Mount Zion Temple
Jewish Heritage Trip to Germany and France

Led by Cantor Rachel & Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker

Oct 25, 2025 - Nov 2, 2025

  • DESTINATION Germany & France
  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 9 DAYS
  • Group Size 30+
  • Price From $5,270
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.

Early bird discount: Participants who complete registration and pay the $500 per person deposit during the first 60 days of registration will receive $150 off per person, which will be deducted from the final trip invoice.

Cost is based on a minimum of 30 participants. If fewer sign up, there may be an option of participants contributing a few hundred dollars more to make the trip feasible.

  •   Art & Culture
  •   Expert Scholar
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Heritage
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Social Justice

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
DEPARTURE
Sat. Oct 25, 2025
  • Depart the US.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY
Sun. Oct 26, 2025
  • Morning arrival at Frankfurt International Airport.
  • Introductory tour to Frankfurt, including:
    • The Alte Oper, one of Europe's classic opera houses.
    • Rotschildpark, Frankfurt’s most posh neighbourhood.
    • Hauptwache – a historic Frankfurt landmark.
    • Eschenheimer Turm – an original guard tower from the city's outer defensive wall, built in the early 1400's.
    • Zeil – Frankfurt’s most vivid shopping area.
    • Paulskirche – the location of Germany's very first democratically elected parliament in 1848.
    • The Roemer and the Roemerplatz, City Hall and old town square.
    • The Book Burning Memorial, site of the Nazi book burning.
    • The Stumbling Stones – a sobering way to commemorate the many victims who perished under the Nazi regime.
    • View St. Bartholomew, better known as the Kaiserdom – an Imperial Church and site of the elections and coronations of the Holy Roman Emperor for centuries.
  • Visit Kleinmarkthalle (little market hall), a wonderful market hall filled with fruit, vegetables, chocolate, pastries, cheese, bread, meat, fish, and delicacies from around the world.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Frankfurt am Main Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
JEWISH LIFE IN FRANKFURT – NOW AND THEN
Mon. Oct 27, 2025
  • Take a tour of Frankfurt’s Jewish Community Center, which contains a Jewish Day School, a kindergarten, a youth center, a senior citizens’ center, and a kosher restaurant, and meet with one of the local community leaders.
  • Continue to the recently renewed Jewish Museum, displaying more than 900-year history of Jewish life and culture in Frankfurt. Highlights include an exhibit relating to Anne Frank in the Frank Family Center, as well as a state-of-the-art research library.
  • Stop next to the Jewish Ghetto Wall (Staufenmauer). Once part of the city's defensive walls, built in 1180, it later became one of the walls that surrounded the 1stJewish Ghetto in Germany.
  • Walk along the Holocaust Memorial Wall, a personal memorial that the city of Frankfurt has created to honor the memory of the 12,000 Frankfurt Jewish citizens who lost their lives during the Holocaust, including Anne Frank.
  • Frankfurt’s restaurant scene is just as lively and multicultural as the city itself. Enjoy an evening at leisure.
Overnight: Frankfurt am Main Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
JERUSALEM ON THE RHINE
Tue. Oct 28, 2025
  • Drive to the ShUM communities of Mainz, Worms and Speyer, the cradle of Ashkenazi Judaism, and the leading Jewish centers of Germany by the 12th century. Together they formed a unique cluster that significantly influenced the culture, religion, and administration of justice in the Ashkenazi diaspora.
  • First, stop at Mainz. Visit the new synagogue which was inaugurated in 2010. Its location - exactly where the main synagogue of Mainz stood until 1938. Its name - מאור הגולה, Light of the Diaspora, named after Rabbi Gershom Ben Judah, also known as Rabbeinu Gershom Me'Or Hagolah (our teacher Gershom the light of the diaspora).
  • Continue to Worms. Visit the Holy Sands Jewish cemetery, the oldest one in Europe. The 2000 tombstones have stood up well since the first one was put in place in 1076. The sheer age, size and relatively intact condition of the cemetery make it unique in the world, as does its constant use for almost 1000 years and the status of the prominent Jews buried there, making it an important place of remembrance for Jews worldwide.
  • Visit the Rashi synagogue, which dates from 1175 and is named after the famous medieval Torah commentator who spent a part of his career there.
  • Text study with Rabbi Spilker.
  • Drive to Speyer.
  • Medieval Speyer was home to one of the most important medieval Jewish communities north of the Alps. Here the Jewish community built a mikvah in 1120, still intact, some 30 feet under street level, which collected both groundwater and rainwater.
  • Return to Frankfurt. Evening at leisure and dinner on your own.
Overnight: Frankfurt am Main Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
FROM FRANKFURT TO PARIS
Wed. Oct 29, 2025
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Get on board the France-Germany high speed train as you travel from Frankfurt to Paris.
  • Check into your hotel in Paris.
  • Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris, the city of lights.
Overnight: Paris Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6
JEWISH LIFE IN PARIS
Thu. Oct 30, 2025
  • Meet with Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur, one of the few female rabbis in Paris, and hear about her personal story and her experiences with liberal Jewish life in France and America. We’ll join the rabbi at her community’s home, the MJLF, a Jewish liberal cultural and religious association affiliated with the World Union for Progressive Judaism.
  • Walking Tour of the fashionable Marais, once the city’s Jewish quarter. Learn about 2000 years of Jewish life while walking along the quaint narrow streets and explore the colorful and challenging lives of Jews from the Middle Ages through the French Revolution and the occupation of Paris during WWII.
  • Visit the Shoah Memorial, a museum dedicated to Jewish history during the Second World War, with the central focus on the teaching of the Shoah.
  • Visit the Great Synagogue of Paris, known as La Victoire Synagogue, and meet with the synagogue’s rabbi, Rabbi Moshe Sebbag.
  • Conversation with Jon Beliah, Director General of the Service de Protection de la Communauté Juive de France (SPCJ), an organization whose mission it is to identify anti-Semitic acts in France and work in collaboration with the police.
  • Evening at leisure and dinner on your own.
Overnight: Paris Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF RASHI
Fri. Oct 31, 2025
  • Drive to Troyes, located in the Champagne region of France, an important medieval trading city and a center of intellectual and artistic activity. Rashi, one of the most important Jewish scholars and commentators of the Middle Ages, lived in Troyes during the 11th century. Here is where he founded his famous Talmudic school in 1070.
  • Visit the Rashi Synagogue, an active Orthodox synagogue that was built in 1960, named after Rashi, followed by a visit to the new visitors center onsite.
  • Text study with Rabbi Spilker.
  • Take a walking tour of the Old Jewish Quarter and the historic heart of Troyes.
  • Return to Paris.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat Services with Kehilat Gesher, the only progressive, bilingual synagogue in the Paris region.
  • Communal Shabbat dinner with Kehilat Gesher or dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Paris Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 8
THE ICONS OF PARIS
Sat. Nov 1, 2025
  • Shabbat Torah Study and/or Services (optional).
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower. The tower was initially built to serve as the entrance gateway to the International Exposition of 1889 as well as a testament to French industrial ingenuity. It has since come to represent the distinct character of the city of Paris.
  • Explore the Louvre Museum, the national museum and art gallery of France, housed in part of a large palace in Paris. It is the world's most visited art museum.
  • Continue to the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral. Situated in the heart of Paris, it serves as a shining example of architectural genius and the artistic spirit of its era.
  • Mark the end of Shabbat with a communal Havdalah ceremony.
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Paris Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 9
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Sun. Nov 2, 2025
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart France.
Meals: Breakfast

RATES & LODGING

participants
30+
Cost p/p in double room
$5,270
Cost p/p in single room
$6,670
Early bird discount: Participants who complete registration and pay the $500 per person deposit during the first 60 days of registration will receive $150 off per person, which will be deducted from the final trip invoice. Registration open

Frankfurt am Main: The Frankfurt Hotel

Paris: Radisson Blu Hotel, Paris Boulogne

What to expect

  • 7 nights' accommodations.
  • 7 days of touring with an expert educator and local guides, in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Fast train from Frankfurt am Main to Paris.
  • Daily breakfast & 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.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Europe.
  • 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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