Temple Isaiah
The Art and Culture of Israel

Led by Cantor Leigh Korn

Jan 6, 2025 - Jan 16, 2025

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Our Community
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 11 DAYS
  • Group Size 20+
  • Price From $5,195
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.

  •   Art & Culture
  •   Food Tasting Tour
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Cooking Workshop
  •   Current Affairs
  •   Expert Scholar
  •   Heritage
  •   Food & Wine

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
DEPARTURE
Mon. Jan 6, 2025
  • Depart the USA.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Tue. Jan 7, 2025
  • Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
DAY 3
INSPIRATION AND REALITIES IN JAFFA
Wed. Jan 8, 2025
  • Visit the Peres Peace Center for Peace and Innovation, and discover the incredible story of Israel, the Innovation nation, through a fascinating journey inspired by the vision of President Shimon Peres.
  • Go into the home of Doris Hiffawi to hear about her life as a Christian Arab in Jaffa and Join her for lunch.
  • Walk through Jaffa's famous flea market – Shuk Hapishpeshim.
  • Take a musical tour with House of System Ali, which uses music, texts, and art to create new partnerships in Israel.
  • Tel Aviv is an international culinary hub. Enjoy exploring the Tel Aviv night scene and it's restaurants and cafes.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4
EAT, SEE, LOVE
Thu. Jan 9, 2025
  • Gallery Hop Tel Aviv: Visit some of Tel Aviv's leading art galleries. This tour gives an insider’s look as we will meet the artists, curators and gallery owners, exposing the new trends of contemporary Israeli art.
  • Enjoy a tasting tour at Hatikva Market, a food heaven and a beautiful market in the very south side of Tel Aviv, that even locals are only starting to discover.
  • Visit KitePride, an Israeli fashion social enterprise owned by an Israeli NGO which provides jobs to survivors of human trafficking and prostitution. Together we will create functional, one-of-a-kind BAGS from up-cycled kitesurfing kites, sails, parachutes and wetsuits. Through each bag sold, jobs are created and fabric is saved from landfill. Meet volunteers and hear about their challenges and achievements.
  • Optional: Attend a performance at one of Tel Aviv's cultural establishments (cost not included).
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5
ON THE EDGE: IN THE SHADOW OF GAZA
Fri. Jan 10, 2025
  • Drive to the Gaza Envelope.
  • Meet Chen Kotler Abrahams, a resident of Kibbutz Kfar Aza. Walk with her through her community today, as she shares the stories of this once-vibrant home, what happened there on October 7th and her hopes for the future.
  • Head to the site of the Nova Festival massacre near Kibbutz Re'im.
  • Stop for lunch at your own expense in Sderot. Dining in Sderot, a city near the Gaza border, provides a unique experience of enjoying local Israeli cuisine amidst a resilient community. Known for its frequent rocket alerts, Sderot's eateries reflect the city's fortitude, offering a blend of traditional and modern dishes.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat with Beit Tefilah Israeli in Tel Aviv.
  • Shabbat dinner together at the hotel or at a local Tel Aviv restaurant.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV
Sat. Jan 11, 2025
  • Experience the dynamism of Jewish life at the 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 on own at the Sarona Market, Israel's largest indoor food market. Sarona Market is a unique food experience and a true heaven for foodies.
  • Discover why Tel Aviv is the LGBTQ capital of the Middle East with a Rainbow Tour through the city. During the tour, we'll explore the Gayville of past and present as we check out some of Tel Aviv's historical and modern pink spots. Find out about leaders in Tel Aviv's LGBTQA movement and see what the life of an Israeli same-sex family is like.
  • Mark the end of Shabbat with a communal Havdalah ceremony by the beach.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7
NORTHERN EXPOSURE
Sun. Jan 12, 2025
  • Check out of the hotel and head north.
  • Experience the Ein Hod artists’ colony in the foothills of the Carmel Mountains. Founded by a leading Dadaist painter, Ein Hod is now home to artists working in every cultural medium imaginable.
  • Join an Israeli Arab family at their home to talk, over tea and coffee, about their lives and to join them for a GalilEat cooking workshop, followed by a traditional lunch and knafeh workshop.
  • Tulip - Good Wine and Good Deeds: Wine tasting at the Tulip Winery, a social business located in the Village of Hope, a community for adults with special needs, some of whom are employed at the winery.
  • Drive to Jerusalem. Stop at the Haas Promenade for a traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check into the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8
JERUSALEM IN DEPTH
Mon. Jan 13, 2025
  • Meet with students and teachers from the Ma’aleh Film School, where we will learn about Israeli society through the prism of film.
  • Explore the National Library of Israel: Immerse yourself in centuries of Jewish creativity, culture, and history at the National Library of Israel. This repository houses an extensive collection of manuscripts, books, and artifacts that chronicle the rich tapestry of Jewish life and heritage. Additionally, the library documents contemporary events, including the pivotal occurrences of October 7, 2023, providing valuable insights into the recent conflict and its impact on Israeli society.
  • Experience the breadth of history and culture that has shaped Hebrew music through the ages at the one-of-a-kind Hebrew Music Museum.
  • Enjoy all that Jerusalem has to offer with a night out along one of the city's many cultural and culinary hubs.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
Tue. Jan 14, 2025
  • The Secrets of Jerusalem: Walk along the streets of the Old City for a behind the scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem, including:
    • A meeting with an Armenian Ceramic Artist and a visit to his workshop, followed by a short tour of the Armenian Quarter, the smallest of the four quarters with the smallest number of residents.
    • Is it a Church or a Synagogue? A visit to Christ Church, the oldest Protestant Church in the Middle East, which looks exactly like a synagogue.
    • A visit to the Austrian Hospice, a European enclave in the heart of the Old City, known for its breath-taking views from the rooftop terrace.
  • Hear stories of leading rabbis, neighbors, artisans, synagogues and Jews from every corner of the world, as you walk along the streets of the beautiful neighborhood of Nachlaot,
  • Machne Yehuda Market at Night: Feel the energy, enjoy the smells, and atmosphere of one of Jerusalem’s oldest and most renowned markets at night.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10
JEWELRY AND JEWISH TEXTS
Wed. Jan 15, 2025
  • Harvest fruits and vegetables with Leket Israel, the National Food Bank, rescuing surplus food for distribution to those in need.
  • Visit Yvel, an international jewelry company, where you’ll hear inspiring stories of social change and awareness in business.
  • Explore Jewish texts, themes, and values in an interactive art workshop at the Kol HaOt Gallery located in Hutzot HaYotzer Artists' Colony just outside the Old City walls.
  • Late check out.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Thu. Jan 16, 2025
  • Until we meet again.

RATES & LODGING

participants
20+
Cost p/p in double room
$5,195
Cost p/p in single room
$6,995

Tel Aviv: Dan Tel Aviv Hotel

Jerusalem: The Inbal

  • Nights: 3 + LCO until 6:00pm
  • Room Category: Deluxe Room
  • Hotel Website

What to expect

  • 8 nights' accommodations. Late check out until 6:00 pm on Jan 15 is included.
  • 9 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator (guide), 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 2 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.
  • Late check out past 6:00 pm on Jan 15.
  • 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.
  • 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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