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jewish Link June 13th, 2019

The Great Kosher Escape Adds Adventure to Vacations

 

Isaac J. Grossman is an avid outdoorsman  and kosher caterer. Moish Zahler is a veteran organizer of hotel  programs. Together, they want to whisk you away with the Great Kosher  Escape—a new company that creates all-inclusive packages for Jewish  vacationers who want adventure along with relaxation, entertainment,  Torah enrichment and gourmet dining. The company is launching this  summer with three programs: Mount Washington in New Hampshire, July 4-7;  Shabbat Nachamu in the Poconos, August 16-18 (or 20); and Yosemite, the  Redwoods and San Francisco, August 25-September 2.

“We are doing getaways not just based  around food, although high end dining is a part of our program,” said  Grossman. “We’re taking people to the wilderness where they can really  enjoy nature.”

Grossman is an accomplished hiker and he  wants to bring that joy to others. He has planned hikes in each  location for those just starting out and for the very fit and active.  Less strenuous optional activities are also on the agenda, like fishing,  boating and horseback riding. Anyone who wants a more chill vacation  can relax by a pool or go sightseeing. There are day camps for kids and  coordinated activities for singles. And if you’re a family with a  combination of interests, there’s something for everyone.

“We’re giving families a way to spend time together while each person can find his own way,” Grossman said.

While all the trips include meals,  hiking and transportation to group activities, each one has a different  atmosphere. Mount Washington is in the middle of the White Mountains of  New Hampshire, with streams, forests and many activities nearby like  ATVs, mountain climbing military jeeps, obstacle courses and ziplines.  There are two hiking trails to the top of the mountain—one for novices  and one on very advanced terrain for serious hiking enthusiasts.  Non-hikers can take the famous Cog train, a scenic three to four hour  ride to the top.

Shabbat Nachumu in the Poconos adds a  dimension of celebration with a Carlebach Shabbos and a Yisroel Williger  concert Motzei Shabbat. There will be an eruv around the entire Mount  Laurel Resort for Shabbat walks on many trails in the 137 acre property.  The resort has indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, horseback  riding, hiking trails and mini golf. An extended program offers  whitewater rafting, military dressed paintball, zipline or rock  climbing.

The Great Kosher Escape’s summer finale  is a trip to the Redwood Forest, Yosemite National Park and San  Francisco. Perhaps the most diverse of all the escapes, the trip starts  at Yosemite where guests can choose between a campground and a hotel.  Hikes through the mountains will be organized for all levels of ability.  There will be tours of Napa Valley wineries, kosher wine tastings and  balloon rides over the vineyards. A festive Shabbat will take place in  San Francisco.

“The Yosemite trip is a bit more  challenging so we don’t recommend bringing very young children,” said  Zahler. “It will be a really special trip for families with older  children, especially fathers and sons, before the school year begins.”

Grossman and Zahler are just getting  warmed up. Plans are in the works for local New York cruises,  international cruises, ski trips and programs combining vacation  amenities with continuing education credits for physicians and  therapists. For more information, visit www.thegreatkosherescape.com.

By Bracha Schwartz travel service kosher vacations









The Great Kosher Escape: An Extraordinary Vacation Experience

5Towns Jewish Times June 20th, 2019

 Isaac Grossman and Moish Zahler are changing the landscape of kosher  travel, daring to tread where no one has before. Possessed by a passion  for hiking and the great outdoors, Isaac’s enthusiasm for adventure is  infectious. With extensive experience as a kosher caterer, he has earned  a sterling reputation from both clients and associates throughout the  industry. Blessed with a keen business acumen, Moish has created and  orchestrated many of the most successful and innovative international  and domestic hotel programs for the past 30 years. Fusing their  respective talents and expertise, the dynamic duo has launched a new  company that affords cutting-edge all-inclusive vacations for Jewish  travelers seeking adventure, relaxation, wholesome entertainment, Torah  enrichment, and world-class glatt kosher dining under impeccable kashrus  supervision. 


 Featuring three stellar programs, each one affords kosher travelers a  unique and thrilling vacation option, where they can really enjoy  hiking. Travel to the Mount Washington from July 4 through July 7;  Shabbat Nachamu in the Poconos will take place from August 16 through  August 18 (or 20); and Yosemite, the Redwoods, and San Francisco August  25 to September 2. 


 

With meticulous attention, every detail is planned to perfection.  That this is a program unlike any other you have experienced —  regardless of how seasoned a traveler you may be or how exotic the  destinations and venues you have frequented — is evident from the  outset. “Our programs feature nonstop action and interaction and are  designed to encourage guests to ‘come out of their shell,’” says Moish.  “We don’t encourage people to just sit around in the lobby; our programs  are brimming with exciting activities to participate in, including  Shabbos-appropriate activities that are interactive. Every program that  we run is a collaboration between the two of us.”

Ever the accomplished adventurer, Isaac seeks to share his passion  for everything nature and hiking-related with his guests. “Our getaways  aren’t just centered on food, although gourmet food is certainly a part  of our program,” he shares. “We are taking people to the wilderness  where they can really enjoy hiking.” Accordingly, hikes have been  planned on all levels, from the novice to the most experienced hiker.


 

If you prefer less arduous activities on your vacation itinerary,  consider more tranquil options, including boating, horseback riding, and  fishing. Does spending a day relaxing at the pool or sightseeing sound  appealing? No worries; you will find these and other choices among the  possibilities on The Great Kosher Escape programs. Additionally, to  ensure the perfect vacation for every member of the family, each tour  features a children’s day camp under the expert direction of consummate  professionals. Featured as well at every program are separate  coordinated activities for families. The Great Kosher Escape is pleased  to present Sara Esther Crispe, dynamic speaker on relationships and  communication skills, as scholar-in-residence. Rabbi Shaltiel Lebovic,  director of the Go Kosher, is rav hamachshir.

Truly, each trip is an exhilarating adventure, the stuff of which  lifetime memories—and friendships — are made. Regardless of the size of  one’s family, or the diversity of individual interests, there is  something for everyone, from treasured toddlers to cherished  grandparents.

“We are giving families the opportunity to spend quality time  together, with each person being able to explore his own interest,” said  Moish.

Although each trip includes meals, hiking, and transportation to  group activities, destinations and atmosphere differ. Mount Washington  is located in the middle of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, a  wonderful place to escape, explore, and create unforgettable memories.  Experience towering peaks, stunning scenery, and spectacular waterfalls  that will take your breath away!

Shabbat Nachamu in the Poconos at the Laurel Resort is already  generating a great deal of buzz and early reservations are recommended. A  highly anticipated and true Carlebach Shabbos, it will feature Yisroel  Williger in concert on motzaei Shabbos. There will be an eruv around the  entire resort for Shabbos walks along the 137-acre property.

As one of the nation’s most popular national parks, Yosemite National  Park boasts some of the best views, hiking trails, and family vacation  opportunities in the country. Yosemite is a land where history was made.  Located in central California, it draws four million annual visitors.  Almost 95 percent of the park’s 747,956 acres (approximately the size of  Rhode Island) is classified as wilderness.

Yosemite National Park offers an abundance of activities and  sightseeing destinations. The valley is a seven-mile wide canyon with  incredible rock formations, including El Capitan, the world’s tallest  granite monolith and one of the world’s top rock-climbing destinations.  Yosemite Falls is the largest waterfall in North America, with  breathtaking views. The park is also known for its giant Sequoia trees,  which are estimated to be over 3,000 years old.

Indeed, it is fitting that this national icon be a featured  destination on the grand culmination of The Great Kosher Escape’s third  and final trip this season, the perfect culmination to the summer of  much content. Featuring the Redwood Forest, Yosemite National Park, and  San Francisco as its diverse and fascinating points of destination, the  trip begins at Yosemite, where guests can choose between staying on  campgrounds or hotel accommodations. Hikes will be organized according  to all levels of ability. The five-star program includes tours of Napa  Valley, kosher wine tastings, and balloon rides over the vineyards.  Shifting gears at week’s end, they head to San Francisco, stunning and a  veritable sensory delight — the perfect setting to savor the splendor  of Shabbos.

What we’ve given you is an aperitif; a taste of The Great Kosher  Escape. They have only just begun and are already planning local and  international cruises, ski trips, and more. “Our program is all about  fun, adventure, excitement, thrills, Torah, family togetherness, singles  meeting, glatt kosher gourmet dining, barbecues, and great divrei  Torah,” says Moish. “We look forward to welcoming you to our next  exciting adventure,”


By: Rochelle Maruch Miller 

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