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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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;
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
Shmuel Levy - LevYatan
Rock For The Ageless
in his most recent outbreak of rock and soul, LevYatan has proved that the tide still lifts his timeless song. And that love forever grows for this creature of the deep, with the unbounded reverberations of rock and the warmth of heartfelt melody.
Rock For The Ageless
Shoshana Levin Bander
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.
Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz
BENTZION KRAVITZ, an acknowledged authority on Judaism and Christian polemics, is the founder of Jews for Judaism International, and is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles branch of Jews for Judaism.
A renowned lecturer, Rabbi Kravitz has appeared on both television and radio programs and has lectured extensively throughout the United States, the former Soviet Union, South Africa, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Israel. His programs have been enthusiastically received by all denominations of Judaism.
With over 30 years of experience, he has one of the highest success records in the Jewish community for counseling Jews involved in cults and fundamentalist missionary groups.
Rabbi Kravitz has successfully published many articles and audiotapes and is the author of the highly-acclaimed booklet, The Jewish Response to Missionaries. There are currently more than 360,000 copies of the booklet in print in nine languages; English, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Chinese and Persian.
He is the 2011 recipient of the Cohon Award for his outstanding work contributing
to Jewish Unity.
Born in 1954 in New York, Rabbi Kravitz attended the University of Texas in
Austin, majoring in communications and went on to earn his degree from the
Rabbinical College of America.
Rabbi Kravitz is a Police Chaplain and Advanced Critical Incident Counselor, as
well as a Reserve Police officer and a Pease Officers Safety and Standards certified
firearms instructor. His hobbies include martial arts, scuba diving, skiing and guitar.
He and his wife Dvora, a licensed therapist and credentialed Educational Therapist
reside in Los Angeles and are the parents of six children and eleven grandchildren.
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).
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