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 an active, fun, and simple 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 inaugural trip will allow participants to enjoy a beautifully unique part of the Finger Lakes Region. Hiking will be available on multiple levels so each member of the group can enjoy! Plans include opportunities to fish, kayak, and play in the waterfalls. On Friday, we plan to enjoy a number of local sites and museums around the Finger Lake Region, and on Shabbat, participants will have the unique opportunity to relax and truly reconnect with nature, physically and spiritually, in a warm Hemaish environment.
Upstate Adventure Guides will be running the activities for the week. Check them out at www.upstateadventureguides.com
Our primary accommodation and home base will be 18Vine and our secondary accommodation will be The ParkInn. Mickey Montal will be KAV caterer. Mickey has been in the food service profession for over 50 years and has been the caterer for Elite Passover Tours for over two decades.
KAV's first 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 program.
*Participants must be vaccinated*
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!
MEET THE TEAM
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 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. She now runs a small made to order pastry business named Ellis 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 the accomplishment of finishing any hike, especially for the snacks!