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 40-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!
Rabbi Dovid Hirsch
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 sixth Pesach with Mendy Vim’s Holidays.
Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt
FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA
Rabbi Dr. Glatt is the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Anshei Chesed (South Shore) in Hewlett, NY and Assistant to the Rabbi at the Young Israel of Woodmere. He is in his third cycle of giving a Daf Yomi shiur. does this link work?
An international lecturer on medical halachic issues, Rabbi Dr. Glatt has recently authored a popular sefer entitled Visiting the Sick, a halachic and medical guide with down to earth advice, published by ArtScroll Publications. He previously authored Women in the Talmud, published by the Orthodox Union.
Rabbi Dr. Glatt is currently President /Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Hospital, Bethpage NY, where he was Chief Medical Officer from 2005-2006.
Micah D. Halpern
Micah is a frequent analyst on network television and radio in the areas of terror, the Middle East and Muslim Fundamentalism.
He is the author of the recently released, best selling, book THUGS. Halpern, a syndicated columnist, is also a well-known social and political commentator, educator, and historian. He lectures frequently, both in the United States and Israel, on issues relating to terror, foreign affairs, Israel and the Middle East, as well as wine history, and popular culture.
In 1997, Micah Halpern was appointed Israel columnist for America Online and continues, until today, to write a weekly, now syndicated, column on foreign affairs, the Middle East and terror. For fun, Micah Halpern writes a column on kosher wines.
Professor Naomi Klapper
Professor Naomi Klapper has been a college professor since1986,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.
Chazzan Nachman Shneider
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.
Yoel Sharabi, a native Sabra, has captivated audiences throughout the world with his wide repertoire and dynamic style. He is a master of modern Israeli, classic Yemenite, and popular Chassidic melodies. Delivering his songs in a variety of languages and styles, his charisma brings excitement to his music.
In concert halls and on stages throughout the world, Yoel's performances have brought an enthusiasm that is unparalleled. Along with his singing, Yoel is an accomplished musician. He is a skilled guitarist, and can hammer out an intricate tune on the Dumbek. Most widely known for his simultaneous playing of two flutes in perfect harmony, Yoel Sharabi reaches out and enthralls his audience with his unique combination of musicianship and stage presence.
Michael, our talented chief Chef, has over three decades of culinary experience. 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.
Richard Mikolitch, chef extraordinaire, honed his skills in the kitchens of The Four Seasons, Helmsley Palace,
The Ritz Carlton and Sardi's in New York City.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America,
he continued his formal education through Southeast Oregon University
in The American Culinary Federation's extended education program.
He has worked as a freelance Banquet Chef for Schick, Ram, and Foremost, and as Passover Chef for
Shick, Ram, and Presidential. He was chef/manager at IDT's Kosher Foodservice for three years and
is presently the Executive Chef of LeUltimate Caterers in Monsey where
has held that position for ten years.
Richard is greatly looking forward to Passover this year with Mendy Vim's Holidays.
Chazzan/Menagen Sherwood Goffin
Senior Chazzan of the famed Lincoln Square Synagogue on Manhattan’s West Side since its founding in 1965, for almost four decades, Chazzan Goffin has been one of America’s first and foremost artists in the world of contemporary Jewish music at concert venues throughout the USA and Canada, producing six successful popular record albums, including the No.2 best-selling recording of the year - Neshomo - in 1973.
At 27 years of National Conventions of NCSY and at more than one-thousand youth and adult events across the country he popularized many of the songs that we sing today, including: the “Ets Chaim Hi” we sing on Shabbat in shul, “The Little Bird”, “L’cha Dodi” to “Keitsad M’rakdim," and many well-known Bostoner Niggunim. Sherwood Goffin was the first to introduce the niggunim of the Bostoner Rebbe of Brooklyn, with whom he spent almost every Shabbat in his teenage years, some of which such as Hatov, Ma Naavu, Meheira, have become classics.
In 1996 he voluntarily “retired” from the concert stage to enter the academic world as Coordinator of Outreach of the Belz School of Jewish Music at Yeshiva University, where he has taught college-level classes in Jewish Liturgy and Folk Music. He is the Honorary/Past President of the Cantorial Council of America, the only Orthodox organization of cantors in the world, an affiliate of Y.U.
Chazzan Goffin is recognized as an expert who has written extensively about Nusach Hatefillah, as well as on the utilization of congregational melodies for tefilla, and lectures widely on the subject at venues all over the USA. In Fall 2015, he will have completed 50 years as the Chazzan of The Lincoln Square Synagogue.
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.
Jeb and Jock Guthrie are two multi-talented brothers that have been playing and singing together since they were kids, composing and writing harmony-driven guitar songs about events in their lives.
Returning to Vim's Holidays again this year, our guests particularly enjoy their melodious voices and their Simon and Garfunkel tribute show, with the Guthries performing major Simon & Garfunkel hits such as 'Mrs. Robinson', and the ever popular 'Scarborough Fair'.
Morah Ruthie Berkowitz
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 fourth year as Director of the Mendy Vim Pesach Day Camp. 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.
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,16 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.