Every tradition has a Beginning
Ours was founded on outstanding service.
It all began in 1974 at our first Passover Hotel holiday celebration, at Chalet Vim in Woodbourne, New York.
Fulfilling the Kosher family's growing demand for an all-inclusive, superior-quality Passover Hotel experience, Mendy combined his considerable prior hotel management experience with his terrific flair for 'pulling it all together', and 'Mendy Vim's Holidays' was born.
And so our Passover tradition began. Forty years later, our 43-year-tradition of caring and experience is deeply embedded in every Passover program, and is evident in everything we do.
It's no surprise that many of our guests keep coming back!
Hospitality is our Passion
From Maine to Savannah, or Newport to Colorado, at each inspiring locale we pay close attention to your every detail and provide superb hospitality with attentive and immaculate service. Blessed with the 'personal touch', Mendy (and our team) treat each guest as part of our family, with a warm and intimate atmosphere and the utmost attention to your needs. Our many guests, from the tri-state area, Boston, California, and abroad return to us each Pesach for a wonderful experience to relive their special memories, and to create new memories once more.
Because we Care
Our caring and dedicated staff take pride in enhancing your Pesach Yom Tov experience. Do you have a special request? Can't find your activity? Do you need special seating? Talk to any one of our committed professional staff, and we'll take care of all your concerns. We're here to help. Our warm and gracious hospitality hostesses, dining room hostesses, and immaculate wait staff are experienced in providing the utmost in service.
Whether it's your first year with us or your second, fourth, or fortieth, we look forward to welcoming you to an incomparable holiday experience. Let us give you a chance to settle in, celebrate, relax, and reconnect with your loved ones, for isn't that what traditions are all about?
Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt
FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA
(Equinox) Rabbi Dr. Glatt is the Associate Rabbi at Congregation Anshei Chesed and Assistant to the Rabbi at the Young Israel of Woodmere. He has been giving a Daf Yomi shiur for almost 25 years, and also gives a weekly gemara be’iyun shiur, daily halacha shiurim, as well as many other classes. Most recently, he began a daily on-line Mishnah Brurah Yomi Shiur through OU Torah.
An international lecturer on medical and halachic issues, Rabbi Dr. Glatt has authored two seforim, Visiting the Sick: A halachic and medical guide - with down to earth advice, and Women in the Talmud. (both available at www.artscroll.com) He received semicha from HaRav Avraham Tzvi Wosner, shlita, at Machon LeTorah Vehora’ah.
Rabbi Dr. Glatt is a board certified infectious diseases physician and is currently the Chairman of Medicine at South Nassau Communities Hospital and a spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Previously, he was the head of Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Center, and President & CEO of St. Joseph Hospital, both part of Catholic Health Services of Long Island.
He has also served as a full Professor of Clinical Medicine and former Associate Dean at NY Medical College.
Rabbi Dovid Hirsch
(Heritage) Rabbi Dovid Hirsch is a Rosh Yeshiva at Rabbeinu Isaac Elchanan Seminary, Yeshiva University in New York City. He is also Morah D’Asra of Kehillas Beis Yosef of Passaic-Clifton, New Jersey. Rabbi Hirsch has been a scholar -in- residence and guest speaker throughout the U.S. and Israel.
He is married to Miriam Hirsch and has five daughters. This will be his seventh Pesach with Mendy Vim’s Holidays.
Rabbi Shlomo Horwitz
Director, Jewish Crossroads
(Equinox) Shlomo Horwitz has over 25 years of experience in Jewish education and outreach for both adults and youth, getting his start by working with street kids in a Tel Aviv slum during the '82 war in Lebanon. His Jewish Crossroads program has successfully impacted thousands of adults and teens throughout the USA, Canada, England and Israel, guiding them to explore and discover the beauty of Judaism. Shlomo has personally delivered each of the presentations in a variety of venues including synagogues, college campuses, school assemblies, overnight camps and Shabbatonim.
A product of Yeshivat Sha'alvim in Israel and a musmach of Yeshivat Ner Yisrael in Baltimore, Shlomo is a CPA and works full-time as a director at a research firm which consults to the US and foreign governments. He conducts a daily Talmud class in Baltimore which features a prominent group of sassy and opinionated adults that he loves. He is an avid urban kayaker, in season.
Rabbi Binyomin Davis
(Equinox) Born and raised in Brighton, England, Binyomin was born into a family of music, and at an early age began playing the cello. Throughout his youth, he played in countless orchestras and ensembles, and played solo concerts too.
During his years in College, in Manchester, England, he began studying with a couple of Rabbis, which lead him to travel to Israel to study in yeshiva upon his graduation. During his time in Israel, he met his wife, Gevura, and it was there where they began their married life. After a couple of kids, the Davises decided they would like to involve themselves in Jewish education and outreach work, and were accepted as fellows of the Community Kollel of Kansas City in 2007.
In 2010, Binyomin assumed the role as Directer of the Kollel and the Davises remained in KC until the summer of 2015. During his 8 years in Kansas City, Binyomin built one of the mid-West's premier Jewish music bands - Lev Simcha. Playing and performing in multiple events and locations, Binyomin shared his passion for Jewish music with thousands and invigorated many s'machot with his lively and soulful music.
In August 2015, the Davises moved to Philadelphia, where Binyomin is the Managing Director of Etz Chaim - an outreach Jewish center in Elkins Park PA. He has been invited to several Cities over the past decade to be the Chazan during chagim and yomim neraim, and joins Mendy Vim Holidays for Passover for the second year in a row.
Rabbi Israel Einhorn
(Heritage) Rabbi Israel Einhorn was born in Chaifa, Israel. He arrived to New York at the age of 13 and learned in several yeshivas in Brooklyn and Monsey, NY. He later became a Rebbi, and teacher at several yeshivas including the Hebrew Day School in Kiamesha Lake, NY. This led him to becoming the Rabbi of Congregation Ahavat Achim in Swan Lake, NY for over 30 years.
This Shul has become famous for it’s uniqueness being that Jews of all backgrounds are welcome. From Chassidim to Ashkenazi to Modern Orthodox, Sefardic , Secular , Litvish Jews, etc, all 150 plus members feel at home and accepted. The achdus (unity) is heartwarming and incomparable. Rabbi Einhorn believes it is extremely crucial in today's world for all the Jews to feel as one, and hopes to carry his messege of unity to our hotel program!
No picture here, he's camera shy, or more likely so busy taking care of everything, he doesn't take the time to stop for a photograph.
Those that know Mendy are familiar with his winning personality, his caring and experience, and his personal attention to every guest, many of whom become life long friends. We all know about his 43-year hotel management and Passover Program experience, and have seen first-hand his incredible skill in 'pulling it all together'. An indefatiguable bundle of energy with a completely calm and smiling demeanor, Mendy is most notable for his 'heart', he truly cares, and we're all reminded of it when he remembers our grandchildren's names or the minutest preferences we've told him in previous years.
No bio of Mendy is complete without mentioning his wonderful wife, Pauline (Peshie) and his equally wonderful children and grandchildren. Warm, friendly, capable, and attentive, they all pitch in with their contributions, and our Passover guests benefit!
Professor Naomi Klapper
(Heritage) Professor Naomi Klapper has been a college professor since 1986, has served as faculty at Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women, Sy Syms School of Business, and Lander College, and is the Director of Counseling Services at Lander College for Women, serving as their Life Crisis Intervention Counselor. She is a faculty mentor to Lander faculty, and is frequently consulted on psychological aspects of Metropolitan Jewish community affairs.
In addition to teaching, Naomi Klapper is also a licensed clinical therapist and maintains a private practice in Manhattan. Professor Klapper has lectured throughout the tri-state area on a myriad of topics related to Parenting, Relationships, Marriage, and Wellness. She is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the “America’s Top Teachers” award.
Professor Klapper resides in Teaneck, New Jersey with her husband and four children.
(Equinox) Passover Program Director and Community Sedarim.
Frank was the Pesach program director for the Hochdorf family for 17 years and a well known educator and former national director of community services for the Orthodox Union for most of his career.
Chazzan Nachman Shneider
(Heritage) Chazzan Nachman Schneider currently serves as the cantor of Congregation Beth El of Brooklyn. Having assumed his first cantorial position at the age of seventeen, he has also held cantorial posts at prestigious congregations such as Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, and Shomrei Emunah of Brooklyn.
In addition to his regular position, he routinely accepts engagements as a cantor-in-residence in a wide variety of settings including Park East Synagogue, Synagogue for the Arts, and Mendy Vim’s Holidays. He also officiates at weddings, is a featured artist at various organizational functions and fund raisers, and gives nusach lessons as his schedule permits.
Cantor Schneider’s tenor voice is well suited for the cantorial tradition which he follows. His strict adherence to nusach, mastery of cantorial recitative, and diverse repertoire of congregational song combine with his “chazonishe krechtz” to evoke in listeners the memories and emotions of a bygone cantorial era. His familiarity with the style and spirit of the Golden Age of Cantorial Music does not preclude his own improvisation, which is, in fact, the centerpiece of cantorial art.
Cantor Schneider will be leading the Seder and the davening for us in a stirring recital of his own memorable syle, as well as perfoming in a Karlebach style concert.
(Heritage) Mrs. Jewel Safren, MSW, LSW, LCSW brings her 35 year experience in marriage and family counseling, life coach and public speaking coaching to fascinating workshops on relevant life and family issues today.
With a style that is safe and non-judgmental and an energetic approach, Jewel zeroes in on the issues and helps people come to a deeper understanding of themselves to develop new perspectives for more satisfying relationships . Jewel Safren is a graduate of NYU with a Master’s in Social Work and has done clinical work at Stanford and the National Institute for Mental Health. She has worked with people all over the US, in Europe, and in Israel.
Jewel lives in West Orange, NJ, with her husband and two children. She also has two married children and two grandsons living in California.
(Equinox) Mrs. Chavie Pomerantz graduated the University of CO with a B.A. and honors in French. She also obtained a Hebrew Teacher's Certificate from Sara Schenirer Intensive Seminary.
A talented linguist, and a member of the International Baccalaureate Program, she began her Shulamith career as the high school Spanish teacher. Currently, she not only teaches grades six and eight English Language Arts and History, but is also the coordinator of the Shmirat Haloshon program, spearheaded by the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation, which has been implemented in grades one through eight. In addition, she is the current Hidden Sparks coach for Shulamith.
Chavie lectures for women and girls in Khal Tomchai Torah and on Kol HaLoshon for the Aneini International Tehillim Group, as well as at Pesach Hotels. In addition, Chavie has led Chinuch Symposiums.
Chavie has also taught zumba and simcha dance classes as well in various hotels, including Mont Tremblant, Canada and Lake George.
Guests this Pesach can look forward to an exciting additional program for teens, in conjunction with the Sefer, Positive Word Power for Teens, by Chana Nestlebaum. A special presentation is planned in the spirit of this Yom Tov, which focuses on the gift of speech and will surely enhance your Pesach!
V'Samachta Concert and a'cappella Group
(Equinox) Since 2009, V'samachta Music has been bringing high-quality Jewish music to a variety of events.
With and exciting live Motzai Shabbos concert and their stirring Acapella renditions during yom tov meals they are sure to contribute a wonderful atmosphere to our Passover Holiday!
(Heritage) The Maccabeats are a Jewish music and a cappella phenomena, with a massive fanbase, more than 10 million views on YouTube, numerous TV appearances, and proven success with two albums. Using nothing more than the human voice, a clean-cut presentation, and a little Jewish humor, this group of singers is able to connect with fans of all backgrounds and ages.
The Maccabeats bring their fun and catchy arrangements to a wide array of musical styles and genres to produce music that is enjoyable and meaningful. and will be perfoming in a gala Motzai Shabbat concert at the Heritage resort for Passover 2017.
Chef Michael Krakanovski
(Heritage) Meet Executive Chef Michael Krakanovski, fondly known as Mikey to appreciative gourmands worldwide. He has over three decades of culinary experience, and is a Tadmor Culinary School graduate. (Israel) Michael worked for intecontinental hotel divisions, in the Hotel Edelweiss in the Swiss Alps, and in the finest hotels and restaurants in Israel, along with parts of Europe.
Currently working in New York City, Michael presides over our Passover kitchens and delights our guests with one exquisite dish after another. He continually presents us with deliciously prepared timeless favorites, unusual new dishes, and new twists on traditional dishes.
Chef Richard Mikolitch
(Equinox) Richard Mikolitch, chef extraordinaire, honed his skills in the kitchens of the Four Seasons, Helmsley Palace, The Ritz Carleton and Ssardis in New York City.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he continued his formal education through Southeastern Orange University in the American Culinary Federation's education program, and he has worked as a free-lance banquet chef for Schick, Ram, Presidential, and was manager at IDT 's kosher food service. He is presently and has been the executive chef of Ultimate Caterer's in Monsey, New York for the last 10 years.
Ethel & Sammy Waiss
Sam & Ethel will once again be joining us with family fun activities, trips, Chol Hamoed excursions and wine tastings. They add enjoyment to the Pesach program with their fun-filled activities.
(Heritage) Joanne is a graduate of Brooklyn College in Education and Psychology and had over 5 years of teaching and administration experience before turning to a career in hotel management and hospitality. Her experience spans over thirty years,17 of which have been with Mendy Vim.
As Director of Sales for Vim's Holidays, she is responsible for developing reservation packages, coordinating specific needs for our guests and has a deep sense of pride in bringing a fulfilling Passover experience to fruition for each guest.
Morah Sara Younger
(Equinox) Sara Younger specializes in making childhood memorable.
As the powerhouse and vision behind Playland Entertainment, Sara has been keeping children happy for over ten years. Her background in education serves as the foundation for her ability to interact with children. Her love of fun enables her to create the perfect program for every occasion.
Sara is the director of Camp Summer Playland in Passaic, NJ, which serves approximately 400 campers each year. Sara is also a sought after entertainer and entertainment coordinator who has worked on children's hotel programming for Project Inspire, Partners in Torah, Arachim and other well known organization.
On the home front, she is the mother of four amazing, energetic children who keep her young and fun. Sara is thrilled to be a part of making you Passover relaxed, happy, fun and memorable.
Morah Ruthie Berkowitz
(Heritage) Fondly known as 'Morah Ruthie' by her many admirers and former students, Ruthie brings her lively enthusiasm and total professionalism to everything she does.
Morah Ruthie is delighted to be joining us for her fifth year as Director of the Mendy Vim Pesach Day Camp at the Heritage. A beloved teacher in the early childhood department of Moriah School in Englewood, N.J. for over 18 years, the children light up her life, whether at school or at Mendy Vim's Passover program.
In the past, she has directed Day Camps at other hotels, and also ran her own playgroup. She is looking forward to a wonderful Pesach with you and your children.
The Passover that started it all
Fulfilling the Kosher family's growing demand for an all-inclusive, high-quality Passover Hotel experience, Mendy Vim founded Vim's Holidays over 38 years ago. Originally as owner & operator of Vim's Hotel in upstate New York, and in successive highly successful years at various wonderful locations, Mendy combined his considerable hotel management experience with his terrific flair for 'pulling it all together'.
Blessed with the personal touch, Mendy has delighted many hundreds of guests and families with a Passover experience combining superior accommodations and amenities, meaningful Passover services, gourmet Glatt Kosher cuisine, elaborate Seders, and meticulous attention to his every guest's needs.
Sail away to Newport, RI
Mendy Vim serves up Passover 1996 at the award-winning Viking Hotel atop Newport's Historic Hill, with breathtaking views of Bellevue Avenue and Newport, the sailing capitol of the world. Just minutes from the waterfront, the famous Newport Mansions, and nearby historical colonial sites, Passover in Newport was the superb setting for many wonderful family reunions.
Vim's Holidays recreated some history of our own, and revisited this location for another successful Passover season in 1998.
Vim's Holidays comes to Virginia
Sunny skies, secluded beaches, friendly people and mouth-watering cuisine, a great Passover program at every vacationer's paradise.
This hotel and location were so popular with our guests, we hosted an encore Passover program here for Passover 2000!
The Tarrytown Hilton, Westchester, N.Y. or the Viking Hotel, Newport, R.I.
Our two choice locations for Passover 1998: the luxurious Tarrytown Hilton in oh-so-convenient-to-N.Y.C. Westchester, New York; And by overwhelming demand, Passover at the incomparable Viking Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island again...
Pretty as a Peach
Savannah, Georgia and its historic riverfront are the backdrop for our very special Passover at the Hyatt Regency, Savannah Georgia, a full-service waterfront hotel. A riverboat ride, trolley, or a leisurely stroll through the surrounding fabled neighborhood unveil stately Georgia homes, landmark architecture, and the sights that have made Savannah famous.
Passover at the Adamsmark Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Vim's Holidays out west: Sky-piercing peaks and mythic fly-fishing waters, Pikes Peak National Forest and Red Rock Canyon, enough skiing, climbing, and outdoor activities for the most avid would-be sportsman, amidst an elegant traditional passover celebration.
Also this year, two choices for Passover 2001 on the east coast: Vim's Holidays at the Hunt Valley Marriot, Maryland and at the Sheraton Hyannis Port, Cape Cod.
The Mount Washington Hotel, New Hampshire
Some of the most beautiful scenery in the eastern United States is home to the Mount Washington Hotel, atop New Hampshire's famed White Mountains. Visited by Presidents and celebrities alike for generations, this magnificent resort played host to our Passover programs in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
Additionally in 2004: Vim's Holidays reprises our Passover program at the Tarrytown Hilton, for our non-trekking guests.
Passover in the Cliff House Resort, Ogunquit, Maine and the Sheraton Parsippany, New Jersey
Perched on a cliff top in pristine unspoiled Maine, a sumptuous Passover with clifftop dining, indoor and outdoor swimming and vanishing edge pools, health club, pounding surf and private cliff walkways, a world class Spa, and every room overlooking the water. A spectacular hotel, awesome scenery, and enviable environment- this resort has it all.
Also this year: Our home is your castle, at the Sheraton Parsippany, New Jersey, a traditionally elegant Passover experience centrally located in New Jersey.
Passover at the Heritage Hotel and Pomperaug Golf Course, Southbury, Connecticut
Tucked away in northwest Connecticut's Lichfield Hills, the Heritage Hotel & Spa, with its championship golf, health club, indoor and outdoor pools, racquetball, tennis, rock gardens, bike riding and Spa is the perfect setting for a week-long Passover celebration of our heritage and traditions. An ever popular destination with our Passover guests, our smash hit Passover at the Heritage continues, for eight straight years, up to and including Passover 2016.
We continue our Passover program at the Cliff House, offering choice holiday locations convenient to New York, New Jersey, and all of New England and revisit this popular Passover location again in 2009.
Passover 2011 at The Grand Hotel, Cape May, New Jersey or the Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut
Victorian Cape May at the southern tip of New Jersey plays host to our sun filled, fun filled, oceanfront family Passover holiday program. A treasure trove of exploration- by trolley, surrey, pirate ship, horse-and-buggy or on foot, Cape May's fabled Victorian homes, historic lighthouses, and miles of sandy beaches were a delight!
The Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, NY or the Heritage, Southbury, CT
A unique boutique Pesach in one of New York State’s jewels: a gorgeous landmark hotel set within stunning Saratoga Spa State Park, a destination resort for over 150 years, featuring spouting geysers, horse drawn carriage rides, the world famous Roosevelt mineral baths and Spa, miles and miles of hiking and biking trails, and an iconic georgian-style hotel lovingly resotored to its original, elegant, old-world charm.
Closer to home, the Heritage Resort plays host to our seventh straight year at this ever popular resort.
Passover at the Jersey Shore
A superb Atlantic City location right on the boardwalk. Sunny days, balmy breezes, an historic luxury hotel reminiscent of the 'Boardwalk Era', a beautiful ocean front ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the boardwalk, a Chol Hamoed Passover Walkathon on the boardwalk to benefit Yad Eliezer, and everywhere you look, the deep blue sea.
And of course, the Heritage Resort plays host to our eighth straight year at this ever popular sold-out resort.