Temple Sholom of Vancouver
Journey to Israel

Led by Rabbi Carey Brown

Jun 28, 2023 - Jul 9, 2023

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Multi-Generational
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 12 DAYS
  • Group Size 25+
  • Price From $4,995
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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.

  •   Active
  •   Home Hospitality
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Archaeology
  •   Heritage
  •   Food & Wine

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON THE WAY
Wed. Jun 28, 2023
  • Depart Canada.
DAY 2
THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY
Thu. Jun 29, 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
THE VIBE OF TEL AVIV
Fri. Jun 30, 2023
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa and ascend from the old port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Walk through Jaffa's famous Flea Market – “Shuk Hapishpeshim”.
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along the newly-opened 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.
  • Free time to enjoy the beach or perhaps visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly crafts fair and eateries; alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market and across the way Sheinkin Street, with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping.
  • A Fallen Leader, A Fallen Soldier: The assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 was one of the greatest traumas of Israeli political history. 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.
  • Return to the hotel and 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.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Shabbat Dinner
DAY 4
FOUNDATION OF THE CITY & STATE
Sat. Jul 1, 2023
  • Shabbat morning services at local Tel Aviv synagogues.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • 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.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Three Stars in the Israeli Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony.
  • Stylish Scavengers: Cryptic clues and madcap missions will lead you to discover, on this scavenger hunt in Neve Zedek, why one of Tel Aviv’s oldest neighborhoods feels so young and cool.
  • 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
DAY 5
HISTORY AND NATURE ON THE WAY NORTH
Sun. Jul 2, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the Mediterranean to Caesarea. Stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea. With the ruins of a past empire to your backs, enjoy the power of the sand, sea and the rush of the water as you recite the poems of Hanna Sesnesh.
  • 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.
  • Drive towards the Upper Galilee and stop at the Agamon Hula (Hula Lake), Israel’s best place for bird-watching, is home to thousands of storks, cranes, pelicans and flamingos. We’ll learn why early Zionist efforts to drain these swamps have been replaced by environmental protection. And for those with a need for speed, there’s bike-riding and golf-carting.
  • Check into the kibbutz hotel, followed by dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Dinner
DAY 6
NATURE AND SECURITY
Mon. Jul 3, 2023
  • Take a Jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights in the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and their battles in the Six-Day War. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Northern Borders, Northern Battles: 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 vital battles that took place here during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • Take a nature hike to the Suspended Trail above the spectacular canyon of the Banias Stream, at the foot of Mount Hermon.
  • Time to cool off! With the hot weather, it’s time to take to the water with rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Dinner
DAY 7
A TALE OF TWO CITIES
Tue. Jul 4, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists’ colony, including:
    • Guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists’ Colony, shop in the galleries and crafts shops and engage in dialogues with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah and enjoy some shopping time.
    • A visit to the Tsfat Candle Factory Visitors’ Center.
  • Drive south past Tiberias, an ancient/modern city located on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). One of Israel’s four holy Jewish cities, this is where the “Jerusalem” Talmud was codified and where Maimonides is buried.
  • A Sweet Day: Indulge your sweet tooth and check out the culinary and therapeutic delights of chocolate with a chocolate workshop at the Galita Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Degania Bet.
  • How Fast Can This Thing Go? The patriarch Abraham will welcome us to Genesis Land for a taste of life and travel in biblical times as we take a camel for a test drive and ride into the heart of the desert. Afterward, see how you would have managed living in the wilderness during the time of the patriarchs and matriarchs with some fun, family-friendly activities, including:: Even those of us who think modern Hebrew is tricky will find the ancient Hebrew alphabet a breeze in this biblical letter-writing workshop. We'll use quill, ink, and parchment to write a letter in ancient Hebrew and re-create how our ancestors kept in touch before email.
  • Desert Delight: Experience how guests were treated like royalty in biblical times. We'll kick back in a spacious, cool desert tent and enjoy a traditional "hafla" dinner.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Check into the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
DAY 8
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
Wed. Jul 5, 2023
  • 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.
  • Tour the Jewish Quarter and continue with visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • A walk along the Rooftops of the Old City for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem and how they live alongside each other.
    • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century.
    • King Hezekiah’s First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem, view the Gihon Spring and wade through the 2,700-year-old water tunnel of King Hezekiah. Walk through the recently opened Second Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a very contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own.
  • Optional: The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night-time show – a celebration of sight and sound – that depicts the story of Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem
DAY 9
SEARCHING FOR JEWISH ROOTS
Thu. Jul 6, 2023
  • Bnei Mitzvah ceremony at the Egalitarian Family Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • The City at Night: Israel’s food scene is on fire with world-class chefs and a huge range of happening restaurants. See and taste for yourself with dinner. We’ll be happy to make reservations and recommendations so that you can enjoy a night out at the Israeli restaurant ideal for you.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Lunch
DAY 10
MEMORY AND RENEWAL
Fri. Jul 7, 2023
  • Adults and Older Youth:
    • Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
      • The Avenue of the Righteous
      • The Historical Museum
      • The Children’s Memorial
      • A concluding Memorial Service
    • Children under 10:
      • Visit Ein Yael, an interactive, living museum, located on a 2,000-year-old archaeological site. There’s the option of taking part in weaving, ceramics, painting and other crafts typical of life in ancient times.
    • All:
      • Making Our Mark: Feel the land and help it flourish with a tree planting ceremony. After the ceremony, explore the Gazelle Valley Park, a 250-acre haven of nature in urban Jerusalem with wildlife, including 30 gazelles, roaming through the park.
      • Return to the hotel to freshen up.
      • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Yozma in Modi’in, led by Rabbi Nir Barkin followed by home hospitality dinner or dinner at the hotel.
    Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
DAY 11
THE DEAD SEA BASIN
Sat. Jul 8, 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, 1,412 feet below sea level and the lowest place on earth. The desert, the landscape, and the views are breathtaking.
  • The Last Stand: Take the cable car 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.
  • 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.
  • Return to Jerusalem for a late check-out.
  • Havdalla service and farewell dinner, before transferring to Ben Gurion Airport.
Meals: Dinner
DAY 12
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Sun. Jul 9, 2023
  • Return to Canada.

RATES & LODGING

participants
25+
Cost p/p in double room
$4,995
Cost p/p in single room
$6,475
Child As 3rd (Reduction)
- ($630)
All rates are in USD Registration open

Tel Aviv: Crowne Plaza Beach

Upper Galilee: Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel

Jerusalem: Dan Panorama

What to expect

  • 9 nights' accommodations. Late check out on the day of departure is included.
  • 9 days of touring with a tour educator (guide), 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • 1 Group arrival transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • 1 Group departure transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 7 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.
  • 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.
  • For any assistance with this registration process or other trip-related queries, please email Customer Care: [email protected]
  • 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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  • Beneficiary Instructions: For the benefit of J2 Adventures. Account number: 1001858331
  • 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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