Meet The Staff
Director, Destinations: Yossi Zablocki is most well-known for single handily reviving Jewish Hotel life in the Catskills. "The cruise ship industry stole the full time activities and entertainment concept from the Catskills and then killed the Catskills. I stole it back and am running a cruise ship on land, says Yossi. Aside from running Pesach Programs for over a decade, Yossi is the only Pesach operator who also runs year round kosher hotel programs including Shavuot, Summer midweeks and weekends, Rosh Hashona, Sukkas and Simchas Torah.
He Lives in Jerusalem Israel with his wife and four kids and flies into the U.S. a dozen times a year to run each of his events.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind has served the 48th Assembly District for more than three decades as an outspoken advocate for his constituency, battling discrimination, anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial and human rights violations.
As the former chair of the NY State Assembly's Subcommittee of Human Rights, Dov published an in-depth study concerning the effects of the quota system and reverse discrimination on education, business and civil service. Assemblyman Dov Hikind remains a vigilant defender, protector and leader of the Jewish People.
Dov and his wife Shoshana have raised three grown children and have six grandchildren.
Shoshana is the Executive Vice President of American Friends of Ateret Cohanim / Jerusalem Chai, and has worked for this organization since 1991. Shani is the wife of New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
A graduate of Stern College for Women in 1973, Shani combines her active professional life with her family responsibilities as mother of Deena, Yoni and Shmuel and b"h, grandmother of six grandchildren.
It is Shani's love for the courageous people living in the Old City of Jerusalem, that motivates her to travel throughout the United States in an effort to rekindle Jewish life in the heart of Jerusalem.
Rabbi Ari Sytner:
Rabbi Ari Sytner is the Director of Community Initiatives at Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future where he works to help strengthen communities nationwide. Training synagogue and community leaders, rabbis, and rabbinic students in the art of Jewish leadership, Rabbi Sytner uses his talents and passions to reach, motivate and inspire the full spectrum of the Jewish people. In addition, Rabbi Sytner writes a popular blog on life and relationships and conducts marital and individual counseling.Rabbi Sytner is originally from Monsey, NY and was a student of Rabbi Berel Wein. He has served on the pulpit for 13 years in out of town communities, 5 years in Des Moines, Iowa and 8 years in Charleston, South Carolina. Rabbi Sytner studied Psychology for his undergraduate degree, holds Masters Degrees in Education and Social Work and is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Work. Together with his wife Chana, and 4 children, Rabbi Sytner lives in Bergenfield, New Jersey.
Rabbi Lichtenstein is a prolific speaker, renowned lecturer, and published writer. The Rabbi was the senior lecturer at Ateres Tzipporah in Brooklyn NY, a post-seminary program for young adults. He is also a counselor in a boutique private practice working with the socially elite at offices in Brooklyn, NYC, and Rockland County. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
As an internationally acclaimed presenter, Rabbi L has lectured on various topics nationwide and worldwide. With humor and introspection, lectures and group discussions span across theories and encourage self introspection. Covering issues such as identity, personality, relationships, and spirituality, each lecture is grounded in a combination of Psycho-Spirituality.
Barry Wacholder, Kitchen Manager:
Barry is the owner of Majestic catering, a full service Kosher Catering company based out of Elizabeth NJ. He has been catering Kosher events for decades and is known for his elegant Tea rooms and Buffet designs. He has worked for at numerous pesach programs and is excited about bringing his uniquie culinary flair. He is married with three children and lives in Elizabeth NJ