Solidarity Mission to Israel
The Association of Reform Jewish Educators
and HUC School of Education Alumni Association

Feb 15, 2024 - Feb 21, 2024

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Mission
  • Duration 7 DAYS
  • Group Size 20+
  • Price From $2,490
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.

 

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.

Please note that registration is currently closed and the mission is fully subscribed. We encourage you to register yourself to the waiting list by clicking here. Should a spot open up you will be contacted by a customer care representative in order to complete your registration.

 

 

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Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Thu. Feb 15, 2024
  • Depart for Israel.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Fri. Feb 16, 2024
  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport.
  • Stop for a moment of prayer and meet your J² Expert Educator.
  • Tour the grounds of Israel’s “Capitol Hill”: the Rose Garden, featuring more than 400 species of roses imported from all around the world; The Knesset – Israel’s Parliament building and its famous Menorah – Israel’s symbol monument built from bronze; The Supreme Court – designed to reflect Jewish and democratic values of justice and the new National Library. Each of these places holds great importance in Israel's society, especially since October 7th.
  • Check into the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Welcome Shabbat with Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kol Haneshama in Jerusalem.
  • Enjoy a private Shabbat dinner.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM
Sat. Feb 17, 2024
  • 9:30 a.m. Morning services with HUC Rabbinical students followed by a conversation with current HUC students.
  • Text study with Director of Year in Israel Program at HUC Reuven Greenwald, highlighting poetry created since October 7th.
  • Enjoy lunch sponsored by HUC with current students.
  • Meet with Israeli journalist Jessica Steinberg, correspondent and analyst for the Times of Israel. She will set the stage for the mission, addressing the role of journalism in the current situation in Israel.
  • Mark the end of Shabbat with a communal Havdalah ceremony at Hostages Square. We will be joined by the WRJ Mission participants.
  • 8:30 PM Return to Jerusalem. Those who wish to stay in Tel Aviv can travel back after.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 4
THE STILL, SMALL VOICE
Sun. Feb 18, 2024
  • 9:30 AM Meet with the team and parents of 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. You will be joined by alumni and parents of current students.
  • Visit the Tali School to meet with faculty and discuss their educational challenges in recent times.
  • Engage in discussion with current Tali students about their experiences.
  • Meet with Lee Siegel, brother of Keith Seigel who is being held hostage in Gaza. The meeting with take place in his community, Kibbutz Gezer.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
BEAR WITNESS
Mon. Feb 19, 2024
  • 9:30 AM Visit with displaced families from Nachal Oz currently living in the north on Kibbutz Mishmar Ha'emek and hear stories of survival from the community.
  • Arrive to Kibbutz Gal-Ed where they opened a brand-new school made of caravans for evacuated children. Meet with Rabbi Michal Ken-Tor, who serves as the Rabbi of the Megiddo Regional Council and the founder of MEGIDO HARUACH, a new nonprofit organization in Megiddo.
  • Conversation with Rabbi Yael Vurgan about how the events of October 7th have impacted her community of Shaar Hanegev.
  • A Complexed Partnership, Reality of Israeli Arabs today: Dialogue with Mohammed Darawshe, Director of Planning, Equality & Shared Society at the Givat Haviva Center.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6
STRENGTH AND SPIRIT
Tue. Feb 20, 2024
  • Due to a lack of workers, Israelis now volunteer to work in agriculture. Harvest fields in the Beit Shemesh area in order to provide fresh produce for the country.
  • To arise for a new tomorrow - לקום מחר בבוקר: A strategic conversation with IMPJ about the war and the days that will follow. The conversation will be led by Anna Kislanski, CEO of IMPJ and by Orly Erez Lakhovski, Head of IRAC.
  • Enjoy a study session with HUC faculty Jeremy Leigh, highlighting the big questions that face the Jewish people since October 7th.
  • Late checkout and farewell dinner.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7
HOME AGAIN
Wed. Feb 21, 2024
  • Arrive back in the US.

RATES & LODGING

participants
20+
Cost p/p in double room
$2,490
Cost p/p in single room
$2,980

Jerusalem: Dan Panorama

What to expect

  • 4 nights' accommodations. Late check out until 6:00 p.m. on the day of the departure is included.
  • 5 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator (guide), 5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast & 2 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 p.m. on the day of the 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 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.
  • 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.

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