Jewish Federation of
Greater Houston
Solidarity Mission to Israel

Sep 20, 2024 - Sep 25, 2024

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Mission
  • Duration 6 DAYS
  • Group Size 30+
  • Price From $3,925
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.

Coming to Israel today is a special act of solidarity and of Jewish peoplehood. Israel has never faced more challenging times. We hope that your solidarity mission is about encountering and understanding where the people of Israel stand – in our hurt, in our healing, and in our hope. The mission is about bringing comfort and being comforted. It is an act of empathy and a confirmation of shared memory and destiny. Above all, the solidarity mission is about what each one of us chooses to do to make a difference on the day that we return to our communities from Israel.

  •   Social Justice
  •   Current Affairs
  •   Heritage

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Fri. Sep 20, 2024
  • Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
  • Transfer to Jerusalem and check in to your hotel.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Welcome Shabbat together. Visit the Western Wall - the Kotel - and welcome the Shabbat.
  • Return to your hotel.
  • Shabbat dinner and dialogue with Professor Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University for an introduction into Israel’s turbulent political scene as it unfolds in the shadow of the Israel-Hamas War.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM - WALKING TOUR
Sat. Sep 21, 2024
  • Morning at leisure. Optional Shabbat morning services at a local synagogue.
  • Enjoy Shabbat lunch at your hotel.
  • Participate in a walking tour tracing the development of Jerusalem from Montefiore's windmill to the British Mandate's YMCA and King David Hotel, to the area of Rehavia and the National Institutions of 'The State on the Way.'
  • Tour the Tower of David Museum and explore the city's history – from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
  • Dialogue with journalist and author Matti Friedman. What has changed since October 7 and where is Israel headed?
  • An opportunity to enjoy Jerusalem's night life - culture and culinary offerings - on your own.
  • Optional: Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel, and examine important archaeological discoveries that are revising our understanding of daily life in ancient Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Sun. Sep 22, 2024
  • Learning from Action, Acting from Learning: Dialogue with Kolot staff. Kolot uses Jewish texts to train leaders who embody Jewish ethical principles, strengthening Israel's moral fabric.
  • Tour the Yad B’Yad (Hand in Hand) school in Jerusalem, part of a network of bilingual, multicultural educational institutions which aim to show that Jewish and Arab communities can learn and live together.
  • Visit Pantry Packers - an Israeli NGO focusing on food justice. Make a difference and pack food for Israel’s poorest families.
  • Throughout the history of Israel, the Jewish Agency has been a central national institution. Today, it continues in it's leadership role in it's work to rebuild Israel since October 7th. Meet with the leadership of the Jewish Agency to understand their continuing contribution.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
BRING THEM HOME NOW
Mon. Sep 23, 2024
  • Visit the Magen David Adom HQ in Ramle with the opportunity to participate in a blood drive.
  • Shared Society in Israel: Visit the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Lod. Meet with Amin El-Jamal, Director of Citizens Build a Community and principal of Arab Lod Elementary School, and with Rabbi Samet, Head of Garin Torini. Walk around Lod with leaders of Arab and Jewish communities.
  • 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.
  • Hostages Square has become a national center for the struggle for the hostages held by Hamas. Meet with families of the Hostages Forum. What has been achieved? What more can be done?
  • Dinner and dialogue with Col. (Ret.) Miri Eisin, the incoming Managing Director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the at Reichman University in Herzliya. Over the last ten years, she has been one of Israel’s main presenters, speaking on regional geopolitics and security-related issues in the media worldwide.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5
BEAR WITNESS & COMFORT
Tue. Sep 24, 2024
  • Drive south to the Gaza Envelope.
  • ZAKA Search & Rescue - Voluntary Community Emergency Response Teams of Israel, this unique unit with a unique mission to honor the dead and ensure a full Jewish burial for those who meet a sudden death.
  • Meet with Chen Kotler, a resident of kibbutz Kfar Aza, who will walk you through the kibbutz to share a day burnt into our memories and the impact of that day on the community.
  • Head to the site of the Nova Festival massacre near Kibbutz Re'im.
  • Meet with a local farmer and a representative from ReGrow Israel, a national initiative dedicated to revitalizing and supporting farming communities affected by the October 7th attacks. ReGrow Israel integrates cutting-edge Israeli innovation and expertise to promote economic resilience, food security, and sustainability within these communities.
  • Take time to sit together and share your reflections on the events of the day.
  • Return to Jerusalem for a free evening.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6
THE STRENGTH TO KEEP ON
Wed. Sep 25, 2024
  • Check out.
  • The Israel Trauma Coalition provides a holistic-collaborative approach that includes knowledge, tools and resources for optimal emergency preparedness. Meet the people behind the scenes and understand the work of the resilience centers.
  • Visit the HQ of the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Get to know their projects and the vital work done by the JDC during the Israel-Hamas War.
  • Mount Herzl is Israel's central military cemetery and hosts the graves of the leaders of the nation. Over the last several months, the recently fallen have joined this sacred place. Visit Mount Herzl and contend with the human price paid by Israeli families and the country in the Israel-Hamas War.
  • What Awaits in the Diaspora? Dialogue and closing dinner with Shmuel Rosner, an Israeli columnist, editor, and researcher. He is a sought-after lecturer on Israeli politics, security, and policy; the state of the Jewish people; American history, politics, and policy.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight home to Houston.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

RATES & LODGING

participants
30+
Cost p/p in double room
$3,925
Cost p/p in single room
$4,890
David Citadel Jerusalem

Jerusalem: David Citadel

What to expect

  • 5 nights' accommodations.
  • 6 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator (guide), 5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 3 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.
  • Flights to & from Israel.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Late check out on the day of departure is not included.
  • 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.
  • Mobility: Solidarity missions are specifically strenuous, and our visits include places that are inaccessible to people who may have mobility challenges. You should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances, often over unpaved and uneven surfaces. PLEASE NOTE: In some cases you may need to run to a shelter, if you have questions regarding this matter please speak to a J² representative.
  • Protect your investment for $495 p/p: Should you cancel your trip up to 5 days before your departure for any reason, our POM program offers you a trip refund. Call 888-230-6008 or e-mail: customercare@j2adventures.com.
  • Please click here to view our full terms (T&C’s). These T&C’s apply to all reservations created within J2 Adventures.

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