Outdoor buffets and barbeques nestled in the cherry blossom background
THE GREAT KOSHER ESCAPE will partner and feature a luxury Passover dining experience featuring the exclusive culinary team at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center culinary team turns out elegant and inspiring delicacies every day, in its innovative approach to catering events. Prepare for a Pesach of awe inspired elegance that will please even the most critical palate. With a traditional approach to Passover and strict kashrut that you have come to expect and appreciate from THE GREAT KOSHER ESCAPE.
Your family will be indulged with the highest quality and freshest gourmet cuisine and an unrivaled luxury dining experience.
Chef David Hackett holds the title at Executive Chef at Gaylord National Resort. With over 40 extensive years of experience in the hospitality industry, he began his career as a chef for the Walt Disney World Company working at both the Magic Kingdom and the Coral Reef Restaurant in Epcot Center. He joined Marriott International in 1993 and worked as the Senior Banquet Chef at Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A few years later, Hackett accepted the position as a Complex Chef in New York City’s Marriott Marquis Hotel’s popular restaurant, The View. Before moving to the Washington, D.C. area, Hackett worked as Executive Chef at the JW Marriott Hotel in Dubai, the Renaissance in Miami, Florida, the Westin Diplomat Golf Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida and The Biltmore Hotel in Miami, Florida. Chef Hackett brought his culinary artistry and expertise to the Gaylord National Resort in the National Harbor in 2019.
Zusha is an American Hasidic folk/soul band from Manhattan, NY. They formed in 2013 with lead singer Shlomo Gaisin and guitarist Zachariah Goldshmiedt. The band, named after Zusha of Hanipol, combines traditional Hassidic niggunim with secular styles like jazz, folk, and reggae. Their self-titled debut EP, released on October 28th, 2014, reached No. 9 on Billboard’s World Album Chart, while their debut full-length album, Kavana (2016), reached No. 2.
Dr Vanessa Neumann is a Venezuelan-American diplomat, business owner, author and political theorist. Dr. Neumann was the president and founder of Asymmetrica, a political risk research and consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. She served for four years on the OECD's Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade, and is a current consultant to UN Women on gender-based approaches to preventing and countering violent extremism. She is the author of the 2017 book Blood Profits: How American Consumers Unwittingly Fund Terrorists, as well as its 2018 Brazilian edition, Lucros de Sangue
During the 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis, a plenary session of the Venezuelan National Assembly approved her appointment as ambassador for the acting President Juan Guaidó. She was appointed Ambassador and Chief of Mission for Venezuela to the Court of St. James's in the United Kingdom.
Neumann received her B.A., M.A. , M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she submitted her doctoral dissertation, "Autonomy and Legitimacy of States: A Critical Approach to Foreign Intervention," under the tutelage of Rawlsian scholar Thomas Pogge.
Neumann dated Mick Jagger in 1998. Their relationship ended in 2002. She was later engaged to Scottish landowner William Stirling. Neumann married William Cash, son of Sir William Cash, a British Conservative politician and Member of Parliament for Stone. They divorced in 2010.
Global Counter-Terrorism Research Network (GCTRN), United Nations Security Council, New York, NY. Since 2015.
Fellow, Global Justice Program, Yale University; New Haven, CT. Since 2014.
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute; Philadelphia, PA. Since 2011.
Associate, University Seminar on Latin America, Columbia University; New York, NY. Since 2010.
Executive Vice President of Igud HaRabbonim (Rabbinical Alliance of America) and
as a court attorney to NYS Acting Supreme Court Justice, Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik has dedicated his life to public service and to help those less fortunate.
Chazzan Müller was raised in a house of Rabbis and Chazzanim. His father, Rabbi Aron Müller, is the Rabbi of the Jewish community in Baden, Switzerland, and his uncle is the famous Cantor Benjamin Müller of Antwerp, Belgium. Chazzan Zevi studied in the renowned Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, Israel, and in Beth Medrash Gavoha of Lakewood, New Jersey. Zevi received his BA in Cell Biology & Neuroscience summa cum laude from Rutgers University, and his MA & MPhil in Biological Sciences from Columbia University. He is currently a graduate student at the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at Columbia University.
Chazzan Müller has studied Chazzanut and voice for many years with acclaimed cantors and opera singers, and has been leading high holiday services since the age of 18. He is a Spinto Tenor with a full range and with variations of color and dynamics. Chazzan Müller is well regarded in the cantorial world and is often invited to perform at concerts, officiate Chuppot and Daven as a guest Chazzan around the world. In 2010, Chazzan Müller recited the Kel Moleh Rachamim prayer at the UN General Assembly in commemoration of the Holocaust.
Chazzan Müller has been the cantor at WSIS since 2007 and has become an integral part of the community. Though well-versed in traditional Chazzanut, he has integrated more contemporary-styled music, which encourages participatory davening and singing. Chazzan Müller has inspired many with his warm heartfelt services and attracts many locals and visitors to the synagogue.
Besides his role as Chazzan, Zevi also lectures and gives Shiurim on Gemara, Halacha and scientific topics for members of the Shul and the broader community. He also finds time to teach Chazzanut, Nusach and voice to adults and children. Zevi is married to Chaya, a Torontonian, who works as a surgical nurse at Lenox Hill Hospital. They live on the Upper West Side with their daughter Adina and their son Avi.
Jerry Markovitz is seen on left performing at a concert in Central Park. An amazing powerful voice that will make your Pesach that much more delightful.
Mrs. Chaya Batya (CB) Neugroschl serves as the Head of School at the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central). She is an educator with over twenty years of pedagogic, curricular, and administrative experience in both Judaic and General Studies. Before coming to YUHSG, Mrs. Neugroschl served as Assistant Principal and Co-Director of General Studies at SAR High School, where she introduced innovative curricular initiatives and special programming. Previously, Mrs. Neugroschl was the Director of Admissions at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, where she also taught Jewish History and Philosophy.
Mrs. Neugroschl studied for two years at Michlala College for Women in Israel and earned her B.A. at Stern College for Women in 1993. She continued her studies at Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, with a focus on History of Halakha and Medieval Ashkenaz. She received her M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 1998. Her Master’s thesis was entitled “The Nexus of Law and Spirituality in Maimonides’ Laws of Charity.”