about their work and participate in a hands-on encounter with the animal residents of the farm including horses, pigs, birds, and even wolves.
  • Enjoy a Jeep tour of the Golan Heights.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8
ALONG THE WATER
Tue. Jul 1, 2025
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Travel the Ma'alot, the namesake of the congregation, and tour the town to understand the reality of living closer to Israel's northern border.
  • Guided visit to the ancient city of Caesarea.
  • Walk through the 2,000-year-old water tunnel at Park Alona, the water source for ancient Caesarea.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9
ALTNEULAND: DREAMS & REALITIES IN TEL AVIV
Wed. Jul 2, 2025
  • Explore the Old City of Jaffa, including the flea market – Shuk Hapishpishim.
  • Visit the Peres Peace Center, created by the late Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and President of Israel.
  • Walk along 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.
  • Experience the dynamism of Jewish life at the ANU Museum of the Jewish People, dedicated to telling their story and representing their diversity, highlighting the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities in different periods of history until the present day.
  • Return to the hotel for a late checkout.
  • Farewell dinner and closing words.
  • Transfer home.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10
HOME AGAIN
Thu. Jul 3, 2025
  • Arrive in LA.

RATES & LODGING

participants
40+
Cost p/p in double room
$4,890
Cost p/p in single room
$6,440
Child As 3rd (Reduction)
- ($780)

Jerusalem: Dan Panorama

Upper Galilee: Hotel HaGoshrim nature

Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama

What to expect

  • 7 nights' accommodations. Late check out on the day of departure is included.
  • 8 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator (guide), 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast & 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.
  • 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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