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New York - San Diego Hilton Canceled Passover Trip For 700, Tour Operator Alleges

Published on: April 6, 2017 02:25 PM
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New York - A Hilton hotel in Southern California reportedly has canceled a Passover trip for 700 New Yorkers, despite a $1 million deposit, the organizer said.

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The New York Post’s Page Six reported Wednesday that the 10-day trip to the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in San Diego was booked in November, according to the organizer, Joseph Allaham, owner of the New York kosher steakhouse Prime Grill.

Allaham, who told the paper that he has been organizing Passover trips since 2014 under the name Prime Experience, said the Hilton will not honor the reservations nor return the deposit. The trip was to include guest speakers, rabbis in residence, a camp and entertainment.

He says one family paid $230,000 to bring all their kin on the April trip meant to include guest speakers, rabbis, a kids’ camp and entertainers.

The hotel would not discuss the case, citing pending litigation. The dispute will go to arbitration in California.



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 Apr 06, 2017 at 02:35 PM Justleftkolel Says:

With that group who knows what went to cause this. I'd wager there is allot going on here

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 02:38 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Pesach is meant to be celebrated at home not in some locale where Yiddishkeit is unknow its all min hashamayim.

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 02:41 PM Miriam377 Says:

Always buy travel insurance. Call your local insurance agent for more information.

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 03:19 PM yamsar Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Pesach is meant to be celebrated at home not in some locale where Yiddishkeit is unknow its all min hashamayim.

Where did you get that from? All the successful Pesach getaways are also min hashamayim.

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 03:47 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

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yamsar Says:

Where did you get that from? All the successful Pesach getaways are also min hashamayim.

in Europe we didn't go away for Pesach, we stayed home and cleaned, cooked, schlepped and came out just fine and didn't need Ritalin shmitalin to make us happy.

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 04:08 PM Esther Says:

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yamsar Says:

Where did you get that from? All the successful Pesach getaways are also min hashamayim.

Whether or not being in a hotel is Yom Tovdik, it's a huge waste of Yiddishe money.I can assure you few rebbes and morahs can afford to go away and many must rely on tzedaka for Yom Tov. There's something very wrong with this situation.

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 04:35 PM Frish Says:

Although i hope nobody losses any money ,yet im delighted that these gatherings dont work out.besides all the major kashrus issues if deteats the meani g of Pesach, pesach is a time of bonding with ur family & not sitting in a hotel mingling and distracting urself by showing off how rich u (or not) and letting ur children fall to tge way side due to a lack of confidence of mkingur own seder or u getting along with ur wife etc...
Those who participate in these pesach getaways might as well just skip pesach altogether cause thier childern & generations after will find no meaning in this great yom tov when they grow up

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 05:06 PM Anonymous Says:

I can't believe some of these insensitive comments. First of all many people don't have your chumros "fun di alte heim" there is no reason for these people not to go to a hotel for Pesach. Second there are elderly and other people who for various reasons can't prepare for Pesach and go to hotels..

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 05:10 PM Anonymous Says:

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Esther Says:

Whether or not being in a hotel is Yom Tovdik, it's a huge waste of Yiddishe money.I can assure you few rebbes and morahs can afford to go away and many must rely on tzedaka for Yom Tov. There's something very wrong with this situation.

If you think its a waste of money I would suggest that you shouldn't go to hotels. I would also like to see your financial ledger to see what unnecessary things you purchased in the past year.

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 05:24 PM Kol Dichfin Says:

Kol Dichfin yisi Vyeichol..i have room in my house for 20 guests so if you have NO where to go reply..Sorry NO Gebroks

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 05:29 PM yossi Says:

Reply to #7  
Frish Says:

Although i hope nobody losses any money ,yet im delighted that these gatherings dont work out.besides all the major kashrus issues if deteats the meani g of Pesach, pesach is a time of bonding with ur family & not sitting in a hotel mingling and distracting urself by showing off how rich u (or not) and letting ur children fall to tge way side due to a lack of confidence of mkingur own seder or u getting along with ur wife etc...
Those who participate in these pesach getaways might as well just skip pesach altogether cause thier childern & generations after will find no meaning in this great yom tov when they grow up

Mr. Frish you are talking like a Shoyte. Why are you so delighted when so many people have their plans go bust . Maybe you understand the meaning of Pesach different then others but this is NOT how a yiddishe person has to behave.!
You end your comment with hostile sentence that their children will find NO meaning in Yom Tov ! I have a question for YOU. How many Boys and Girls went off the Derech while their parents stayed home for Yom Tov.?

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 05:43 PM utazoy Says:

Who are you frish telling people that if they go away for pesach might as well not observe Tom tov never heard anything so ridicules you have a good yom tov and stop judgeing others after all I don't think you have the inside track on what HK"B wants from us

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 05:50 PM Anonymous Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

in Europe we didn't go away for Pesach, we stayed home and cleaned, cooked, schlepped and came out just fine and didn't need Ritalin shmitalin to make us happy.

"In Europe we diidn't go away for Pesach" In Europe we didn't vote for A German we didn't eve buy a German car.

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 05:52 PM RitalinSmitahlin Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

in Europe we didn't go away for Pesach, we stayed home and cleaned, cooked, schlepped and came out just fine and didn't need Ritalin shmitalin to make us happy.

Why do you need ritalin? We have a Clown in the WH who entertains us daily.

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 06:03 PM Dagny Taggart Says:

I am old enough to know that it is not my place to judge anybody. If going away for Pesach is good for them, I say, "Enjoy!"

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 06:23 PM Anonymous Says:

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RitalinSmitahlin Says:

Why do you need ritalin? We have a Clown in the WH who entertains us daily.

And we have Jews that still think obumma was good for the Jews and he was a good prez

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 06:25 PM yamsar Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

in Europe we didn't go away for Pesach, we stayed home and cleaned, cooked, schlepped and came out just fine and didn't need Ritalin shmitalin to make us happy.

Since when does that dictate yiddishkeit? They did many things we don't and v

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 06:27 PM Anonymous Says:

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Esther Says:

Whether or not being in a hotel is Yom Tovdik, it's a huge waste of Yiddishe money.I can assure you few rebbes and morahs can afford to go away and many must rely on tzedaka for Yom Tov. There's something very wrong with this situation.

"Rebes and Morahs...must rely on Tzedaka for Yom Tov." Interesting. Many Rebes and Morahs voted for Republicans who advocated to cut Health Ins. If Obamacare would have been defeated as they promissed many many Yiden who earn under 60.000 would have lost their Ins. etc,

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 06:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Esther Says:

Whether or not being in a hotel is Yom Tovdik, it's a huge waste of Yiddishe money.I can assure you few rebbes and morahs can afford to go away and many must rely on tzedaka for Yom Tov. There's something very wrong with this situation.

With Trumps Tax cut for the Rich ij"h many more Yidden will go away for Pesach.

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 09:03 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

"Rebes and Morahs...must rely on Tzedaka for Yom Tov." Interesting. Many Rebes and Morahs voted for Republicans who advocated to cut Health Ins. If Obamacare would have been defeated as they promissed many many Yiden who earn under 60.000 would have lost their Ins. etc,

Huh? Tzadakah to government sanctioned theft? What's the comparison?

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 Apr 06, 2017 at 10:29 PM Mark Levin Says:

Reply to #5  
triumphinwhitehouse Says:

in Europe we didn't go away for Pesach, we stayed home and cleaned, cooked, schlepped and came out just fine and didn't need Ritalin shmitalin to make us happy.

That comment belongs in the top ten stupid comments ever. In Europe they were busy worrying where the next meal would come from.

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 Apr 07, 2017 at 09:02 AM yamsar Says:

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Mark Levin Says:

That comment belongs in the top ten stupid comments ever. In Europe they were busy worrying where the next meal would come from.

I agree. It comes in right under your username at #2

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 Apr 09, 2017 at 03:26 AM Learn geography Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Pesach is meant to be celebrated at home not in some locale where Yiddishkeit is unknow its all min hashamayim.

There is a nice frum community in La Jolla. It is not some community that doesn't know yiddishkeit. (It's also pretty close to LA, only an hour or two from the biggest Jewish community outside Ny and NJ in America). It's a thriving growing area- so get off your NY-centrist mindset.

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 Apr 09, 2017 at 11:20 AM mewhoze Says:

why is it anyone heres business how people spend their money...unless they are asking you to kick in.
May everyone have a happy and healthy Pesach!

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