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 Jewish 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 seven years later, our decades-long tradition of caring and experience is deeply embedded in every Passover program and is evident in everything we do. And the Mendy Vim family, children, and grandchildren Daniel and Sara, continue Mendy's tradition of excellence in Passover hospitality.
It's no surprise that many of our guests keep coming back!
Meet Our Team
Our stellar lineup of noteworthy scholars-in-residence, lecturers, authors, cantor and entertainment:
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 and his personal attention to every guest, many of whom become life long friends.
We all know about his considerable hotel management and Passover Program experience, and have seen first-hand his incredible finesse. An indefatiguable bundle of energy with a 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!
Daniel has worked at Mendy Vim’s Holidays alongside his grandfather, Mendy Vim, since he was nine years old. He currently resides with his family in Israel and has served with distinction in the Israeli Air Force.
Along with his wife, Sara, Daniel works for Darkaynu, a post high school gap year program for young adults with special needs. Daniel and Sara spend their summers at OHEL's Camp Kaylie, a camp that integrates children with various disabilities into bunks and activities with their mainstream peers, where Daniel is the Aquatics Director & Israel Staffing Coordinator and Sara is a member of the educational staff.
Daniel, our capable Maitre d', also serves as Mendy's right-hand man, and assists Mendy in running our entire Passover program.
Sara Tanen was born in London and made Aliyah at the age of 12.
A graduate of Herzog Teachers College in Gush Etzion and Matan's Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute in Jerusalem, Sara has been a member of staff at several institutions including MMY, Baer Miriam and Darkaynu where she has taught and assisted in Tanach studies.
Sara spends her summers at Camp Kaylie where she a member of the educational staff. In addition to teaching, Sara has worked as a tour guide in Jerusalem's Old City for the family oriented tour company Israel Scaventures. Sara Tanen will be hosting a series of lectures based on N"ach at our Passover program.
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.
Professor Naomi Klapper
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 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.
Rabbi Dr. Chesky Gewirtz
Rabbi Dr. Chesky Gewirtz is a clinical psychologist and a teacher of Torah. He is currently an outpatient psychologist, providing individual and group psychotherapy, and the director of psychological testing at New York City Health+Hospitals/Queens, where he also supervises and educates doctoral trainees.
Rabi Dr.Gewirtz specializes in treatment of anxiety for children and adults and works in a specialized anxiety clinic. He has held a variety of Jewish communal positions, including serving as a pulpit rabbi in North Woodmere, NY, teaching in yeshiva elementary and high schools, and working as head counselor in a number of sleep-away camps. He has rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) , a Master's in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University(YU)'s Azrieli Graduate School, and a doctorate in clinical and school psychology from YU's Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology.
He has published articles in both Torah and psychology and has received awards for his research in the field of psychology and religion. Rabbi Dr. Gewirtz has lectured in many communities around the U.S. often integrating the disciplines of Torah and psychology together. Rabbi Dr. Gewirtz, his wife Aliza and three children reside in West Hempstead, NY, where he gives a weekly chabura on Parsha and Halacha. Rabbi Dr. Gewirtz will present lectures and workshops at Mendy Vim's Holidays and serve as our teen program coordinator.
Often travelling with little more than the shirts on their backs and the ties on their necks, the Maccabeats have entertained and inspired hundreds of audiences worldwide, from Alabama to (New) Zealand and everywhere in between. Using nothing more than the unadulterated human voice, a clean-cut presentation, and a little Jewish humor, this unique group of singers is able to connect with fans of all backgrounds and ages.
Originally formed in 2007 as Yeshiva University’s student vocal group, the Maccabeats have emerged as both Jewish music and a cappella phenomena, with a large fanbase, more than 20 million views on YouTube, numerous TV appearances, and proven success with four albums,
Specializing in covers and parodies of contemporary hits using Jewish-themed lyrics, the Maccabeats frequently release music videos in conjunction with Jewish holidays. They tour worldwide and have performed at the White House and the Knesset
The Maccabeats will be performing at Mendy Vim's Holidays in a gala CHOL HAMOED concert. (concert open exclusively to guests of Mendy Vim's Holidays Corp.)
New Jersey Tenors
The Jersey Tenors is the newest Opera/Rock Mash-up sensation that creates an explosive blend of the most iconic Opera classics alongside such industry greats as Queen, Journey, Elton John, and Billy Joel
Also “Jersey proud!” a, they do not forget where they came from as they highlight the best of NJ stars like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, inatra, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Kool and The Gang, and even Whitney Houston (Jersey Girl)!
These four charming wise guys will raise the roof with their powerful voices, and will have you singing along before you guys know it. our CHOL HAMOED show, open exclusively to guests of Mendy Vim's Holidays Corp.)
Chef Michael Krakanovski
Meet Executive Chef Michael Krakanovski, fondly known as Mikey to appreciative gourmands worldwide. Mikey is a Tadmor Culinary School graduate (Israel) with over three decades of culinary experience, and has worked for intercontinental 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.
Morah Dganit Israel
Morah Dganit Israel will be joining us as our Day Camp Director. Many are familiar with her wonderful work at Vacation Village in the Catskills as well as her teaching position at Yeshiva Har Torah in Little Neck, Queens and Long Island.
Morah Dganit is a seasoned and accomplished teacher with extensive experience working with children and teens . Throughout all of her positions, Morah Dganit employs her expertise, professionalism and warmth in communicating with campers, parents, and counselors.
She will be joined by her expert team of counselors who will help infuse her creativity and spirit into the camp. Morah Dganit is looking forward to providing your children with an enjoyable and memorable day camp experience.
Mark Infield is a CPR and EMT Instructor, a member of the Volunteer Ambulance Corps and a member of the Physical Education faculty at the Frisch School in New Jersey. Mark earned a BS in Music Education from William Paterson College and is a professional musician and a long-time performer at many programs and events, as well as Mendy Vim's Holidays.
Ethel & Sammy Waiss
Sam & Ethel will once again be joining us with great programming of family fun activities, trips, and Chol Hamoed excursions. They add enjoyment to the Pesach program with their fun-filled activities.