Temple Emanu-El
Congregational Young Leadership Solidarity Mission

Led by Rabbi David Seth Kirshner

Apr 3, 2024 - Apr 9, 2024

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Members Only
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 7 DAYS
  • Group Size 20+
  • Price From $3,355
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.

  •   Current Affairs
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Social Justice

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Wed. Apr 3, 2024
  • Depart the US.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Thu. Apr 4, 2024
  • Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Program begins at 3 PM.
  • Meet with members of Brothers for Life, a non-profit organization created by wounded soldiers from Israel’s elite Duvdevan, anti-terror unit.
  • Enjoy dinner at Grill 443. Shai Jaskol from United Hatzalah will join to explain the work they have been doing since October 7th and dedicate the ambulances donated by Temple Emanu -El.
  • Dessert and conversation with Jonathan Conricus retired colonel who has served as a military diplomat, foreign relations expert, and international spokesperson.
  • Check into the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
HEALING IN THE HOLY CITY
Fri. Apr 5, 2024
  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • Bake challah or babka with chef Nissimi, a reservist who notifies families about lost loved ones. He shares his story, and the story of Israel, and how sharing food and love can help us heal.
  • Enjoy lunch on your own in Shuk Machane Yehuda.
  • Spend time at the Kotel before returning to Tel Aviv to welcome Shabbat.
  • Attend Kabbalat Shabbat at Beit Tefilah Yisraelit.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV
Sat. Apr 6, 2024
  • Enjoy a free morning in Tel Aviv.
  • Project 24 – The New Kibbutz Reim - tells the story of communities displaced by the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7th, 2023. Meet the members of Kibbutz Re'im are working to keep community alive, supply meaningful outlets for youth and adults, and keep the dream of returning home alive.
  • Known for its street art, Florentine is now home to many more installations honoring those who were killed and those who are still hostage after October 7.
  • Enjoy drinks and conversation with Mika Almog, writer, activist, & founder of Achim L’Neshek, a movement that was founded to protest against democratic reform and has now pivoted their goals to become the largest civilian volunteer network on the ground today.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
OUR VOICE
Sun. Apr 7, 2024
  • Head South to visit the communities impacted by October 7.
  • Walk through the remains of Kfar Aza with members of the community as they share the stories of this once-vibrant home.
  • Meet with the CEO of the Equalizer, a start up working to use team sports as a way to bring diverse youth together. The conversation will including meeting the youth who are part of one of the Temple Emanu El sponsored teams.
  • Visit the site of the Nova Music Festival. The temporary installation is to memorialize those lost and serve as a reminder that "we will dance again." Meet with ZAKA spokesperson Simcha Geiniman.
  • End the day at an army base where you will host dinner for IDF soldiers (cost not included).
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6
THE STRUGGLE OF THE COUNTRY
Mon. Apr 8, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Explore the current situation and thoughts toward the future with Col. (Ret.) Miri Eisin, former advisor to the Prime Minister on foreign media.
  • Visit Beit Levenstein Rehabilitation Hospital to meet with those who are on the way to recovery after the events of October 7th.
  • Meet with Mishy Harman, host and Co-founder at Israel story. He is committed to using his voice to share unique human interest pieces, highlighting Israel's diverse story.
  • Debrief and closing words over dinner at Florentina.
  • Transfer to Ben-Gurion International Airport for your flight back to the US.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7
HOME AGAIN
Tue. Apr 9, 2024
  • Arrive home.

RATES & LODGING

participants
20+
Cost p/p in double room
$3,355
Cost p/p in single room
$4,250

Tel Aviv: Sheraton

What to expect

  • 4 nights' accommodations.
  • 5 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator (guide) in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 3 dinners.
  • Gratuities to the J² expert educator and driver.
  • 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.
  • Any costs related to visit at Brothers for Life and Hostage Square visits or meeting with family members of hostages.
  • Any costs related to visits to Kfar Aza/Beeri.
  • Honorariums for: Haviv Rettig Gur, Mika Almog, Michael Oren.
  • Any extra costs related to Shabbat – including dinner for extra guests and tefillot.
  • Dinner at the army base on April 7.
  • Late check out on the day of departure.
  • 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 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 40 days before your trip begins, or as specified in your invoice. You will receive an email reminder 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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