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 plus years later, our 44-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, Maryland, 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
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.
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 44-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!
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, as well as perfoming in a Karlebach style concert.
An Israeli lawyer and former Parliamentary Consultant in the Knesset, Jerusalem, Roi Nir will lecture on such fascinating topics as 'Law and Halacha in the Jewish state, what it means to be a religious lawyer in Israel', 'The power of the IDF- Can Israel face her enemies alone?' 'From King David to David Ben-Gurion, a short history of the state of Israel', and 'Jerusalem, the most sensitive place in the world- how can Jews and Arabs live in Jerusalem together.'
Previously an official tour guide in Jerusalem, Roi is a graduate of Yeshivat Ma'alot in Israel. He served in the Givati infantry brigade in the IDF, as a soldier on reserve duty in the war in Gaza in 2014.
Today Roi lives in New York, teaching Hebrew and Judaic Studies at SAR Academy in Riverdale. He is married to Shir and the proud father of three children.
Danny V's 52nd Street Band
Danny V's 52nd Street Band is a full-scale, 6-piece, live concert show, re-creating the performances of arguably the greatest rock and roll keyboard player ever — the "Piano Man"... Billy Joel.
Led by the fantastically talented pianist, singer and showman, Dan Vechesky (Danny V), the 52nd Street Band is comprised of top NYC metro-area musicians driven to detail in re-creating Billy's music and live stage show. Touring nationally for over 20 years and counting, 52nd Street is the world's longest running tribute to Billy Joel, earning a reputation of rocking "A"-List venues from Hard Rock Cafe's to Trump & Harrah's Casinos to NYC Parades and Concert festivals and more. 52nd Street was even honored to open for Billy Joel himself at past tour pre-concert parties like Philadelphia's Wachovia Center Arena and Billy Joel's Broadway show smash, Movin' Out!
Billy Joel is a 6-time Grammy Award winner, has sold over 100 million records and is in both the Songwriters and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame. 52nd Street offers the best of Billy Joel, covering his entire career from the 70's, 80's and 90's.
Invariably, no matter where you see 52nd Street, it will only be a few minutes before someone near you says, "Close your eyes... it sounds just like Billy Joel".
Danny V's 52nd Street Band will be performing for us live this Passover at our gala Sunday night Concert.
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.
Chef Michael Krakanovski
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.
Joining us for her second year is Mrs. Chavie Pomerantz, a graduate of the University of CO with a B.A. and honors in French. Chavie also has 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 teaches grades six and eight English Language Arts and History, and 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 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!
Author of "NOT JUST A COOKBOOK" , columnist for the Jewish Press and the Flatbush Jewish Journal, and blogger on thejoysofkosher.com, Rochelle will be doing a presentation of her favorite recipes.
Juggling household duties along with child-rearing, Rochelle has collected time-saving short cuts in household chores and meal preparation from "experts" - her family, friends and relatives, and customers over the years.
Rochelle has been a dynamic, top Sales Manager for Tupperware Corporation, for over forty years. She has perfected her recipes while demonstrating her products to tens of thousands of people during her career. Her cookbook was launched with exciting and novel recipes that even a beginner can follow. Rochelle brings her unique and humorous style to the public by creating food around the year by the month, with humorous anecdotes preceding each month. These tried and tested recipes also feature tricks and hints never before put forth with such basic common sense. Rochelle has perfected a style that is unique in the world of cooking.
Rochelle has been featured in The New York Daily News, The New York Times,The Brookline Skyline, The Yated Ne'eman and currently is a contributing columnist for The Jewish Press and The Flatbush Jewish Journal. She was also a guest on The Ainsley Harriott Show, The View and appeared on Rachael Ray for her famous Six Minute Chocolate Cake. She has co-authored a DVD recipe organizer which includes the cookbook and videos of her TV appearances.
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.
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 seventh year as Director of the Mendy Vim Pesach Day Camp at the Heritage Resort. 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 your children and grandchildren.
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 40 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!
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 program at the Heritage continues, for 10 straight years, up to and including Passover 2018.
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 reprise our popular Passover program at the Cliff House 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.
Passover at the Equinox Golf Resort, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa, Manchester Village, Vermont
Located in Southern Vermont's Taconic/Green Mountain range, this AAA four diamond resort (and Starwoods SPG category 6 hotel) offered lavish accommodations, world-class golf, breathtaking scenery and natural beauty - perfect for revitalizing body and spirit.
A National Register of Historic Places icon with a 238-year storied history as one of America's most historically significant lodgings and a member of the glittering Luxury Hotel Collection, the Equinox offered our discerning travelers authentic and enriching experiences- from exploring rugged terrain in an off-road expedition style Land Rover driving adventure, Orvis fly fishing, hiking on the slopes of Mt Equinox, immersing in a local-ingredient-inspired Spa treatment or several unique specialized recreational schools - a Passover program set in a bastion of romance, colorful landscapes, and world class elite accommodations.
We continue our Passover program at the Heritage Hotel & Spa, our nine straight year ever-popular destination with our Passover guests - with championship golf, health club, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, rock gardens, bike riding, Spa, and travelling convenience to metro NYC, Boston, and most of New Jersey- the perfect setting for a week long Passover celebration of our heritage and traditions.