Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'alot
&
Temple Beth Sholom
Israel 2024 - Trip Extension

Led by Rabbi Richard Steinberg & Rabbi Sharon Sobel

Dec 15, 2024 - Dec 21, 2024

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Our Community
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 7 DAYS
  • Group Size 15+
  • Price From $3,325
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.

IMPORTANT Please register for the post-trip after registering for the main-trip.

  •   Archaeology
  •   Heritage
  •   Nature Walks
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Street Food

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
JERUSALEM AT NIGHT
Sun. Dec 15, 2024
  • Say goodbye to the group and enjoy your night in Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem
DAY 2
THE OLD CITY MAZE
Mon. Dec 16, 2024
  • 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 Jerusalem Archaeological Park. 
  • Spend time at 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.
  • Explore the Western Wall Tunnel.
  • Stroll along the Old City Ramparts.
  • Discover the Old City Shuk (market) in the Christian quarter.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3
THE DEAD SEA BASIN
Tue. Dec 17, 2024
  • 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 into happiness on the Dead Sea where the feeling of weightlessness is great fun.
  • Hike in Nahal David, part of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
THE POWER OF MEMORY
Wed. Dec 18, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • J² Salon Talk: A Time to Remember and a Time to Forget. Memory is a key part of Jewish identity. But aren’t some parts of history better left forgotten? We’ll be hearing from a variety of voices - Bob Marley, Yehuda Amihai, Rabbi Nahman, and Elie Wiesel – to talk about the role of remembering and forgetting in Jewish life.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Your guided tour will include:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous.
    • The Historical Museum.
    • Tour the grounds of Israel’s “Capitol Hill”: the Rose Garden, featuring more than 400 species of roses imported from all around the world; The Knesset – Israel’s Parliament building and its famous Menorah – Israel’s symbol monument built from bronze; The Supreme Court – designed to reflect Jewish and democratic values of justice.
  • 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
I DIG ISRAEL
Thu. Dec 19, 2024
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and its secret ammunition factory.
  • Take part in an interactive archeological dig geared to all ages at the Beit Guvrin Caves.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6
TEL AVIV AND INNOVATION
Fri. Dec 20, 2024
  • 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.
  • Eat, drink, and learn at Levinsky Market, where we’ll sample food, sweets, and spices from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
  • Late checkout of the hotel.
  • Enjoy a festive Farwell Dinner.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
HOME AGAIN
Sat. Dec 21, 2024
  • Until we meet again.

RATES & LODGING

participants
15+
Cost p/p in double room
$3,325
Cost p/p in single room
$4,587

Jerusalem: The Inbal

Tel Aviv: Dan Tel Aviv Hotel

What to expect

  • 5 nights' accommodations. Late check out on the day of departure until 6 p.m. is included.
  • 5 days of touring with a tour educator (guide), in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 1 Lunch & 1 dinner.
  • Porterage at the hotels.
  • Water on the bus.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Israel.
  • Late check out past 6 p.m. on the day of departure.
  • Group transfer to the airport.
  • COVID related expenses, including tests.
  • Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
  • Gratuities: Recommend guidelines for tipping are provided in the terms section.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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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