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.
Coming to Israel today is a special act of solidarity and of Jewish peoplehood. Israel has never faced more challenging times. We hope that your solidarity mission is about encountering and understanding where the people of Israel stand – in our hurt, in our healing, and in our hope. The mission is about bringing comfort and being comforted. It is an act of empathy and a confirmation of shared memory and destiny. Above all, the solidarity mission is about what each one of us chooses to do to make a difference on the day that we return to our communities from Israel.
- Current Affairs
- Local Specialists
- Social Justice
- Depart for Israel.
- Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
- Meet your J² Expert Educator for a moment of prayer overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem.
- Understanding the Context: Looking back to October 7th and towards the future with your tour educator.
- What Lifts Us Up: Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and have the traditional “Shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
- Check into your hotel.
- Welcome dinner with a local expert who will provide a briefing about the latest developments in the region.
- Study session with Rabbi Dalia Marx about Pidyon Shvuyim.
- Drive south to the Gaza Envelope.
- Walk through the remains of a southern community with members of the community as they share the stories of this once-vibrant home.
- Continue to Sderot, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza and see reality on the ground.
- Meet Israeli Bedouin activists and leaders at Rahat; and hear the stories of this unique community, their losses, and their participation in the ongoing struggle against Hamas.
- Return to Jerusalem and debrief on the day.
- Morning Prayers: With Maram rabbis at the pluralistic prayer area along the Western Wall - Azarat Yisrael - to draw inspiration and strength from all that has been and all that will be.
- Continue to Mount Herzl and pay respects to the recently fallen at the new plot.
- Support the Israeli economy by shopping and having lunch at the Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
- Visit a local hospital or rehabilitation center for a Bikur Holim visit.
- Meet with WZO representatives and discuss their reaction to October 7.
- Check out of the hotel.
- Morning study: Meet with MK Rabbi Gilad Kariv and discuss the effects of the recent war on politics.
- Drive to Tel Aviv and take a walking tour of the city's recent protest art installations, including a stop at Kaplan Street to meet with local activists.
- Spend time with families of those who were taken hostage. Hear their stories and learn about their work in ensuring the safe return of their loved ones.
- Hostages Square has become a national center for the struggle for the return of the hostage. Visit the square and lend your voice to this crucial struggle.
- Check into the hotel.
- Due to a lack of workers, Israelis now volunteer to work in agriculture. Join other volunteers to harvest vegetables in order to provide fresh produce for the country.
- Visit the Magen David Adom HQ in Ramle with the opportunity to participate in a blood drive.
- Return to the hotel to freshen up.
- Join local artists in making kalaniyot, a flower which symbolized the communities of the Gaza Envelope, out of clay to be added to art instillations around the country.
- Volunteer at the Expo Hamal. The Command Center has been critical in providing services for displaced people, soldiers, and affected families.
- Explore Nahalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv’s arts and crafts market, before we move on to the Carmel Market.
- Return to your hotel to freshen up before Shabbat.
- Kabbalat Shabbat services at a Reform congregation in Tel Aviv.
- Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants.
- Shabbat services at Kehillat Beit Daniel in Tel Aviv, led by Rabbi Meir Azari.
- Walk through the streets of Florentine, Tel Aviv, to see the new graffiti works of local artists entitled "Walls of Hope." Each new mural represents one of the children held hostage.
- Cherish Shabbat and mark its passing (until next week) with a havdalah ceremony by the beach.
- Late checkout of the hotel.
- Festive farewell dinner followed by a transfer to the airport.
- Arrive in the US.
RATES & LODGING
What to expect
- 6 nights' accommodations. Late check out until 6 p.m. on the day of departure is included.
- 7 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator (guide), 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
- Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 3 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.
- Late check out past 6:00 pm on on the day of departure.
- 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: [email protected].
- Payments | The balance of your payment is due on March 16, 2024. 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 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.
- Mobility: Solidarity missions are specifically strenuous, and our visits include places that are inaccessible to people who may have mobility challenges. You should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances, often over unpaved and uneven surfaces. PLEASE NOTE: In some cases you may need to run to a shelter, if you have questions regarding this matter please speak to a J² representative.
- Protect your investment for $495 p/p: Should you cancel your trip up to 5 days before your departure for any reason, our POM program offers you a trip refund. Call 888-230-6008 or e-mail: [email protected].
- Please click here to view our full terms (T&C’s). These T&C’s apply to all reservations created within J2 Adventures.
DISCOVER NEW WORLDS.
A family vacation to Israel. An adventure of a lifetime traveling with friends to Morocco. A trip to Poland or Portugal with your community. What do these trips have in common? No matter where you go, you will come back with a fresh perspective and appreciation of the place you visited as well as a heightened awareness of your identity as part of the global Jewish community.
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