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.
The current price is calculated based on a minimum of 10 fully paying participants. A discount of $645 per person will be applied once 15 participants register, and a further reduction of $380 per person will be granted once 20 participants register.
Safety and Security:
All itinerary planning and implementation will adhere to the guidelines established by the IDF Homefront Command and Israeli police. Throughout programming and travel, utmost priority will be given to ensuring the availability of safe and protected spaces in close proximity. Itineraries are subject to change at a moment’s notice based on recommendations from security authorities. Any free time opportunities will be in locations with secure and protected spaces nearby. Despite the current state of conflict in Israel, most areas of the country still allow for free and open travel. However, when traveling near the southern border, additional security precautions will be implemented.
- Current Affairs
- Social Justice
- Special Access
- Depart for Israel.
- Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
- Transfer on own to the Orient Hotel in Jerusalem.
- 4:30 p.m. Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration in the hotel lobby.
- Continue to Azrat Yisrael, the pluralistic prayer area at the Western Wall, for a moment of prayer, reflection, and hope.
- Dinner at Tmol Shilshom restaurant and presentation with local Amy Spiro of Times of Israel: What has changed since October 7 and where is Israel headed?
- Meet with Yaron Shavit, Director General and CEO at the Jewish Agency at the National Institutions Building.
- Head to the Knesset and meet with Knesset members, including Rabbi Gilad Kariv and Shelly Tal Meron.
- 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 7th.
- Head to Kibbutz Gezer.
- Spend time with Lee Seigel, brother of Keith who is still being held hostage, sister in law Aviva was released after 51 days. Hear their stories and learn about the work they are doing every day to ensure the safe return of their loved ones.
- Return to Jerusalem for a free evening in Jerusalem on Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall or Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony.
- Visit the area of the Israel-Gaza Border and Kibbutz Kfar Aza with Chen Kotler Abrams, a local resident.
- Return to Jerusalem
- Discussion with women Rabbis Dana Sharon, Debi Shoua-Haim & Stacey Blank of the Reform Movement on the HUC campus.
- Text study with Rabbi Alona Lisitsa (Ph.D.).
- Dinner with HUC Rabbinical students. who have chosen to stay in Israel during this difficult time.
- Head back to your hotel.
- Evening group processing session lead by Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch.
- Check out of the hotel.
- Visit Rabin Hospital's Belinson unit to meet with front line workers, and soldiers in recovery.
- Meet Arab and Jewish activists working on the Leo Baeck community garden and discuss how recent events have affected their work.
- Explore the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood, and enjoy lunch (on own).
- Visit Kibbutz Shfayim, the temporary home of Kibbutz Kfar Azza and hear testimonies from the community and meet with reform rabbis from the Otef to hear about the state of their communities.
- Drive to Tel Aviv and check into the hotel.
- Hear from Hamutal Gouri from Mothers Against Violence and the Civic Democratic movement on her experience as a facilitator between Israeli and Palestinians during this time.
- Meet with Dr. Cochav Elkayam-Levy, an expert on international law, human rights, and feminist theories, to discuss the experience of women in times of emergency.
- Enjoy free time to explore Tel Aviv.
- Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
- Join local congregation Bavat Ayin, Led by Rabbi Ayala Miron, for Kabbalat Shabbat and community dinner in Rosh HaAyin.
- Join Beit Daniel's local community for Shabbat morning services.
- To arise for a new tomorrow - לקום מחר בבוקר: A conversation with Anna Kislanski, CEO of IMPJ.
- Return to hotel for a late check-out.
- Visit the Tel Aviv Art Museum to see art which commemorates October 7th.
- Short meeting with Orly Erez-Likhovski, Executive Director of IRAC.
- Havdalah service at Hostage Square led by the group and joined by MARAM Rabbis & HUC/ARJE alumni mission.
- Farewell dinner and closing remarks at Goshen Restaurant.
- Transfer to Ben-Gurion International Airport for your flight back to the US.
- Arrive back in the US.
RATES & LODGING
What to expect
- 5 nights' accommodations. Late check out until 6 p.m on the day of departure is included.
- 6 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator (guide), 6 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.
- COVID related expenses, including tests.
- Late check out after 6 p.m. on the day of departure is not included.
- 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 January 31, 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 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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