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