Every tradition has a Beginning

Ours was founded on outstanding service.

It all began in 1974 at our first Passover 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 40-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!

Blessed with the 'personal touch', Mendy (and our team) pay close attention to your every detail and provide superb hospitality with attentive and immaculate service. We 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.

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?

Our caring and dedicated staff take pride in enhancing your Pesach Yom Tov experience. Do you have a special request? Do you need a boxed lunch? Can't find your activity? Do you need special seating? We're here to help.

Talk to any one of our committed professional staff, and we'll take care of all your concerns. Our warm and gracious hospitality hostesses, dining room hostesses, and immaculate wait staff are experienced in providing the utmost in service.

Find out more about our star studded cast of internationally renowned speakers, inspiring lecturers, and entertainers. Our noted Scholars-in-residence, lecturers, musicians, Cantors, singers, and a terrific lineup of additional performers for nightly Chol Hamoed shows are all dedicated in enhancing your Pesach vacation.

Our superb program director and licensed Day Camp director will keep all of our Passover guests (of every age, from one to one hundred!) busy from morning to night.

Our 40 year Tradition

It all began in 1974 at our first Passover 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. From Maine to Savannah, or Newport to Colorado, at each inspiring locale we offer everything you have ever wanted in a Kosher Passover Vacation.

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1974- A new tradition in Glatt Kosher Passover Vacations

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.

1996 Anchors Away: Vim's at Newport, Rhode Island

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.

Virginia is for MATZOH Lovers

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!

Newport or New York

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.

Passover at the Equinox, Manchester Vermont anyone?

Verdant Vermont: A superb New England location, a challenging golf course ranked one of the "Top 75 courses in the U.S." by Golf Digest, a world class Spa, and wonderful accommodations, what a terrific Passover!

Southern Charm in Savannah

Passover 2000 in the Hyatt Regency, Savannah, Georgia,Savannah, Georgia and its historic riverfront are the backdrop for this 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 thathave made Savannah famous.

Go West, Young Man

Passover 2001 in 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.

2002 Climb every Mountain

Passover at 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 Vermont

Passover 2005 in the Stratton Mountain Resort, Stratton Mountain, Vermont A big mountain resort experience that's close to home: From inspiring terrain to a slope side Village for shopping, spring skiing to après adventure, our guests found everything they loved right outside their door, and a fabulous Passover program too.

2006 Cliffs and Castles

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. Also this year: Our home is your castle, at the Sheraton Parsippany, New Jersey, a traditionally elegant Passover experience centrally located in New Jersey.

2007 Passover at the Cliff House, Maine and the Stamford Sheraton, Stamford, Connecticut

A revisit to oceanfront Cliff House in Maine for Passover 2007; Spectacular hotel, scenery, and environment- this resort has it all. Our second Passover program takes place at the Stamford Sheraton, in Stamford, Connecticut, where urban pleasures and Connecticut country meet for a world of recreational activities.

A Celebration of our heritage at the... Heritage

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. We continue our Passover program at the Cliff House, offering choice holiday locations convenient to New York, New Jersey, and all of New England. We revisit this popular Passover location again for six consecutive years 2009-2014.

Fun in the Sun

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!

Fun in the Sun

Passover 2012 at The Grand Hotel, Cape May, New Jersey or the Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut Mendy Vim delivers yet another hugely successful Passover at this choice Connecticut location just an hour's travel time from metropolitan New York and New Jersey with multiple urban and rural leisure activities nearby. Featuring a terrific lineup of notable speakers, a star studded cast of daily and nightly entertainment, traditional and unusual gourmet cuisine, and terrific customer service, Mendy does excellence naturally!

2013-2014 the Heritage

And the winner is... Our perennial popularity winner,The Heritage Hotel and Spa in Southbury, Connecticut. Back for our fifth smash year at this incomparable location, the Heritage has it all.

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Meet Our Team

Mendy Vim

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, Morah D’Asra of Kehillas Beis Yosef of Passaic-Clifton, New   Jersey, scholar-in-residenceRabbi 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 Dr. Aaron Glatt MD

Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, MD, assistant Rabbi at South Shore in Hewlett, New York and notable scholar-in-residenceRabbi Dr. Glatt is the Associate Rabbi at Congregation Anshei Chesed in Hewlett, NY and Assistant to the Rabbi at the Young Israel of Woodmere. Rabbi Glatt is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre.

Board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases, he innovated a course at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine entitled “Faith and Medicine: An Oxymoron?.”

Rabbi Dr. Glatt has been an invited international speaker on medicine and Jewish law in Israel, Russia, Canada, Central America and throughout the US. He has authored two seforim, 'Visiting the Sick' and 'Women in the Talmud.'

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

Hazzan Nachman Shneider of Congregation Beth El in BrooklynChazzan 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

Yoel Sharabi,Israeli national sensation, singer, musician, and perfoming artist

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.

Rabbi Sholom Steinig

Rabbi Sholom and Judi Steinig have been dedicated to service of the Jewish community for most of their adult lives, helping all populations from young children to senior citizens.

Rabbi Steinig has been Mara d'Asra of the Young Israel of Bayside since 1980. He held the position of Menahel-Principal at the Beth Jacob-Beth Miriam School in Pelham Parkway for many years, and has taught in several New York area day schools. He is the Jewish Chaplain at the Kings Harbor Multi-Care Center in the Bronx. A popular speaker, Rabbi Steinig is also known for his expertise and love for baseball and its history, especially its impact on the Jewish community.

Rebbetzin Judi Steinig

Rabbi Sholom and Judi Steinig have been dedicated to service of the Jewish community for most of their adult lives, helping all populations from young children to senior citizens.

Rebbetzin Judi Steinig is the Associate Director of Community Services at the Orthodox Union (OU), after 16 years as Director of Programming for the National Council of Young Israel. She provides resources and assistance to synagogues and sisterhoods, in addition to coordinating programming for singles, women, seniors and their caregivers, families and Rebbetzins. She has lectured in many venues regarding navigating the dating process for singles and their parents, as well as on various other women's and parenting issues. She is also an Adjunct Professor in Leadership Studies at Bellevue University.

Rabbi and Mrs. Steinig have four children and three grandchildren, bli ayin hara.

Michael Krakanovski

Michael Krakanovski, our talented and creative Passover chef 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.

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.

Guthrie Brothers

The Guthrie brothers singing a Simon & Garfinkel tribute

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

Morah Ruthie Berkowitz from Moriah School in Englewood, N.J.is our Day Camp Director

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 Israel

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.