Panama Canal Kosher Cruise
aboard the Holland America: ms Statendam
December 21 - January 4, 2013 (14 Nights - Kosher Cruise)
SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE:
RABBI BASIL HERRING
|Fri., Dec. 21||San Diego||Departs||5:00 pm|
|Sat., Dec. 22||At Sea|
|Sun., Dec. 23||At Sea|
|Mon., Dec. 24||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico||8:00 am||5:00 pm|
|Tues., Dec. 25||At Sea|
|Wed., Dec. 26||Huatulco, Mexico||10:00 am||5:00 pm|
|Thurs., Dec. 27||Puerto Chiapas, Mexico||8:00 am||5:00 pm|
|Fri., Dec. 28||Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala||6:00 am||4:00 pm|
|Sat., Dec. 29||At Sea|
|Sun., Dec. 30||Fuerte Amador, Panama||6:00 pm|
|Mon., Dec. 31||Fuerte Amador, Panama Canal Enter/Exit||4:00 am||7:00 pm|
|Tues., Jan. 1||Cartagena, Colombia||Noon||5:00 pm|
|Wed., Jan. 2||At Sea|
|Thurs., Jan. 3||At Sea|
|Fri., Jan. 4||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US||7:00 am||Arrives|
Departs from California and arrives in Florida!
Join the Glatt Kosher Cruise Leader as we explore the wonders of the Panama Canal.
The adventure is endless as the ship departs from San Diego and we visit we cities in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama and Colombia. The cuise ends in Fort Lauderdale.
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Panama's Jewish Community
Here are a number of facts you may have never known about the Jewish community in Panama:
- That there is such a thing;
- It's the only country outside of Israel that elected two Jewish presidents in the 20th century;
- With an estimated Jewish population of 7,000, it has 8 kosher restaurants;
- A record 85% of its Jewish population maintain kosher households;
- It boasts a large and very well stocked kosher supermarket which has over 10,000 food items from Israel, Europe and Panama;
- It has 5 Jewish schools for elementary through high school students.
In 1911, around the time that the canal was being completed, there were over 50 Jews living there. In 1933, unrelated to events in Europe, a small contingent of Jews from Syria and (what was to become) Israel established a second congregation, Shevet Achim – (Brotherly unity), which is modeled on Orthodox tradition and is today the largest congregation. But the pressures of intermarriage negated the influx of newcomers which occurred after the end of the First World War. By 1936, the two synagogues had a combined population of 600. A third synagogue – Beth El- (The house of the Lord), also Orthodox was founded by Jews who arrived escaping from Nazi dominated Europe.
By the mid 1990's the Jewish population had risen to over 7,000. The the three synagogues joined by several international Jewish organizations like Bnai Brith and WIZO, are united under the Consejo Central Comunitario Hebreo de Panama - Central Jewish Community of Panama which supports a vibrant and independent Jewish life.
The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history. At 720-feet, she is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. Many staterooms feature commanding ocean views and have a private verandah.
The ms Statendam features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship. The Van Gogh Theater is a work of art in itself, commemorating Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh's paintings "The Starry Night" and "Irises". In the center of the ship, a three-story atrium showcases an elaborate 26-foot-high "Fountain of the Siren" sculpture. Traveling aboard the ms Statendam is world-class cruising at its finest.
Gross Tonnage: 55,819 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet)
Length: 720 feet
Beam: 101 feet
Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum)
Ship's Registry: The Netherlands
Passenger capacity: 1,258
Dedicated: January, 1993 by Mrs. Lin Arison
Rotterdam Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options
Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience. Featuring premium Sterling Silver beef, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator - as well as distinctive Bvlgari® china, Riedel® stemware and Frette® linens
Lido Restaurant: offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties
The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine: our state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen offering interactive gourmet cooking lessons taught by our own Master Chefs or culinary guests
Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times: a comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through an extensive library, surf the Internet and check email or simply read the morning paper.
Greenhouse Spa & Salon: features heavenly beauty and wellness rituals. Enjoy a facial, hot stone massage, steam in a thermal suite and have your hair and nails done for a special evening.
Van Gogh Show Lounge: features talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts
Crow's Nest: offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening
Club HAL®: our dedicated youth facilities and activities for kids ages 3 - 12; activities are supervised and age appropriate
The Loft and The Oasis: designed exclusively for teens (13 - 17) to have fun, socialize and hang out with people their own age
Rabbi Basil Herring
Rabbi Dr. Basil Herring is currently the Editor in Chief of the RCA Press, and holds the position of Editor of the soon to be published revised RCA/ArtScroll Siddur.From 2003 till 2012 Rabbi Herring served as the chief executive of the Rabbinical Council of America, the largest association of Orthodox Rabbis in the world, during a period of expansion and invigoration of the organization. As the Executive Vice President, he interfaced with and mentored more than 1000 rabbis, educators, outreach professionals, as well as health care and military chaplains, while representing the Orthodox rabbinate to both the larger Jewish community, as well as the world at large, being deeply involved at first hand in the full gamut of religious, interfaith, cultural, social, political, and international affairs confronting Israel and the Jewish people. Prior to leading the RCA, Rabbi Herring served from 1994 till 2003 as Executive Chairman of The Orthodox Caucus, and organization devoted to confronting critical halachic and ethical issues facing the Orthodox Community.
Over the course of a distinguished 30 year career in the congregational rabbinate, Rabbi Herring led congregations in Kingston NY; Ottawa, Ontario; and Atlantic Beach NY. During that time he also served as Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies in a number of colleges. Rabbi Herring lectures widely on the interface between Torah, Orthodoxy, the Jewish community, and modern society.
Rabbi Herring has authored six books, and a number of articles, on a variety of topics. These include studies in medieval Jewish philosophy and Biblical commentary, several widely used and quoted volumes dealing with Jewish Ethics in response to contemporary social and personal issues, a manual for rabbis and synagogues on practical aspects of the modern rabbinate, a volume of sermons, and another on Halachic prenuptial agreements. He has also edited and published a monthly subscription newsletter for rabbis.
Born in South Africa in 1947, Rabbi Herring studied at Yeshivat Kerem Beyavneh in Israel, before coming to the U.S., where he received both his Semichah and Ph.d (in Medieval Jewish Philosophy) from Yeshiva University (via the RIETS seminary, and Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.)
He and his wife Sherri, currently live in Woodsburgh NY on the South Shore of Long Island. They have 4 children, and eleven grandchildren.
Major Cruise Questions
What is included in the price of my cruise?Virtually everything, with the exception of certain items of a personal nature, for which there is a fair and reasonable charge. Your cruise fare includes shipboard accommodations, ocean transportation, standard meals, services and onboard entertainment.
What's not includedItems that are of a personal nature, for which there is a fair and reasonable charge. Not included in the cruise fare are items that are of a personal nature including gratuities, shore excursions, airfare, telephone calls, faxes, spa treatments, salon services, photographs, laundry and valet service as well as wine, liquor and other beverages.
Will I need a passport or visa?You are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents and for complying with Customs and Immigration requirements. Guests with out proper travel documents will not be allowed to board the vessel. If for some reason you must leave the ship mid-cruise, you will be denied re-entry into the U.S. unless you possess a valid U.S. passport and no refund of cruise fare will be given to any guest failing to bring such documentation. Costa Cruise Lines encourages all guests to obtain passports as soon as possible to avoid backlogs. For more information, please visit the U.S State department website at www.travel.state.gov.
Air TravelPassports will be required for any air travel from the Caribbean as of January 23, 2007. ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport.
Cruise TravelAs early as January 1st, 2008, subject to U.S. Government amendment, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security.
Mediterranean and North Europe Cruises:United States and Canadian citizens must have valid passports and necessary Visas. The expiration date of your passport must not occur within 6 months of the scheduled return date of travel. Naturalized U.S. citizens are advised to carry their naturalization papers. Aliens who are residents of the U.S. must carry their Alien Registration Card and passport. All others must have valid passports and necessary visas.
Please check current visa requirements with the appropriate embassies or consulates.
What clothing should I pack?Most of the time, you'll feel comfortable in casual resort wear including light cotton clothing. Sweaters, lightweight jackets, raincoats and hats are also appropriate for Northern Europe. Tennis shoes or low-heeled walking shoes are recommended for exploring the ports of call. While most shore excursions do not have dress codes, some tours specifically prohibit shorts and sleeveless shirts, and require ladies to wear knee-length skirts or slacks.
There is usually two formal galas to which ladies will wish to wear long gowns or cocktail-length dresses; gentlemen may choose either tuxedos or dark suits. Number of formal nights may vary depending on cruise length and itinerary. On other evenings, resort attire is the norm.
What is the climate like?Temperatures in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean (April through October) average 14 - 31 degrees Celsius; 57 - 88 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, they may vary.
Temperatures in Caribbean: (November - April) average 72-85 degrees. Of course, they may vary.
Temperatures in South America: (December - March) average 71-84 degrees. Of course, they may vary.
Can I phone home?Ship-to-shore telephone service is available 24 hours a day while the ship is at sea or in port from your stateroom. You'll find a telephone and dialing instructions in your stateroom.
If you need to be reached by people at home, have them call or fax the ship directly; or they can contact you via email through your own Internet Service Provider which you can then access via the Internet Café.
Is internet service available?You can send and receive emails through your own service provider in the Internet Café for a nominal charge.
How do I plan my on-shore activities?Naturally, you are free to explore many of the ports of call on your own, however, Costa has arranged a variety of shore excursion for you convenience. Each excursion is carefully researched by our Shore Excursion Staff to ensure your experience ashore is as enriching and enjoyable as your stay aboard. You may pre-book your excursions online by visiting www.costacruises.com and selecting . Personalize Your Cruise. . You will need to enter your booking number and your name as it appears on your reservation. The excursion selected will be debited to you onboard account . Or, if you prefer, you may purchase the shore excursion onboard at the Shore Excursion Desk. Shore Excursions are subject to availability and not available on all ships and sail dates.
What about laundry and dry cleaning services?Complete valet services including laundry, pressing and dry cleaning, can be arranged through your stateroom steward/stewardess and billed to your shipboard account.
You are responsible for obtaining all travel documents as well as compliance with Customs and Immigration requirements. You will be required to comply with all government imposed security measures, which may change without notice.
All passengers are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents and for complying with Customs and Immigration requirements.
Please check current VISA requirements with the appropriate embassies or consulates prior to departing on your cruise vacation. Kosherica is providing this application for your convenience.
Kosherica is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided herein. Please contact www.visahq.com with any questions.
Guests without proper travel documents will not be allowed to board the vessel. If for some reason you must leave the ship mid-cruise, you will be denied re-entry into the U.S. unless you possess a valid U.S. passport and no refund of cruise fare will be given to any guest failing to bring such documentation. Kosherica encourages all guests to obtain passports as soon as possible to avoid backlogs. For more information, please visit the U.S State department website at www.travel.state.gov.
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