Temple Emanuel of Kensington
Israel: A Journey of Faiths

Led by Rabbi Adam Rosenwasser

Feb 12, 2025 - Feb 21, 2025

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Our Community
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 10 DAYS
  • Group Size 20+
  • Price From $4,540
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.

  •   Archaeology
  •   Heritage
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Social Justice
  •   Jeep Tour
  •   Nature Walks
  •   Street Food

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
DEPARTURE TO ISRAEL
Wed. Feb 12, 2025
  • Depart from the US.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
A JOURNEY OF MEANING
Thu. Feb 13, 2025
  • Arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Welcome to Israel.
  • Meet your J² Expert Educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade for a traditional shehehiyanu blessing of thanksgiving followed by sharing texts focusing on holy space.
  • Check into your hotel.
  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
Fri. Feb 14, 2025
  • Enter the Old City through the Jaffa Gate and encounter the diversity of faith and tradition in this unique sacred space.
  • Tour the Jewish Quarter.
  • Climb to the rooftops and look out over the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the golden Dome of the Rock, and the Jewish Quarter’s famous Hurva Synagogue.
  • Lunch on your own inside the Jaffa Gate and the Old City markets.
  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Welcome the Sabbath at a local synagogue.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at your hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4
THE DEAD SEA BASIN
Sat. Feb 15, 2025
  • Take the cable car to the top of Masada, where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE).
  • Explore Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Sect formed a community and where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in nearby caves. This location is crucial for grasping the intricate connections between ancient Judaism and the origins of Christianity.
  • Float into happiness on the Dead Sea where the feeling of weightlessness is great fun.
  • Return to Jerusalem. Say goodbye to the Sabbath with a Havdalah ceremony.
  • Watch the Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum, a cinematic celebration of sight and sound depicting the story of Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
MEMORY AND SACRED PLACE
Sun. Feb 16, 2025
  • Tour the streets of Bethlehem with a local guide and visit the Church of the Nativity.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
  • Enjoy lunch on own and experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
  • 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.
  • J² Salon Talk: A Small Country With Big Questions. Geographically, Israel is one of the smallest countries in the world. However, few landscapes have played such a formative role in human civilization. What are the foundational elements that make up the story of Israel, and what key questions does Israel contend with as it continues to evolve in a shifting regional and international reality?
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6
CONNECTING WITH THE LAND
Mon. Feb 17, 2025
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit the Good Samaritan Site to see mosaics from synagogues and churches and an exhibition on the Samaritan people.
  • Head to Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and understand the historical context of Jesus' life and teaching.
  • Explore Rosh Pina, one of the earliest Zionist agricultural settlements, now a village and artists’ colony.
  • Check into the hotel and have dinner.
  • Reflection and text study.
Overnight: Sea Of Galilee Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7
CHALLENGES IN THE NORTH
Tue. Feb 18, 2025
  • Go for a jeep tour of the Golan Heights.
  • Stop at Tel Faher, an abandoned Syrian outpost where Israeli soldiers fought during the Six Day War.
  • Enjoy a hike in the beautiful Tel Dan Nature Reserve.
  • Visit the Hula Nature Reserve, home to thousands of storks, cranes, pelicans, and flamingos. Enjoy bike-riding and golf-carting.
  • Wine tasting at a local boutique winery.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Sea Of Galilee Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8
COMMUNITY AND MEANING
Wed. Feb 19, 2025
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Stop at Hararit and meet With Rabbi Or Zohar and explore spiritualty together.
  • Welcome to the capital of Jewish mysticism, Tsfat, with its medieval synagogues and modern art galleries. Learn about the development of Jewish mysticism while touring the streets and alleys of the city.
  • Guided visit to the ancient Roman city of Caesarea.
  • Enter Tel Aviv and check into the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9
ROOTS TO GROW, WINGS TO FLY
Thu. Feb 20, 2025
  • Explore the Old City of Jaffa and the port where the prophet Jonah embarked on his journey.
  • Join Ihab and Orah Ballah in Jaffa and experience Sufi meditation techniques and concepts during a Ziker ceremony.
  • Walk along Independence Trail in Tel Aviv and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
  • Visit ANU Museum of the Jewish People. Tour the museum for an interactive encounter with the diversity of the Jewish story.
  • Stop at the Rabin Memorial and learn about former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995.
  • Late checkout of the hotel.
  • Farewell festive dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben-Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10
HOME
Fri. Feb 21, 2025
  • Until we meet again.

RATES & LODGING

participants
20+
Cost p/p in double room
$4,540
Cost p/p in single room
$5,680

Jerusalem: Dan Panorama

Sea of Galilee: Nof Ginosar Hotel

Tel Aviv: Tal by The Beach

What to expect

  • 7 nights' accommodations. Late check out until 6 p.m. on the day of departure is included.
  • 8 days of touring with a tour educator (guide), in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast & 5 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.
  • Late check out after 6 p.m. on the day of departure is not included.
  • 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: customercare@j2adventures.com.
  • 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.
  • 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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