Reform Boston
Solidarity Mission to Israel

Led by Rabbis Jordy Callman, Karen Thomashow, Elaine Zecher & Joel Sisenwine,

Mar 3, 2024 - Mar 8, 2024

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Our Community
  • Trip Type Mission
  • Duration 6 DAYS
  • Group Size 20+
  • Price From $2,595
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.

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Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Sun. Mar 3, 2024
  • Depart for Israel.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
BRING THEM HOME
Mon. Mar 4, 2024
  • Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
  • Meet your J² Expert Educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Check in to your hotel.
  • Understanding the Context: Looking back to October 7th and towards the future with your tour educator.
  • Hostages Square has become a national center for the struggle for the hostages held by Hamas. Visit the square and join in a communal prayer.
  • Meet with families of the Hostages Forum. What has been achieved? What more can be done?
  • Opening dinner at a local restaurant with MK Rabbi Gilad Kariv.
  • Estimate end of the day: 10:30 PM
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
BEARING WITNESS
Tue. Mar 5, 2024
  • Estimate start of the day, to be on the bus after breakfast: 7:30.
  • Travel to Rahat, Israel's largest Bedouin town. Meet with H'ir Elbaz to discuss the unique place of Israeli Bedouins in the Israel-Hamas war and the pioneering social and educational efforts that are being made for the community.
  • Meet with Rabbi Na'ama Dafni-Kellen from Congregation Orr Hadash in Haifa and hear about their efforts to give support and hope since October 7th.
  • Drive south to the Gaza Envelope.
  • Head to the site of the Nova Festival massacre near Kibbutz Re'im.
  • Continue to Sderot, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza, and see the reality on the ground. Meet with a policeman from Sderot station. (upon confirmation)
  • 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.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Estimate end of the day: 8:00 PM.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
KOL ISRAEL AREVIM
Wed. Mar 6, 2024
  • Estimate start of the day, to be on the bus after breakfast: 7:30.
  • Travel to Moshav Tzalfon.
  • Due to a lack of workers, Israelis now volunteer to work in agriculture. Join other volunteers to harvest vegetables in order to provide fresh produce for the country.
  • Eat lunch at Armon Yerushalayim restaurant in Ramle.
  • Travel to Gezer.
  • Spend time with Lee Seigel, brother of Keith who is still being held hostage, sister-in-law Aviva was released after 51 days. Hear their stories and learn about the work they are doing every day to ensure the safe return of their loved ones.
  • Walk through the streets of Florentine, Tel Aviv, to see the new graffiti works of local artists entitled "Walls of Hope." Each new mural represents one of the children held hostage.
  • Dinner with activists and mix Muslim-Jewish couple, Ihab and Orah Ballah to discuss how recent events have affected their visions of co-existence and the possibilities for peace.
  • Reflection over desserts: devote time to sharing and reviewing the days that have passed.
  • Estimate end of the day: 9:30 PM
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5
THE STRUGGLE TO HEAL
Thu. Mar 7, 2024
  • Estimate start of the day, to be on the bus after breakfast and checkout: 8:15.
  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • Bikur Holim – Visiting the Sick – is a fundamental Jewish ethical practice. At this time in Israel, Bikur Holim is more important than ever. Visit an Israeli medical facility and extend your hand to the ill, the injured, and the healing.
  • Continue to the United Hatzalah (UH) HQ in Jerusalem to hear about their emergency response on October 7th and their work since.
  • Explore the National Library of Israel. The new Israel National Library provides the opportunity to understand centuries of Jewish creativity through one of the world’s most impressive collections of Jewish and Israel-related literature. In addition, the library staff is dedicated to a national project documenting the events of October 7, 2023.
  • 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.
  • Wrapping Up: Reflect what we are taking home, and how we are moving ahead.
  • Closing dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben-Gurion International Airport for your return to the US.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6
HOME AGAIN
Fri. Mar 8, 2024
  • Arrive in the US.

RATES & LODGING

participants
20+
Cost p/p in double room
$2,595
Cost p/p in single room
$3,125

Tel Aviv: Carlton

  • Nights: 3
  • Room Category: Premium Partial Sea View
  • Hotel Website

What to expect

  • 3 nights' accommodations.
  • 4 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator (guide), 4 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • 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 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 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: [email protected].
  • Payments | The balance of your payment is due the 18th of Feb, 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 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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