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.
- Art & Culture
- Special Access
- Food & Wine
- Local Specialists
- Nature Walks
- Meet your tour educator Shari Robins, who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration in the hotel lobby.
- Optional mid-morning program for those in the country:
- Option #1 - The Art and Wisdom of Tikkun Olam: Meet elderly, often impoverished, immigrants who are finding a sense of purpose and creating beautiful artwork at Yad LaKashish (Lifeline for the Elderly). We’ll hear personal stories and see the aging artisans in action, talk with those running this inspirational organization, and check out the fabulous gift shop.
- Option #2 - 1 City, 2 States, 3 Religions, and 4 Tribes: Take a ride on Jerusalem's light rail and experience the mosaic of the Jerusalem population. As we travel through Jerusalem's diverse neighborhoods, including those populated by Hareidim (ultra-Orthodox) and Arabs, we'll note the difference between East and West Jerusalem and the ongoing struggles between the city's different communities. Discuss whether Jerusalem is divided, as former President Ruby Rivlin has suggested, into four tribes.
- Check into the hotel.
- Enjoy a festive welcome dinner at a local restaurant and get to know each other.
EREV LAG B’OMER
- Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
- Together for the Wall: We’ll join Women of the Wall (a YES Fund grantee) for a conversation about their struggle for religious freedom in Israel. Discuss the way forward in the struggle for religious pluralism and gender equality in Israel with a representative from the Israel Religious Action Center (a YES Fund grantee).
- The Secrets of Jerusalem: Walk along the streets of the Old City for a behind the scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem, including a visit to the new Armenian Museum.
- Walk through the Jewish Quarter seeing the Cardo and the Broad Wall. At the 1948 memorial hear the story of Esther Cailingold.
- Time for lunch and shopping in the Jewish Quarter.
- Down to the Kotel for reflection time.
- Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel, in one of two ways:
- Option #1 - The classic tour which horizontally follows the Western Wall
- Options #2 - The Great Bridge tour which goes deeper below to newer discoveries.
- Group dinner, followed by an evening bus ride through the city to see the Lag Ba’Omer bonfires at every corner.
- Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, an essential emotional and educational experience. Your guided tour will include:
- Option #1 - Recommended for first-timers or for people who have not been to Israel for a while. A locally guided tour of the Historical Museum, a state-of-the-art interactive display reflecting decades of research and educational expertise. The story of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on individual victims, is told through survivor testimonies, original artifacts, and personal possessions saved from the ghettos and camps. The tour will also include the Avenue of the Righteous, where trees symbolic of the renewal of life have been planted along with plaques honoring brave non-Jews who saved Jews during the Shoah.
- Option #2 - A guided tour with your educator to places outside the Museum. The emphasis will be on Women’s Voices in the Holocaust. Stops will include the Children’s Memorial, commemorating the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust, the Avenue of the Righteous, the Art Museum, outdoor sculptures and the Valley of the Communities.
- All will come together to participate in a memorial service where we will pay tribute to those who perished.
- Lunch with HUC-JIR North American students and Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean. (YES Fund grantee)
- The Road to Independence: Khan Sha’ar HaGai, also known as Bab el-Wad, is situated in the narrow opening of a valley on the main road connecting the lowlands with Jerusalem. We will follow in the footsteps of the men and women who took part in the fierce battles during the War of Independence, fighting to break the siege on Jerusalem.
- Located in Abu Ghosh's pastoral wadi, enjoy typical Israeli-Arab cuisine over dinner at Neora, with its favourable dishes and warm Middle Eastern hospitality.
- Check out of the hotel and depart for the North.
- Two Peoples in One Land – Arab Jewish Coexistence 24/7: Special program at Neve Shalom (Oasis of Peace), a mixed Arab-Jewish community outside of Jerusalem.
- From a place of coexistence we now drive on the Trans-Israel Highway, where there will be an opportunity to see the Security Barrier which runs along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and to learn about the barrier’s effects on Israeli security and Palestinian communities.
- A quick stop for a view down to the Bahai Shrine and then time for lunch on own in the center of the Carmel.
- Visit the Leo Baeck School in Haifa, the Israeli Reform Movement’s flagship school, which provides innovative educational opportunities and community center services for Haifa’s mixed Jewish and Arab population, where we will learn about the programs supported by WRJ’s YES Fund and meet with our grantees.
- Meet with Anat Hoffman from Women of the Wall for a discussion on the status of the Kotel.
- A Way Forward in the North: Visit Sindyanna of Galilee and sample some of their award-winning olive oil. We’ll learn how this non-profit organization is producing fine, fair-trade products and creating economic opportunities for Arab women, one of Israel’s most underemployed sectors. The tour will include a zaatar making workshop.
- As we drive towards the Lebanese border, hear the story of Shulamit Cohen-Kishik, the female “Eli Cohen”spy.
- Dinner at the hotel.
- Time for reflection: What have we seen, and how has it affected us?
- Schechinah, Femininity and Kabbalah: Perhaps it's the combination of mysticism and art, and maybe it's the mountain air in Israel's highest city; entering Tsfat, there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world. Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
- A Taste of the Galilee: We’ll be welcomed into the home of an Israeli Arab family to hear about their lives and to enjoy a mini workshop on the culinary traditions of the Galilee. Our GalilEat host family will prepare some delicious local delicacies and provide expert advice as we whip up a classic local dish for lunch.
- Choose how to enjoy the afternoon:
- Option #1 - Return to the hotel and enjoy the spa.
- Option #2 - Visit Tel Dan Nature Reserve and learn the connection to Hebrew Union College.
- Dinner at the hotel.
- Check out of the hotel.
- Drive along the coast and back in time to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities during the Roman and Crusader Periods. Visit the new museum which allows a glimpse into what was beneath the water for centuries.
- Time for lunch in the Caesarea Port
- Hannah Senesh’s poem “A walk to Caesarea” better known as “Eli, Eli” was inspired by a walk from Kibbutz Sdot Yam, where she lived, towards Caesarea. The recently renovated museum tells the story of this remarkable young woman whose poetry still has an influence on Israeli society.
- Continue 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 with time to prepare for Shabbat.
- Depart for Shoham.
- Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Shoham, led by Rabbi Rinat Tzfania-Schwartz.
- Communal home hospitality Shabbat dinner with the Shoham congregation.
- Return to Tel Aviv and to the hotel.
- Option # 1 - Departure time 7:30
- 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 (74 CE). We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
- Kicking Back at the Dead Sea: A blissful afternoon will include floating in the Dead Sea. Not much can live (or swim) in the “Sea of Salt,” which is nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun. We’ll also enjoy a buffet lunch and feel the relaxation seep into our bodies as we check out the hotel’s spa facilities. And there’ll be the opportunity for some “muddy good fun” getting covered in the famous Dead Sea mud. For thousands of years, people of all ages have enjoyed this tradition and believed that the Dead Sea mud and minerals have special healing and beauty qualities. See and feel for yourself.
- Return to Tel Aviv.
- Option # 2
- Walk the Streets of Tel Aviv and hear the voices of women who have lived here such as Leah Goldberg, Rachel the poet and Hanna Rovina. Through poetry and prose we will hear their voices.
- Lunch en route.
- Return to the hotel.
- Three Stars in the Tel Aviv Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony.
- 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. Afterwards, those who love the nightlife can sample the city’s bar, club and café culture or stroll along the refurbished promenade and port.
- The Port of Jaffa has been the entry point for many Jews returning to the Land of Israel. Listen to some of their stories. Way before this immigration, the Greeks were here and the Andromeda legend became associated with Jaffa. Is there another way to understand the legend through her voice?
- Out of East Africa: Meet African women seeking refuge in Tel Aviv and see how they are working toward a brighter future by creating beautiful crochet products. Kuchinate (meaning crochet in Tigrinya) is a collective that celebrates African art and culture while empowering women asylum-seekers, many of whom suffered great hardships while fleeing to Israel. Here we’ll join with women from East Africa for a traditional coffee-making ceremony and talk with them about their lives in Israel and the struggles they are seeking to overcome through creativity and collective action.
- The Urban Art Scene of Southern Tel Aviv: The blue collar Kiryat HaMelacha neighborhood has suddenly become the happening home for contemporary Israeli art. A local art expert will guide us through the neighborhood’s galleries and studios .
- Visionaries and Builders and the women’s voices not usually heard: Learn about the great thinkers and founders of the first Zionist city, Tel Aviv, buried at Trumpeldor Cemetery, including Israel’s “National Poet” Haim Bialik. Ahad Ha’Am and Tel Aviv’s influential first mayor Meir Dizengoff. We will also hear the voices of their wives, along with the famous singer Shoshana Damari, the author Devorah Barron, and the sister of the poet Rachel.
- Visit KitePride, an Israeli fashion social enterprise owned by an Israeli NGO which provides jobs to survivors of human trafficking and prostitution. Together we will create functional, one-of-a-kind BAGS from up-cycled kitesurfing kites, sails, parachutes and wetsuits. Through each bag sold, jobs are created and fabric is saved from landfill. Meet volunteers and hear about their challenges and achievements.
- Experience the diversity and dynamism of Jewish life at the new ANU: Museum of the Jewish People with an emphasis on how women have helped shape the Jewish people.
- Return to the hotel for packing or last-minute shopping.
- Late check-out from the hotel.
- Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
- Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for the return flight to North America.
RATES & LODGING
Cost of accommodations for pre & post nights including breakfast and all taxes:
-Jerusalem: Mamilla $525,- per night per double occupancy room, $485,- per night per single occupancy room.
-Tel Aviv: Sheraton - per request.
*All rates are subject to availability. Registration closed
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) in a luxury, air-conditioned bus (two tour educators on May 13th).
- Group departure transfer & assistance at the airport.
- Daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 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.
- Group arrival transfer & assistance at the airport.
- 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.
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