Or Chadash
Journey to Israel

Led by Rabbi Alison Kobey

Jul 24, 2024 - Aug 4, 2024

  • Who’s Going Families
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 12 DAYS
  • Group Size 20+
  • Price From $5,160
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.

  •   Social Justice
  •   Home Hospitality
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Archaeology
  •   Heritage
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Family Friendly
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Expert Scholar
  •   Jeep Tour
  •   Rafting & Kayaking
  •   Nature Walks

Program Itinerary

Wed. Jul 24, 2024
  • Depart the USA.
Overnight: Flight
Thu. Jul 25, 2024
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation at a local restaurant with Rabbi Kobey and your tour educator.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Dinner
Fri. Jul 26, 2024
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • Depart the hotel.
  • Visit the new and interactive Yaacov Agam Museum.
  • Visit the Peres Peace Center, created by the late Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and President of Israel.
  • Free time to enjoy the beach or perhaps visit the Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly crafts fair and eateries; alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market and across the way Sheinkin Street, with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping.
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Meet in the lobby for candle-lighting, and depart hotel to Rosh Ha’Ayin.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Bavat Ayin in Rosh Ha’Ayin, followed by a home hospitality dinner with local congregants.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Sat. Jul 27, 2024
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Explore the Old City of Jaffa and ascend from the old port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • 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 a free afternoon at the Tel Aviv beach or the hotel pool.
  • Havdalah overlooking the sea.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
Sun. Jul 28, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Tel Aviv, heading north.
  • From the top of Mount Carmel view the Baha’i Gardens and gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, one of the holiest Sites of the Baha’i religion.
  • Visit the Leo Baeck School in Haifa, the Israeli Reform Movement’s flagship school, which provides innovative educational opportunities and community center services and is home to the Ohel Avraham congregation. Special program with the Lokey Academy for Jewish Education at the Leo Baeck Campus.
  • Option 1:
    • Visit the Zippori National Park, known for its extraordinary ancient mosaics and its central role in Jewish life after the destruction of the Temple.
  • Option 2:
    • Visit Rish Lakish Olive Press, located on Moshav Zippori in the Galilee, for a hands-on family experience.
  • All:
    • Drive to the Sea Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
    • Dinner at the hotel.
    • Enjoy an evening tour of the kibbutz with your tour educator.
Overnight: Sea of Galilee Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Mon. Jul 29, 2024
  • Go on a nature hike to the Suspended Trail above the spectacular canyon of the Banias Stream, at the foot of Mount Hermon.
  • Take a jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery while learning about the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Visit a Druze village for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community.
  • Take in the panoramic views from Mt. Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) and gain sharp insights into Israel’s security situation on the Golan Heights.
  • Option 1:
    • Wine Tasting at Pelter winery in the Golan Heights.
  • Option 2:
    • Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory.
  • All:
    • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
    • Return to the hotel, followed by dinner.
Overnight: Sea of Galilee Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Tue. Jul 30, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists’ colony. Your visit will include:
    • Guided visit to the Ari, Caro, or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists’ Colony. Shop in the galleries and crafts shops and engage in dialogues with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
    • Meet with artist Sheva Chaya in her studio.
  • Drive south past Tiberias, an ancient/modern city located on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). One of Israel’s four holy Jewish cities, this is where the “Jerusalem” Talmud was codified and where Maimonides is buried.
  • Visit Moshava Kinneret in the Jordan Valley for an in-depth look at communal living then and now in one of Israel’s first Moshavim or farming villages. Meet descendants of the Schneiderman pioneer family who run a spice farm and enjoy a tasting of dates and local spices.
  • Swim in the freshwater pools and natural springs at the Gan Hashlosha Nature Reserve (Sachne), situated at the foot of Mt. Gilboa.
  • Drive southwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem. Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional shehechiyanu blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
Wed. Jul 31, 2024
  • Option 1:
    • Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem, view the Gihon Spring, and wade through the 2,700-year-old water tunnel of King Hezekiah. Walk through the recently opened Second Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
  • Option 2:
    • Look out over Jerusalem from the crest of Mt. of Olives, the traditional site of Jesus’ ascension to heaven, for a glorious view of the Old City of Jerusalem.
    • Visit the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, among other Christian sites.
  • All:
    • Visit the Egalitarian-Family Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
    • Tour the Jewish Quarter and continue with visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
      • A walk along the Rooftops of the Old City for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem and how they live alongside each other.
      • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century.
      • King Hezekiah’s First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
      • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
    • Return to the hotel.
    • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a very contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City.
    • Optional: The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night-time show – a celebration of sight and sound – that depicts the story of Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
Thu. Aug 1, 2024
  • J² Salon Talk: A Time to Remember and a Time to Forget. Memory is a key part of Jewish identity. But aren’t some parts of history better left forgotten? We’ll be hearing from a variety of voices - Bob Marley, Yehuda Amihai, Rabbi Nahman, and Elie Wiesel – to talk about the role of remembering and forgetting in Jewish life.
  • Meet elderly immigrants at Yad LaKashish (Lifeline for the Elderly).
  • Adults and youth over the age of 12:
    • Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
      • The Avenue of the Righteous.
      • The Historical Museum.
      • The Children’s Memorial.
      • A concluding Memorial Service.
  • Children under 12 with an adult:
    • Visit Ein Yael, an interactive museum located on a 2,000-year-old archaeological site. Take part in weaving, ceramics, painting, and other crafts typical of life in ancient times.
  • All:
    • Depart Jerusalem for the Beit Guvrin Caves to take part in an archaeological dig; prepare to get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10
Fri. Aug 2, 2024
  • Discuss the way forward in the struggle for religious pluralism and gender equality in Israel with a representative from the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Take a guided walking tour on the grounds of Israel’s “Capitol Hill”. Learn more about:
    • The Rose Garden – more than 400 species of roses imported from all around the world.
    • The Knesset – outside Israel’s Parliament building.
    • The Menorah – the monument of Israel’s symbol, built from bronze.
  • Visit Mt. Herzl, including the museum dedicated to the life and achievements of Theodor Herzl, the founder of the World Zionist Movement. Continue to Herzl’s grave and those of Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, and other leaders of the nation.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the legendary Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Join Jerusalemites in a musical Kabbalat Shabbat at the Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment OR enjoy a communal Kabbalat Shabbat overlooking the Old City.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 11
Sat. Aug 3, 2024
  • Option 1:
    • Early breakfast at the hotel.
    • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin and ascend by cablecar to Masada, Herod’s mountain palace and the site of the Jewish Zealots’ last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Discuss Masada’s role as a symbol of Jewish defense and its current significance in modern Israel.
    • Lunch on own en route.
    • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
    • Return to Jerusalem, stopping on the way for a quick photo op on a camel.
    • Time to relax and finish packing.
  • Option 2:
    • Breakfast at leisure at the hotel.
    • Optional Shabbat Services.
    • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore:
      • The Old City Ramparts for a walk along the ancient walls of the city.
      • The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, for a walk through the city’s history – with observation points, an animated film, and visual and audio-visual aids – from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
      • The renewed and wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its wide-ranging and eclectic collection, from Archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls to Jewish Life and Art, European art, contemporary Israeli art, and the open-air model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period.
    • Walk through the picturesque neighborhood of Ein Kerem, with its Church of the Visitation, Church of John the Baptist, and art galleries.
  • All:
    • Group wrap-up session.
    • Late check-out from the hotel.
    • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
    • Havdalah overlooking the Old City.
    • Group transfer to the Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your departure flight.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 12
Sun. Aug 4, 2024
  • Return to USA.


Cost p/p in double room
Cost p/p in single room
Child As 3rd (Reduction)
- ($370)
The trip price will go down if more than 20 people register. Registration open

Tel Aviv: Tal by The Beach

Sea of Galilee: Nof Ginosar Hotel

Jerusalem: Dan Boutique

What to expect

  • 9 nights' accommodations. Late check out on the day of departure is included.
  • 10 days of touring with a tour educator (guide), 10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast & 6 dinners.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Guide for Zippori National Park, option 1 on July 28th.
  • On July 31st Local guide for option 1 and tour educator for option 2.
  • Voucher for old city Ramparts on August 3rd for option 2.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Israel.
  • COVID related expenses, including tests.
  • Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
  • Tour educator for Option 2, Day 11.
  • Gratuities: Recommend guidelines for tipping are provided in the terms section.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please use the following information: Citizens Bank: 1 Citizens Drive, Riverside, RI 02915 Routing number: 021313103 (Domestic only) ACH: 036076150 SWIFT Code: CTZIUS33 (International only)
  • Beneficiary Instructions: For the benefit of J² Adventures. Account number: 1001858331
  • 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. Please refer to the small print tab on your trip’s webpage or in your proposal for your cancelation policy and fees.



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