Temple Rodef Shalom
A Journey for Repeat Visitors

Led by Rabbi Jeffrey Saxe and Hannah Moore

Mar 29, 2025 - Apr 8, 2025

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 11 DAYS
  • Group Size 20+
  • Price From $6,115
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.

Once you have registered for the trip, you can also register for the Optional Pre-Trip to Jerusalem. Click here for details.

  •   Urban Graffiti Tour
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Food Tasting Tour
  •   Home Hospitality
  •   Archaeology
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Current Affairs
  •   Heritage
  •   Nature Walks
  •   Street Art
  •   Street Food
  •   Local Specialists

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
HEADING TO ISRAEL
Sat. Mar 29, 2025
  • Depart for Israel.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Sun. Mar 30, 2025
  • Arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport. Welcome to Israel!
  • Drive to Jerusalem. Check into the hotel and connect with the additional Rodef Shalom members of this Israeli journey.
  • Meet your J² Expert Educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Stop for a moment at a scenic Jerusalem spot to dedicate time for a moment of blessing and appreciation - shehehiyanu.
  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Take time to discuss your itinerary and expectations with your tour leader and Expert Educator.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
GETTING GROUNDED
Mon. Mar 31, 2025
  • Join Professor Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University for an introduction into Israel's turbulent political scene.
  • Tour the Yad B’Yad (Hand in Hand) school in Jerusalem, part of a network of bilingual, multicultural educational institutions which aim to show that Jewish and Arab communities can learn and live together.
  • Explore the National Library of Israel. The new Israel National Library provides the opportunity to understand centuries of Jewish creativity through one of the world’s most impressive collections of Jewish and Israel-related literature. In addition, the library staff is dedicated to a national project documenting the events of October 7, 2023.
  • Our memory as a people is a key ingredient in who we are today. Visit the Western Wall - the Kotel - to remember, to spend individual time for prayer and reflection, and to recall that all Jews are responsible for each other.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
NEIGHBORS AND BORDERS IN A TIME OF CONFLICT
Tue. Apr 1, 2025
  • Visit Ramallah with Palestinian journalist Rami Nazzal. Ramallah is the political and economic base for life in the West Bank/Judaea & Samaria. Understand beyond the headlines by walking its streets and meeting its people.
  • Enjoy a home-hospitality lunch and discussion with a Jewish family living in the West Bank/Judea and Samaria region.
  • Visit Shiloh, which, according to the Bible, was the center of Jewish life and worship before Jerusalem and the Temple were built.
  • Return to Jerusalem. Meet with members of the Parents' Circle – Families Forum (PCFF), the Israeli/Palestinian Bereaved Families for Peace.
  • Devote time to sharing and reflecting on the day.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5
THE GOOD LAND
Wed. Apr 2, 2025
  • Check out from your hotel and begin your journey to the Galilee.
  • Israeli agriculture is a strategic need and a powerful symbol of the Zionist story. Volunteer with Leket, an NGO focusing on providing food to Israel's weakest populations.
  • In Kibbutz Magal, we will enjoy a fascinating tour as we dive deep into the operations of the kibbutz, the Israeli water sector, and Netafim- the pioneer and world leader in smart irrigation. We'll wrap up the experience by tasting different olive oil varieties while learning about the process of growing olives.
  • Explore Isfiya, a Druze village on Mt. Carmel, for a glimpse into Israel's Druze community. Learn about their traditions and relationship with the State. Conclude with a home hospitality dinner.
  • Check in at your Haifa hotel.
Overnight: Haifa Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6
THE GALILEE TODAY
Thu. Apr 3, 2025
  • Understanding the Security Challenges on Israel's Northern Border: Field briefing on the Lebanese border with an expert from the Alma Research and Education Center.
  • Visit seaside Akko - a pearl of historic and contemporary diversity. Highlights will include:
    • See the Haman al-Basha baths, once a center of Akko life under the Ottomans and now a museum.
    • The el-Jazzar Mosque, one of Israel’s largest and most important mosques.
    • The Templar Tunnel, the underground passageway that stretches from the fortress to Akko’s port.
  • Lunch (on own account) in the Akko shuk (market).
  • Return to Haifa for an opportunity to meet with Haifa-based Reform rabbis for a dialogue on resilience and spirit.
Overnight: Haifa Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7
ALONG THE COAST
Fri. Apr 4, 2025
  • Explore the breathtaking beauty of the Baha'i Gardens, a meticulously manicured terraced garden cascading down the slopes of Mount Carmel in Haifa. Marvel at the intricate design and vibrant colors of the flora as you stroll along the pathways, taking in panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea beyond.
  • Visit the Yemin Orde Youth Village, which houses and educates over 400 youth from across the globe. Meet with staff and students and hear about their work for empowerment through education.
  • Lunch at Yemin Orde.
  • Wine tasting and tour at Somek Winery, a quaint family winery nestled in the heart of Zichron Ya'akov. The winery exclusively utilizes grapes from their family vineyard, which has been tended since 1882.
  • Travel to Tel Aviv and check in at your Tel Aviv hotel.
  • Prepare for Shabbat at your hotel and depart for Shabbat evening services and dinner hosted by the Reform community at Kehillat Ranaan.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
THE STORIES WHO ARE US
Sat. Apr 5, 2025
  • 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.
  • Enjoy lunch on own at the Sarona Market, which was once a colony of Templars, German Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land, but is now a center of Tel Aviv cuisine.
  • Join Doris Hiffawi for coffee in her home to hear about her life as a Christian Arab in Jaffa, and how life has changed since October 7.
  • Mark the end of Shabbat with a communal Havdalah ceremony by the beach.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9
ALONG THE ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER
Sun. Apr 6, 2025
  • What has changed since October 7 and where is Israel headed? Dialogue with a leading journalist.
  • Drive south to the Israel-Gaza Border.
  • Meet with 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 7, and what her hopes are for the future.
  • Head to the site of the Nova Music Festival massacre near Kibbutz Re'im.
  • Debrief and discussion with your tour leader and Expert Educator about the events and encounters of the day.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10
THIS IS THE HOPE
Mon. Apr 7, 2025
  • Check out.
  • Dialogue with Dan Feferman, author, speaker, researcher, and Director of Communications and Global Affairs at Sharaka, an NGO that builds people-to-people peace between Israel and the Arab world. Among Dan’s areas of focus and interest are geopolitics, Israel-Diaspora relations, and cross-cultural diplomacy.
  • The streets can talk. Check out local murals, graffiti, and street art. Explore how art speaks to the issues and challenges facing Israel today.
  • Lunch on own at the Carmel Market, a vibrant marketplace where traders sell everything from clothing and spices, to fruit and electronics.
  • Participate in an Israeli cooking workshop at The Cooking Experience and then gather for a closing dinner with a chance to reflect on your Israel journey.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11
UNTIL THE NEXT TIME
Tue. Apr 8, 2025
  • Arrive back in the US.

RATES & LODGING

participants
20+
Cost p/p in double room
$6,115
Cost p/p in single room
$7,660

Jerusalem: The Inbal

Haifa: Dan Carmel

Tel Aviv: Carlton

What to expect

  • 8 nights' accommodations.
  • 9 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator (guide), 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 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 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.
  • 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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