CHOL HA'MOED LOCAL EXCURSIONS


VENTURA STATE BEACH

A great deal of Ventura's coastline is dedicated to the State Park. This pristine stretch of coastline offers abundant opportunities for swimming, surfing and picnicking along two miles of sandy beach and sand dunes. Services include a parking lot, a snack bar and a beach-equipment rental shop, with several bike trails extending to nearby beaches of interest.



VENTURA PIER

Originally built in 1872, this iconic structure is one of California’s oldest wooden piers. The pier extends 1,700 feet into the Pacific Ocean and offers a snack bar, restrooms, a seafood restaurant with a gift shop and spectacular views of the Channel Islands, the Ventura coastline and the surrounding mountains.



CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK

Situated 14 miles offshore, the five Channel Islands are ideal for day trips or an overnight camping adventure. The cruise to the islands is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, as voyagers are treated to the sight of cavorting dolphins and spouting whales. Recreational options abound on the island, including hiking, camping, sailing, boating, diving, snorkeling, surfing, and kayaking.



FISHING

Fishermen have their choice of spots. The historic Ventura Pier is a great place to fish for Kelp Bass, Halibut, Bonito, Spotfin Croaker, Barracuda or Thresher Shark, while fishing charters from Ventura Harbor provide anglers with world-class sport fishing and deep sea fishing experiences they will never forget.



KAYAKING

In addition to sailing and fishing charters, Ventura Harbor offers kayak and paddle boat rentals for adventurers who want to explore the coastline at their own pace.



SHOPPING

From downtown's unique boutiques to the full spectrum of modern retailers available at the Pacific View Mall to the many antique stores found throughout the city, Ventura is truly a shopper's dream. Nearby outlet stores are perfect for bargain hunting as are the thrift stores found in midtown and downtown Ventura.



FAMILY FUN

Need a break from Ventura’s sun, sand and surf? See monarch butterflies roosting in the trees at Camino Real Park, or go for a hike in Ojai or in the Los Padres National Forest. Relax at Lake Casitas, where you can rent flat-bottom boats, fish, and, in the summer months, frolic in the children's water playground fountain. At Ventura Harbor, kids can take a spin on the delightful carousel or a cruise around the harbor. Families can also rent kayaks or paddle boats to explore the nooks and crannies of the harbor, nearby keys and shore on their own.



ARTS & CULTURE

From cutting-edge art galleries to historic sites like Olivas Adobe Historical Park, Ortega Adobe and the Mission San Buenaventura, Ventura’s rich and diverse cultural scene includes a busy arts calendar filled with music, theater, dance, art exhibits, festivals, and crafts shows every month of the year.



HISTORIC DOWNTOWN VENTURA

Ventura's historic Downtown Cultural District is steeped in California history and legend. Historic homes, museums, boutiques, Mission San Buenaventura, antique shops and restaurants adorn the palm tree-lined avenues. Ventura's famous ArtWalks are also held downtown twice a year and a variety of Street Fairs, holiday celebrations and parades are staged as well.



GOLF

Ventura’s beautiful golf courses offer an unparalleled golfing experience for both weekend duffers and scratch handicappers alike. From the William Park Bell and Forrest Richardson designed Buenaventura Golf Course, to Olivas Links, the course named one of the "Best Municipal Courses in the Nation" for 2009 and 2010 by Golfweek Magazine, Ventura is a golfers’ dream destination.



TENNIS & Raquetball

The Pierpont Racquet Club is located next door from the hotel and it offers:  

 12 Championship Tennis Courts (ten lighted); 
2 Classic Clay Courts;
2 Racquetball/Handball Courts;
Indoor Squash Court;
Hitting wall;
Ball machines;
Ball hoppers available for practice;
Private, semi-private and group lessons for juniors & adults;
Interclub exchanges for adults and juniors;
Adult USTA Leagues, Interclub Leagues and Phoenix Leagues;
Tennis Socials;
Quarterly Adult Round Robin Singles Tennis League;
NTRP Verification for all members;
New member socials and hit arounds;
Weekend doubles challenge court;
Club tournaments for singles and doubles



Reuven Russell - Entertainment & Program
An accomplished actor and comedian with an extensive theatrical background, Reuven has been seen on the hit TV show ER, and in the feature films Chaplin, Inside Monkey Zetterland and The Proprietor. He originated the role of Hersh in the Off Broadway debut of The Quarrel. He has toured nationally in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys starring Mickey Rooney and Donald O’Connor.  


His one-man show, Gathering the Sparks, has played to audiences in over 100 cities around the world.  He can currently be seen in the films Advice and Dissent with Eli Wallach and Rebecca Pidgeon, The Permeable Man, as well as in 13 episodes of the popular children’s video series The Adventures of Agent Emes.    

Reuven is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama where he directed and co-starred with Paul Giamatti in Glengarry Glen Ross. He has also directed 7 short films for Project SARAH.    

Reuven is a professor at Stern College for Women and the University of New Haven, as well as the Artistic Director of the Stern College Dramatic Society. He is a father of five and is the proud son of the late comedian and Jewish humorist Joey Russell.

Reuven will be presenting the following entertainment programs:

1) Stand-up comedy
 
2) Family Feud - hosted by RR
 
3) Public Speaking workshop
 
4) Koko the Clown - magic show for kids
   
5) How to be a Clown - another show for kids

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

Miriam Yerushalmi - Speaker
Miriam Yerushalmi holds an MS in Psychology and Marriage and Family Counseling. She was trained at Pepperdine University and graduated the year of 1990 and is uniquely skilled at combining behavioral and humanistic approaches to address a wide spectrum of psychopathology. 

​Miriam fuses essential Torah principles with her background in Mental Health to empower individuals to release their inner healing potential while aligning with life’s purpose on essential life issues, ranging from relationships and parenting to self improvement. 

Miriam's Lecture  topics:
1) Psychology today - Rectification of imagination - deep mystical solutions dealing with anxiety, depression, anger management, low self esteem and more.
2) Mastery over emotion - Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Which one are you? 
3) Power of Tefila and meditation - In depth study of sacred Tefilla text with kabalistic tefilla meditations. 
4) True Body and soul healing - Looking into the source of illness from kabalistic perspective and tips for healing and prevention.  
5) True love - What is it from a Jewish perspective -to find the good in the other (Including concepts from the book Mystery of Marriage).
Yaakov Rosenthal - Certified Graphologist, Life Coach, and Holistic Healer, as well as a trained Physiognomist (face reader).
Yaakov uses these skills during his consultations in high schools and summer camps, where he coaches hundreds of teenagers annually.

Originally from Albany, New York, Yaakov completed his BA in psychology at Hofstra University. He later received accreditation from the Manhattan School of Graphology, where he was mentored by the late Felix Klein, one of the world’s most renowned authorities on the subject to this day.  

Since the beginning of Yaakov’s graphology practice in 1992, he has shared his skill on a regular basis with psychologists, guidance counselors, social workers, lawyers, dating services, and Fortune 500 companies. He has given hundreds of lectures on four continents. Yaakov travels around the country visiting schools as a life coach and consultant and is currently the resident mentor at four high schools in Brooklyn, New York, where he resides with his wife and family..    

Yaakov will give lively interactive and entertaining lectures on these topics::

1) Graphology with a Kabbalah Twist.

2) Discover the YOU in your handwriting.

3) Write Now! - Handwriting Never Lies -Insights into your Life.

4) Unlock the secret work of teenagers – A parent/teacher rediscover of whom teenagers are and how to reach them.

Shoshana Levin Bander

Miriam Yerushalmi

Rabbi Chaim Sperlin - Rabbi & Speaker 
Rabbi Chaim Sperlin serves as the Director and Spiritual leader of LA-vate (ELEVATE). An inspiration based movement centered in Beverly Hills.  

Rabbi Sperlin has developed a cutting edge curriculum on Tanya, which is in its final stages of publication and he has taught an advanced daily class at the Mayanot Institute of Jewish studies in Jerusalem. He also teaches the world renowned JLI courses in multiple locations throughout Los Angeles.

He also leads a support group at the Chabad Residential Treatment Center on recovery and addiction from the lens of Jewish Mysticism.

Rabbi Sperlin received his Smicha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, an internationally acclaimed authority in all areas of Halacha, specializing in medical and ethical issues presented by modern science and technology.

He is articulate, engaging and entertaining. His students say they never want his discussions to end.

He is a proud husband and father of 4.
A Musical Journey Into Your Soul
With Shoshana Bander

Shoshana Levin Bander is a singer/songwriter/storyteller who has touched and inspired female audiences around the United States and Israel with her heart-warming,  soul-touching melodies and breath-taking stories. 
She is fun and deep at the same time, leaving the crowd not only with melodies to hum, but with something to think about long after she is gone.
 

Shoshana has been interviewed on National Public Radio in a feature story on Jewish women’s music. She has also been interviewed by Newsweek magazine and one of her well known stories appeared in both Newsweek and Readers Digest.

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