Kosher Travelers is today the number one world’s premier kosher travel company. We specialize in creating enriching and inspiring kosher vacations worldwide filled with life-enhancing experiences that connect like minded people with meaningful friendships that last for many years.
Kosher Travelers began in London in the late 1970’s, when Eddie Freudmann z”l pioneered the world’s first Kosher Pesach Program in Italy. Today, Kosher Travelers offers luxury kosher vacations to destinations in dozens of countries. Each kosher vacation project is planned for travelers who wish to explore the world, discover new cultures, enjoy the convenience of freshly prepared Kosher meals, unforgettable Shabbat experiences with communities worldwide and meet people and make new friendships.
The Kosher Travelers Team
David & Chana Walles
David: General Manager & CEO Chana: Marketing Manager & Passover Programs
With over 40 years combined commercial experience across numerous industries, David and Chana Walles, fulfilled their dream of Aliyah in 2008 and bought out the established and reputable Eddie’s Kosher Travel. Hailing from Melbourne Australia, David and Chana each have degrees in Bachelor of Business with a major in Marketing and Economics and both completed Certificates in Events Management. This tourism power-couple believes that traveling and keeping kosher should be fun and exciting, and that Jewish travelers need not compromise on the quality of their vacation or their Jewish lifestyle. David & Chana recognize that how you spend your leisure time is a very important decision, and that’s why they work tirelessly to ensure that every detail of every trip is perfect.
Reservations Manager: Hotels, Cruises & Tours
Shelley has been in the travel industry for over 30 years and has worked for Kosher Travelers for the past 20 years.
Specializing in flights, hotel accommodation and cruises, Shelley gives our clients a personal, professional service that inspires guests to 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 kosher vacation will be cherished forever.
Business Development Manager, International
Ari is Kosher Travelers’ Business Development Manager and he joined us with over 18 years of travel experience, with a specialty in Italy’s northern region. With top level organizational 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, and he never disappoints!
Events Manager & Hostess, Israel
Gilda Posner is the founder of Epic Events Israel. Gilda has experience in the event and hotel industries in Israel and has a Masters in Social Work, which really lends itself in managing various situations. She is hands on and has a positive, fun and calming personality. She has been working closely with the Kosher Travelers in the lead up to Pesach to ensure that all aspects of the Program run smoothly and that you have a memorable and hassle-free family experience and vacation.
Administration & Accounts
Dina manages administration and accounts at Kosher Travelers, with years of experience in finance, highly efficient and detail oriented she ensures our Kosher Travelers customer service and highest standards are maintained during your registration and billing process.
Scholar in Residence; Jewish Heritage Tours
Hugh was born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English Literature and Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, followed by a Bachelor of Laws. Hugh served for two years in the South African Air Force as a Law Officer and was awarded the Gold Certificate of Merit by the Officer Commanding Air Force Headquarters for outstanding services rendered as a National Serviceman. He attained the rank of Full Lieutenant.
Hugh has been a practicing attorney since 1986. He has a general practice with particular expertise in commercial litigation and family law. 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 has conducted services on the High Holy Days at the Pine Street Synagogue, Sunny Road Synagogue and Northcliff Synagogue for almost 30 years, and presently teaches Jewish Law, philosophy and ethics on a weekly basis.
Hugh has become well known for his published articles, series on South African television (YouTube), radio, and very popular audio-visual presentations on Jewish communities across the globe. For the past 22 years, Hugh has lectured across South Africa and internationally, on the Jews of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Russia, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Rhodes, India, Italy, Argentina, China, Japan and Morocco. Hugh is a Scholar in Residence for Jewish Heritage Tours and has led tours to India, Morocco, Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus.
David M Weinberg
Scholar in Residence; Jewish Heritage Tours & Wine Enthusiast
Mr. Weinberg is an inspirational educator who combines strategic and political insight with learned Jewish perspectives. He is a diplomatic, defense, political, and Jewish world columnist for The Jerusalem Post and Israel Hayom newspapers, a prominent lecturer on public affairs, and an accredited expert on Israeli and kosher wines. He studied international relations and history at the University of Toronto and Bar-Ilan University; Jewish law and thought at Yeshivat Hakotel under Rabbi Chaim Yeshayahu Hadari, and at Yeshivat Har Etzion under Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein; and oenology at the London-based International Wine & Spirit Education Trust, the world’s leading institute for qualifying sommeliers. Since moving to Israel in 1990, he has served in several public positions. Among other, he was senior advisor to then-Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky and founding coordinator of the Global Forum against Anti-Semitism in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office. He is married to Bonnie with six children and five grandchildren. His op-ed columns over the past 25 years are archived at davidmweinberg.com