Temple Kol Ami
Jewish Journey to the Baltics

Led by Rabbi Jeremy Schneider

Jun 23, 2025 - Jul 1, 2025

  • DESTINATION Baltics
  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 9 DAYS
  • Group Size 20+
  • Price From $4,399
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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.

  •   Heritage
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Expert Scholar
  •   Food Tasting Tour
  •   Local Specialists
  •   UNESCO Heritage Sites

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Mon. Jun 23, 2025
  • Depart the US.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO VILNIUS
Tue. Jun 24, 2025
  • Arrive at Vilnius International Airport.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner and orientation with your J² Expert Educator, with whom you will discuss group themes and share group and personal goals.
Overnight: Vilnius Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
HISTORICAL MEMORY, PERSONAL JOURNEY
Wed. Jun 25, 2025
  • Begin your trip in the Baltics with a panoramic introductory tour of Vilnius, Lithuania's largest city and its capital. First mentioned in written sources in the beginning of the 14th century, the Old Town was recognized as a UNESCO Heritage site in 1994. Traveling through the Old Town, the tour will include:
    • The Chapel of the Gates of Dawn.
    • The Vilnius Castle Complex.
    • The Old University, Lithuania's largest university and one of the largest in Eastern Europe.
    • St. Anna's Church.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Guided visit through the Medieval Jewish Quarter and what was traditionally known throughout the Jewish world as Vilna, "The Jerusalem of Lithuania." Pre-Holocaust, Vilna boasted a community of over 100,000, was a world center for the study of Torah, and was the home of the Vilna Gaon (the Genius from Vilna). Walking through what was once the heart of the Jewish people, the tour will include visits to:
    • The Vilnius Choral Synagogue, built in 1903 and today the only active synagogue remaining in this city that once boasted over 100.
    • The Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum, dedicated to the history of Lithuanian Jewish life, including an exposition on the Holocaust and a contemporary Center of Tolerance.
    • The building which housed the Judenrat (Vilna Ghetto Jewish Council) during the Holocaust.
  • Visit Ponar Forest Holocaust Memorial, in honor and memory of the 100,000 people who were killed during the Holocaust, of whom more than 70,000 were Lithuanian Jews.
  • Return to the hotel.
Overnight: Vilnius Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
SYMBOLS OF NATIONAL IDENTITY - LOOKING IN AND LOOKING OUT
Thu. Jun 26, 2025
  • Drive to Kaunas, Lithuania's second largest city and once its temporary capital. Until 1940 Kaunas, also known as Kovno, boasted a Jewish population of 35,000-40,000, one fourth of the city's entire population.
  • Drive through the city for a panoramic tour of the Old Town to view the Kaunas Cathedral, Old Town Hall and Square, and Kaunas Castle.
  • Meet on the corner of Hebrew, Yiddish, Esperanto, and the Enlightenment, passing the streets and homes of those who were significant in the development of modern Jewish thought:
    • Zamenhoff Street, named in honor of Ludwig Eliezer Zamenhoff, who lived here and invented the universal language of Esperanto.
    • Mapu Street, named in honor of Abraham Mapu, a native of Slobodka and Hebrew novelist of the Jewish Enlightenment.
    • The childhood home of Leah Goldberg, who began her literary journey at the age of 12, and was one of Israel’s most prominent and influential poets and authors.
    • The Ohel Yakov Choral Synagogue and the Children's Holocaust Memorial, located in its courtyard.
    • The office and home of the Righteous Amongst the Nations, Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese Counsel who, at great peril to himself, generated thousands of travel visas for Jews to escape during the Holocaust.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Following the occupation of Lithuania by Nazi Germany, the Ninth Fort was used as a place of execution for Jews, captured Soviets, and others. A visit to the Ninth Fort museum is a somber but powerful experience, providing a harrowing insight into Lithuania’s Nazi occupation, WWII, and the Holocaust.
  • Stop en route at Žiežmariai Synagogue, a unique wooden synagogue and part of Jewish heritage both in Lithuania and in all of Eastern Europe.
  • Return to the hotel.
Overnight: Vilnius Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
RIGA-BOUND
Fri. Jun 27, 2025
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart for Riga, the capital of Latvia and largest city in the Baltic States.
  • Stop en route at the Hill of the Crosses, a Lithuanian national pilgrimage spot on which crosses have been placed since at least the 19th century as a symbol of devotion, defiance, and Lithuanian national identity.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Cross into Latvia and arrive in Riga. Jews have been present here since the city was founded in the 13th century.
  • Visit Salaspils Concentration Camp monument complex in remembrance of the Soviet victims of the Nazis.
  • Check into the hotel, with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Peitav Synagogue, Riga's sole surviving synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel with JDC director and leaders of the local Jewish community.
Overnight: Riga Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 6
SHABBAT IN RIGA
Sat. Jun 28, 2025
  • Walking tour of Riga's Old Town, a beautiful reflection of architecture, cafés, music, history and more, with visits to:
    • The Riga Castle.
    • St. Mary's Dome Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the Baltics.
    • The Large Guild, home to the Riga Orchestra and the Small Guild, a Crafts Corporation House.
    • The Freedom Monument, a 138-foot high granite, travertine, and copper monument honoring soldiers killed during the 1918-1920 Latvian War of Independence.
    • The House of Blackheads, once an important center of public life for unmarried merchants, was later destroyed during WWII and reconstructed at the beginning of this century.
    • The Town Hall square and an old Town Hall devastated during WWII and rebuilt in 2002.
    • St. Peter's Church, first built in the 13th century, has since been expanded upon.
  • Continue to discover the flavors and ingredients of Latvia as you explore Riga’s open-air Central Market on your food tour.
  • Time to walk through Riga's Art Nouveau district; the Art Nouveau Movement was the architectural and artistic answer to the literary modernist movement that began in the late 19th century. Riga has one of the largest centers of Art Nouveau in Europe.
  • Mark the end of Shabbat with a communal Havdalah ceremony.
Overnight: Riga Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 7
FROM RIGA TO TALLINN
Sun. Jun 29, 2025
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit the former Riga Ghetto, which at its peak, prior to the Holocaust, was home to almost 44,000 Jewish inhabitants and was the heart of Jewish life in Latvia. Visit the Memorial of the Burnt Synagogue, site of the Great Choral Synagogue, destroyed by the Nazis on July 4, 1941. In the aftermath of Nazi extermination of Jews, the once-strong Jewish population of Riga numbered 150 alone.
  • Continue to the Holocaust Memorial and burial spot of almost 40,000 people from all over Europe who were murdered in the Bikernieki Forest during the years 1941-1944.
  • Visit Rumbula Memorial where many Jews of Riga and Germany perished.
  • Drive via Paernu, Estonia's main summer resort, with break for lunch on own and continue to Tallinn, Estonia's capital and largest city, situated on the Gulf of Finland.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Learn about Estonian Vodka drinking culture, have dinner at a local restaurant, and enjoy some vodka tasting.
Overnight: Tallinn Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 8
A TREE OF LIFE - OUT OF THE ASHES
Mon. Jun 30, 2025
  • Visit the Tallinn Jewish Center, School, and Museum as well as the Beit Bella Synagogue, and meet with members of the local Jewish community. The original synagogue was destroyed by a Soviet Air bombing on the Nazi-occupied city.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Walk through the "medieval pearl of Europe" as you tour Tallinn's Old Town, with its medieval churches, original cobblestone alleyways, merchant houses and barns, some of which date back to the 11th century.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner at a restaurant.
Overnight: Tallinn Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 9
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Tue. Jul 1, 2025
  • Breakfast at the hotel followed by checkout.
  • Check in for your return flight at the Tallinn International Airport.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast

RATES & LODGING

participants
20+
Cost p/p in double room
$4,399
Cost p/p in single room
$5,185

Vilnius: Hotel PACAI

Riga: Grand Poet Hotel

Tallinn: Radisson Collection Hotel

What to expect

  • 7 nights' accommodations.
  • 7 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator and local guides, in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 4 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 Baltics.
  • Individual airport transfers.
  • Gratuities are excluded. For groups of 20 and more participants traveling to the Baltics: We recommend the following guidelines for tipping (amounts are in US dollars): Jewish Tour Educator: $12 | Local Guide: $5 | Driver: $2. Amounts are per day per person.
  • 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.
  • 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 $1,000 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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