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Glatt Kosher Cruise

7-Night Alaska
August 19 - 26, 2012

Jewish Educational Travel at Sea

Holland America ms Oosterdam

HAL Oosterdam

Oosterdam Alaska Map

HAL Oosterdam
August 19, 2012
Date Port Arrive Depart
Cruise Schedule
Seattle, Washington, US
Puget Sound (co)

At Sea

Tracy Arm, Alaska, US (co)
Juneau, Alaska, US
Sitka, Alaska, US (tr)
Ketchikan, Alaska, US
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Seattle, Washington, US
Itinerary subject to change
Ship's Registry: The Netherlands
co: Cruising Only
tr: Tender Required
All This Is Included
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights aboard Holland America ms Oosterdam
  • Fully Escorted by Jewish Educational Travel
  • Gourmet Glatt Kosher Cuisine freshly prepared onboard by 5-Star Chefs – 3 meals daily
  • Afternoon and Evening Kosher Snacks
  • Kashruth under the supervision of Rabbi Levi Teitlebaum, Rav Hamachshir
  • Daily and Evening Prayer Services
  • Featured Speakers: Rabbi Yaakov and Lori Palatnik, Rabbi Ken Spiro and more
  • Fine Kosher Wines available for purchase in the Dining Room
  • All Shipboard Entertainment Included
  • Supervised Children’s Program while at sea.
  • Supervised Embarkation and Disembarkation in Seattle, Washington
Rabbi Levi Teitlebaum
Rabbi Teitlebaum, is a veteran Kashrus expert for the last 15 years, including dozens of kosher cruises. For 12 years he was the Administrator of the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of British Colombia(ORCBC). He currently serves as Rabbinic Field Representative for the Orthodox Union(OU), Kashrus Council of Canada(COR), and Montreal Kosher(MK) among others. Rabbi Teitelbaum resides in Ottowa where he is the Director of the Ottowa Vaad HaKashrus(OVH).
Lori Palatnik
Lori Palatnik is a writer and Jewish educator who has appeared on television and radio, and is the author of "Friday Night and Beyond: The Shabbat Experience Step-By-Step", "Remember My Soul - What To Do In Memory of a Loved One", and co-author of "Gossip: 10 Pathways to Eliminate It From Your Life and Transform Your Soul". She is a much sought after international speaker, having lectured in The U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Central America, South America, South Africa and Israel, including featured talks at Yale, Brown and Penn. She lives in the Washington D.C. area, where her husband, Rabbi Yaakov Palatnik, is the Executive Director of Aish DC. Lori is the Director of The Jewish Women's Renaissance Project, an international project that brings 1,000 women to Israel each year on highly subsidized programs in order to inspire them with the beauty and wisdom of their heritage. She is the busy mother of five children, ages 23 to 13. Her weekly video blog, "Lori Almost Live" is a popular feature on aish.com, viewed by over 50,000 people each month. But we will have Lori…LIVE!.
Lori Palatnik
Rabbi Yaakov Palatnik
Rabbi Yaakov joined the Aish DC team in 2005, bringing with him an illustrious career as an Aish Rabbi. After 10 years at Aish Jerusalem under the tutelage of Rabbi Noach Weinberg, ob"m, and receiving rabbinical ordination there, Rabbi Yaakov worked for 13 years with Aish Toronto and was the founding rabbi of The Village Shul. His wisdom, warmth, and ability to teach Jewish values with relevance to our daily lives has resulted in the growth of Aish DC as more than just a Learning Center, but a vibrant Outreach Synagouge as well. Rabbi Palatnik is the co-author of the book Remember My Soul and the father of five children.
Rabbi Yaakov Palatnik
Rabbi Ken Spiro
Rabbi Ken Spiro's quick-paced, humorous style catches and keeps an audience's interest; his ability to explain deep concepts clearly makes an impact that lasts long after the presentation.
Rabbi Spiro is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher for Aish HaTorah's Discovery Seminar. In addition, he is a licensed tour guide from the Israel Ministry of Tourism. Rabbi Spiro graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Russian Language and Literature and did graduate studies at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow. He has an MA in History from The Vermont College of Norwich University and Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshiva Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs such as B.B.C. Radio and TV., The National Geographic Channel, The History Channel, Channel 4 England and Arutz Sheva-Israel National Radio. He is the author of WorldPerfect - The Jewish Impact on Civilization published by HCI books and Crash Course in Jewish History published by Targum Press. His writings and seminars can be accessed on www.aish.com.
Born and raised in the U.S. Rabbi Spiro has lived in Israel since 1982. He served in a combat infantry unit in the IDF and currently lives in Givat Zeev with his wife and five children.
Rabbi Ken Spiro
Rabbi Berel Simpser
Born and bred in the New York area, Rabbi Berel Simpser migrated first to sunny Florida, and then to the Midwest, working in Jewish communal work for over two decades. He founded the Des Moines Community Outreach Kollel in 1999 and was a staff member of the Greater Des Moines Jewish Federation for most of his 7 years there, as a communal educator and at Jewish Family Services.
Sara and Berel moved to MN in September 2006 with their seven children to start AISH Minnesota.
Berel, who has a two Masters in Talmudic Law, and is finishing a Masters in Communal Leadership, has taught a wide variety of inter-denominational classes – ranging from Basic Judaism, Hebrew language, Kabbalah, to ten years at the Florence Melton Adult Mini School. He has also developed educational programs for teachers, parents and students.
Rabbi Berel Simpser
Your Hosts:  
Karen Bushell
Karen Bushell, a native New Yorker, graduated from Ohio University with a teaching degree in elementary education.
Due to her love of travel, Karen started in the travel business in 1971. Her entrepreneurial spirit warranted her own business and she purchased Trip Shop Ltd, a retail agency in 1974. In 1984, she developed Caribbean Concepts, a wholesale company that sold travel packages to retail agencies nationwide to 19 Caribbean islands.
Karen served as Vice President of New York ASTA in the late 80’s and early 90’s. She later went on to serve on the National Board of ASTA.
Today she continues to run a full service agency, along with a group division from her office in Boynton Beach, FL with a staff of 5. Her experience over 39 years offers exceptional expertise in individual, group and special interest travel.


Karen Bushell
Lauren Beardsley, CTIE, ACC
Lauren Beardsley brings over 25 years of various Travel Industry experience to Jewish Educational Travel. Originally from New York,,she was Vice President of retail and wholesale travel companies. She later joined Cruiselink as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
After moving to Dallas, TX she ran her own consulting company with clients in retail, wholesale and consortia travel arenas.
In 2006 she joined Sabre Holdings and held positions of both Director of Group Cruise Sales and Director of Marketing, where she was instrumental in increasing group cruise revenue and hit triple digit growth.
Today she continues her work in the travel industry in both sales and marketing roles with several clients.
Lauren Beardsley
Superior Verandah Suite
Deluxe Verandah Outside
Deluxe Verandah Outside
Deluxe Verandah Outside
Deluxe Verandah Outside
Ocean-View Stateroom
Ocean-View Stateroom
Large Inside Stateroom
Airfare not included.
  • All rates are per person based on Double Occupancy.
  • Rates are subject to change without notice.
  • $600 deposit due at time of booking.
  • Infant, Child and Single rates available upon request.
  • 3rd and 4th person rate (all categories) is $1,515
  • Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
  • These rates do not include port fees, taxes and gratuities of $427 per person
CST 2012669-10
California Department of Insurance License Number: 0B45777
Last updated: March 19, 2012

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