Congregation Sukkat Shalom
Multi-Generational Trip to Israel

Led by Rabbi Brian Immerman and Missy Bell

Dec 23, 2024 - Jan 2, 2025

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Multi-Generational
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 11 DAYS
  • Group Size 30+
  • Price From $5,395
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.

  •   Heritage
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Archaeology
  •   Family Friendly
  •   Jeep Tour
  •   Nature Walks
  •   Home Hospitality

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Mon. Dec 23, 2024
  • Depart for the US.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS
Tue. Dec 24, 2024
  • Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Meet your J² Expert Educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Check in to your hotel.
  • Festive opening dinner & orientation at a local restaurant.
  • Enjoy the Christmas Eve Concert at the Jerusalem YMCA featuring the Jerusalem Youth Chorus - a choral and dialogue program for Palestinian and Israeli youth in Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
HOLIDAY IN JERUSALEM
Wed. Dec 25, 2024
  • Enjoy breakfast at an Israeli hotel.
  • Christmas in Israel: Christmas in Jerusalem is a truly unique time of year. The city, in particular, the Old City’s Christian and Armenian quarters, become adorned with decorations.
  • Tour Jerusalem’s Old City and the Jewish Quarter.
  • 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.
  • Visit 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.
  • Continue to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
  • Head to Ezrat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
  • 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.
  • Celebrate the first evening of Hanukkah with a communal candle lighting.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
POWER OF MEMORY
Thu. Dec 26, 2024
  • Visit Yad LaKashish, a non-profit organization empowering and supporting nearly 300 elderly Jerusalem residents on a daily basis.
  • Visit Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem's vibrant open-air market.
  • ADULTS: Continue to Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
  • YOUTH: Visit the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem which aims to make science and technology fun and educational for the whole family.
  • Experience a challah-baking workshop in a family's home.
  • Celebrate the 2nd night of Hanukkah with candle lighting.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA
Fri. Dec 27, 2024
  • 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.
  • Head back to Jerusalem to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Celebrate the 3rd night of Hanukkah with candle lighting.
  • Join a local congregation for Kabbalat Shabbat.
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6
LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
Sat. Dec 28, 2024
  • Tour the Tower of David Museum and explore the city’s history – from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine:
    • Walk and talk with characters from Jerusalem’s history, utilizing virtual and augmented reality.
  • Climb to the rooftops to see and discuss the ties and tensions between the different faith groups and communities of the Old City. From this one spot, we’ll look out over the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, venerated by Christian groups as the burial place of Jesus; the golden Dome of the Rock, which is sacred to Islam; and the Jewish Quarter’s famous Hurva Synagogue. 
  • Our exploration of the Christian Quarter will include following:
    • Via Dolorosa, the path Jesus is believed to have taken when he walked, holding a cross, to the crucifixion.
    • At the end of the Via Dolorosa is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the place where Jesus is said to have been crucified. This church is one of Christianity’s great pilgrimage sites and a testament to the remarkable diversity of the Christian world. It includes an empty tomb where it is said that Jesus was buried and resurrected.
  • Mark the end of Shabbat with a communal Havdalah ceremony & celebrate the 4th night of Hanukkah with candle lighting.
  • Take an evening tour of Nachlaot to look at the Hannukah lights.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7
ADVENTURES IN THE NEGEV
Sun. Dec 29, 2024
  • Head south.
  • Visit the grave and the house of David Ben-Gurion at Kibbutz Sde Boker.
  • Hike through the wonderful canyon of Ein Avdat, a source of water in the dry Negev Desert.
  • Embark on a camel ride with local Bedouin clans, culminating in an authentic and delightful local meal experience.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Celebrate the 5th night of Hanukkah with candle lighting.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8
I'M DIGGIN' ISRAEL
Mon. Dec 30, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Take part in an interactive archeological dig geared to all ages at the Beit Guvrin Caves.
  • Explore the Old City of Jaffa, including the flea market – Shuk Hapishpishim.
  • Check into your hotel.
  • Celebrate the 6th night of Hanukkah with candle lighting.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9
HEADING NORTH
Tue. Dec 31, 2024
  • Visit Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel’s most important cities during the Roman Period. Our visit will include exploring its ancient theater palace, and bathhouse. Stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea. Enjoy a guided visit through the ancient city of Caesarea.
  • Take a jeep tour through the Carmel Mountains.
  • Tour of Zikron Yaakov & celebrate the 7th night of Hanukkah with a public candle lighting.
  • Return to Tel Aviv following dinner on own.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY
Wed. Jan 1, 2025
  • Walk along the newly-opened 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.
  • Walk through the Carmel Market and Sheinkin Street.
  • Experience the dynamism of Jewish life at the newly-opened 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.
  • Celebrate the 8th night of Hanukkah with candle lighting.
  • Closing session & farewell dinner.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11
HOME AGAIN
Thu. Jan 2, 2025
  • Arrive back in the US.

RATES & LODGING

participants
30+
Cost p/p in double room
$5,395
Cost p/p in single room
$7,608
Child As 3rd (Reduction)
- ($1,205)

Jerusalem: Orient

Tel Aviv: Dan Tel Aviv Hotel

  • Nights: 2 +LCO
  • Room Category: Executive Sea View Room
  • Hotel Website

What to expect

  • 8 nights' accommodations. Late check out on the day of departure is included.
  • 9 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator (guide), 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast & 4 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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