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.
- Cooking Workshop
- Food & Wine
- Art & Culture
- Expert Scholar
- Home Hospitality
- Local Specialists
- Nature Walks
- Street Food
- Depart the U.S.A.
- Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
- Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
- Stop at the Haas Promenade for a traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
- Check into the hotel.
- Welcome dinner at a local restaurant and get to know the incredible women you will journey with.
- Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
- Meet Hamutal Gouri, founder and CEO of Consult4Good: Wisdom for Social Change and get an overview of the Women Issues in Israel.
- 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.
- Tour Jerusalem's Old City and the Jewish Quarter.
- 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 Davidson Center and Robinson’s Arch. Learn about Ezrat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall), and the women who led the charge of it's creation.
- Return to hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
- Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Mevasseret in Mevasseret Zion, led by Rabbi Alona Nir-Keren.
- Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants.
Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
- 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).
- Kicking Back at the Dead Sea: A blissful afternoon will include floating in the Dead Sea. Not much can live (or swim) in the “Sea of Salt,” which is nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun. There’ll be the opportunity for some “muddy good fun” getting covered in the famous Dead Sea mud. For thousands of years, people of all ages have enjoyed this tradition and believed that the Dead Sea mud and minerals have special healing and beauty qualities. See and feel for yourself.
- Return to Jerusalem.
- Mark the end of Shabbat with a communal Havdalah ceremony overlooking the Old City.
- Free Evening in Jerusalem on Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall or Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony.
- The Art and Wisdom of Tikkun Olam: Meet elderly, often impoverished, immigrants who are finding a sense of purpose and creating beautiful artwork at Yad LaKashish (Lifeline for the Elderly). We’ll hear personal stories and see the aging artisans in action, talk with those running this inspirational organization, and pack baskets of essentials as a small token of giving back.
- Visit Machane Yehuda, an open-air market.
- Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Your guided tour, focusing on 'Women's Voices in the Holocaust' will include:
- The Avenue of the Righteous.
- The Historical Museum.
- The Valley of the Communities.
- Share feelings and thoughts and discuss what we have experienced and learned at Yad Vashem.
- Experience Jerusalem night life, including: The Mamilla Mall, the First Station, the Ben Yehuda and Nahalat Shiva Pedestrian Malls.
- Check out of the hotel and head north.
- Drive on the Trans-Israel Highway, where there will be an opportunity 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.
- Schechinah, Femininity and Kabbalah: 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. Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
- Visit the Adir Winery for a guided wine and cheese tasting, as well as frozen goat milk yogurt.
- Check into the hotel and enjoy dinner.
- Check out.
- Enjoy a short walk to the Arbel Cliffs.
- A Taste of the Galilee: We’ll be welcomed into the home of an Israeli Arab family to hear about their lives and to enjoy a mini workshop on the culinary traditions of the Galilee. Our GalilEat host family will prepare some delicious local delicacies and provide expert advice as we whip up a classic local dish for lunch.
- Stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea. Read together Hannah Senesh’s poem “A walk to Caesarea” better known as “Eli, Eli” was inspired by a walk from Kibbutz Sdot Yam, where she lived, towards Caesarea.
- Discover the beautiful of glass blowing as you create your own peice of art to take home at Ayula Glass House.
- Head to Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps,” and check in to your hotel.
- Tel Aviv’s food scene is on fire with world-class chefs and a huge range of happening restaurants. See and taste for yourself during a free evening. Afterwards, those who love the nightlife can sample the city’s bar, club and café culture or stroll along the refurbished promenade and port.
- Talk with technology journalist Viva Sarah Press about how tiny Israel is playing a giant role in hi-tech and the impact women are making in Israel’s thriving hi-tech world.
- Experience the diversity and dynamism of Jewish life at the new ANU: Museum of the Jewish People with an emphasis on how women have helped shape the Jewish people.
- Explore Carmel Market and enjoy a tasting tour that doubles as lunch.
- Visionaries and Builders and the women’s voices not usually heard: Learn about the great thinkers and founders of the first Zionist city, Tel Aviv, buried at Trumpeldor Cemetery, including Israel’s “National Poet” Haim Bialik. Ahad Ha’Am and Tel Aviv’s influential first mayor Meir Dizengoff. We will also hear the voices of their wives, along with the famous singer Shoshana Damari, the author Devorah Barron, and the sister of the poet Rachel.
- Enjoy Tel Aviv’s night life.
- Visit KitePride, an Israeli fashion social enterprise owned by an Israeli NGO which provides jobs to survivors of human trafficking and prostitution. Together we will create functional, one-of-a-kind BAGS from up-cycled kitesurfing kites, sails, parachutes and wetsuits. Through each bag sold, jobs are created and fabric is saved from landfill. Meet volunteers and hear about their challenges and achievements.
- Walk through Jaffa's famous Flea Market – “Shuk Hapishpeshim.”
- The Urban Art Scene of Southern Tel Aviv: The blue collar Kiryat HaMelacha neighborhood has suddenly become the happening home for contemporary Israeli art. A local art expert will guide us through the neighborhood’s galleries and studios of some of the most prominent local female artists.
- Festive farewell dinner.
- Group transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight.
RATES & LODGING
What to expect
- 8 nights' accommodations.
- 8 days of touring with a tour educator (guide), in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
- Daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 4 dinners.
- 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 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.
- 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: [email protected].
- Please click here to view our full terms (T&C’s). These T&C’s apply to all reservations created within J2 Adventures.
DISCOVER NEW WORLDS.
A family vacation to Israel. An adventure of a lifetime traveling with friends to Morocco. A trip to Poland or Portugal with your community. What do these trips have in common? No matter where you go, you will come back with a fresh perspective and appreciation of the place you visited as well as a heightened awareness of your identity as part of the global Jewish community.
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