Temple Beth Israel
Trip to Israel

Led by by Rabbi Rachel Marks, Lori Sagarin and Rabbi Michael and Jody Weinberg

Mar 19, 2023 - Mar 30, 2023

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 12 DAYS
  • Group Size 30+
  • Price From $4,550
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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.

  •   Art & Culture
  •   Heritage
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Archaeology
  •   Street Food

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
DEPARTURE
Sun. Mar 19, 2023
  • Depart the USA.
DAY 2
THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY
Mon. Mar 20, 2023
  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Our representative will be on hand to assist with all formalities and ensure your journey has the smoothest of starts.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Welcome to Tel Aviv: Group transfer to Tel Aviv, also known as "the city that never sleeps." A place of sun and fun, its centers of culture and history are complimented by great beaches, stores, and entertainment.
  • Start the program with a short visit to the Jaffa overlook.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
BUILDING COMMUNITIES
Tue. Mar 21, 2023
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart along the coastal plain to Yemin Orde Youth Village, one of Israel's most innovative educational institutions, specializing in integrating new immigrant youth into Israeli society. Dialogue with faculty and student.
  • Visit the Kinneret Cemetery to learn about the pioneers who came to Israel at the beginning of the 20th century and created all the basic institutions of Israeli society.
  • The Agamon Hula (Hula Lake), Israel’s best place for bird-watching, is home to thousands of storks, cranes, pelicans and flamingos. We’ll learn why early Zionist efforts to drain these swamps have been replaced by environmental protection. For those with a need for speed, there’s bike-riding and golf-carting.
  • Continue to the hotel in the Upper Galilee for check-in, followed by dinner.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Dinner
DAY 4
CHALLENGES IN THE NORTH
Wed. Mar 22, 2023
  • 60 Minutes – Israel's Security Challenges Along Its Border with Lebanon: Meet with a research expert and reserve IDF officer from the Alma Research and Education Center for a security briefing at observation points along Israel's border with Lebanon. Find out about Lebanon's religious and political status, the Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah's military in Southern Lebanon, and Israel's security challenges along this volatile border.
  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River, and explore the ruins of the great Biblical city of Dan.
  • Visit Tel Facher/Golani Overview and Kuneitra overview of Syria.
  • Lunch at a Druze restaurant.
  • Visit the Odem Mountain Winery at the foot of Mt. Hermon on the Golan Heights for wine tasting.
  • Return to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Dinner
DAY 5
SEA TO SEA
Thu. Mar 23, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
    •    Guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
    •   A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
    • Meet with artist Sheva Chaya in her studio.
  • Visit Sindyanna of Galilee, a non-profit organization that is creating economic opportunities for Arab women, one of Israel’s most underemployed sectors - and sample some of their award-winning olive oil. The tour will include a workshop and a light lunch.
  • Visit Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period. and also discus Hannah Senesch’s poetry.
  • Drive south to Tel Aviv and check into the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Lunch
DAY 6
THE MANY FACES OF TEL AVIV
Fri. Mar 24, 2023
  • Israel at 75 - Society, Politics and Security: Meet with Dr. David Mendelsson of Hebrew Union College and Hebrew University.
  • Visit the Shalom Tower, the site of the original high school of Tel Aviv and then continue along the Independence Trail to learn about the founding of the first Jewish City and the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel.
  • Calling Boutique-Loving Hipsters: Browse your way through Nachalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv’s arts and crafts market before we check out the hustle and bustle at the Carmel Market.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehilat Yozma in Modi’in followed by home hospitality/communal Shabbat dinner.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Shabbat Dinner
DAY 7
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV
Sat. Mar 25, 2023
  • 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 lunch at the Sarona Market. Through the smells, flavors, and tastes of this renovated historical Templers town, explore the range of cuisine – from local street food to fine dining by world-renowned Israeli chefs. From Templers to Chefs: Sarona was once a colony of Templars, German Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land, but is now a center of Tel Aviv cuisine. Tour its food and spice markets and visit the Historic Olive Mill and Press House for olive oil tasting. Afterwards, there will be time on your own to explore Sarona’s eating options which range from great street food to fine dining with top chefs.
  • What’s Going On in Bohemian Tel Aviv? Join an expert on Tel Aviv’s alternative scene for an urban adventure and graffiti tour. Explore the latest street art and find out what it reveals about life, ideas, and ideology in Israel’s cultural capital.
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  • Return to the hotel for a Shabbat afternoon nap.
  • Three Stars in the Israel Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
DAY 8
PIONEERING THEN AND NOW
Sun. Mar 26, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel and depart for Jerusalem.
  • Stop at an overlook in Jerusalem for a traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Take a walking tour through Jerusalem’s Old City and the Jewish Quarter and experience the center of Jewish life, history, and holiness. Among the highlights will be: 
    • The Old City Ramparts: Stroll along the ancient outer walls of Jeruslem’s Old City.
    • A climb to the rooftops to see and discuss the ties and tensions between the different faith groups and communities of the Old City. From this one spot, we’ll look out over the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, venerated by Christian groups as the burial place of Jesus; the golden Dome of the Rock, which is sacred to Islam; and the Jewish Quarter’s famous Hurva Synagogue.  
    • The Cardo, the main street of Roman-controlled Jerusalem and its spectacular Byzantine-era columns. 
    • King Hezekiah's “Broad Wall”, a massive wall built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 years ago. 
    • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter. 
    • The Southern Wall tunnel excavations, Robinson’s Arch, and the egalitarian Kotel area.
    • No visit to Israel is complete without experiencing the Kotel (Western Wall), widely considered Judaism’s holiest site. Each year, over one million notes containing prayers and wishes are placed in the cracks of the wall. We’ll discuss the wall’s historical and contemporary importance and experience its unique atmosphere. 
    • Discover multiple faiths in the Old City, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Check into the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem
DAY 9
DEAD SEA/BETHLEHEM
Mon. Mar 27, 2023
  • OPTION 1:
    • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before setting out to explore the Dead Sea region.  
    • As Low as It Goes: We'll drive to the Dead Sea Basin, 1412 feet below sea level and the lowest place on earth. The desert, the landscape, and the views are breathtaking.  
    • Take the cable car to the top of Masada with its extraordinary views and fascinating archaeological remains. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE). We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel. 
    • The Sea of Salt: Float into happiness at the Dead Sea. Not much can live or swim in what is the saltiest piece of water in the world, nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun.  
    • Return to Jerusalem.
  • OPTION 2:
    • Explore the wonderfully creative Israel Museum, housing more than 5,000 years of cultural treasures. Highlights include the archaeology wing, with the most extensive collection of biblical artifacts in the world; the Jewish art and life wing; the fine arts wing; the sculpture garden; and the open-air model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. Don't miss the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, considered the world's oldest existing biblical manuscripts.  
    • A Street of Modern Prophets: Discover Hanevi’im Street (Street of the Prophets) and discover the extraordinary people that lived in one of Jerusalem’s first modern neighborhoods. Visit the homes of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the reviver of the Hebrew language, and artist Anne Ticho, see the Ethiopian Church, the Italian Hospital and other buildings that made this known as Jerusalem’s most beautiful street outside the Old City walls.
Overnight: Jerusalem
DAY 10
THE POWER OF MEMORY
Tue. Mar 28, 2023
  • Visit the newly opened National Memorial Hall for Israel's Fallen, where the names and dates of death of every fallen soldier and victim of terror in Israel are engraved on over 23,000 separate bricks. Join in a Kaddish ceremony marking the anniversary of the deaths of soldiers who fell on this day in history.  
  • Sacrifice and the State: Visit Mount Herzl, Israel's national cemetery, to discuss key events in the nation's history and to honor those who fell while fighting for the state.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, an essential emotional and educational experience. Your guided tour will include:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous, where trees symbolic of the renewal of life have been planted along with plaques honoring brave non-Jews who saved Jews during the Shoah.
    • The Historical Museum, a state-of-the-art interactive display reflecting decades of research and educational expertise. The story of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on individual victims, is told through survivor testimonies, original artifacts, and personal possessions saved from the ghettos and camps.  
    •  The Children’s Memorial, commemorating the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust. 
  • Meet with Orly Erez-Likhovski, Director of IRAC or Noa Sattath, former IRAC Director and current Executive Director of ACRI Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
Overnight: Jerusalem
DAY 11
A MOSAIC OF JERUSALEM
Wed. Mar 29, 2023
  • Explore the geopolitics of Jerusalem with site visits and discussions on key issues.
  • Is Religion the Way Forward or an Obstacle to Peace? We’ll go beyond the Green Line to meet with Ali Abu Awwad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger/ Rabbi Shaul Judelman from Shorashim (Roots), a program bringing West Bank Palestinians and their Jewish neighbors together despite their fears and suspicions.
  • Free time for last-minute shopping.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Concluding conversation and farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Group transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for the departure flight.
Meals: Dinner
DAY 12
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Thu. Mar 30, 2023
  • Return to the USA.

RATES & LODGING

participants
30+
Cost p/p in double room
$4,550
Cost p/p in single room
$6,000

Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama

Upper Galilee: Hotel HaGoshrim nature

Jerusalem: Herbert Samuel

What to expect

  • 9 nights' accommodations. Late check out on the day of departure is included.
  • 9 days of touring with a tour educator (guide) in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Additional guide & bus on March 27th.
  • 1 Group arrival transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • 1 Group departure transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 5 dinners.
  • 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.
  • Gratuities: Recommend guidelines for tipping are provided in the terms section.
  • 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:
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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