Holy Blossom & Timothy Eaton
Interfaith Journey to Israel

Led by Rabbi Yael Splansky and the Reverend Jason Byassee

May 22, 2025 - Jun 1, 2025

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Our Community
  • Trip Type Interfaith
  • Duration 11 DAYS
  • Group Size 30+
  • Price From $4,730
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.

  •   Archaeology
  •   Heritage
  •   Home Hospitality
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Cooking Workshop
  •   Current Affairs
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Street Food
  •   Nature Walks

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
DEPARTURE
Thu. May 22, 2025
  • Depart Toronto.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Fri. May 23, 2025
  • Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade for a traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Kol Haneshema.
  • Enjoy a Festive Shabbat & Opening Dinner and introduction to the trip.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
Sat. May 24, 2025
  • Enjoy the views of Jerusalem’s Old City from the Mount of Olives.
  • Descend to the Garden of Gethsemane.
  • Our exploration of the Christian Quarter will include following the 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.
  • Tour the Old City’s Christian quarter and explore inter-religious relations with Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations.
  • Explore the Israel Museum, housing more than 5,000 years of cultural treasures.
  • Mark the end of Shabbat with a communal Havdalah ceremony overlooking the Old City.
  • Watch the Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum, a cinematic celebration of sight and sound depicting the story of Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
HEAVENLY & EARTHLY JERUSALEM
Sun. May 25, 2025
  • Sunday Worship at a local church.
  • Tour Jerusalem’s Old City and the Jewish Quarter.
  • Among the highlights will be:
    • Tour the Citadel moat and the “Kishle” in the Tower of David museum.
    • A climb to the rooftops, overlooking the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the golden Dome of the Rock, and the famous Hurva Synagogue.
    • Visit Mount Zion, a site venerated by Christians.
    • 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.
    • Explore the Western Wall Tunnel.
  • View artist Marc Chagall's tribute to the twelve tribes of Israel in the form of twelve stained-glass windows in the synagogue of Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
MEMORY NEAR & FAR
Mon. May 26, 2025
  • Study session led by staff.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Your guided tour.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
  • Meet with Ali Abu Awwad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger/ Rabbi Shaul Judelman from Shorashim (Roots), a program bringing West Bank Palestinians and their Jewish neighbors together despite their fears and suspicions.
  • Explore Bethlehem, a Palestinian town on the West Bank and visit the Church of the Nativity.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6
NORTHERN EXPOSURE
Tue. May 27, 2025
  • Check out of the 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.
  • 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.
  • Join an Israeli Arab family at their home to talk, over tea and coffee, about their lives and to join them for a GalilEat cooking workshop, followed by a traditional dinner.
  • Check into the hotel.
Overnight: Sea of Galilee Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7
THE SEA OF GALILLEE
Wed. May 28, 2025
  • Explore the Sea of Galilee, a center of early Christianity. We’ll visit:
    • Tabgha, the site where Jesus turned a few fish and loaves into a meal for thousands.
    • The Mount of Beatitudes.
    • Capernaum.
    • Cruise the Sea of Galilee on a boat inspired by the fishing vessels used here 2,000 years ago.
  • Visit Nazareth.
  • Return to the hotel for Dinner.
  • Meet with a research expert from the Alma Research and Education Center.
Overnight: Sea Of Galilee Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8
ALONG THE WATER
Thu. May 29, 2025
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit the Zippori National Park, known for its extraordinary ancient mosaics and its central role in Jewish life after the destruction of the Temple.
  • Guided visit to the ancient city of Caesarea.
  • Join the volunteer organization Leket Israel and pick fruits and vegetables for those in need.
  • Enter Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps.”
  • Check into the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9
THE POWER OF TEL AVIV
Fri. May 30, 2025
  • Visit Jaffa.
  • Walk through Jaffa’s famous flea market – Shuk Hapishpeshim.
  • Go into the home of Doris Hiffawi to hear about her life as a Christian Arab in Jaffa.
  • Walk along the 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.
  • Explore Nachalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv’s arts and crafts market before we move on to the Carmel Market.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Yozma in Modi’in, led by Rabbi Nir Barkin.
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10
SHABBAT BY THE SEA
Sat. May 31, 2025
  • Study Session to the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Check out local murals and graffiti.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Cherish shabbat and mark it's passing (until next week) with a havdalah ceremony by the beach.
  • Farewell Dinner followed by transfer to the airport.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11
HOME AGAIN
Sun. Jun 1, 2025
  • Until we meet again.

RATES & LODGING

participants
30+
Cost p/p in double room
$4,730
Cost p/p in single room
$6,305
All rates are in USD. Registration open

Jerusalem: Dan Panorama

Sea of Galilee: Nof Ginosar Hotel

Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama

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 breakfasts & 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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