Temple Emanuel of Denver
Congregational Trip to Israel

Led by Rabbi Joe Black and Cantor Elizabeth Sacks

Jun 8, 2023 - Jun 18, 2023

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Multi-Generational
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 11 DAYS
  • Group Size 35+
  • Price From $4,595
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.

  •   Innovation
  •   Heritage
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Archaeology
  •   Food & Wine

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON THE WAY
Thu. Jun 8, 2023
DAY 2
THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY
Fri. Jun 9, 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.
  • Ascend to Jerusalem and check into the hotel.
  • Shabbat candle-lighting at the hotel.
  • Blessings, Challah, and Friends: Friday night is the traditional highlight of the Jewish week and the Jewish stomach. Enjoy a Shabbat dinner at the hotel.  
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Shabbat Dinner
DAY 3
A CITY OF LAYERS
Sat. Jun 10, 2023
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • A First Look at the Holy City: Over the centuries, many have been moved and awed by their first sight of Jerusalem. We'll climb to the top of the Tower of David for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional "shehechiyanu" blessing of thanksgiving.
  • The Old City Ramparts: Stroll along the ancient outer walls for a bird's-eye view of the remarkably diverse yet closely bound communities of Jerusalem's Old City.
  • 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:
    • 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.
    • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
  • The Jerusalem Archaeological Park is a large-scale excavation that has uncovered vital parts of ancient Jerusalem. A particular highlight is to walk on the Southern Wall steps used by Jewish pilgrims to enter the Temple, 2,000 years ago. But there is much else to see, including Robinson's Arch, the remains of a major Second Temple-period street, and drainage tunnels used by Jewish fighters hiding from the Roman invaders. A museum, including movies and a 3-D model of ancient Jerusalem, add to the experience.
  • 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.
  • “The Best Falafel in the World! Right Here in the Old City. ” The competition for the best street food in Jerusalem’s Old City is tough. The Christian Quarter swears by the hummus at Lina and Abu Shakri.
  • ADULTS
    • Jerusalem and its Writers: Explore the streets of Jerusalem through the eyes and words of its poets and authors, including Yehuda Amichai and S. Y. Agnon.
  • YOUTH
    • A Windmill, a Rich Guy, and a New Jerusalem: Follow the clues, manage your missions, and discover the secrets behind Yemin Moshe. From a generous Baron to an iconic windmill, this scavenger hunt will introduce you to the story and sights of Jerusalem as it moved out of the Old City and into the new world.
  • ALL
    • Three Stars in the Israeli Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony.
  • Night out at the Mamilla Mall, an upscale, open-air food and shopping area located outside the Old City’s Jaffa Gate.
Overnight: Jerusalem
DAY 4
MEMORY AND RENEWAL
Sun. Jun 11, 2023
  • 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.
  • At the Heart of It All: Explore the City of David, the core of ancient Jerusalem, and learn how the city was administered during the First Temple period. Our visit will include: Archaeological discoveries illustrating how the wealthy and powerful lived in ancient Jerusalem.
    • The Gihon Spring, the source of Jerusalem's water, which was integral to its survival and religious ceremonies.
    • Wading through the 2,700-year-old water tunnels, an architectural wonder of King Hezekiah's.
Overnight: Jerusalem
DAY 5
INTO THE DESERT
Mon. Jun 12, 2023
  • 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, 1,412 feet below sea level and the lowest place on earth. The desert, the landscape, and the views are breathtaking.
  • The Last Stand: Climb via the Snake Path OR via the Roman Ramp OR 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 and to the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem
DAY 6
FROM MYSTICS TO DREAMRS
Tue. Jun 13, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • A Way Forward in the North: Visit Sindyanna of Galilee and sample some of their award-winning olive oil. We’ll learn how this non-profit organization is producing fine, fair-trade products and creating economic opportunities for Arab women, one of Israel’s most underemployed sectors. The tour will include:
    • Talking with one of the basket weavers about her life and work. We’ll see how she uses traditional and modern weaving techniques and find out how Arab and Jewish women are coming together to learn and revitalize this long-established local craft.
    • Weaving your own little piece of coexistence as we join one of the local women who are revitalizing the local craft of basket weaving.
  • ADULTS:
    • 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 Synagogue, 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.
  • YOUTH:
    • Families in Tsfat: Find your way through the alley ways of Tsfat, uncovering the hidden words, secret codes and mystical messages on a family scavenger hunt through the Old City of the ancient Kabbalists.
  • ALL:
    • Drive to the hotel for check-in, followed by dinner.
Overnight: Galilee Meals: Dinner
DAY 7
IN THE GOLAN
Wed. Jun 14, 2023
  • Explore Israel’s security situation on the Golan Heights. Overlooking the Hula Valley from former Syrian fortifications, discuss the challenges Israel faced leading up to the 1967 Six-Day War. Cross the Golan plateau to the border with Syria and view the abandoned city of Kuneitra and the nearby United Nations outpost, for an insight into the experiences in the 1973 Yom Kippur war.
  • Watch the panoramic views from Mt. Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) and gain sharp insights into Israel’s security situation on the Golan Heights and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • OPTION 1
    • Following a Dream: Enjoy a wine tasting and a tour of the Bahat Winery, a family-owned kosher boutique winery located on Kibbutz Ein Zivan, on the Golan Heights. In 2007, owner Ofer Bahat followed his dream of making wine, borrowing barrels and gathering grapes from the Kuneitra Valley. His operation now produces 10,000 bottles of wine and specialty liqueurs each year. We'll taste a few wines and liqueurs from the collection and learn about Bahat's traditional winemaking process.
  • OPTION 2
    • Comfort You Can Eat: Enjoy the culinary delights of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan. Chocolatier Karina Chepelinski continues her family's tradition of creating handmade premium chocolate. During this tour and workshop, taste various chocolates and learn what makes it so delicious. Then, experiment with quality ingredients to create your own chocolate masterpiece.
  • ALL
    • Cool Off Down the Jordan River: With the hot weather, it’s time to take to the water with rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River. This is the parched Middle East rather than the Rockies, so the current is mainly calm and suitable for ages five and up. Water shoes are recommended. Other activities include:
    • Climb and Clamber: After cooling down, get your adrenaline levels up at the adventure park. It includes a 40-foot high, all-levels climbing wall and 20 different rope bridges.
    • Zip: You can also ride on a 300-foot zipline that will send you careening into to the Jordan River.
  • Return to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight: Galilee Meals: Dinner
DAY 8
INNOVATION THEN INNOVATION NOW
Thu. Jun 15, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • B’nai Mitzvah services* at Kibbutz Sassa.
  • The Sweet Science of Ice Cream: Coexistence sure tastes good at Buza (Arabic for ice cream). This Arab-Jewish joint venture uses natural ingredients and Italian techniques to create Galilean glida (Hebrew for ice cream). We’ll learn about – and try our own hand at – the science and art of making ice cream, tour Buza’s production area and laboratory, then settle in for some serious ice cream heaven with a “five -type” tasting session.
  • Drive along the coast to and back in time 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.Stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea. With the ruins of a past empire to your backs, enjoy the power of the sand, sea and the rush of the water as you celebrate the beginning of your journey throughout Israel.
  • Continue 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. .
  • Check into the hotel.
  • The City at Night: Israel’s food scene is on fire with world-class chefs and a huge range of happening restaurants. See and taste for yourself with dinner. We’ll be happy to make reservations and recommendations so that you can enjoy a night out at the Israeli restaurant ideal for you.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
DAY 9
ADVENTURE IN THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS
Fri. Jun 16, 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.
  • 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: As the sun sets over Tel Aviv, join Israelis from diverse backgrounds in welcoming Shabbat through prayer, song, and community. This musical Shabbat service will be with Beit Tefilah Israeli.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Shabbat Dinner
DAY 10
CREATING MEMORIES
Sat. Jun 17, 2023
  • Arming for Independence: 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.
  • Bnei Mitzvah ceremony at the Ayalon Institute.
  • Beginnings: Modern Tel Aviv grew out of ancient Jaffa. Gaze out over the Mediterranean Sea; learn why Jaffa, mentioned in the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale, is so historically important; and see how its Old City reflects the present as well as the past.Walk through Jaffa's famous flea market – Shuk Hapishpeshim.
  • Walk through colorful Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv’s earliest neighborhoods, nowadays a cultural mecca hosting small boutiques, galleries, and the Suzanne Dellal dance and theater center.
  • Late check-out, followed by farewell dinner and then transfer to Ben Gurion Airport.
Meals: Dinner
DAY 11
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Sun. Jun 18, 2023
  • Return to the USA.

RATES & LODGING

participants
35+
Cost p/p in double room
$4,595
Cost p/p in single room
$6,285
Child As 3rd (Reduction)
- ($1,100)

Jerusalem: The Inbal

Upper Galilee: Hotel HaGoshrim nature

Tel Aviv: Intercontinental David

What to expect

  • 8 nights' accommodations. Late check out on the day of departure is included.
  • 9 days of touring with a tour educator (guide), 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • 1 Group arrival transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • 1 Group departure transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • Daily breakfast & 5 dinners.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the airport & hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Cost of Bnai Mitzvah Ceremonies and venue (June 15 & 17th)
  • 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.
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