Meet The Staff
Yossi Zablocki has created the largest kosher travel/tourism operation in the world. What started as single minded determination to keep the last Catskills kosher resort alive when he took over operations at Kutsher's Country Club has expanded into the Destinations Hospitality Group, a mini empire of kosher travel. Yossi has been running a sold out Pesach program at Honor's Haven in the Catskills for the past six years, as well as operating during all the chagim and throughout the summer, providing kosher hospitality to the tri-state area. Four years ago, Destinations expanded to begin providing kosher cruises at affordable rates without sacrificing the fresh food quality of other competitors. To Yossi's and the Jewish community's delight, these cruises have proven a success and Destinations is now the largest kosher cruise operator in the world, running 12 kosher cruises this year alone. In addition, Destinations will be organizing 4 land tours to exotic locations like Morocco, Costa Rica, Japan and the Canadian Rockies. Most recently, Yossi purchased the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa and is in the process of adding a Fun Park on its premises, and a luxury spa expansion (with mikveh), creating a kosher experience for families that the Jewish community has never seen before!
Rabbi Shlomo Horovitz
Shlomo Horwitz is the founding director of Jewish Crossroads, an educational theatre project which has provided creative Torah programming across the US, Canada, England and Israel. He studied at Yeshivat Sha'alvim and Yeshivat Ner Yisrael in Baltimore, at which he received ordination from Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg. Shlomo is a CPA and is a director of a consulting firm near Washington, DC.
Rabbi Ahron Simkin
Rabbi Aharon Simkin is the Rabbinic Administrator of North American Kosher Supervision. He has an extensive background in industrial and Food Service kosher supervision. He previously served as Rabbinic Administrator of the Industrial Division of Kehilla Kosher/ Igud Hakashrus of Los Angeles (Herat K), Regional Coordinator for the Kashrus Division of the Orthodox Union (OU) and as the West Coast Regional Coordinator for Kof K Kosher Supervision. He was previously the Rabbinic Administrator of the Vaad Ha-Ir of Los Angeles.
Rabbi Simkin also serves the community as Rabbi Emeritus of the Young Israel of Northridge, California. He is a talmid of Rav Moshe Meiselman and Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik z”l..
Rabbi Y M Lichtenstein
Rabbi Yechiel M Lichtenstein is a popular traveling speaker and practicing licensed psychotherapist. He currently works in the hip area of Sunset Park and the prestige district of Park Ave in NYC. With a clientele ranging from socialites to academics, navigating cultures and norms has become a focus point of his research and practice.
A charming yet energetic polymath, he has captivated audiences from across the spectrum. Highly accomplished at a young age, Rabbi Lichtenstein has taught Machshava in several Brooklyn based seminaries including Ateres Tziporah, Bnos Binah, and Ateres Naava. In addition, he provides professional trainings on mental health topics and innovations to clinically oriented facilities and organizations. Similarly, as a frequent guest at hotel programs, scholar-in-residence events, conferences, and national radio, his range of topics cover ancient spirituality to millennialist thought.
Fluent in philosophy and psychology while being a graduate of prestigious Yeshivos combined with a Social Change oriented University fuels dynamic discussions and analytic thought. Aside of an MS in Mental Health, he also holds several post-graduate certifications and trainings. When not traveling, Rabbi Lichtenstein resides with his Rebbetzin and family in Brooklyn, NY.
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Full Day Camp Led by Elana Babekov