Temple Beth El of Huntington
Extension trip to the North of Israel

Led by RABBI JEFFREY CLOPPER

Feb 26, 2023 - Mar 1, 2023

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Our Community
  • Trip Type Extension
  • Duration 4 DAYS
  • Group Size 10+
  • Price From $1,720
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.

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  •   Archaeology
  •   Active
  •   Current Affairs
  •   Home Hospitality
  •   Heritage
  •   Street Food
  •   Local Specialists

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
FROM JERUSALEM TO THE NORTH
Sun. Feb 26, 2023
  • Drive to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period. Explore life 2,000 years ago with its ancient theater, palace, and bathhouse.
  • The Druze of Israel: Visit a village on Mount Carmel for a glimpse into the lives of Israel’s Druze community. We’ll talk with a member of this minority group which, despite being famed for its contribution to the Israeli Defense Forces, remains largely unknown to many Israelis. We’ll explore their background and beliefs, as we look at their complex but close relationship with the State of Israel. Then we’ll enjoy the tastes of the Druze kitchen with a home hospitality lunch.
  • 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.
  • Drive to the hotel, check in, and enjoy dinner.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 2
SECURITY AND SPIRITUALITY IN THE NORTH
Mon. Feb 27, 2023
  • Living on the Edge: Look into Southern Lebanon from Kibbutz Misgav Am and discuss some of the issues relating to the security of communities in Northern Israel, including a dialogue with a Kibbutz member.
  • Visit the Galil Mountain Winery, located on Kibbutz Yiron near the Lebanese Border, a young offshoot of the Golan Heights Winery that has quickly developed its own product identity; wine tasting is included.
  • 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. Here, you'll:
    • Visit the Ari synagogue and share in the inspiration and innovation that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) and his fellow mystics. In Tsfat they developed the Kabbalah, the esoteric insights of Judaism and created Kabbalat Shabbat, the prayers sung on Friday evenings to welcome the arrival of the Sabbath.
    • See the Caro synagogue, built originally, like the Ari, in the 16th century. It is where Rabbi Joseph Caro, one of the greatest of all Jewish legal authorities, taught and lived. Hear the story of how he was visited here by a maggid, an angelic messenger, who revealed secrets of the Torah.
    • Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
  • Dinner will be at the Bat Ya’ar Ranch Restaurant. As befitting a cowboy restaurant, there’s plenty of meat alongside a range of vegetarian options.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 3
THE COMMUNITIES OF THE NORTH
Tue. Feb 28, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel and depart.
  • Visit the Metzudat Koach Monument which commemorates the 28 soldiers who were killed during Israel’s War of Independence in the attempts to conquer this strategically important fort overlooking the Hula Valley.
  • Battling for the Holy Land: Encounter the Christian Crusaders and their Muslim rivals at Akko (Acre). This UNESCO Heritage Site was a stronghold of Crusader power in the Holy Land but was also an important center of Muslim Ottoman rule. Today, it exemplifies the multi-culturalism of northern Israel. Highlights of our visit will include:
    • The Akko Shuk (market), where you can snack on the best of Galilean cuisine from its famous fish and olives to desserts such as knafeh and baklawa.
    • The restored Crusaders' Fortress where we’ll look into the lives of the Hospitaller knights, the Christian warrior- monks based here from the 12th century who fought to control the Holy Land.
    • The el-Jazzar Mosque, one of Israel's largest and most important mosques and an illustration of the Muslim influence in the country, then and now. The mosque is named after its designer, a talented but brutal Ottoman governor.
    • Walking on the fortified walls that protected Akko and made it a vital town for controlling the Holy Land. Through the centuries, invaders damaged but could never destroy these walls. We'll see the massive security measures carried out by Ahmad Pasha el-Jazzar in order to defeat Napoleon and his French army at Akko in 1799. - The Templar Tunnel, the underground passageway that stretches from the fortress to Akko’s port.
  • From One Camp to Another: From the late 1930s, the British authorities interned tens of thousands of Jewish refugees from Europe, many of them Holocaust survivors, at the Atlit camp. We’ll visit the camp and discuss the lives of the people held there. OR Pioneers and Martyrs: Encounter the successes, struggles, and sacrifices of the Zionist pioneers during a tour of Zichron Ya’acov, one of the first settlements created by the modern Zionist movement.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Wed. Mar 1, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight to the U.S.A.
Meals: Breakfast

RATES & LODGING

participants
10+
Cost p/p in double room
$1,720
Cost p/p in single room
$2,150
IMPORTANT Please register for the post-trip after registering for the main-trip. Registration closed

Upper Galilee: Hotel HaGoshrim nature

Tel Aviv: Crowne Plaza Beach

What to expect

  • 3 nights' accommodations.
  • 3 days of touring with a tour educator (guide), in a luxury, air-conditioned minibus.
  • Group departure transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 2 dinners.
  • Gratuities for the tour educator and driver.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the airport & 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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:
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  • 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.
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