Temple Isaiah of Los Angeles
Multigenerational Journey
to Israel

Led by Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen

Jun 21, 2023 - Jul 2, 2023

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Families
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 12 DAYS
  • Group Size 30+
  • Price From $4,825
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.

  •   Family Friendly
  •   Archaeology
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Expert Scholar
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Heritage
  •   Nature Walks

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON THE WAY
Wed. Jun 21, 2023
  • Depart the USA.
DAY 2
THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY
Thu. Jun 22, 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.
  • Group transfer 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.
  • 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • The City at Night: Tel Aviv’s food scene is on fire with world-class chefs and a huge range of happening restaurants. See and taste for yourself during a free evening with dinner. Afterwards, those who love the nightlife can sample the city’s bar, club and café culture or stroll along the refurbished promenade and port.
Overnight: Tel aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3
THE WONDER OF INDEPENDENCE
Fri. Jun 23, 2023
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • First Timers:
    • Founding Fighters: Walk in the footsteps of the young men and women who fought for the Palmach, Israel’s elite pre-State military force. The Palmach Museum is an experiential museum that allows you to follow the lives and fates of extraordinary individuals from their enlistment to battle in the War of Independence.
    • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along the Independence Trail 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.
  • Returnes: Peace AND Prosperity? The Peres Peace Center was created by the late Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and President of Israel, to develop peacebuilding programs based on innovation and optimism. Our visit will include: A tour of the Israeli Innovation Center, which celebrates the people and companies that are making Israel the "innovation nation." The center includes continually updated, high-tech exhibits on everything from artificial intelligence to the latest developments in water use.
  • All: Calling Boutique-Loving Hipsters: Browse your way through Nahalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv’s arts and crafts market, before we check out the hustle and bustle at the Carmel Market.
  • Return to the hotel and time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Shabbat candle-lighting at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • 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 together with the Temple Isaiah Teen Tour.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast and Shabbat Dinner
DAY 4
THE FIRST HEBREW CITY
Sat. Jun 24, 2023
  • Experience the diversity and dynamism of Jewish life at the rejuvenated ANU: The Museum of the Jewish People.
  • First Timers: 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.
  • Returnees: The Changing Architecture and Culture of Tel Aviv: As we make our way along Rothschild Boulevard, we'll see the diversity of Tel Aviv's architecture and find out how this reflects the culture of a city that refuses to stay the same. Examine the “eclectic” early architecture and the Bauhaus buildings from the 1930s that gave Tel Aviv the nickname of the “White City” and recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll also see Tel Aviv's 21st century skyscrapers and ask what they reveal about modern Israel.
  • All: Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Time to enjoy the sea and the sand of the Mediterranean.
  • Three Stars in the Israeli Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony.
  • Dinner on own in the renovated Old Port of Tel Aviv, with its wonderful restaurants, cafés and shops, right on the water’s edge; OR at the Tachana, Jaffa’s Old Railway Station, renovated and restored as a great pedestrian complex, with restaurants, shops and open spaces for people-watching.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
THE COMMUNITIES OF THE NORTH
Sun. Jun 25, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel and depart for the north.
  • Israel at 75: Society, Politics and Security: Together with Temple Isaiah Teen Tour, discuss Israel's stunning achievements, failures and complexities with Major (Res.) Dan Feferman, a fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute, a leading think-tank focusing on issues of importance to Israel and the Jewish people. He is also a former foreign policy and national security analyst, strategist and adviser in the IDF.
  • Drive along the coast to 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.
  • Underwater Wonders: Take a guided snorkeling tour of the underwater archeological park in Caesarea. Two thousand years ago King Herod the Great built the city of Caesarea, a major city in his kingdom, together with the magnificent harbor of Sebastos, the largest and most sophisticated harbor in the known world at the time. See the ruins of this magnificent harbor and sunken archeological artifacts amidst the Mediterranean marine life.
  • Visit Kfar Kedem in the Galilee for a hands-on family experience, exploring Jewish life of 2,000 years ago, including donkey rides, costumes, pita baking and more.
  • Check into the hotel and dinner.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
DAY 6
LIFE ON THE GOLAN HEIGHTS
Mon. Jun 26, 2023
  • Paradise Springs is one of the places we’ll visit at the Tel Dan Nature Reserve. We’ll tour the remains of a 5,000-year-old city and find out why water is like gold in the parched Middle East.
  • Hit the ground racing as we go off-road for a jeep tour of the Golan Heights that will combine natural beauty with insights into one of Israel's most strategically important areas. We recommend that you talk with your jeep drivers about their personal experiences and feelings about the Golan.
  • Northern Borders: We'll gaze across the Golan and into Syria from the top of Mount Bental and gain powerful insights into Israel's geopolitical and security situation. Analyze the current challenges Israel faces on its northern border, examine the impact of the tragic civil war in Syria, and hunker down in bunkers from the battles that took place here during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • Option 1: From Golan Grapes, Fine Wines Are Made: Where the mountains kiss the sky, nature speaks to you at the Odem Mountain Winery, located at the foot of Mount Hermon on the Golan Heights. Winemaker Adam Alfasi strives to create the perfect balance between nature and modern technology in producing quality boutique Kosher wines. We’ll learn about Odem’s winemaking process before settling in for wine tasting.
  • 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: Return to the hotel and dinner.
  • Israeli Society Through Dance – Rokdim Israel: Participate in an invigorating and fun dance session with Dance Israel, a unique initiative that offers exciting educational encounters and multi-faceted experiences through Jewish and Israeli folk dance.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
DAY 7
SERENITY & SPIRITUALITY IN THE NORTH
Tue. Jun 27, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • As we drive south on the Trans-Israel Highway, there will be an opportunity to see the Security Barrier which runs along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and to learn about the barrier’s effects on Israeli security and Palestinian communities.
  • A First Look at the Holy City: Over the centuries, many have been moved and awed by their first sight of Jerusalem. We'll stop at the Haas Promenade for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • High Times in the Holy City: Jerusalem at night provides a very different vision of the Holy City. Check out how the locals let their hair down during a free evening and explore Jerusalem nightlife. Our suggestions include:
    • The Mamilla Mall, an upscale, open-air food and shopping area located outside the Old City’s Jaffa Gate.
    • Joining the crowds strolling through the Ben Yehuda and Nahalat Shiva Pedestrian Malls.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 8
THE OLD CITY MAZE
Wed. Jun 28, 2023
  • The Art of Tikkun Olam Meet elderly, often impoverished, immigrants who are finding a sense of purpose and making beautiful artwork at Yad LaKashish (Lifeline for the Elderly). We’ll take a tour of this inspirational organization. Then, guided by professional artists, get creative as a family and make your own Judaica or handicraft.
  • Option 1:
    • 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.
      • King Hezekiah's “Broad Wall,” a massive wall built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 years ago.
      • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
    • 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.
    • Going Under, Going Deeper: Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel, and examine important archaeological discoveries that are revising our understanding of daily life in ancient Jerusalem.
  • Option 2:
    • 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.
    • Following the Path: The Old City is rich in Christian significance. Our exploration of the Christian Quarter will include following the Via Dolorosa, the path Jesus is believed to have taken when he walked, holding a cross, to the crucifixion.
    • Pay 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.
    • At the end of the Via Dolorosa is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the place where Jesus is believed to have been crucified. This church is one of Christianity’s great pilgrimage sites and a testament to the remarkable diversity of the Christian world. It includes an empty tomb where it is said that Jesus was buried and resurrected.
    • There will also be time to see the bargains and the bargaining in the Old City Shuk (market) in the Christian quarter.
  • All: Return to the hotel.
  • Parents night out! Enjoy a free evening out on the town.
  • Kids: Movie and pizza night at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9
I’M DIGGIN’ ISRAEL
Thu. Jun 29, 2023
  • A Special Celebration. A Special Location: Celebrate with pride and togetherness a Bnai Mitzvah ceremony at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall). Mazal Tov! Temple Isaiah Teen Tour will join the celebration.
  • Digging for Roots: We’ll literally get in touch with the land and history of Israel during an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves. Get your hands dirty 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.
  • Tanks and a Tribute: Pay tribute to the men and women of Israel’s armored division at the Armored Corps Memorial and Museum in Latrun. Located atop a militarily strategic hill on the main route from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Latrun and the nearby Ayalon Valley hosted many significant battles, from the time of Joshua Ben-Nun and Judah Maccabi to modern-day battles during the War of Independence and the Six Day War. Learn about the history and valor of the armored corps and view the tanks from various eras on display.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own on vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem’s German Colony.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10
CREATING MEMORIES
Fri. Jun 30, 2023
  • Option 1:
    • Drive through the Israeli “Capitol Hill”: along the Knesset – Israel’s Parliament and its famous Menorah, the Supreme Court building, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Israeli National Bank, and the future site of the Israel National Library.
    • 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.
  • Option 2:
    • Visit the newly opened National Memorial Hall for Israel's Fallen, where the names and dates of death of every fallen soldier and victim of terror in Israel are engraved on over 23,000 separate bricks. Join in a Kaddish ceremony marking the anniversary of the deaths of soldiers who fell on this day in history.
    • Sacrifice and the State: Visit Mount Herzl, Israel's national cemetery, to discuss key events in the nation's history and to honor those who fell while fighting for the state. Our visit will include:The Main Military Cemetery where Israel's fallen soldiers are buried side-by-side regardless of rank, each with a simple, stark gravestone.Visit the graves of Israeli leaders including Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres, and learn how they dealt with the great questions confronting the State. We will also visit the grave of Theodor Herzl, the founder of the modern Zionist movement.
  • Option 3: Two by Two the Animals Went into the Ark: The Biblical Zoo is one of Jerusalem’s loveliest places. It has a great collection of animals with a special focus on creatures mentioned in the Bible. It includes 62 acres of open areas where the animals live, a zoo train if you don’t feel like walking, a petting zoo, and other activities to keep all ages enthralled.
  • All: Explore the colorful and ethnically diverse Mahane Yehuda market of Jerusalem.
  • Return to the hotel and time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Shabbat candle lighting at the hotel.
  • Experience the diversity and joy of Shabbat in Jerusalem as people from different backgrounds come together for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat at the First Train Station, an outdoor cultural center.
  • Enjoy Shabbat dinner at the hotel together with the Temple Isaiah Teen Tour.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast and Shabbat Dinner
DAY 11
MASADA & THE DEAD SEA
Sat. Jul 1, 2023
  • Option 1:
    • 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, 1412 feet below sea level and the lowest place on earth. The desert, the landscape, and the views are breathtaking.
    • How Fast Can This Thing Go? Take a camel for a test drive as you ride into the heart of the desert.
    • The Last Stand: Take the cable car to the top of Masada with its xtraordinary 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.
    • We’ll drive by Qumran, where a separatist Jewish sect from the Second Temple period created an isolated community and where the Dead Sea Scrolls, some of the most ancient and important religious manuscripts in existence, were discovered.
    • 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.
  • Option 2:
    • 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.
    • OR A Mountain Holy to Many: Experience the complexity of inter-religious relations on Mount Zion. We’ll first visit the Upper Room. It is venerated by Christians as the location of Jesus’ Last Supper but was, for a period, converted into a mosque. In a room directly below, Jews pray at the place believed to be King David’s Tomb. We’ll also see the nearby Abbey of the Dormition, marking the place where the Virgin Mary is believed to have died, and learn about the Abbey’s long and not always easy relationship with the other faiths of Jerusalem.
  • All: Return to the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight.
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 12
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Sun. Jul 2, 2023
  • Return to the U.S.A.

RATES & LODGING

participants
30+
Cost p/p in double room
$4,825
Cost p/p in single room
$6,750
Child As 3rd (Reduction)
- ($1,406)

Tel Aviv: Carlton

Upper Galilee: Hotel HaGoshrim nature

Jerusalem: The Inbal

What to expect

  • 9 nights' accommodations. Late check out on the day of departure is included.
  • 10 days of touring with a tour educator (guide) on a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Extra guide included on June 24, June 25, June 28 & July 1.
  • Extra bus for touring is included on June 23 & July 1.
  • Youth Counselor included on June 28 & June 30.
  • 1 Group arrival transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • 1 Group departure transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • Daily breakfast & 4 dinners.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the airport & hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Israel.
  • COVID related expenses, including tests.
  • Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
  • Camel riding for option 1 on July 1.
  • 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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