Davis Academy
8th Grade Trip to Israel

Led by Rabbi Micah Lapidus

May 11, 2023 - May 21, 2023

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Teens
  • Trip Type Confirmation Class
  • Duration 11 DAYS
  • Group Size 56+
  • Price From $4,528
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
  •   Archaeology
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Expert Scholar
  •   Heritage
  •   Home Hospitality
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Nature Walks
  •   Rappelling
  •   Rafting & Kayaking

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY TO ISRAEL
Thu. May 11, 2023
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport. Our representative will be on hand to assist you with all formalities and ensure your journey has the smoothest of starts. Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Depart for Jerusalem. Stop at the Haas Promenade for a traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check into the hotel, followed by dinner.
  • Get into the spirit of Shabbat and take part in a challah-baking workshop.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
MANY LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
Fri. May 12, 2023
  • Explore the City of David, the core of ancient Jerusalem, and learn how the city was administered during the First Temple period. Our visit will include:
    • The Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson’s Arch, and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
    • A walking tour through Jerusalem’s Old City and the Jewish Quarter.
    • The fascinating medieval Church of the Holy Sepulchre, venerated by many as the holiest site in Christianity.
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Participate in a special Kabbalat Shabbat service at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall), with the Masorti Movement.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel followed by Oneg Shabbat.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 3
THE DEAD SEA BASIN
Sat. May 13, 2023
  • The Last Stand: Climb via the Snake Path OR take the cable car to the top of Masada with its extraordinary views and fascinating archaeological remains. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE). We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
  • Hike in Nahal David, part of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. This is a desert oasis with springs, waterfalls, and freshwater pools, so don’t forget your swimsuits. Featured are the ibex, hyraxes, and other desert mammals that live in this area. Nahal David is named after the biblical David, who fled here to escape from the murderous King Saul.
  • Float into happiness at the Dead Sea. Not much can live or swim in what is the saltiest piece of water in the world, nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun including a picnic lunch.
  • Return to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 4
THE POWER OF MEMORY
Sun. May 14, 2023
  • The Art of Tikkun Olam: Meet elderly, often impoverished, immigrants who are finding a sense of purpose and creating beautiful artwork at Yad LaKashish.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, an essential emotional, and educational experience.
  • Lunch at Yad Vashem.
  • Visit Mount Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery, to discuss key events in the nation’s history and to honor those who fell while fighting for the State.
  • Return to the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem, and walk through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market where you will get to enjoy dinner at one of the food stalls. (We will be handing out an allowance for dinner.)
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 5
I DIG ISRAEL
Mon. May 15, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel and drive north.
  • Archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves. Get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2300 years ago, and then crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Drive north on the Trans-Israel Highway. There will be an opportunity to view the Security Barrier which runs along the seam zone.
  • Visit the Kinneret Cemetery where some of Israel's iconic figures are buried, including: Rachel the Poetess, the Zionist Marxist philosopher Ber Borochov, and Naomi Shemer, the “first lady of Israeli song.” Discuss communal life in Israel then and now.
  • Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.
  • Check into the hotel and enjoy dinner.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 6
THE NORTH AND ITS WONDERS
Tue. May 16, 2023
  • Visit the holy and other-worldly city of Tsfat.
  • We'll gaze into Lebanon from the top of Mount Adir to understand Israel's geopolitical and security situation. Analyze recent events and the current challenges Israel faces on its northern border.
  • Cool off down the Jordan River with rafting or kayaking. This is the parched Middle East rather than the Rockies, so the current is mainly calm.
  • Return to the hotel.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 7
THE TAPESTRY OF ISRAEL
Wed. May 17, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Head to Rosh Hanikra, where the steepest cable car ride in the world will take us down to beautiful sea grottoes (sea caves) formed by countless waves hitting the soft chalk rock.
  • Encounter the Christian Crusaders and their Muslim rivals at Akko (Acre). This UNESCO World Heritage Site was a stronghold of Crusader power in the Holy Land but was also an important center of Muslim Ottoman rule. Today, it exemplifies the multi-culturalism of northern Israel.
  • Climb up to the vista atop Mount Carmel, the setting for many biblical stories and the old stomping ground of the prophet Elijah, to admire the view of Haifa Bay. Haifa’s diversity is reflected by the fact that it is a world center of the Baha’i religious movement. We’ll see the beautiful Baha’i Gardens and one of their holiest sites, the gold-domed Shrine of the Bab.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 8
AGENTS OF CHANGE
Thu. May 18, 2023
  • Visit the Nili School in Zichron Ya’acov where we’ll meet with faculty and students.
  • Experience the changing face of Zionism as we walk through the cobblestoned boulevards of Zichron Ya’acov and explore how what was initially a malaria- and poverty-stricken village is today a picturesque center of wineries, eateries, and art.
  • Continue along the coast to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period. Explore life 2,000 years ago with its ancient theater, palace, and bathhouse.
  • Stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 9
A CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS
Fri. May 19, 2023
  • Modern Tel Aviv grew out of ancient Jaffa. Gaze out over the Mediterranean Sea and learn why Jaffa, mentioned in the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale, is so historically important. See how its Old City reflects the present as well as the past. Walk through Jaffa's famous flea market – Shuk Hapishpeshim.
  • Take a graffiti tour and get to know Tel Aviv's urban culture.
  • Browse your way through Nachalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv’s arts and crafts market before we check out the hustle and bustle at the Carmel Market.
  • Continue to the Yemenite Vineyard, home to the colorful Carmel market.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel followed by Oneg Shabbat.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Shabbat Dinner
DAY 10
THE FIRST HEBREW CITY
Sat. May 20, 2023
  • Leave Tel Aviv.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the State of Israel. This secret ammunition factory produced millions of bullets for Jewish forces fighting for a Jewish state and the end of British rule over Palestine.
  • See Rabin Square, the place where Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was assassinated. Take a quiet moment to reflect at the Rabin Memorial.
  • Visit ANU - Museum of the Jewish People.
  • Farewell dinner and closing session.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
DAY 11
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Sun. May 21, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel. Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight.
  • Return to the US.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast

RATES & LODGING

participants
56+
Cost p/p in double room
$4,528
Cost p/p in single room
$5,358
Students will be staying in triple rooms. Cost P/P in triple room: $4,378. Davis Academy will assign the rooms.
Flights:
  • Price per passenger: $1,568 (taxes included, subject to change).
  • Itinerary
    • DL 248 10MAY ATL TLV 0215P 0915A 11MAY
    • DL 243 21MAY TLV BOS 1130A 0415P 21MAY
    • DL 973 21MAY BOS ATL 0810P 1103P 21MAY
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Jerusalem: Jerusalem Garden

Golan Heights: Kibbutz Ortal

  • Nights: 2
  • Room Category: Standard

Tel Aviv: Grand Beach hotel

What to expect

  • 9 nights' accommodation.
  • 10 days of touring with 2 J² educators (guides), 2 security guards, on 2 luxury, air-conditioned buses.
  • Assistance at the airport, and with transfer, upon arrival.
  • Transfer to the airport, and assistance, upon departure.
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, & dinner.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the airport & hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Israel.
  • COVID-related expenses, including tests.
  • Transportation on evenings when dinner is not included.
  • Additional fees may be included in the event that any amendments are made to the program, such as sites, meals, and activities.
  • Personal extras such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food that are not included in the table d’hotel menu.
  • Passport and visa fees, insurance, 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Please use the following information: Investors Bank 101 JFK Parkway, Short Hills, NJ 07078 ABA Routing Number: 221272031
  • Beneficiary Instructions: For the benefit of J² Adventures. Account number: 1001858331
  • 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. Please refer to the small print tab on your trip’s webpage or in your proposal for your cancelation policy and fees.

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