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A Sukkot Sojourn in Disneyland

by Julie Gruenbaum Fax

September 9, 2009 | 10:38 pm

For years, observant Jewish families have been taking advantage of Jewish day schools’ Sukkot vacation to enjoy off-season shorter lines in theme parks like Disneyland or Knott’s Berry Farm. Now, an enterprising tour company is institutionalizing that practice with a full Disneyland resort vacation Oct. 1-11, complete with meals, programming, discounted tickets to the theme parks and, of course, a sukkah.

Pure Tiyulim, a New York-based company that manages kosher events and vacations, has contracted with Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, a beach-themed resort within walking distance of the theme park’s main entrance. A sukkah will be set up at the hotel. Day passes that include meals and access to the sukkah are available to locals.

Also open to all is an Oct. 6 concert by Chasidic singing star Lipa Schmeltzer, with tickets starting at $30. Proceeds will benefit Chai Lifeline, an organization that provides support to families with chronically ill children.

Guests can opt for packages ranging from just one day to all 11 days; prices start at $199/day, including hotel stay, meals supervised by Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz and discounted tickets to Disneyland and California Adventure. Pure Tiyulim has also arranged for a legal and medical conference eligible for continuing education credits, as well as Jewish scholars and a full-service synagogue at the hotel.

For more information, call (877) 232-5225 or visit puretiyulim.com/sukkot.

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