Florida's Treasure Coast
Jewish Communities
Trip to Israel

Led by Rabbis Michael Birnholz, Matthew Durbin, and Bruce Benson

Mar 10, 2025 - Mar 20, 2025

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Our Community
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 11 DAYS
  • Group Size 30+
  • Price From $4,130
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
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Nature Walks
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Urban Graffiti Tour
  •   Home Hospitality

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Mon. Mar 10, 2025
  • Safe travels.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
FIRST STEPS ON YOUR ISRAEL JOURNEY
Tue. Mar 11, 2025
  • Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Travel to Jerusalem.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade for a traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check in at your Jerusalem Hotel.
  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Opening conversation with your tour educator - reviewing expectations and your Israel journey itinerary.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
JERUSALEM'S SEVENTY FACES
Wed. Mar 12, 2025
  • Enter Jerusalem's Old City through the Jaffa Gate.
  • Visit the newly renovated Tower of David Museum of the history of Jerusalem. A visual journey through Jerusalem's story - and the competitions and collaborations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the city called holy by all three Abrahamic faiths.
  • 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. 
  • At the end of the Via Dolorosa is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional 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.
  • Take a walking tour through Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter and experience the center of Jewish life, history, and holiness.
  • Visit Hurva Square, the hub of the modern-day Jewish Quarter, and one of its major places of worship, the Hurva Synagogue and the nearby Broad Wall, evidence of the Assyrian seige on Jerusalem more than 2700 years ago.
  • 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.
  • Visit the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Southern Wall Excavations, Robinson’s Arch, and Azrat Yisrael - the pluralistic prayer area along the Western Wall.
  • Explore on your own Jerusalem's night life and culinary scene.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
ISRAEL'S SOUTHERN FRONTIER
Thu. Mar 13, 2025
  • Visit Moshav Netiv Ha’asarah, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip and meet a resident. The moshav was one of the towns and villages invaded by Hamas on October 7th, 2023.
  • Visit Kiryat Gat and meet with members of the Atachlit Farm. The farm is a project highlighting the Ethiopian Israeli story - from the dream of Zion to the encounter of the Ethiopian community with Israeli realities. Join a group lunch with traditional Ethiopian food.
  • Tour Tel Maresha in the Beit Guvrin National Park, explore the ancient cave complex of the Hellenistic city, and understand the place of archeology as an Israeli 'national sport.'
  • Join a tree planting ceremony with KKL-JNF in the area surrounding Jerusalem . Leave your legacy for future generations.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market. Take part as Jerusalem celebrates the Purim season.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5
THE MOUNT OF MEMORY
Fri. Mar 14, 2025
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Your guided tour will include: the historical museum, the grounds and sculpture gardens, and the children's memorial.
  • Visit Mount Herzl, Israel's national cemetery and pay respects to those who have fallen so that Israel can live.
  • Time to enjoy the Ben Yehuda Street Promenade as Jerusalem gets ready for Shabbat.
  • Spend time preparing for Shabbat at your hotel.
  • Join a local Israeli reform movement community for Friday night prayers and for community hospitality.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6
A LIVING DESERT AND A DEAD SEA
Sat. Mar 15, 2025
  • Drive by Qumran, where the Dead Sea Sect established a community and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • 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.
  • Stop at Mount Scopus to see the dramatic view onto both the desert and the Jerusalem vista including the Old City and the Temple Mount.
  • Mark the end of Shabbat with a communal Havdalah ceremony.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7
NORTHERN EXPOSURE
Sun. Mar 16, 2025
  • Check out and depart Jerusalem.
  • Israeli agriculture is a strategic need and a powerful symbol of the Zionist story. Volunteer with Leket, an NGO focusing on providing food to Israel's weakest populations.
  • Drive to the Galilee.
  • Enjoy a short walk to the Arbel Cliffs with the entire Galilee vista spread out in front of you.
  • Visit the Hula Nature Reserve, home to thousands of storks, cranes, pelicans, and flamingos. Enjoy bike-riding and golf-carting.
  • Check in at your Galilee Hotel.
  • Enjoy dinner at your Galilee hotel.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8
NORTHERN VISTAS AND NORTHERN CHALLENGES
Mon. Mar 17, 2025
  • Visit Tel Hai and the statue of 'the Roaring Lion." Hear the stories of the settlement and develoment of the Galilee region from the early pioneers and through the challenges on Israel's Northern border.
  • Enjoy a hike in the beautiful Tel Dan Nature Reserve.
  • Visit a village in the Golan for a glimpse into the lives of Israel’s Druze community and explore their complex but close relationship with the State of Israel.
  • Visit the Odem Mountain Winery at the foot of Mt. Hermon on the Golan Heights for wine tasting.
  • We'll gaze across the Golan and into Syria from the top of Mount Bental and gain powerful insights into Israel's geopolitical and security situation.
  • Return to your hotel for dinner.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9
FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA
Tue. Mar 18, 2025
  • Check out from your Galilee hotel.
  • Welcome to the capital of Jewish mysticism. Tsfat - with its medieval synagogues and modern art galleries. Learn about the development of Jewish mysticism while touring the streets and alleys of the city.
  • Use your Yamishuk voucher to enjoy lunch in Tsfat. Explore the hidden corners and galleries of the Old City.
  • Dialogue with Mohammed Darawshe, Director of Planning, Equality & Shared Society at the Givat Haviva Center. Mohammed is an internationally recognized leader in building Israel as a shared society for all of its citizens.
  • Enter Tel Aviv and stop at Yitzchak Rabin Square, marking the site where Prime Minster Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish terrorist following a peace demonstration at the city hall. What is Rabin's legacy and how is her remembered today?
  • Check in at your Tel Aviv Hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 10
TAKING IT ALL BACK HOME
Wed. Mar 19, 2025
  • Check out.
  • J² Salon Talk: Who Are You Calling Authentic? Jewish Change and Invention Through the Ages. It is often said that Judaism is an unbreakable chain that must be preserved and guarded through the ages. If we look at the story of the Jewish people more carefully, though, surviving and thriving are also about change, reform, and even revolution. We will share outstanding examples where innovation helped ensure the Jewish present and future. From ancient times until today, our discussion will shine a light on the value of diversity and creativity as integral elements of the Jewish story.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Join an expert on Tel Aviv’s alternative scene for an urban adventure and graffiti tour. How does grafitti and street art capture the pulse of the modern Israeli story.
  • Free time for last minute exploring and shopping.
  • Devote time to sharing and reflecting on the events of the journey and what you are taking home.
  • Farewell dinner at a local venue.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11
TRAVEL SAFELY. RETURN SOON.
Thu. Mar 20, 2025
  • Overnight flight and arrival in the USA.
Overnight: Flight

RATES & LODGING

participants
30+
Cost p/p in double room
$4,130
Cost p/p in single room
$5,115

Jerusalem: Leonardo Boutique

Upper Galilee: Hotel HaGoshrim nature

Tel Aviv: Tal by The Beach

What to expect

  • 8 nights' accommodations.
  • 9 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator (guide), 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 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.
  • 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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