This Passover, Leisure Time Tours, in cooperation with Kosherica is thrilled to announce the beautiful Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. Experience the distinctive beauty and service of Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort located in the heart of the beautiful Phoenix North Mountain Preserve. The hotel is one of the few all-suite resorts in Phoenix to enjoy the rich history and contemporary amenities all within minutes of central Phoenix, Scottsdale and the Biltmore Corridor. You won’t find another mountain resort in Phoenix that is set in a more romantic setting or more stylishly appointed. Surrounded by views of the mountains, the resort is a 20-minute drive north of downtown Phoenix.

Make yourself at home in one of the 584 all-suite rooms including 28 Signature Suites. All rooms feature pillow top beds, LCD TV’S, refrigerators, room safes, complimentary wireless Internet and designer toiletries and hair dryers. All rooms have private balconies or patios and are furnished with comfortable sofa beds. Self-parking is complimentary.

The hotels Falls Water Village is a true desert oasis – Pools fill acres of the village, accented with scenic waterfalls and plenty of sun-marked terraces to lounge and take in this unique space. Melt the day away in the hot tubs or escape to a private, shaded cabana. Adventurous guests can take the plunge down the 138-foot enclosed waterslide or enjoy any number of activities in the sparkling free-form pools. An extremely unique limited opportunity that our guests have is to reserve one of the newly renovated 18 private cabanas. Each Cabana comes with 4 dedicated lounge chairs. There will also be additional lounge chairs set up in front of the cabanas that guests can use on a first come first served basis. Each cabana will have a refrigerator that will be stocked daily with soft drinks, fruit platters & crudité. The cabanas will also feature private waiters who will bring complementary alcoholic beverages, wine, sangria, & smoothies, as well as additional goodies. The waiters will also be able to bring our cabana guests delicious delicacies directly from our daily poolside BBQ.

The hotels Lookout Mountain 18-hole award-winning golf course offers lush greens that entwine with the Sonora Desert’s terrain in tandem with magnificent scenery and plenty of challenges.

The hotels Tocaloma Phoenix Spa & Salon allows you to Pamper yourself with a variety of services for your hair, nails, skin and body. It offers numerous treatments for men, women and children, along with several spa specials and packages. The hotels Workout Center has all the fitness essentials including Precor® premium cardio equipment with personal TV screens and headphones, strength-training resistance equipment, free weights, yoga mats, medicine balls, a pool and a dry sauna.

Resort Mountain Experience – Experience hiking and biking trails in the Phoenix North Mountain Preserve. The North Mountain Visitor Center (located adjacent to our resort) is a great place to start. The breathtaking Phoenix Mountain Preserve sets Tapatio Cliffs Resort apart and has several accessible trails to experience the Sonoran Desert up close.

At all of our Passover hotels, and for many decades, Leisure Time Tours has always been known for our world class gourmet Passover cuisine. The all-star team of Prestige Caterers will be coordinating our outstanding food operation. Whether it’s in our dining rooms, sumptuous tea rooms, or poolside barbecues, a large variety of impressive delights await your dining pleasure. We will be under the Glatt Kosher supervision of the ORB. We have also always been known for our fantastic entertainment. Every year we typically bring on incredible Musicians, Mentalists, Hysterical Comedians, Dazzling theme nights, Music, Hypnotists, Casino nights, Carnivals , Impersonators and much much more! We have already booked the funniest comedian in the business, MODI this year.

Our world-renowned day camp is back again! We have always believed that the kids’ program is one of the most important features of a Pesach program because if the kids are having a great time – then the parents can have a truly relaxing vacation. Our kids fall in love with their counselors and can’t wait to see them each morning! Our day camp only has post college or college age dedicated counselors who have lots of experience.

What’s nearby: Arcadia Ice Rink: 12.00 miles, Arizona Science Center: 10.00 miles, Butterfly Wonderland:15.00 miles, Camelback Ranch- Dodgers, White Sox: 20.00 miles, Chase Field: 14.00 miles,  Desert Botanical Gardens: 17.00 miles, Self parking: Complimentary



Category Rates – Per Person Double Occupancy FULL STAY
10 DAYS/9 NTS      FRI, APR 15 – SUN, APR 24
11 DAYS/10 NTS   THU, APR 14 – SUN, APR 24

Enjoy your stay in this suite featuring a king bed, in-room amenities including all the comforts of home with a bedroom, separate living area with sofa bed, deluxe bath products, two HDTVs, work desk and refrigerator.

Spread out and enjoy this modernized space boasting all the comforts of home with a bedroom, separate living area, contemporary furniture and upgraded window coverings. Amenities include two plush queen-sized beds, private balcony, deluxe bath products, two HDTVs, work desk, refrigerator, and a sofa bed for added convenience.

This suite offers a king bed, a private balcony, 1.5 baths and an over-sized living area with a conference table for six. A queen size sofa bed in the living room provides additional sleeping space.

The bedroom features one king-sized bed, sitting area, an HDTV, and spacious bathroom with double vanity. Enjoy a separate living area with sofa bed and loveseat, an additional half bath, HDTV, wood-burning fireplace, and dining table for five.

AMBASSADOR SUITE $ 8000 $ 8560
SIGNATURE SUITE $ 10000 $ 10700
SINGLE ROOM – KING BED $ 6580 $ 6910
ADULT – 3RD/4TH IN SAME RM $ 2880 $ 3080
TEEN – 13 – 17 IN SAME RM $ 2670 $ 2855
CHILD – 6 – 12 IN SAME RM $ 2145 $ 2295
CHILD – 3 – 5 IN SAME RM $ 1515 $ 1615
INFANT – Under 3 $ 650 $ 650

$ 4700 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 15 – SUN., APR. 24
$ 5030 11 DAYS/10 NTS THU., APR. 14 – SUN., APR. 24

$ 4950 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 15 – SUN., APR. 24
$ 5300 11 DAYS/10 NTS THU., APR. 14 – SUN., APR. 24

$ 5200 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 15 – SUN., APR. 24
$ 5565 11 DAYS/10 NTS THU., APR. 14 – SUN., APR. 24

$ 5450 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 15 – SUN., APR. 24
$ 5830 11 DAYS/10 NTS THU., APR. 14 – SUN., APR. 24

$ 8000 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 15 – SUN., APR. 24
$ 8560 11 DAYS/10 NTS THU., APR. 14 – SUN., APR. 24

$ 9000 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 15 – SUN., APR. 24
$ 9630 11 DAYS/10 NTS THU., APR. 14 – SUN., APR. 24

$ 10000 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 15 – SUN., APR. 24
$ 10700 11 DAYS/10 NTS THU., APR. 14 – SUN., APR. 24

$ 11000 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 15 – SUN., APR. 24
$ 11770 11 DAYS/10 NTS THU., APR. 14 – SUN., APR. 24

$ 6580 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 15 – SUN., APR. 24
$ 6910 11 DAYS/10 NTS THU., APR. 14 – SUN., APR. 24

$ 7280 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 15 – SUN., APR. 24
$ 7645 11 DAYS/10 NTS THU., APR. 14 – SUN., APR. 24

$ 2880 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 15 – SUN., APR. 24
$ 3080 11 DAYS/10 NTS THU., APR. 14 – SUN., APR. 24

TEEN – 13 – 17 IN SAME RM:
$ 2670 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 15 – SUN., APR. 24
$ 2855 11 DAYS/10 NTS THU., APR. 14 – SUN., APR. 24

$ 2145 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 15 – SUN., APR. 24
$ 2295 11 DAYS/10 NTS THU., APR. 14 – SUN., APR. 24

$ 1515 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 15 – SUN., APR. 24
$ 1615 11 DAYS/10 NTS THU., APR. 14 – SUN., APR. 24

INFANT – Under 3 
$ 650 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 15 – SUN., APR. 24
$ 650 11 DAYS/10 NTS THU., APR. 14 – SUN., APR. 24






Rabbi Steven Weil

Steven Weil comes to Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) following an 11-year tenure at the Orthodox Union. The son of a German cattle dealer, Steven grew up on a farm in Upstate New York. He attended Yeshiva University, concurrently completing his ordination at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (REITS) and a Master’s in Business Administration from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Steve began his career teaching, and then moved to pulpit work, first in Michigan and then in Beverly Hills, California. In 2009, Steve and his family returned to the East Coast to assume the position of Senior Managing Director of the Orthodox Union, where he led their institutional advancement and community engagement efforts.

Steve is deeply passionate about Jewish continuity, and engagement within and outside the Jewish community. He is an ardent proponent of Jewish education and the future of the Jewish people – its younger generation. With his life-long love and devotion to the state of Israel, Steve has channeled his talents and energy into fostering governmental and organizational relationships, in support of the Jewish homeland.

Steve is thrilled to be part of the FIDF family, and is excited to channel his skills in institutional advancement as well as his vast experience in the Jewish community to support Israel and its heroic guardians, the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Steve resides in New Jersey with his wife and is a proud father and grandfather.

September 9, 2021

Rabbi Mark Wildes

Rabbi Mark Wildes is the Founder of Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE), a highly successful Jewish outreach and educational program that engages young unaffiliated Jewish men and women with Judaism and the Jewish community.  He is also the author of Beyond the Instant: Jewish Wisdom for Lasting Happiness in a Fast-Paced Social Media World (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018) and The 40 Second Challenge: Daily Jewish Insights To Prepare For The High Holidays (Kodesh Press, 2021)

Rabbi Wildes earned a BA in Psychology from Yeshiva University, a Law Degree from the Cardozo School of Law, a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (Yeshiva University). After serving in rabbinic positions at Ohab Zedek, Kehilath Jeshurun and teaching at Ramaz and Stern College, Rabbi Wildes established MJE – dedicated to engaging NYC’s unaffiliated Jewish professionals.  In its 23 years of existence, MJE has reconnected thousands of previously unaffiliated Jewish men and women with Judaism and the Jewish community, hundreds of whom are today living committed Jewish lives and sending their children to Jewish Day Schools.

Rabbi Mark also teaches an outreach training seminar at RIETS, Yeshiva University’s rabbinical school, training new leaders for the future. He and his wife Jill and their 4 children live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where they maintain an open home for newcomers and friends.

November 24, 2021

Yael Weil

Yael Weil grew up in Memphis, TN and attended Stern College for Women and then Bank Street College for Education. She has taught in Hebrew Schools, day schools and high schools in New York, New Jersey, Michigan and California. Yael has been a proponent of adult education, specifically for women, and has lectured for synagogues, Federations, and women’s groups across the country. She has studied with scores of brides, helping them prepare spiritually, intellectually and emotionally for married life. Yael lives in Teaneck, NJ where she teaches at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls and gives a weekly parsha shiur in the community. She is a proud mother and grandmother.

March 14, 2022

Dov Zakheim

Dov S. Zakheim is a Senior Fellow at CNA Corp. and a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He was Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and DoD Chief Financial Officer (2001-2004) and DOD coordinator of civilian programs in Afghanistan (2002-2004). From 1985 to 1987 he was Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Planning and Resources.  He is an Executive Advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations. He has served on government commissions and the Defense Business Board and chaired the National Intelligence Council’s International Business Practices Advisory Panel. He has a B.A. from Columbia and a D.Phil. from Oxford and earned his rabbinic ordination from the noted Gaon Rabbi Shmuel Walkin zt”l. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences.

Dr. Zakheim is the author of Flight of the Lavi: Inside a US-Israeli Crisis (Putnam’s, 1996), A Vulcan’s Tale: How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan (Brookings, 2011), Nehemiah: Statesman and Sage (Maggid, 2016), The Prince and the Emperors: The Life and Times of Rabbi Judah the Prince (Maggid 2021) as well as hundreds of monographs, chapters in edited volumes, articles and book reviews on national security issues, Jewish history, and Halakhic themes. His writings have been translated into Arabic, French, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese and Norwegian. He appears frequently in the media and is a regular contributor to The Hill and The National Interest.

Dr. Zakheim sits on several corporate, think tank and non-profit boards including the American Jewish Committee and the Friends of the Jewish Chapel of the United States Naval Academy. He chairs the Advisory Board of the Jerusalem Strategic Tribune and is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security. He previously served on the board of the American Friends of Bet Hatefutsoth, and YCT Rabbinical School.

Dr. Zakheim is the recipient of numerous awards for his government, professional and civic work, including the Defense Department’s highest civilian award three times, the United States Navy’s Award for Distinguished Public Service and the Achdut Yisrael Award from Yeshivat Sha’alvim.

January 26, 2022

Farley Weiss

Farley Weiss is the former president of The National Council of Young Israel which is one of the major Jewish organizations in America that represents over 110 Synagogues and around 100,000 Jews. Farley is an intellectual property attorney for the law firm of Weiss & Moy.

January 26, 2022

Payom Benson

Payam Benson is board certified physician in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He is the Regional Medical Director for St Barnabas Health System as well as the Designated Institutional Official and Director of Medical Education of Prime Healthcare at St. Clare Hospital, St. Mary General Hospital. He is interested in all aspects of patient care. After graduating from Yeshiva University as an undergraduate Magna Cum Laude, he then went on to Albert Einstein University and subsequently completed his residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship in Nephrology at the University Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Benson is currently on staff at Community Medical Center in New Jersey. While still being interested in academic medicine, he is the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education at Touro Medical School and Clinical Professor at St George Medical School. He looks forward to discussing enthralling medical issues facing society currently. Dr. Benson resides in Teaneck with his wife and three children and enjoys physical fitness in his free time.

December 9, 2021




Voted one of the top 10 comedians in New York City by The Hollywood Reporter, MODI is one of the comedy circuit’s most sought after performers. Featured on HBO, CBS, NBC, ABC, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, and E! Entertainment, MODI has received rave reviews in The New York Times, Time Out NY and The New York Post.

Born in Israel, MODI moved to the United States at the age of seven. After attending college at Boston University, MODI worked as an investment banker and had no plans to become a stand-up comedian until one open mic night changed everything.

MODI has appeared in several feature films and played leading roles in two: Waiting for Woody Allen, which won the LA Film Festival, and Stand Up, a feature-length film. According to Variety, MODI delivers a “naturally funny performance with a tremendous amount of energy on screen.”

A regular performer at the New York and Los Angeles comedy clubs, MODI also headlines around the country and across the globe. He has toured in the United Kingdom, Holland, and Israel and performs in comedy festivals and special venues, including Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

October 21, 2021

Shulem Lemer

Shulem Lemmer, known professionally simply as “Shulem,” is an American Belz Hasidic singer from Borough Park, Brooklyn. He is the first born-and-raised Haredi Jew to sign a major record contract with a leading label, Universal Music Group, under its classical music Decca Gold imprint. In April 2019, Lemmer sang “God Bless America” at Citi Field. He has toured in American and Israeli cities, and sung in London, Krakow, Frankfurt, and Zurich.

The music on his November 2019 major label debut album, The Perfect Dream, is produced by Jon Cohen and accompanied by London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It consists of English, Hebrew, and Yiddish songs, including the Israeli song “Jerusalem of Gold,” and “Bring Him Home” from the Broadway musical “Les Misérables.

One of the most sought after Jewish singers today, Shulem has performed in front of a wide range of audiences across the Jewish spectrum as well as those of other faiths. Shulem provides an authentic taste of Jewish music and culture with his proud Jewish appearance and style.

November 5, 2021

Dini Klein

Dini Klein is a food host, recipe developer, former private chef, and  founder of the Prep + Rally family meal prep service.

Prep + Rally was Dini’s solution to getting a wholesome dinner on the table on those busy weeknights when juggling mommy-ing and work life felt almost impossible. Her system now helps thousands of busy families all over the world get through the week stress-free with her uniquely designed meal plan structure. Dini has created food content for brands such as Walmart, Starbucks, Weight Watchers, Popsugar, Barilla, Campbell’s and more. Her work with Tastemade airs on Roku, Amazon, and Apple TV and she’s appeared live on KTLA, The Hallmark Channel, KSDK and The CW sharing the Prep + Rally method. Her recipes have been published in cookbooks such as Starbucks Coffee, Dawn to Dusk, and Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers. Dini has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Goop and she’s on a mission to help every busy family enjoy more and stress less with the Prep + Rally system. Her first cookbook entitled Prep + Rally is due out Fall ’22. Dini and her husband Mike live in Los Angeles with their three kids.

November 3, 2021

Elliot Steinmetz

Elliot is the head coach of the Yeshiva University Maccabees men’s basketball team. Under Elliot’s leadership, in the 2019-20 season, the Macs won their second Skyline Conference Championship in the past three years going undefeated in conference play and advancing all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament before the season was cancelled due to COVID19. YU earned its first national ranking in school history, finishing the season as the 8th ranked team in the country. The Maccabees extended their nation longest win streak to 36 wins in a row by going 7-0 during the truncated 2020-21 season and finishing as the 3rd ranked team in the country. Elliot was named National Coach of the Year in NCAA Division III basketball by three separate outlets, along with various regional and conference awards. Elliot has transformed the Yeshiva University men’s basketball team into a nationally recognized program in just his sixth year at the helm, earning a career coaching record of 117-53. The Maccabees have finished with a winning record in each of the six years Elliot has led the team and earned a berth in the Skyline Conference Championships in each season. The Maccabees will start the 2021-2022 season as the #2 ranked team in the country.

October 21, 2021

Jacob Steinmetz

Jacob is eighteen years old and is currently a starting pitcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system. He is a 6’6 right hander who was selected early in the third round as the 77th overall pick in the 2021 Major League Baseball player draft. Upon being selected by the Diamondbacks, Jacob became the first Orthodox Jew to be selected into Major League Baseball. Jacob’s fastball was clocked as high as 97 miles per hour during his senior year of high school and his breaking ball has recorded spin rates that are well above Major League average.

Jacob graduated from the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway in 2021. He was committed to go to Fordham University on a baseball scholarship following high school but decided to sign with the Diamondbacks and become a professional baseball player. Besides for baseball, Jacob also played varsity basketball at HAFTR and was a member of the National Honors Society. Jacob is from Woodmere, New York, and currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

October 21, 2021

Johnathan Hajdu

Jonathan Hajdu is the co-winemaker at Covenant Wines and the owner/winemaker at Hajdu Wines. Originally from Long Island, Jonathan started his winemaking career while studying in Melbourne Australia. From there, he took jobs at a number of wineries around the globe including Herzog Wine Cellars and Carmel Winery in Israel, before settling in northern California and accepting a full-time position as associate winemaker at Covenant in 2008. Today, Hajdu runs the operation’s 7,000-square-foot urban winery in downtown Berkeley, which produces about 10,000 cases per year.  In 2018 he was chosen as one of Wine Enthusiasts 40 under 40.

January 26, 2022

Aliza Isaacs

Aliza Isaacs recently received her B.A. in Computer Science from Barnard College, after which she spent time learning in YU’s Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies. During her time at Barnard, Aliza was actively involved in Jewish communal life and served as the Yavneh president. She currently works as a software engineer at Google and enjoys learning and lecturing on Torah topics, both formally and informally. Originally from Lawrence, NY, Aliza now lives in Washington Heights and hopes to make aliyah in the coming summer.

February 10, 2022

Alyssa Schechter

Alyssa lives in Lawrence, NY with husband Josh and three children. Alyssa enjoys creating and organizing programs and activities for HAFTR High School students. She focuses on making sure every student is engaged and is having an enjoyable and valuable experience.  For the past 15+ years, Alyssa was a program director for day camps throughout the Jewish community. Most recently she was part of the programming team at Camp Lavi in Lakewood,PA. Besides her wealth of experience and love of working with children of all ages, Alyssa has a passion for teaching. She earned her Masters Degree in elementary education and special education and used that to passionately engage 1st year students in Haftr’s Early Childhood division for many years. She is excited to join Leisure Time Tours this Pesach and help bring smiles to everyone’s face!!

November 24, 2021