Temple Emanuel Sinai’s
Israel Adventure:
A Palette of Experiences

Led by Rabbi Valerie Cohen

Nov 7, 2024 - Nov 17, 2024

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Our Community
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 11 DAYS
  • Group Size 20+
  • Price From $5,090
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.

Early bird discount: Participants who complete registration and pay the $500 per person deposit during the first 30 days of registration will receive $100 off per person, which will be deducted from the final trip invoice.

  •   Archaeology
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Current Affairs
  •   Expert Scholar
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Heritage
  •   Home Hospitality
  •   Innovation
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Nature Walks

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
DEPARTURE
Thu. Nov 7, 2024
  • Depart the USA.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
ARRIVAL
Fri. Nov 8, 2024
  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Sacred Place, Sacred Moment: Kabbalat Shabbat on the beach, led by Rabbi Valerie and a local Israeli musician.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 3
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV
Sat. Nov 9, 2024
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: 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.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy lunch (not included in package) at the Sarona Market, which was once a colony of Templars, German Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land, but is now a center of Tel Aviv cuisine.
  • Stop at Rabin Square, the place where he was murdered, and take a quiet moment to reflect at the Rabin Memorial. We’ll also see how Rabin Square has become one of the crucial public spaces in Israel and the location for political protests, state ceremonies and spontaneous celebrations.
  • Join an expert on Tel Aviv’s alternative scene for an urban adventure and graffiti tour.  
  • Mark the end of Shabbat with a communal Havdalah ceremony on the beach.
  • Evening at leisure in Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
ANCIENT AND MODERN COMMUNITIES ON THE WAY NORTH
Sun. Nov 10, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • In Kibbutz Magal, we will enjoy a fascinating tour as we dive deep into the operations of the kibbutz, the Israeli water sector, and Netafim- the pioneer and world leader in smart irrigation. We'll wrap up the experience by tasting different olive oil varieties while learning about the process of growing olives.
  • Drive along the coast and back in time 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.
  • Check in the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 5
NORTHERN EXPOSURE
Mon. Nov 11, 2024
  • Paradise Springs is one of the places we'll visit at the Tel Dan Nature Reserve. We'll tour the remains of a 5,000-year-old city and find out why water is like gold in the parched Middle East.
  • Watch the panoramic views from Mt. Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) and gain sharp insights into Israel’s security situation on the Golan Heights and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • Visit the Odem Mountain Winery at the foot of Mt. Hermon on the Golan Heights for wine tasting.
  • You Be the Chef: We’ll be welcomed into the home of an Israeli Arab family to talk, over tea and coffee, about their lives and to join them for a GalilEat cooking workshop. The Arab villages of the Galilee are famous for their food, including fish and olive dishes and delicious desserts like knafeh and baklawa. We’ll find out the local culinary secrets, and mentored by our host family, whip up and eat a traditional dinner.
  • Return to the hotel.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 6
REPAIRING THE WORLD
Tue. Nov 12, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Perhaps it’s the combination of mysticism and art, and maybe it’s the mountain air in Israel’s highest city; entering Tsfat, there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world. Here, you’ll:
    • Visit the Ari Synagogue and share in the inspiration and innovation that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) and his fellow mystics. In Tsfat they developed the Kabbalah, the esoteric insights of Judaism and created Kabbalat Shabbat, the prayers sung on Friday evenings to welcome the arrival of the Sabbath.
    • See the Caro Synagogue, built originally, like the Ari Synagogue, in the 16th century. It is where Rabbi Joseph Caro, one of the greatest of all Jewish legal authorities, taught and lived. Hear the story of how he was visited here by a maggid, an angelic messenger, who revealed secrets of the Torah.
    • Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists’ Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
    • Meet with David Friedman, a Tsfat artist inspired by Kabbalah.
  • A Way Forward in the North: Visit Sindyanna of Galilee and sample some of their award-winning olive oil. We’ll learn how this non-profit organization is producing fine, fair-trade products and creating economic opportunities for Arab women, one of Israel’s most underemployed sectors. The tour will include:
    • Talking with one of the basket weavers about her life and work. We’ll see how she uses traditional and modern weaving techniques and find out how Arab and Jewish women are coming together to learn and revitalize this long-established local craft.
  • As we drive south on the Trans-Israel Highway, there will be plenty of opportunities to see the Security Barrier which runs along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and to learn about the barrier’s effects on Israeli security and Palestinian communities.
  • Drive to Jerusalem. We'll stop at Mount Scopus for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check in to the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
Wed. Nov 13, 2024
  • Enter the Old City via the Zion Gate and start with a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • Walk along the Rooftops of the Old City for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem, and how they live alongside each other.
    • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
    • Explore 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.
    • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site and then tour the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount’s Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
  • Visit an Armenian ceramic artist in his studio to learn how these artistic pieces are made.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 8
THE POWER OF MEMORY
Thu. Nov 14, 2024
  • Visit Yad LaKashish, a Jerusalem nonprofit empowering low income elderly through meaningful work opportunities, essential social and financial benefits as well as promoting positive attitudes towards seniors through inter-generational connections.
  • Meet with students and teachers from the Ma’aleh Film School, where we will learn about Israeli society through the prism of film.
  • Taste the abundance of the Machne Yehuda market, at your own time and convenience, using tasting cards.
  • First timers:
    • Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
      • The Avenue of the Righteous.
      • The new Historical Museum.
      • The Children’s Memorial.
      • Participate in a concluding Memorial Service at Yad Vashem.
  • Retunees:
    • The Museum of Holocaust Art. The world's largest collection of Holocaust art reveals the lives and heroism of artists engulfed by the Shoah. These artists risked their lives to create, often under the most harrowing conditions, an artistic record of the catastrophe.
    • The Valley of the Communities, a 2.5-acre monument dug out of bedrock. Engraved on its stone walls are the names of 5,000 Jewish communities that were swallowed up by the Shoah.
    • The Sculpture Garden with its powerful and poignant artworks.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 9
THE DEAD SEA BASIN
Fri. Nov 15, 2024
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • First Timers: Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod’s mountain palace and the site of the Jewish Zealots’ last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Discuss Masada’s role as a symbol of Jewish defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Returnees: Hike in Nahal David or Nahal Arugot, part of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.
  • All: Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat with Achva Bakerem congregation in Jerusalem, followed by a communal or home hospitality dinner.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 10
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM
Sat. Nov 16, 2024
  • Visit the renewed and wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its wide-ranging and eclectic collection, from Archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls, to Jewish Life and Art, European art, contemporary Israeli art and the open-air model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period.
  • Yemin Moshe and Mishkenot Sha'ananim: Get to know the great banker and philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore as you explore the pastoral neighborhoods, famous windmill and the artists’ colony that he developed and which transformed Jerusalem in the nineteenth century. En route, view two of modern Jerusalem’s most storied and important landmarks: the King David Hotel and the YMCA building. Conclude with a view of the HUC Jerusalem Campus, one of the centers of Reform Judaism in Israel.
  • Late check-out from the hotel, followed by a farewell dinner.
  • Closing ceremony at the Haas Promenade overlooking Jerusalem.
  • Group transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for the departure flight to the USA.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 11
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Sun. Nov 17, 2024
  • Return to the USA.

RATES & LODGING

participants
20+
Cost p/p in double room
$5,090
Cost p/p in single room
$6,790
Early bird discount: Participants who complete registration and pay the $500 per person deposit during the first 30 days of registration will receive $100 off per person, which will be deducted from the final trip invoice. Registration open

Tel Aviv: Crowne Plaza Beach

Upper Galilee: Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel

Jerusalem: The Inbal

  • Nights: 4 + Late Check Out
  • Room Category: Deluxe New City
  • Hotel Website

What to expect

  • 8 nights' accommodations. Late check out on the day of departure is included.
  • 9 days of touring with a tour educator (guide), in a luxury, air-conditioned bus. (Additional guide on November 15th ).
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 5 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.
  • 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 in the amount 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. 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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