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For the Kosher traveler who is tired of planning

Kosher Active Vacations

Book Your Active Vacation Now!

 

ABOUT KAV

After taking a hiking trip in North Carolina with my wife, Andra, during the summer of 2021, KAV—Kosher Active Vacations—was born. 

We realized that there are many adults looking for a simple, fun, and active vacation option, one that includes all the necessary requirements for the kosher traveler: lodging, kosher meals, minyans, Shabbat accommodations, programming, transportation to a range of activities, and professional guides.  

 

Our trip will allow participants to enjoy a beautifully unique part of the Finger Lakes Region. Our itinerary includes: 

  • hiking

  • fishing

  • kayaking

  • swimming by the lakes and waterfalls

  • enjoying local sites and museums around the Finger Lake Region  

On Shabbat, participants will have the unique opportunity to relax and truly reconnect with nature, physically and spiritually, in a warm Hemaish environment. 

KAV's first summer trip will be in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State from Tuesday, July 19th – Tuesday, July 26th, 2022. The cost of the program is $3300 per person double occupancy and $3900 single occupancy, not including transportation to/from the programOur primary accommodation and home base will be 18Vine.

Kosher Active Vacations will take care of you from when you show up at our accommodations until you depart. All you have to do is enjoy!

*Participants must be vaccinated* — KAV activities will be outdoors as much as possible.

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MEET THE TEAM

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Craig Goldman: 

Craig has been directing camps and training camp staff for over 30 years. In addition, he conceived and directed an international basketball program over a decade for teens from both Israel
and the US as part of the NJ MetroWest Federation People-to-People initiative. He has been a Physical Education teacher at JKHA/RKYHS in Livingston, N.J for the past 23 years, with a BSE in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland and a Masters in Health Service Administration from Russel Sage College. He has been certified in Personal Training, Yoga, Tai Chi and CPR /First Aid. He created Whynotplayforfun, a company that uses games to teach communication and organization to children,
teens, and adults.

 

Craig was raised in a family engaged in a family food business in Binghamton, NY. His volunteer work at his synagogue, AABJ &D in West Orange, NJ, has ranged from Youth Committee chair, to board member, and chullent maker. Recently he received certification as a KOA Mashgiach. Craig
loves being active; cycling, hiking, and jogging top the list.

 

 

Eliana Guralnik: 

Eliana Guralnik has a Bachelors in Studio Arts from Queens College and a Professional Degree in Pastry and Baking Arts from the Institute of Culinary Education. Eliana has worked for non-profits planning and organizing events.  Eliana has professional experience as a special events planner and currently runs her own custom pastry business, “Elli’s Desserts.”

 

Eliana and her husband spent four months in the summer of 2021 road tripping to forty-two states including eighteen National Parks. Eliana loves the outdoors and feeling of finishing any hike no matter how big or small!

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Mickey Montal

We are pleased and honored to have Mickey Montal as our staff chef for KAV! Mickey has been in the foodservice profession for over 50 years and has catered for countless holiday events and programs including, Elite Dimensions Passover Tours for over twenty years.

Will Soter

Will Soter is a NYSDEC Licensed Guide, and the Lead Guide for Upstate Adventure Guides a Catskills based adventure company Will enjoys sharing his love, and knowledge of the outdoors. He holds certifications in CPR & Wilderness First Aid, he has completed the Master Educator training for Leave No Trace. Will is also a certified Water Safety Instructor. 


Will is currently involved in several industry organizations working on efforts such as NYSOGA’s effort to update the current Guide licensing requirements, and licensing exam. Will is also participating in a collaborative effort to evaluate the viability of trail expansions, and the possible construction of new trails in New York. 


Will previously worked as the Director of the Catskill Conservation Corps. Leading crews that built lean-tos, and trail structures. In 2014 Will founded the Catskill Adventure Tourism Summit, and later The NY Outdoor Expo, to connect the various tourism operators in the region, and raise awareness outside the area, to the bounty of outdoor recreational opportunities, here in New York. 


Will served on the Board of Directors for the Catskill Mountain Club, and served as President of the New York Outdoor Guide Association (NYSOGA). He was employed by the NY/NJ Trail Conference, managing Catskill Trail Maintainers, and then the Catskill Conservation Corp, which provided recruitment, and training services for various volunteer stewardship organizations in the Catskill region. 


Through all of his work, Will strives to help others find a deep, and meaningful connection to the world outdoors. In all of his roles Will works to open opportunities for others to learn the skills to enjoy safe and memorable adventures in the outdoors.

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