South Bay
Solidarity Mission to Israel

Led by Rabbis & Leaders from Congregation Shir Hadash, Congregation Sinai, Congregation Beth David, & Jewish Silicon Valley

Feb 18, 2024 - Feb 25, 2024

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Our Community
  • Trip Type Mission
  • Duration 8 DAYS
  • Group Size 15+
  • Price From $3,475
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.

  •   Current Affairs
  •   Special Access
  •   Social Justice

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Sun. Feb 18, 2024
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
AM ISRAEL CHAI
Mon. Feb 19, 2024
  • Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
  • Meet your J² Expert Educator at the hotel.
  • Understanding the Context: Looking back to October 7th and towards the future with your tour educator.
  • What Lifts Us Up: Visit the Jaffa outlook and have the traditional “Shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dialogue with Achinoam Nini, a.k.a. Noa, Israel's most prominent cultural advocate of dialogue and coexistence.
  • Welcome dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
HINENI - WE ARE HERE
Tue. Feb 20, 2024
  • Meet with Maoz Inon who lost his parents on October 7 and is a peace grassroots activist.
  • Bikur Holim: Visit a Hospital or Rehabilitation Center and learn how they mobilized for war and spend time visiting and comforting recovering patients in rehab.
  • Meet Professor Yuli Tamir, Former Minister of Education (among other remarkable roles), author of "Liberal Nationalism" and "Why Nationalism", Prof. Tamir in the President of Beit Berl College.
  • Meet 'Achim L’Neshek', an organization founded to protest against the 'Judicial Reform'. On October 7th they pivoted their mission becoming the largest civilian volunteer network on the ground today.
  • Spend time with families of those who were taken hostage. Hear their stories and learn about the work they are doing every day to ensure the safe return of their loved ones.
  • Walk through the streets of Florentine, Tel Aviv, to see the new graffiti works of local artists entitled "Walls of Hope." Each new mural represents one of the children held hostage.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
MIN HAMETZAR - FROM THE NARROW PLACE
Wed. Feb 21, 2024
  • Drive south to the Gaza Envelope.
  • Walk through kibbutz Kfar Aza with Chen Kotler Abrahams, a member of the community as she shares the stories of this once-vibrant home.
  • Visit Sderot, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, and meet with the residents.
  • Head to the site of the Nova Festival massacre near Kibbutz Re'im.
  • Meet Israeli Bedouin activists and leaders at Rahat; and hear the stories of this unique community, their losses, and their participation in the ongoing struggle against Hamas.
  • Encounter NATAN, an Israeli-based, all-volunteer, non-profit NGO, helping people all over the world rebuild their lives with dignity following disasters. Now they use their skills and create a resilience center in the city of Ofakim, at the neighborhood that was mostly ruined on the October 7th attack.
  • Return to the hotel and debrief on the day.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5
ZION AND THE SILVER PLATTER
Thu. Feb 22, 2024
  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • Mount Herzl is Israel's central military cemetery and hosts the graves of the leaders of the nation. Over the last several months, the recently fallen have joined this sacred place. Visit Mount Herzl and contend with the human price paid by Israeli families and the country in the Israel-Hamas War.
  • Study session with Rabbi Dalia Marx at Hebrew Union College.
  • Meet ZAKA, Israel’s dominant non-governmental rescue and recovery organization, with sole responsibility for dealing with incidents of unnatural death, they work in close cooperation with all the emergency services and security forces.
  • Visit Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem's open-air market.
  • Explore the new Israel National Library provides the opportunity to understand centuries of Jewish creativity through one of the world's most impressive collections of Jewish and Israel-related literature. In addition, the library staff is dedicated to a national project documenting the events of October 7 2023.
  • Meet Tomer Persico, of the Shalom Hartman Institute. He teaches at the Department for Comparative Religion in Tel-Aviv University. Persico is an activist for freedom of religion in Israel, a popular blogger in Hebrew, and has published widely on issues of Jewish and Israeli identity, and religion and state.
  • Stop at the bereaved families' tent in front of the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem and show your support.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6
AVODAT KAPAIM - WORKING HANDS
Fri. Feb 23, 2024
  • Meet Or Heller, the military correspondent for Channel 13 TV Israel. He was the foreign correspondent for Channel 10 and Ma’ariv in Paris. Or has covered security and defense issues in Israel, and around the world. Or was nominated by Globes newspaper in Israel as one of the most influential journalists in Israel.
  • Solidarity is about lending a hand. Devote time to volunteering at one of the many sites where especially today extra hands are needed. Spend the day cooking and packing food for displaced families and soldiers.
  • Return to the hotel to freshen up before Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at Congregation Kodesh V’Hol followed by home hospitality dinner.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV
Sat. Feb 24, 2024
  • Optional synagogue crawl led by Rabbi Berkenwald and Rabbi Socolovsky.
  • Enjoy free time in Tel Aviv.
  • Have Shabbat lunch as a group at the hotel.
  • Meet Rabbi Galit Cohen-Kedem from Congregation Kodesh V’Hol
  • Take a walking tour of Tel Aviv's recent protest art installations, including a stop at Kaplan Street, a the epicenter of the protests.
  • Hostages Square has become a national center for the struggle for the return of the hostage. Visit the square and lend your voice to this crucial struggle.
  • Cherish Shabbat and mark its passing (until next week) with a Havdalah ceremony at Hostage Square and end your visit with a special prayer.
  • Late checkout of the hotel.
  • Closing session & farewell dinner.
  • Group transfer to Ben-Gurion International Airport.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8
HOME AGAIN
Sun. Feb 25, 2024
  • Arrive in the US.

RATES & LODGING

participants
15+
Cost p/p in double room
$3,475
Cost p/p in single room
$3,940
For 25+ Participants: $2,910 p/p in double room; $3,375 p/p in single room Registration closed

Tel Aviv: The Rotschild 22 Hotel

What to expect

  • 5 nights' accommodations. Late check out until 6 p.m. on the day of departure is included.
  • 6 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator (guide), 5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 3 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 pm on on the day of departure.
  • 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: [email protected].
  • Payments | The balance of your payment is due on February 4, 2024. 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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