EDDIE’S KOSHER TRAVEL
Established in 1977, Eddie’s Kosher Travel is one of the most respected travel operators in the Jewish world. We are a full time, year-round hotel and tour operator, offering exciting Passover programs and the full range of Kosher Deluxe Cruises, Exotic Land Tours, African Adventure Safaris, and European Summer Vacations to the discerning observant Jewish traveler in search of an enriching, unforgettable experience, world-class kosher cuisine, and unparalleled personal service.
For over three decades our name Eddie’s Kosher Travel has become synonymous with integrity, quality and professionalism. We enjoy a premier reputation in the Kosher travel industry among many renowned Jewish organizations and agencies in Israel and abroad. Eddie’s Kosher Travel pioneering efforts has sparked an industry that has spread to hotels and resorts worldwide.
Last year we were hosts to thousands of Passover guests in programs that have become the standard for the industry in creativity, service and impeccable adherence to Kashrut. Over the years we have developed close relationships with our guests who have become friends as well as our clients. We evolved into a caring family, looking forward to seeing one another at various vacations around the world. As in the past, we will continue our efforts and hope to have the opportunity to serve you, our loyal friends and clients.
We are the natural choice!
MR. EDDIE FREUDMANN z”l
Eddie Freudmann z”l was one of the original pioneers of kosher travel when he founded Eddie’s Kosher Travel company back in London in the 70’s. He succeeded in quickly establishing a reputation as an innovator in the novel field of kosher tours when he began operating the world’s first Kosher Pesach Program in a hotel in Italy. Eddie z’l brought his creative kosher travel business to Israel when he made Aliyah with his wife Barbara and family in 1977, and continued pioneering new ideas of kosher travel by initiating the kosher cruising concept.
With his keen eye for all that is new and exciting in kosher touring, and his uncompromising stance on personalized service and the highest kashrut standards, Eddie z’l succeeded in putting Eddie’s Kosher Travel in the forefront of the quality kosher travel industry a tradition perpetuated today by David & Chana Walles and family.
DAVID & CHANA WALLES
David: General Manager & CEO
Chana: Marketing Manager & Passover Programs
Originally from Melbourne Australia, David & Chana are a well traveled vibrant modern orthodox family with 4 amazing kids. Following their passion for the kosher travel sector David and Chana developed ‘Oz Kosher Getaways’, a business whose 5 star Pesach program soon became the premium Pesach getaway of Australia and the pacific Region – with all the trimmings. They each have a Bachelor of Business with a major in Marketing and Economics and both completed Certificates in Events Management. With over 40 years combined commercial experience across numerous industries, in 2008 after making Aliya the Walles Family was ready to buy out the established and reputable Eddie’s Kosher Travel and continue their synergy delivering to clients worldwide the Company’s professional style of operation complete with David & Chana’s personalized service.
“Travelling and keeping Kosher should be fun, exciting and uncompromising on quality.With kosher travel becoming increasingly popular around the world, we look forward to ensuring that Kosher travelers can see the most beautiful parts of Israel and the world in comfort, style and without compromise to their Jewish lifestyle. We endeavor at all times to share our passion in combining your Kosher travel experiences with our management experience and look forward to greeting and hosting you when you next join an Eddie’s Kosher Travel vacation” David & Chana Walles
Reservations Manager: Hotels, Cruises & Tours
Specializing in flights, hotel accommodation and cruises, Shelley gives our clients a personal professional service that ensures they return year after year.
Shelley is deeply involved in our Chagim Hotel Programs for Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot in Israel and is renowned for going out of her way to ensure that your family vacation will be an experience that will always be remembered.
Operations & Logistics Manager: Land Tours
A native of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Menahem Fogel served as a pulpit rabbi in South Africa and Canada before returning to Israel in 1984 to take up the position of spokesman of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs & Heroes Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, a position he held for six years.
Since that time he has held senior positions in both the public and private sectors as he developed interactive computer systems for museums around the world. He has also lived and worked in the Netherlands, Austria, the UK and India. A lifelong yearning for travel reaching back to a visit to Victoria Falls in 1968 led to his becoming a Tour Operator / Manager in 2000 and developing expertise tourism to Japan & China, Alaska & the Canadian Rockies, and Africa.
Aliza is responsible for the accounts department at Eddie’s Kosher Travel. With marketing, logistics and administrative job experience from her former position in the New York, Aliza’s outstanding organizational, accounting as well as her interpersonal skills facilitate proficiency and efficiency to offer our clients superior service that is our trademark within the travel industry.
Travel Insurance & Oceanea Cruises
Yonah is our freelance in-house expert on travel insurance. In his free time, Yonah is an avid yachtsman.
Business Development Manager, International
With top level organisational skills, resourcefulness, a strong base in logistics and over 25 years of commercial experience in various industries, Ari is determined to provide consistent delivery of high level customer service and traveler satisfaction.
As a travel and sports junkie he has participated in numerous marathons, ultra-marathons, Ironman triathlon and ultra-endurance multi-day events promising high energy levels while always searching for the unique and unforgettable travel experiences for our clients.
Events Manager & Hostess, Israel
Elaine Beychok has been planning and coordinating trips, weddings, seminars and events for years. In addition to working with Eddie’s Kosher Travel on Pesach, she is the recommended choice as an event planner for our valued clients. Being involved and hands-on is her specialty. Combining her logistical skills and easy going demeanor, she will make sure that everything runs smoothly and successfully. Your peace of mind is our priority so please be in touch with Elaine with all your requests and questions.
Scholar in Residence; Jewish Heritage Tours
Hugh has become well known in South Africa and internationally for his published articles and very popular audio-visual presentations on Jewish communities across the globe. Hugh has been interviewed as a commercial and divorce attorney on several radio stations in South Africa, and interviewed live on the South African television news channel. Hugh has presented a mini-series on national television in South Africa giving an overview of 9 of the countries he has visited, which are included in the list below. They can be viewed on YouTube as part of the “Simcha” programme.
Hugh is a former Gauteng Chairman of the IUA-UCF, former Chairman of Keter Torah Congregation Sydenham Johannesburg, and a current Trustee of the Rambam Charitable Trust which has offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Hugh conducted the Shtiebel Congregation at the Pine Street Shull and Sunny Road Shull on the High Holy Days for a number of years and presently teaches Jewish Law, philosophy and ethics at Ohr Sameach Glenhazel on a weekly basis. Hugh has become well known for his published articles and very popular audio visual presentations on Jewish communities across the globe. Hugh has given over 130 presentations across South Africa, and internationally, on the Jews of: Lithuania, Spain, Rhodos, Poland, Belarus, Greece, India, Portugal, Italy, Russia, Argentina, Japan, China. Hugh is married to Michelle and they have 5 children.
YOCHEVED PIANKO FINERMAN DIGITAL CO-ORDINATOR was raised in South Florida and is a graduate of Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women.
She is a long time educator, experienced marketer and a kosher traveler.
Yocheved and her husband Dov, are proudly raising their family in Modi’in, Israel.
Yocheved is bringing to the Kosher Travelers team, her love for travel combined with her marketing and social media expertise.