Park Avenue Synagogue
Resilience and Hope
One Year After October 7

Led by Rabbis Neil Zuckerman and Lori Koffman

Nov 9, 2024 - Nov 15, 2024

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 7 DAYS
  • Group Size 30+
  • Price From $3,998
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.

  •   Heritage
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Social Justice

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Sat. Nov 9, 2024
  • Depart for Israel.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Sun. Nov 10, 2024
  • Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner and dialogue with Haviv Rettig Gur, senior analyst at The Times of Israel. Since 2005, he has covered Israeli politics, foreign and regional policies, and the complex relationship with the Jewish Diaspora.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
ISRAEL IN DIALOGUE: STORIES, POLITICS, AND HERITAGE
Mon. Nov 11, 2024
  • Israel Story—Telling the Story of October 7: Dialogue with Mishy Harman, the host and co-founder of Israel Story. Israel Story's mission is to promote a deeper understanding of and connection to Israel through human-interest storytelling.
  • Continue to the Knesset. Engage directly with members of the Knesset to delve into Israel's pressing issues and gain first-hand perspectives on current affairs and policies.
  • Experience a behind-the-scenes look at Israel's National Library, including private access to rare manuscripts, historical archives, and special exhibits. Engage with leading curators and scholars about the library's rich collections and its role in preserving Jewish heritage.
  • Drive to Gush Etzion. Meet with Ali Abu Awwad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger from Shorashim (Roots), fostering constructive communication between West Bank Palestinians and Jewish neighbors.
  • Return to Jerusalem and unwind with an evening of leisure. This is your opportunity to savor the magic of Jerusalem at your own pace.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
RESILIENCE AND INSIGHT: A DAY IN THE GAZA ENVELOPE
Tue. Nov 12, 2024
  • Drive to the Gaza Envelope.
  • Engage in a comprehensive briefing on the Israel-Gaza conflict with a high-ranking officer from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Gain unique insights into the complexities of the situation, including strategic objectives, operational challenges, and humanitarian considerations.
  • Meet with Hila Barzeli, Director of the Sderot Resilience Center. The center is a symbol of strength and community resilience in the face of ongoing challenges. It stands as a testament to the unwavering spirit of its residents amidst adversity.
  • Embark on a sensory-filled culinary tour in Sderot – a delightful journey through the heart of the city. Led by a captivating local guide, this unique experience combines immersive tastings with insights into the personal and communal resilience of Sderot's residents.
  • 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 7 attacks. ReGrow Israel integrates cutting-edge Israeli innovation and expertise to promote economic resilience, food security, and sustainability within these communities.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner and dialogue with Dr. Einat Wilf, a leading thinker on Israel, Zionism, foreign policy and education.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
BRIDGING DIVIDES: SHARED SOCIETY IN ISRAEL
Wed. Nov 13, 2024
  • Visit the rehabilitation center at Sheba Medical Center, one of the largest and most advanced rehabilitation facilities in Israel. It provides extensive rehabilitation programs for soldiers with complex injuries and disabilities.
  • Head north to Givat Haviva. Engage in a thought-provoking discussion with Mohammad Darawshe, Director of Strategy at the Center for Shared Society at Givat Haviva. With his extensive experience in the field of peacebuilding and interfaith dialogue, Darawshe offers valuable insights into fostering understanding and cooperation between different communities in Israel.
  • Drive to Isfiya, a Druze village on Mt. Carmel.
  • Understanding the Security Challenges on Israel's Northern Border: Field Briefing with Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Sarit Zehavi, Founder and President of the Alma Research and Education Center. Specializing in Israel's security concerns on the northern border, particularly regarding Hezbollah and other regional threats, Zehavi provides unparalleled insights into the complex security dynamics at play.
  • Dialogue with IDF Brigadier General (res.) Amal As'ad on his life experiences in Israel as a Druze Israeli IDF General. As'ad is a leader in the coalition to amend the Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People. Conclude with a home hospitality Druze dinner.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6
FROM REMEMBRANCE TO RENEWAL
Thu. Nov 14, 2024
  • 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. Join the daily morning kaddish dedicated to the memories of our fallen soldiers.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Inclusion Through Employment: Visit the Kivun Center, the leading and professional employment center for the residents of Jerusalem. The center is committed to providing occupational guidance and support tailored to the needs and lifestyle of the ultra-Orthodox sector.
  • What Uplifts Us: Sharing a moment of prayer with Rabbi Tamar Elad Appelbaum, the founder and spiritual leader of Kehilat Zion in Jerusalem—a dynamic community embracing Israeli Jews from diverse backgrounds.
  • Where Do We Go From Here? Dialogue with Tal Becker, an Israeli international law expert, negotiator, and strategic advisor. He serves as a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, where he is the principal staff member responsible for developing the Institute's educational and policy initiatives on Israel and the Jewish world.
  • Late checkout.
  • Private farewell dinner: Reflecting on our journey and charting the path forward.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7
HOME AGAIN
Fri. Nov 15, 2024
  • Arrive back in the US.

RATES & LODGING

participants
30+
Cost p/p in double room
$3,998
Cost p/p in single room
$4,933

Jerusalem: Orient

What to expect

  • 4 nights' accommodations. Late check out until 6:00 p.m. on the day of departure is included.
  • 5 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator (guide), 5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Armed security guard throughout the mission.
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 4 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.
  • Gratuities to J² Expert Educator (guide) and driver.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Israel.
  • COVID related expenses, including tests.
  • Late check out past 6 p.m. on the day of departure.
  • 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.
  • 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 on October 9. 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 until October 9 incur the loss of the deposit. Cancelations made after October 9 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: customercare@j2adventures.com.
  • 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.
  • 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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