Temple Isaiah of Los Angeles
Teen Journey to Israel

Led by Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen

Jun 21, 2023 - Jul 2, 2023

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Teens
  • Trip Type Confirmation Class
  • Duration 12 DAYS
  • Group Size 15+
  • Price From $3,885
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.

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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.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Dinner
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.
  • A Fallen Leader, A Fallen Soldier: The assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 was one of the great traumas of Israeli political history, shocking Israel similarly to the way that President Kennedy’s death affected America. The Rabin Center Museum examines the life of one of Israel’s most famous soldiers and politicians and illustrates how his death was linked to the wider conflicts and dilemmas that continue to shape Israel.
  • Discuss his life and death at Rabin Square, the place where he was murdered, and take a quiet moment to reflect at the Rabin Memorial. We’ll also see how Rabin Square has become one of the crucial public spaces in Israel and the location for political protests, state ceremonies and spontaneous celebrations.
  • Understanding the City Through Its Stomach: There’s no better way to experience the energy of Tel Aviv than to join locals lunching at the Carmel Market, which sizzles with food options from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Choose from one of our recommended restaurants and eateries, then use your voucher to create your own taste of Tel Aviv.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy a festive Shabbat dinner together with the Temple Isaiah Multigenerational Trip.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Shabbat Dinner
DAY 4
THE FIRST HEBREW CITY
Sat. Jun 24, 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.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Pizur lunch at Jaffa's famous Flea Market – “Shuk Hapishpeshim”.
  • What’s Going on in Bohemian Tel Aviv? Join an expert on Tel Aviv’s alternative scene for an urban adventure and graffiti tour. Explore the latest street art and find out what it reveals about life, ideas, and ideology in Israel’s cultural capital.
  • Time to enjoy the beach and the Mediterranean sea.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Three Stars in the Israel Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Pizur Lunch & Dinner
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 Multigenerational Trip, discuss Israel's stunning achievements 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.
  • Walk through the 2,000-year-old water tunnel at Park Alona, the water source for ancient Caesarea.
  • Pioneers and Martyrs: Encounter the successes, struggles, and sacrifices of the Zionist pioneers during a tour of Zichron Ya’acov, one of the first settlements created by the modern Zionist movement. Here, we’ll:
    • Learn about the Nili spy ring, the first underground Zionist movement, and their tragic fate outside Aaronsohn House – the Nili Museum.
    • Experience the changing face of Zionism as we walk through the cobblestoned boulevards of Zichron Ya’acov and explore how a place that was initially a malaria- and poverty-stricken village is today a picturesque center of wineries, eateries, and art.
    • Pizur Lunch at Zichron Yaakov pedestrian mall.
  • 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.
  • Drive to the hotel and check in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • 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: Sea of Galilee Meals: Breakfast, Pizur Lunch & Dinner
DAY 6
SECURITY AND SERENITY IN THE GOLAN HEIGHTS
Mon. Jun 26, 2023
  • Hike through the gorge of Nahal Gilbon (Jilabun), darting between sun and shade, cliffs, canyons and waterfalls.
  • Enjoy picnic lunch in Ancient Katzrin.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Sea of Galilee Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 7
I’M DIGGIN’ ISRAEL
Tue. Jun 27, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Working Hard, Moving Down: The hike from the Arbel Cliffs is beautiful. The views from the top of the cliffs are spectacular and there will be many more magical sights as we make our way down this challenging trail.
  • 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.
  • Diggin’ 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.
  • Lunch on the go.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Continue to the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • 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 and dinner.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 8
MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA
Wed. Jun 28, 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, 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? Stop for a photo-op and a quick ride on a camel.
  • The Last Stand: Climb via the Snake Path 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.
  • Group lunch en route.
  • 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.
  • Hike in Nahal David, part of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. This is a desert oasis with springs, waterfalls, and freshwater pools, so don’t forget your swimsuits. Featured are the ibex, hyraxes, and other desert mammals that live in this area. Nahal David is named after the biblical David, who fled here to escape from the murderous King Saul.
  • 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.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 9
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
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!
  • 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.
  • Old City, New Cuisine: The Old City’s Jewish Quarter has a variety of restaurants and cafés to suit many tastes, from traditional falafel and shwarma to more modern choices like pizza. Use your voucher to find a lunch that you’ll love.
  • 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 wading through the 2,700-year-old water tunnels, an architectural wonder of King Hezekiah’s.
  • Return to the hotel and dinner.
  • High Times in the Holy City: Jerusalem at night provides a very different vision of the Holy City. Joini the crowds strolling through the Ben Yehuda and Nahalat Shiva Pedestrian Malls.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 10
CREATING MEMORIES
Fri. Jun 30, 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.
    • A memorial service where we will pay tribute to those who were lost.
  • Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shop. This doubles as a delicious lunch.
  • 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 a festive Shabbat dinner together with the Temple Isaiah Multigenerational Trip.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 11
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM
Sat. Jul 1, 2023
  • The Hearts Behind the Jerusalem Stone: Experience the unique atmosphere of Shabbat in Jerusalem by taking a classic Shabbat walk through Jerusalem neighborhoods, before we reach Gan Sacher Park and Israel’s “Capitol Hill”, location of the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, and the Supreme Court.
  • Lunch at the hotel.
  • Closing session at the hotel.
  • Time to pack and prepare for your flight.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 12
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Sun. Jul 2, 2023
  • Return to the U.S.A.

RATES & LODGING

participants
15+
Cost p/p in double room
$3,885
Cost p/p in single room
$4,638
COST P/P IN TRIPLE ROOM: $3,777 Registration open

Tel Aviv: Ruth Daniel Residence

Sea of Galilee: Nof Ginosar Hotel

Jerusalem: Jerusalem Garden

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) in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • 1 Group arrival transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • 1 Group departure transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 is required in order to complete the registration process.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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