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 and a luxury spa expansion (with Mikveh) on its premises, creating a kosher experience for families that the Jewish community has never seen before!
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 Dr Ari Sytner PhD is Director of Community Initiatives at Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future where he works to help strengthen communities nationwide. Training community leaders, rabbis, and rabbinic students in the art of Jewish leadership, Rabbi Sytner uses his talents and passions to reach and inspire the full spectrum of the Jewish people. Rabbi Sytner is originally from Monsey, NY. 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, Education for his Masters, and holds a Ph.D. in Social Work.
Retired 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.
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.
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.