WRT
Class of 2023

Led by Jonathan Blake and Cantor Amanda Kleinman

Feb 19, 2023 - Mar 1, 2023

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Teens
  • Trip Type Confirmation Class
  • Duration 11 DAYS
  • Group Size 20+
  • Price From $3,500
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.

  •   Active
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Archaeology
  •   Heritage
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Local Specialists

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
TO ISRAEL
Sun. Feb 19, 2023
  • Depart JFK International Airport to Israel.
DAY 2
THE START OF A SP ECIAL JOURNEY
Mon. Feb 20, 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.
  • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style welcome dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv’s Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
FOUNDATION OF THE CITY & STATE
Tue. Feb 21, 2023
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join a local resident to explore the urban culture of the city
  • 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.
  • Continue to the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly craft fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air.
  • Meet with IMPJ Mechina participants and then together join Etgarim, an organization that empowers and integrates people with physical disabilities through the challenge of outdoor and extreme sports, for a tandem bike ride.
  • Enjoy dinner on own account at the Sarona Market. Through the smells, flavors and tastes of this renovated historical Templers town, explore the range of cuisine - from local street food to fine dining by world renowned Israeli chefs.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
DAY 4
TO THE SOUTH
Wed. Feb 22, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Tel Aviv.
  • Living on the Edge: Drive south to Moshav Netiv Ha’asarah, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, and delve into the security complexities of Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza and the challenge of maintaining a thriving home, including a meeting with a resident.
  • The Salad Trail - Zionism in the 21st Century: Meet with Uri Alon, a local agronomist, for a unique family program on his farm, located in the Northern Negev, combining agriculture, care for the environment and fun; including lunch.
  • Continue to the Negev and check into the guesthouse.
  • Dinner and evening group program.
Overnight: Ein Gedi Meals: Lunch & Dinner
DAY 5
BEN GURION’S DREAM
Thu. Feb 23, 2023
  • Visit the gravesite of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, located at Sde Boker, overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn, followed by a short hike in the Ein Avdat Nature Reserve.
  • Modern Day Zionism: Meet members of Ayalim Association, which encourages students to live in rural villages and towns in the periphery and to take on active roles in local community life.
  • Visit a Bedouin town for an insight into contemporary Bedouin lifestyles, meet with residents, artisans and local youth.
  • Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Ein Gedi Meals: Dinner
DAY 6
MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA
Fri. Feb 24, 2023
  • Early check-out from the hotel and collect breakfast boxes upon check-out.
  • Drive east to Masada and ascend the Roman Ramp to Herod’s mountain palace and site of the Jewish Zealots’ last stand against the Roman Legionnaires.
  • Descend via the cable car.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Upon entering the vibrant and colorful Jerusalem, stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the city and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel and free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Yozma in Modi’in, followed by home hospitality Shabbat or communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants.
  • Return to Jerusalem with four members of Yozma who will join us for the night and following day.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Shabbat Dinner
DAY 7
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM
Sat. Feb 25, 2023
  • Attend Shabbat morning services.
  • Continue to the YMCA Jerusalem compound and get a bird eye view of the city.
  • Shabbat lunch at the YMCA, followed by a possible tour of the building.
  • The Visions of the New City: Discover the fabulous story of Jerusalem’s expansion beyond the Old City as you wander from the Sir Moses Montefiore Windmill through the winding alleys of Yemin Moshe and Mishkenot Sha’ananim.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City and saying goodbye to our guests from Yozma.
  • Stroll along the Ben-Yehuda Street and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner on own.
Overnight: Jerusalem
DAY 8
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
Sun. Feb 26, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tour the campus of the Reform Movement's Hebrew Union College; meet and talk with faculty and rabbinic students.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Meet with the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Walk through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, its archaeological treasures and other highlights:
    • 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.
    • Explore the Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century and King Hezekiah’s First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
  • Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson’s Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • 1 City, 2 States, 3 Religions, and 4 Quarters: Take a ride on Jerusalem’s light rail, starting at the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood and continuing through the Arab villages of Shuafat and Beit Hanina and ultra-Orthodox area of Ramot Eshkol, and ending at the Old City. Experience the mosaic and diversity of the Jerusalem population and discuss the difference between East and West Jerusalem and the ongoing struggles between the city’s different communities.
  • Dinner on own and free evening in the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Lunch
DAY 9
MEMORY NEAR AND FAR
Mon. Feb 27, 2023
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the Jewish National Memorial of 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.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Cinema as a Window into Daily Life: A Glimpse into Israeli Society through film with the Ma’aleh Film School.
  • Beyond Black and White: Journey into the heart of the ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) world with Encounters Outside the Box to discover the values and lifestyle of this complex community. Guided by a local, enjoy traditional cuisine and browse the neighborhood shops to get a taste of Haredi fashion, music, books, and culture.
  • 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.
Overnight: Jerusalem
DAY 10
A CITY OF C HALLE NGES
Tue. Feb 28, 2023
  • Creating Jewish Futures in the Contemporary Jewish State: Dialogue with Dr. Daniel Gordis, Senior Vice President and Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College.
  • The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Travel through the city of Jerusalem, exploring some of its political and diplomatic complexities – including the Security Barrier – to gain a behindthe-headlines insight into current developments.
  • Meet with Ali Abu Awwad, Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Shaul Judelman from Shorashim, a program bringing West Bank Palestinians and Israeli neighbors together and breaking the walls of fear separating them.
  • Ride the longest zipline in Israel at “Eretz Ha’ayalim” (Deer Land) in the Etzion Bloc.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Looking Forward: Summary session, followed by a late check-out from the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner at local restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your departure flight for the USA.
Meals: Dinner
DAY 11
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Wed. Mar 1, 2023
  • Return to New York.

RATES & LODGING

participants
20+
Cost p/p in double room
$3,500
Cost p/p in single room
$4,150
$3,380 cost p/p in TRIPLE room Registration closed

Tel Aviv: Ruth Daniel Residence

South: HI Ein Gedi Youth Hostel

Jerusalem: Montefiore

What to expect

  • 8 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.
  • 4 Yozma teens for an overnight on Friday, Feb 24th until Saturday, Feb 25th night.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 5 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.
  • Please use the following information: Investors Bank 101 JFK Parkway, Short Hills, NJ 07078 ABA Routing Number: 221272031
  • 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.
  • 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. Please refer to the small print tab on your trip’s webpage or in your proposal for your cancelation policy and fees.

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