Temple Emanu-El
Family Trip to Israel

Mar 16, 2024 - Mar 27, 2024

  • Who’s Going Multi-Generational
  • Trip Type Family Trip
  • Duration 12 DAYS
  • Group Size 35+
  • Price From $6,495
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

The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center and J² adventures have crafted a journey of inspiration, education, and Jewish connections to Israel just for you.

J² is 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.

  •   Active
  •   Archaeology
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Current Affairs
  •   Expert Scholar
  •   Family Friendly
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Heritage
  •   Innovation
  •   Jeep Tour
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Nature Walks

Program Itinerary

Sat. Mar 16, 2024
  • Depart the USA.
Overnight: Flight
Sun. Mar 17, 2024
  • Welcome to Israel!
  • Check into the hotel (check in time is 3:00 p.m.).
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Welcome Dinner at the Khan Theater, located in one of the most beautiful and unique buildings in Jerusalem, dating back to the Ottoman Period. 
  • After dinner ice cream delight.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
Mon. Mar 18, 2024
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is unparalleled. Start the day with a fantastic buffet in the hotel’s dining room.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade and take in the panoramic viewpoint offering a sweeping view of the city in all its majesty. We’ll celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional shehechiyanu blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Enjoy a walking tour through Jerusalem's Old City and the Jewish Quarter, the hub of Jewish life, history, and holiness. Among the highlights will be:
    • 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 some of the holiest sites in the city.
    • A light lunch in the Old City.
    • The Cardo, the main street of Roman-controlled Jerusalem and its spectacular Byzantine-era columns.
    • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
    • And of course, the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Afternoon options:
    • Explore the City of David, the core of ancient Jerusalem.
    • Rappel on the old city walls.
    • Tikkun Olam activity at Pantry Packers.
    • Return to the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Tue. Mar 19, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Dialogue with a renowned educator and expert on Israel and the Holocaust.
    • Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, an essential, emotional, and educational experience followed by an optional visit to the Israel Museum..
    • Get your hands dirty at the Beit Guvrin Caves uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2300 years ago before crawling through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth. The non-crawlers among us will visit a more spacious part of the cave complex in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • ALL:
      • Take a multicultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shop.
    • Return to the hotel for time to relax and enjoy the facilities.
    • Special chef dinner at the Jerusalem Food Rescuers, which is part of Muslala, a non-profit organization established by artists, residents, and community activists of the Muslala neighborhood in Jerusalem.
    Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Wed. Mar 20, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • We'll drive to the Dead Sea Basin, 1,412 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 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.
  • Group lunch en route.
  • Float on the Dead Sea.
  • Drive north through the Jordan Valley and into the Upper Galilee.
  • Check into the hotel and enjoy a relaxing dinner.
  • Evening options:
    • Hear from Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Sarit Zehavi, founder and president of ALMA, a non-profit and independent research and education center specializing in Israel's security challenges on its northern borders.
    • Enjoy a night tour of the kibbutz.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Thu. Mar 21, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Soak in the beauty of the north and take a nature walk along the Banias Stream, the second largest source of the Jordan River, at the base of the Golan Heights.
  • We'll gaze across the Golan and into Syria from the top of Mount Bental and hunker down in bunkers from the vital battles that took place here during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • Lunch on won.
  • Enjoy a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan, where you will take part in a tour and workshop and sample handmade premium chocolate.
  • Who are the champion cooks on the trip? Guided by a professional chef, you will be split into teams and take part in a cooking competition to prepare a meal using the flavors of the Galilee.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Fri. Mar 22, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Drive along the coast 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.
    • Prepare to speed through the water on an action-packed Tornado speedboat ride.
    • Spend the afternoon in a glass-blowing studio.
  • Make your way to Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps, and check into your hotel.
  • Enjoy an evening tour of Jaffa with Guru Zuzu, an urban, upbeat experience with a unique musical playlist and movements led by a specialist.
  • Challah baking workshop.
  • Shabbat services overlooking the beach.
  • Special Festive Shabbat Dinner in Jaffa.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Sat. Mar 23, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Experience the diversity and dynamism of Jewish life at the rejuvenated ANU: The Museum of the Jewish People. A highlight is the Synagogue Exhibition which combines the museum’s famed collection of synagogue models with thrilling video art which explore the places where Jews pray, around the world and through the ages.
  • OPTION 1:
    • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the State of Israel. This secret ammunition factory produced millions of bullets for Jewish forces fighting for a Jewish state and the end of British rule over Palestine.
  • OPTION 2:
    • Guided by a leading art critic, explore some of the most fascinating art galleries in the city and meet with artists and gallery owners.
  • Participate in a workshop which designs costumes from recyclable materials!
  • It may be the end of Shabbat but it’s also the start of Purim! Enjoy Havdalah and a lively megillah reading with a local Reform synagogue in Tel Aviv.
  • Mediterranean dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Sun. Mar 24, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • It’s all happening on the streets of Holon. Join the locals celebrating Purim.
  • Enjoy the opportunity and mitzvah of handing out mishlochei manot and food boxes together with members of Holon Reform community.
  • Drive to Sde Boker and Check in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Optional:
    • Stargazing on the edge of the Zin Valley. With its lack of light, pollution, and vast darkness, this is one of the best places in Israel for viewing the night sky.
Overnight: Sde Boker Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 10
Mon. Mar 25, 2024
  • Optional Early morning Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Negev.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore this geomorphic wonder in a two-hour jeep tour. We'll start at the edge of the crater for an overview before descending to Makhtesh Ramon. Learn about the Makhtesh and its formation, ride to the summit of Mount Gvanim for a stunning view, and continue along the wadi, stopping in the shade of an acacia tree to point out the flora and fauna of the region.
  • Visit the Ramon Visitors' Center for a one-hour tour. It provides a window into the makeup of the Makhtesh, as well as the surrounding region.
  • Experience desert archery, a combination of archery and golf.
  • Visit the Alpaca Farm in Mitzpe Ramon.
  • Visit the Chan Hashayarot encampment in the Negev Desert for Bedouin-style hospitality, a camel ride, and a “hafla” dinner.
Overnight: Sde Boker Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 11
Tue. Mar 26, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of your hotel.
  • Visit the grave and the house of Israel's “founding father”, David Ben-Gurion at Kibbutz Sde Boker. We’ll discuss why Ben-Gurion, the “grand old man” of Israel’s public life and the country’s first Prime Minister, abandoned the political scene for life in an isolated kibbutz in the Negev Desert.
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant en route.
  • Group transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight to the USA.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 12
Wed. Mar 27, 2024
  • Arrive home.


Cost p/p in double room
Cost p/p in single room
Child As 3rd (Reduction)
- ($480)

Jerusalem: Orient

Upper Galilee: Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel

Tel Aviv: Royal Beach

Negev Desert: Kedma hotel

What to expect

  • 9 nights' accommodations.
  • 10 days of touring with a tour educator (guide) in a luxury, air-conditioned bus (Extra guide & bus on March 19th).
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 9 dinners.
  • 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.
  • Gratuities: Recommend guidelines for tipping are provided in the terms section.
  • Hot Air Balloon ride: from $200 per person.
  • 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 of $500 per person 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.



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