Simone Wruble lives in Teaneck, NJ. She has run a wedding- and bar mitzvah-invitation business there for 17 years. Like most people, each year she celebrates Pesach with family–either at home or at one of the many Pesach hotels around the country. This past year, she spent Pesach with Eddie’s Kosher Travel in Israel. “Honestly, the best part was having only one Seder and more days of chol ha’moed,” Wruble admits with a laugh.
“The whole experience was wonderful. The hotel, hosted by David and Chana Walles and the Eddie’s Kosher Travel team, was very nice. Food was tasty and plentiful. I was at the Tiberias location and it was amazing. You can walk around on the boardwalk where restaurants are open, featuring all kinds of kosher-for-Passover food you would never get in the U.S. Also, compared to American programs (and I have been to my fair share of them), this was much more affordable without having to compromise on service and amenities.”
Wruble joined the hotel with her parents, her brother and his family, cousins, and even her brother-in-law’s mother, Leah Kaufman from Montreal, a Holocaust survivor who went through the war as a nine-year-old child on her own.
“Everyone called her Bubby Leah, even people who aren’t related to her. David Walles invited her to speak and she was able to share some of her memories. She is a real inspiration and we all felt like one big family.”
“Family” seems to be the keyword with Eddie’s Kosher Travel. Wruble says it was beautiful to see lots of big tables with big groups. “The crowd was a mix of people from the U.S., England, Australia, and South Africa. It was a real cross-section. Families sat together and everything was well organized. There were many day trips arranged for us during chol ha’moed, including a big bus that went to the Leket organization, where we helped pick beets together.”
This year is the 27th year at Eddie’s Kosher Travel and they are proud to offer six different hotel destinations to choose from in Israel:
On the Lake: Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias. Following last year’s success, the flagship 5-star program is once again offering their signature promotion: Kids free sharing in room for $4,200. Limited availability. The hotel is spectacularly located on the shores of Lake Kinneret and the Tiberias boardwalk where you can enjoy spectacular views at the Gateway to the North. This luxury hotel combined with the unique jam-packed program offers all the facilities and activities that your family could dream of for an enjoyable Pesach vacation.
Hacienda Forest View, Western Galil. Nestled near Kfar Vradim, renowned for its serene and tranquil atmosphere, the resort emulates a magical, authentic Spanish estate with a European flavor, spreading over 17 acres of natural lush green forest–complete with pampering spa and garden rooms. This resort is most popular for families with large groups and many teens.
David Citadel, Jerusalem. The most desirable location, overlooking the ancient walls of the Old City, across from Alrov Mamilla Avenue, the historical Tower of David and Jaffa Gate. Be inspired by Jerusalem’s spiritual history that you can almost reach out and touch.
Ramada Suites, Netanya. A brand-new boutique hotel, located on the shores of the Mediterranean, only 20 minutes from Tel Aviv and 15 minutes from the Caesarea Golf Club. The 5-star Ramada Netanya has a full-service spa and a gorgeous ocean pool for an oasis of luxury, providing guests with unmatched personal attention. The hotel has 180 spacious, elegant, and comfortable suites, each with separate lounge and bedroom with a large private verandah.
Crowne Plaza, Dead Sea. Where the private beach and mineral-rich mud treatments will energize, rejuvenate, and relax you. The lobby’s panoramic windows invite the outside in. Shake off the heat of the day in the large freshwater pool and enjoy evening entertainment. Crowne Plaza Dead Sea sits right on the Dead Sea against a backdrop of wind-sculpted desert cliffs and is within easy driving distance of the lush oasis of Ein Gedi and hikes or cable-car rides to nearby Masada’s clifftop fortress. Freckles Club’s art, dancing, and children’s pool will keep the kids entertained as well.
David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv. Boasting spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, minutes away from the beach, historic Old Jaffa, and the city’s main market, the David InterContinental is located in the trendy SoHo of Neve Tzedek and is the perfect starting point to discover Tel Aviv. For relaxation or recreation, the hotel offers a fabulous outdoor swimming pool, children’s pool, and sun deck. Recharge at the spa and enjoy the taste of international cuisine.
Whichever hotel you choose, you will dine on the finest food (glatt, mehadrin, and no kitniyot), enjoy private or communal Seders, tea room and sweet hour, daily and nightly entertainment, tiyulim options led by professional guides, a special chag atmosphere (with optional second day), shiurim and lectures by stimulating scholars and guest speakers, kids and teen programs, early kids’ dinners, and so much more.
Hosts and staff are the best in the industry and will ensure that your holiday experience is unforgettable. Meet other guests from around the Jewish world and make new lifelong friendships that will enrich your family. Eddie’s Kosher Travel has raised the bar when it comes to Pesach programs, and they don’t take your business for granted. If you have been with them in the past, you will know what we’re talking about!
Eddie’s Kosher Travel offers an early-bird discount and a further discount for a family/group booking of more than five rooms. These promotions are strictly limited and given on a first-come basis. They typically get a huge response from returning and new guests, so reserve now to receive your preferred rooms as these are allocated on a first come basis. Eâ€‘mail Shelley@eddiestravel.com for your reservation form or any further questions.v