Friends of the CCAR
Israel Journey

Led by Rabbi Hara Person

Feb 3, 2024 - Feb 11, 2024

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Friends & Supporters of the CCAR
  • Trip Type Special Journey
  • Duration 9 DAYS
  • Group Size 15+
  • Price From $5,990
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.

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

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
DEPARTURE
Sat. Feb 3, 2024
  • Depart the USA.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN
Sun. Feb 4, 2024
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Check-in at the hotel.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on your journey of education and inspiration.
  • Welcome dinner at Tel Aviv venue with guests/members and activists of the Reform Movement of Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
EXPRESSIONS OF DIVERSITY
Mon. Feb 5, 2024
  • Workshop & enrichment session with Dr. Rachel Korazim who will examine the ways that the diversity of Israel was considered and described by writers and artists living in Tel Aviv as the city grew and Jews, Arabs, immigrants, sabras, and migrant workers all sought to make the city home and express their own unique identities, as well as what was shared in common.
  • An Avenue for Art: Walk down Bialik Street, home to many of Tel Aviv’s finest early artists and authors. We’ll see where cultural leaders, including Israel’s “National Poet” Haim Bialik, lived and created, examine the street’s outstanding, eclectic architecture including Beit Ha’ir (the old municipal center), before taking a guided tour of Rubin House, the home and studio of the painter Reuven Rubin.
  • From Shuk to Chic: Take a tasting tour (doubling as lunch) through a local favorite: Shuk HaCarmel – Combining traditional dishes from the Bulgarian, Bukharan, Middle Eastern, Persian, North African, and Eastern European kitchens with offerings from hip new cafés and restaurants, the market is a delicious illustration of the diversity of the Israeli culinary scene. What does what we eat and how we eat tell a story of place, class, and identity.
  • The Art Scene in Tel Aviv: Visit the galleries which have put Tel Aviv at the forefront of the local and international art scene and meet with gallery owners for an insight into their world.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
TIKKUN OLAM, CULTURE, & EDUCATION
Tue. Feb 6, 2024
  • Meet with Innovation: Africa where innovation meets tikkun olam. Since 2008, using Israeli solar and water technology, Innovation: Africa has delivered access to clean water and light to more than 3 million people across 10 African countries for the first time. Hear how this unique Israeli technological non-profit is empowering developing communities to access essential commodities.
  • Drive north to Umm Al-Fahm, one of Israel’s largest Arab communities. Meet Said Abu Shakra, the founding director of the Umm Al-Fahm Art Gallery, and Mohamed Rabah, gallery board member and director of the City Without Violence program. How are the arts and education being used inventively to contend with communal issues and identities?
  • We’ll be welcomed into the home of an Israeli Arab family to enjoy the Galilee’s famous food and hospitality. After a delicious local lunch cooked by our host family, we’ll take charge of dessert with a knafeh workshop where we will whip up our own version of the Middle East’s favorite dessert.
  • The Reform movement and Russia and Ukrainian refugees meet with Student Rabbi Miriam Klimova and hear about the challenges and joys of leading a Russian Ukrainian community in Haifa.
  • Special Dinner and music session at Hamam El Pasha with Rabbi Dalia Shaham Rabbi Dalia has created a home for culture and Music in an old restored Hamam.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 5
STORIES OF BELONGING
Wed. Feb 7, 2024
  • The science Of Hope: Explore the geopolitics of Israel through a dialogue with Dr. Oded Leshem a Senior Research Associate at the PICR Lab and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, both housed in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. His research is located at the nexus of international relations, political science, and social psychology with a specialization in the beliefs and perceptions of people mired in protracted conflicts.
  • Check out and departure from Tel Aviv.
  • On the road to Jerusalem, we will revisit the 1948 War of Independence at the Shaar HaGai Heritage Site. The recently opened interactive exhibition shares the story of the siege of Jerusalem in 1947and 1948, and the remarkable struggle toward statehood. How does the telling of history also reveal something about how a community wants to tell its own story today and tomorrow?
  • Take a Vintner’s Journey along the Ella Valley and the Judean Hills wine route, exploring some of the new and very successful wineries that have sprouted in recent years, among them Elah, Tzora, Flam, Kastel, Tzuba, and Katlav Wineries.
  • Check-in to the hotel, rest and freshen-up.
  • The Process for Progress: Discuss the way forward in the struggle for religious pluralism and gender equality in Israel with Anna Kislansky, the Chief Executive Officer of The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) and Orly Erez-Likhovsky.
  • Dinner at the First Station.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 6
CREATING & CONTENDING WITH SACRED SPACE
Thu. Feb 8, 2024
  • Sacred space is not a theoretical issue in Jerusalem. It has been and continues to be a live issue of power, passion, and jealousy. The visit to the Western Wall will continue with a reflection discussion in the Davidson Archeological Garden adjacent to the pluralistic prayer area at the Southern Corner of the Western Wall.
  • Walking tour through the Christian Quarter to the Tower of David Museum focusing on traditions of sacred space and place in Christianity and in Islam, concluding with an overview of the Temple Mount/Haram El Sharif from the Citadel of David.
  • Take a guided tasting tour at the Mahane Yehuda Market.
  • Opening the Closet Doors of the Holy City: Meet with staff and members of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, for a presentation and Q&A session. Special guests of this session include the parents of Shira Bankai, Z"L, who was murdered during the 2015 Jerusalem Pride Parade.
  • Dinner and Dialogue with journalist and author Matti Friedman, who spent years on the Israel beat for the New York Times and the foreign press.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Tasting Tour & Dinner
DAY 7
PREPARING FOR THE QUEEN
Fri. Feb 9, 2024
  • Activism Through Art: Mekudeshet explores the holy and the secular, the past, present, and future through art that reflects Jerusalem's complexities. Meet artists from a variety of creative disciplines and from different communities who turn the social, cultural, and political challenges of Jerusalem into fertile ground for creativity and social change. This art tour offers a unique insight into Jerusalem's diversity and complexity through the prism of local artists.
  • Lunch along Emek Refaim.
  • Spiritual preparation for Shabbat accompanied by music.
  • Return to hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat With a Reform Community followed by a home hospitality dinner.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 8
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM
Sat. Feb 10, 2024
  • Optional Shabbat morning services at a local Reform synagogue.
  • The Israel Museum is an outstanding international institution sharing with the public one of the most impressive collections of culture and art from the Land of Israel, the Middle East, and from around the world. Our visit will focus on some of the museum highlights and include a discussion with one of the Museum’s curators about the hidden gems and stories of the Israel Museum.
  • The Secrets of Jerusalem: Walk along the streets of the Old City for a behind the scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem including: A meeting with an Armenian Ceramic Artist and a visit to his workshop, followed by a short tour of the Armenian Quarter, the smallest of the four quarters with the smallest number of residents. Is it a Church or a Synagogue? A visit to Christ Church, the oldest Protestant Church in the Middle East, which looks exactly like a synagogue. A visit to the Austrian Hospice, a European enclave in the heart of the Old City, known for its breath-taking views from the rooftop terrace or Free afternoon to relax.
  • Late check-out.
  • Closing dinner and sharing circle followed by a transfer to the airport.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 9
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Sun. Feb 11, 2024
  • Arrive in the USA.

RATES & LODGING

participants
15+
Cost p/p in double room
$5,990
Cost p/p in single room
$7,520

Tel Aviv: Hilton

Jerusalem: Orient

What to expect

  • 6 nights' accommodations. Late check out on the day of departure is included.
  • 7 days of touring with a tour educator, 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 6 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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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