We have been hosting "PESACH TIME WITH THE MANDELS" (formerly Pesach Time Tours) for fifteen fabulous years. This year we are so excited to be going to the beautiful Berkely Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ. We are planning so many new things from entertainment to wonderful lecturers. As always, the food will be non-stop and many new scrumptious dishes and fabulous decor will be incorporated. Every aspect of your Pesach vacation is planned to ensure a complete, pleasurable and fun experience for the whole family. We are committed to making sure from the moment you arrive at THE BERKELY OCEANFRONT HOTEL, until you leave, nothing will get in the way of your enjoyment.
Rabbi Chaim Block joins Pesach Time Tours for the first time this year as our Program Director.
Rabbi Block lives in Monsey, NY with his wife Toby and children.
He is a Musmach from the Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn, receiving semicha from Rav Shmuel Berenbaum, זצ"ל.
He is a 5th grade Rebbi at RYNJ (Teaneck community) and the General Studies Principal at Yeshiva Toras Emes, elementary division, in Brooklyn.
He is a member of the Jewish Music group Shalsheles and is a Chazzan at the AABJ&D shul in West Orange, NJ.
Rabbi Block has previously been a head counselor (Camp Manavu) and program director (Camp Romimu). He is looking forward to telling all of our guests where to go!
Chef Yosef Oldak, known affectionately as “CHEF YO” He is not a newcomer to the cooking industry, he has been pleasing palettes in various Five Star Pesach hotels over the last 25 years serving the most delectable dishes imaginable. Yosef is the owner and operator of Oldak Caterers, located in the Five Towns in N.Y. He caters elegant weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, dinners and weekend retreats. Yosef is sure to please every one in your family. Aside for catering, Chef Yo is the beloved Chef at Yeshiva Shor Yoshuv. He has been the head chef at Camp Dora Golding for the past 25 years. (Just make sure to leave your scale at home and pack a bigger belt!)
Executive Dairy Chef
Chef David was born and raised in Netivot Israel. He received some of his first training
from his grandmother who was a skilled cook and had to provide meals for
A very large household.
Although he is formally trained, his experience is what He built his career on.
Chef David is well versed in American classic fare, Israeli style foods (the whole
gamut), a wide range of Chinese, some Indian dishes, and Mexican/
Spanish style. Chef David will be preparing many varieties of salads, fish dishes, dips and desserts.
Although he runs a very tight ship, he does like to introduce some humor into the work
environment. It raises the moral of the staff and helps to bring the best out of
Day Camp Director
Rabbi Shlomo Hyman has worked in the field of education for 31 years and has been with the Pesach Time Tours family for the past 12 years. In addition to Smicha, He has a masters degree in Jewish Education. Rabbi Hyman has 22 years experience working in summer camps in both supervisory and administrative positions.
Rabbi Hyman lives in Englewood, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife Freidi and their five children.
Rabbi Hyman runs a fun filled and exciting program. Day campers will have their days filled with numerous activities, make friends and gather memories that will last a lifetime. Among just a few of the highlights are Rabbi Hyman’s spellbinding story time, special guest entertainers, and the “acharon shel pesach” camper performances.
With all of the exciting and varied activities your child will never be bored!
BOYS TEEN DIRECTOR
PESACH TIME TOURS
Girls Teen Director | “Hit Hop” Dance Class
Atara Cohen is the Director of FIT KIDS/FIT TEENS in the 5 Towns. Throughout the year, she is not only in charge of the programming, and staffing there, but also gives multiple dance classes to children of all ages. At the women’s gym, called FIT, she gives a Hit Hop class, which is a high intensity dance class that incorporates planks, squats, etc.
Atara is an artist and dancer who is creative and friendly. She enjoys working with children of all ages, teens and adults. She cannot wait to meet and have fun with all of the guests!
Rabbi Yissochar Ginsberg has been the menahel of Mesivta Tiferes Yerushalyim on the Lower East Side for over 18 yrs. He learned 10 yrs in Chofetz Chaim before coming to MTJ in 1982. He is one of the last people zoche to receive shmicha from R Moshe Tz"l. He was in Chinuch as a melamed for decades before accepting the mantel of leadership at MTJ. He also spent 15 yrs as a Reserve Chaplain (Rov) in the US Army. He has 4 Master degrees on many different fields of study. He is a former EMT & former Community Board Member for over a decade. And is currently the Clergy Liaison to the NYPD as well as the Chaplain at 2 different hospitals in NYC as well as an active member of the Queens Vaad – Chevra Kadisha for over 36 yrs.
Keira Eisenbeil has been working with children for the past eight years after earning her B.A. and her master’s degree in teaching from Mount Saint Mary’s College. Keira is a special education teacher at a local school in the Catskills teaching students in grades 1-6 with a concentration in reading and literacy. Her credentials have led her to be a Pesach nursery director and babysitting coordinator for the past seven years as well.The nursery is filled with lots of fun toys, books and a nap area. Young children, infants through three year olds, are able to spend time playing and being cared for while their parents are able to take advantage of all the activities Pesach Time Tours has to offer. Special care is given to each child to make sure their needs are met during their time in the nursery. Many daily activities keep the youngsters occupied, including story time and going to visit the playground. Night time babysitting can be arranged for children of all ages. Parents can breathe easy knowing their child are being well taken care of.
Working tirelessly behind the scenes for months before Pesach, Shloimy Zukierman will help all of our guests with their reservations. Shloimy has the experience & pleasant phone skills needed to make sure all of our guests are taken care of with a smile.
He will assist with answering all of your questions, making sure your rooms are exactly what you expect, and any amenities or special requests you may have are ready and waiting for you when you arrive.
Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss was the Rov of the Agudas Yisroel of Staten Island for 36 years until his recent move to Lakewood, NJ where he opened up his new Shul. He is a musmach of the gadol hador Rav Moshe Feinstein ztl zya and is a world renowned orator and magid shiur. he has over 6000 shiurim on kol halsohon and almost 300 torah videos on torahanytime. He has taught girls seminary for over 3 decades and has lectured in hotels, especially on pesach for over 40 years. He has 5 published sefarim the last being Power Bentching a widely read book on understanding birchas hamazon. Rabbi Weiss gives special attention to the subject of sholom bayis and practicing yiddishkeit with passion and meaning. he will be joining us for most of yom tov
Rabbi Avi Schnall
Rabbi Avi Schnall serves as director of the New Jersey office of Agudath Israel of America. In the eight years that Rabbi Schnall has held the position, He has served as Chairman of the New Jersey Nonpublic School Committee and sat on Governor Phil Murphy's Restart and Recovery Advisory Council as a member of the Social Services and Faith Committee. Rabbi Schnall is a dynamic and very sought after speaker. We welcome him back after a break of several years.
Rabbi Tzvi Sytner
Rabbi Tzvi Sytner grew up in Los Angeles, and is the Rav of The Village Shul and Aish Hatorah learning center in Toronto. He is a motivational speaker and therapist. He received Smicha from Rav Yitzchak Berkovits, and has delivered inspiring lectures worldwide, including South Africa, Australia, Chile, U.S., and Canada. Rabbi Sytner has a popular video series on Aish.com, and podcast called Inspiring Hope viewed by over 8,500 per month. He has a B.A. in Liberal Studies, a Masters Degree in Education, and a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
You can listen to more of his shiurim on Torahanytime, Aish.com, Meaningful Minute and more…
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Rabbi Avraham Juravel
Mora D’Asra, Rav Hamachshir
Considered an acclaimed expert in both ingredient analysis and food manufacturing and technology, Rabbi Juravel currently serves as the Orthodox Union’s Rabbinic Coordinator for Technical Services. His expertise and professional advice is sought by many Kashrut professionals throughout the United States and the world. OU rabbinic field representatives as well as rabbinic coordinators frequently seek his guidance and approach to many complex Kashrut issues. He has visited hundreds of food manufacturing facilities throughout the world including Europe, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, South America, Mexico, and the USA. Rabbi Juravel is married and the father of two children and has twelve grandchildren. He resides with his wife in Rockland County, NY.
Rabbi Moshe Kaufman
Rabbi Moshe Kaufman is the Executive Director & Kashrus Administrator for KVH Kosher ~ Rabbinical Council of New England. He oversees the Kashrus of close to 50,000 products, over 1,200 companies, in more than 20 countries around the world. His Kashrus expertise spans many arenas including wine/ grape juice, meat, beverages, baking and many others. He had the privilege of learning the intricacies of kashrus from many renowned kashrus experts including his father, Rabbi Shraga Kaufman, Rabbi Avraham Juravel, and others. Rabbi Kaufman studied in the US at Yeshiva Bais Binyomin- Stamford, CT and in Eretz Yisrael at Yeshivas Ner Moshe. Upon returning to the US, he joined the Kollel at Yeshiva Bais Yosef - Novardok, focusing his studies on Kashrus related sections of Yoreh Deah and Orach Chayim and received semichah from Yeshiva Bais Yosef- Novardok in 2014. While continuing his learning he began freelancing in the field of kashrus working for OU, CRC, & others, under some of the world's renowned kashrus experts. In 2016, he joined the team at KVH kosher as the Rabbinical Food Service Coordinator, developing a robust and professional food service kashrus program. In 2017 Rabbi Kaufman became the Executive director & Kashrus Administrator of KVH Kosher and continues to expand and develop even greater brand recognition for the organization.