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 five years later, our 45-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. Larger groups that opt for private dining have their own dedicated maitre d, Michal, who provides them with individualized dining service.
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 thirtieth, 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 45-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) , his grandson Daniel, 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.
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.
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.
Mark Infield is a cCPR 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 Collegeis a professional musician who performs at many progrlams and events.
Ethel & Sammy Waiss
Sam & Ethel will once again be joining us with our program of family fun activities, trips, amd Chol Hamoed excursions. 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 eighth 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.
Vim's Holidays in the News
From Conde Nast Traveler:
'What Happens When a Classic Resort Goes Kosher for Passover'
April 8, 2015
At an all-inclusive kosher Passover resort, Lilit Marcus found herself forging new friendships and rethinking the meaning of the Jewish holiday.
On Friday afternoon in early April, the lobby of the The Gideon Putnam hotel in Saratoga Springs was buzzing with activity. But it was a little different than the normal weekend rush to check in and unpack. To start, there were two check-in desks: the usual, where a young woman in a Gideon Putnam polo shirt ran guests’ credit cards and handed them keys; the second, a card table off to the side, where employees of a third-party company, Mendy Vim, were holding clipboards full of family names and checking people off with pencils. There was much to do before the sun set.
Passover (Pesach in Hebrew), one of the most beautiful and symbolic Jewish holidays, was about to begin, and the Gideon Putnam was gearing up to host its first-ever Passover retreat. For observant Jews, the first two and last two days of the eight-day holiday (seven in Israel) are “yom tovs,” similar to the Sabbath, meaning they can’t use many modern conveniences like phones, computers, and electric kitchen appliances. Add in the cooking, the cleaning, and the childcare, and it’s too much for some families to handle. Enter Passover resorts and cruises, where third-party companies take over cruise ships and hotels, make them kosher for the week, and turn the holiday into a vacation for Jewish families. Many make the trip from New York City to Saratoga Springs, just a few hours north, where they can share the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt over the traditional seder meal.
While the Catskills region of upstate New York has long been a haven for Jewish tourists, and was made famous in the film Dirty Dancing, operators like Mendy Vim don’t plan Passover trips at resorts with established kosher kitchens. Instead, they head to popular vacation spots like Orlando, Scottsdale, and Palm Springs, then take over hotels and turn them into veritable Passover islands. The Gideon Putnam closed its kitchen a few days early and hired movers to remove all of their kitchen equipment...