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A Family Journey Like No Other

Travel December 21-31, 2023

The Spark Family Experience is ideal for those traveling with children age 7+. This journey is the perfect combination of history, culture, and adventure — designed especially for families. Spark will create memories that last a lifetime.

 
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Everything you need to know

Join hundreds of other kids, parents, and grandparents for an unforgettable journey around Greater Boston, to Israel, and back again. We’ll form small groups of families with shared interests, kids’ ages and/or geographic locations, and get to know each other. Then, we will spend a spectacular nine days together in Israel solidifying bonds to one another and to the community. Best of all, you’ll feel connected to our Boston community and you’ll have a wealth of information to draw on as you continue your family’s Jewish journey.

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Explore Israel in 9 days and 8 nights
Experience the magic of Israel with visits to Tel Aviv, Haifa, the Golan Heights, Masada, the Dead Sea, and Jerusalem.

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Celebrate Israel’s 75th year
Join us for fun and festive dinners, activities, and events as we commemorate this special year.

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Family-friendly adventures
From scavenger hunts to donkey riding and a party at the Dead Sea, prepare for a week’s worth of lively activities featuring programs, and entertainment.

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Teen track
Join other teenagers for select activities and adventures throughout the trip.

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Options to celebrate Christmas
If you celebrate Christmas or are curious about how it is celebrated in Israel, there are options to spend Christmas Eve in Jaffa and Christmas Day in Nazareth.

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Your experience at-a-glance
From exciting excursions and tours to community-building activities, your days will be jam-packed with fun, learning, and exploration.

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Family Experience at-a-Glance

From exciting excursions and tours to community-building activities, your days will be jam-packed with fun, learning, and exploration.

Itinerary is subject to change.

Day 01

Thu, December 21, 2023

Day 02

Fri, December 22, 2023

Day 03

Sat, December 23, 2023

Day 04

Sun, December 24, 2023

Day 05

Mon, December 25, 2023

Day 06

Tue, December 26, 2023

Day 07

Wed, December 27, 2023

Day 08

Thu, December 28, 2023

Day 09

Fri, December 29, 2023

Day 10

Sat, December 30, 2023
Day 1: Departure

Leading up to the trip, you’ll meet and mingle with your Spark small group, make new friends and connections, learn and share, and prepare for the trip of a lifetime. You’ll book your own flight(s) to Israel and CJP will take care of all of the details from the moment you touch down in Tel Aviv.

  • Depart from Boston on various flights

✈️ Traveling to Israel has never been easier: Delta Air Lines and El Al Airlines have nonstop flights from Boston to Tel Aviv.

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Day 2: Welcome to Israel
  • Arrive in Israel and proceed to Tel Aviv
  • Check out the Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel)—the largest market in Tel Aviv
  • Explore Nachalat Binyamin Market. Located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, it's one of the best places in the city to find handmade items and arts and crafts
  • Explore the wonderful sights and museums in Jaffa
  • Opening Celebratory Dinner as we welcome Shabbat with five hundred new friends
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Day 3: Optional Shabbat activities
  • Shabbat Services in various Tel Aviv synagogues
  • Explore Ramat Gan Safari, home to the largest animal collection in the entire Middle East
  • Visit the Children’s Museum, an educational-cultural institution providing unique, hands-on experiences 
  • Check out the Ayalon Institute, a secret underground ammunition factory from the 1940s
  • See the Weitzmann Institute of Science, one of the world's leading multidisciplinary basic research institutions in the natural and exact sciences
  • Tour the incredible ANU Museum of the Jewish People which plays an integral role in strengthening Jewish identity and perpetuating Jewish heritage worldwide
  • End the day with Havdalah followed by a festive and fun dinner with entertainment and special guests as we celebrate Israel’s 75th
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Day 4
  • Spend the day touring Tel Aviv and taste your way through the markets and neighborhoods of this vibrant city
  • See Independence Hall, best known as the site of the signing of Israel's Declaration of Independence, located on Tel Aviv’s historic Rothschild Boulevard
  • Experience a Tel Aviv Street Art Tour that takes you inside the city’s street art and graffiti scene, serving as a unique expression of the city’s geographical location, cultural particularities, social movements, and artistic subcultures
  • Run and play at Park HaYarkon where you can rent a bike, take a boat ride, visit the botanical gardens, and enjoy the playgrounds
  • Enjoy free time in Tel Aviv to enjoy the spectacular restaurant and shopping scenes. Tel Aviv is a lively, active city with entertainment, culture, art, and festivals.
  • Optional festive Christmas Eve programming in Jaffa
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Day 5
  • For those families interested, spend Christmas morning touring Nazareth, the city where Jesus spent his earliest years
  • Or, your first stop will be Caesarea – an ancient coastal city built by Herod the Great.
  • Depart for Haifa. Boston and Haifa have been sister cities since 1989, and through the Boston-Haifa Connection, Combined Jewish Philanthropies has been working to open the hearts and change the lives of the citizens in the city. 
  • Tour the Templar Tunnel and Fortress in Old Akko
  • Explore the caves and grottos at Rosh Hanikra
  • Arrive at your kibbutz hotel in the Golan Heights just in time for dinner, dessert, and a dip in the heated indoor pool
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Day 6:
  • Spend the day touring Israel’s glorious North.
  • Enjoy easy hikes to see waterfalls, explore the beautiful Hula Valley by golf cart, and ride a mountain coaster at the exhilarating Manara Cliff.
  • Take a jeep tour through the Golan, meet IDF soldiers, and pick fresh fruit.
  • End the night with a festive surprise group dinner. 
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Day 7:
  • Make your way towards Jerusalem
  • Visit Kfar Kedem, where you will see what everyday life in the Galilee was like two thousand years ago – ride a donkey, milk a goat, turn wheat into bread, crush olives into oil, and more
  • Plant a tree to leave your lasting mark on the land of Israel
  • Arrive in Jerusalem! Marvel at the beauty and history as we begin our exploration of this holy city
  • Enjoy the shopping and food scene on Ben Yehuda Street or view a laser light show overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem
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Day 8:
  • Spend time in the Old City of Jerusalem. Tour the Jewish Quarter and visit the Western Wall, learn about the city’s 4,000-year-old history, and see some of the world’s holiest sites
  • Celebrate with our community members who become Bar or Bat Mitzvah
  • Check out Machane Yehuda Market, often referred to as the “Shuk” (open-air market). Popular with locals and tourists alike, the market's 250+ vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fish, meat, cheeses, wines and liquors, clothing, shoes, and more!
  • Have a memorable dinner overlooking panoramic views of the Old City and modern city of Jerusalem
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Day 9:
  • Rise and shine! Let’s head to the Negev Desert.
  • Take the cable car up Masada and relate to a story of perseverance and power, faith and surrender, ambitions, and a tragic end
  • Get dirty at a Dead Sea party! The Dead Sea is 10 times as salty as the ocean which turns swimming into floating. We will enjoy lunch and spa facilities, massages, and mud at this special location.
  • Or, spend time in the Judean desert enjoying camel rides, a drum circle, and a special meal…Bedouin tent-style
  • Gather for a special Kabbalat Shabbat experience with musical performances followed by a community Shabbat Dinner
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Day 10: Spend our last day exploring Jerusalem

Optional Shabbat activities:

  • Shabbat Services in various Jerusalem synagogues
  • Walking tours of the Old City of Jerusalem and surrounding neighborhoods of this holy city
  • Visit Gan HaShlosha, the “Sachne,” undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Israel. Located in the Lower Galilee, some believe that Gan Hashlosha is the real-world location of the garden of Eden, and, once you visit, you might understand why.
  • End our final day with a celebratory Havdalah
  • Depart for the airport or enjoy one final free evening in Jerusalem
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Pricing Details

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Family Experience

December 21-31, 2023

Family pricing is based on the number of adults and children* in each room. Connecting rooms, adjoining rooms, and quad rooms will be booked based on availability.

Generous subsidies are available. Learn more

*According to Israel’s hotel policy, a child is defined as age 11 and under at the time of the trip. Pricing reflects land costs only and does not include airfare. 

Package type Room(s) Costs per adult Costs per child
2 adults 1 double $3,999 N/A
2 adults + 1 child (age 11 and under) 1 triple $3,999 $3,699
2 adults + 2 children (age 11 and under) 1 quad* $3,999 $3,699
2 adults + 2 children (over age 12) 2 doubles $3,999 $3,999

Families of five or more will be charged based on configurations above.
*If there are no quad rooms available, a family of four will be assigned two connecting or adjoining double rooms.
The pricing for the first and second person staying in a double, triple, or quad room will be the same, regardless of age.

Single rooms are subject to availability and will be charged an additional fee of $1,850.

For questions regarding your family’s arrangements, please contact Hannah Underwood at hannahu@cjp.org or 617-457-8565.

What’s included:

Pre- and post-trip programming

  • 4-6 sessions before the trip with others in your experience
  • Optional events and unique opportunities

Israel experience

  • Deluxe hotel accommodations
  • Touring in a coach bus (with AC and Wi-Fi)
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guides
  • Daily breakfast and most meals
  • Mega-events and parties
  • Airport assistance, transfers, and porterage (on trip dates)
  • All entrance fees, tracks, speakers, and site visits (as per itinerary)

What's not included:

  • Airfare and incidental travel services
  • Pre- and post-trip arrangements
  • Travel and health insurance
  • COVID-related expenses, including but not limited to medical care, quarantine requirements, and testing (PCR, Serological, or other).
  • VAT at hotels for Israeli passport/ID holders
  • Some meals
  • Souvenirs
  • Credit card processing fee (other payment methods are available)