Pre-Trip in New York City - The 'City that Never Sleeps'

Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019

What can we say about this place called Gotham? The City that Never Sleeps; the land of skyscrapers; the economic engine of the world. We're heading to the Big Apple!

For a select few, this year’s JOE Pre-Trip will visit NYC and nearby, from Tuesday, Aug. 27 to Thursday, Aug. 29. Led by natives who know the city as well as their grandmother’s matzot-ball soup, this trip will introduce both newbies and seasoned visitors to some of the city’s most intriguing destinations.

You’ll get to choose one of the following day-trips:


After our individual choices, we’ll converge on a sunset cruise on the city’s famous Circle Line Tour Harbor Lights Cruise, followed by a kosher, vegetarian dim sum dinner at Buddha Bodai One in Chinatown.

On Thursday morning we will head to the wilds (so to speak) of New Jersey. You will have a choice checking out the Meadowlands via Kayaking, Pontoon Boat Eco Cruise or a Guided Birding Walk.

We’re basing this trip just over the Hudson River in New Jersey, where lodging is affordable, parking is easy, and the city is only a short train ride away.

Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites, Clifton, NJ

La Quinta® by Wyndham Clifton/Rutherford hotel is conveniently located off of NJ-3 and the NJ Turnpike. The hotel is 14 miles from New York City and 16 miles from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)


Sunday August 25/Monday August 26 – “Explore New York City on Your Own”

Come Sunday or Monday and stay in the same hotel to explore “the City” at your own pace, taking in time to see a lot more sights. While no organized activities are planned until Tuesday evening, there are a ton of activities you can do on your own. Try window shopping along Fifth Avenue or visit world class museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum or the American Museum of Natural History. Take in a Broadway Show, go to the top of the Empire State Building, explore the world famous Bronx Zoo or hop on the Cyclone at Coney Island. Contact if you need more ideas. Mosaic will advise on other early participants if you desire to coordinate activities amongst yourselves.

Tuesday August 27 – “Official Start of Pre Trip”

  • 1 pm – 6 pm Hotel Check-in.
  • 6:00 pm Official start of Pre-Trip. Your Pre-Trip Chairs Marlisse Marcus and Peter Small and Pre Trip Hospitality Chair Mindy Greenberg will greet you in the lobby. Everyone meets in the hotel lobby to walk to dinner. Anyone running late should go directly to the restaurant.



  • Glatt Kosher Options Juniors Glatt Kosher Deli and Jerusalem Pizza & Falafel can be reached via a hotel courtesy van. You will need to provide the Pre-Trip Chair enough notice so a hotel courtesy van can be arranged to transport you between the hotel and Glatt kosher restaurants. Click HERE for directions from hotel.


  • 8:30 pm Meet You Leader Meeting at the hotel to discuss the itinerary for the next two days. Attendance is mandatory. No show, no go! Welcome kits, NYCGO Guides, trip itinerary, NJ Transit train tickets, train schedules, subway maps, NYC Bicycle maps, tour tickets, and Circle Line Cruise tickets will be distributed at this meeting.

Wednesday, August 28

6:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast in the Breakfast Room adjacent to the hotel lobby (included for those staying in the hotel)

6:45 am Tour option group WE1 meets in the lobby to depart hotel promptly to walk to Delawanna NJ Transit Station to catch the 7:20 am train.

7:15 am Tour option groups WE2, and WE3 meet in the lobby to depart hotel promptly to walk to Delawanna NJ Transit Station to catch the 7:54 am train.

8:00 am Tour option group We 5 meets in the lobby to take the No. 191 Bus at 8:25 am to the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

8:30 am Tour option group We 4 meets in the lobby to take the No. 195 Bus at 8:59 am bus to the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Then enjoy following options:

Daytime Activities

We1 Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

We3 9/11 Memorial/Museum of Jewish Heritage & Museum at Eldridge Street/ Lower East Side Walking Tour

Evening Activities

We7 Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise

We8 Self-Guided Walking Tour of Times Square


Thursday, August 29th

  • 6:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast


  • 6:30 am – 8:45 am Pack up & Check Out - Bring your luggage to the front desk for safekeeping during the day. If you're driving, put your luggage in the car. Everyone must be checked out of their rooms before heading out for the day.


  • 9 am Meet in the lobby.


  • 9:15 am Drive to Thursday morning activities in Secaucus or Lyndhurst.


Then enjoy the following options:

Th1 Meadowlands Eco Cruise

Th2 Meadowlands Kayaking

Th3 Meadowlands Birding Walk



  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch

Lunch on your own. Many choices of restaurants in Clifton in the immediate vicinity of the La Quinta Inn.


  • 2:30 pm Departure from the La Quinta Inn & Suites


  • 4:00 pm Arrive at Cedar Lake Camp, Milford, PA


Arrival to the Pre-Trip via Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)


It is approx. 30 to 50 minutes drive time from Newark Liberty International Airport to LaQuinta Inn and Suites.

If arriving Sunday August 25 or Monday August 26, all transportation is on your own. Check in time is 1:00 pm.

Tuesday arrivals are welcome to arrive at La Quinta Inn and Suites 265 Route 3 East, Clifton, NJ any time after 1:00 pm on Tuesday, August 27th.

Mosaic Shuttle from Airport to Hotel

Mosaic has reserved a Go Air Link shuttle between Newark Liberty International Airport and the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Clifton, NJ.

Go Air Link will meet your flight if you land by 3:00 pm

 The Go Air Link is a 14 passenger van and at $23 (includes 10% tip) is less than half the average taxi fare it would cost you to go to the hotel.  You must pre-register via your Mosaic Registration Site to use the Air Link Shuttle.


If you're unable to meet the Go Air Link, taxi service is available to the hotel at the approximate cost of approximately $50-$55 per person. Call Atlantic Taxi at (201) 970-7471 or Mayflower Taxi at (201) 724-2183.


Click HERE for details how to get from the airport to the hotel via Train. 

Public Transit

We will be using public transportation exclusively on Wednesday due to heavy traffic congestion and the very high cost of parking in NYC. Mass transit is the best way to get around a large city like New York, whose transit system is second to none!

  • The train station closest to the La Quinta Inn is the Delawanna Station, only a 15-minute walk north of the hotel on Bergen Main Line (yellow line) on the NJ Transit rail map. 
  • During our time visiting New York City on Wednesday, we may use a variety of transit operators including:
  • Detailed transit instructions will be provided with each activity.

It is possible to take NJ Transit from Newark Airport to Delawanna Station with a change at Secaucus Junction. It is not recommended unless you're traveling light. Also, when you disembark in Delawanna Station, you will have a 15-minute walk to the hotel. A taxi ride will cost you between $15-$25.

Personal cars may be needed to take people to Glatt kosher restaurants on Tuesday evening and the birding walk on Thursday morning. Mosaic insurance requires use to be restricted to only pre-approved drivers. If you would like to become an “approved driver”, please contact a Pre-Trip Chairperson, Marlisse Marcus and Peter Small as soon as possible. Drivers will be reimbursed for their expenses.

Everyone who registers for the Pre-Trip will receive round trip NJ Transit tickets and for those going to the Statue of Liberty, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail tickets. Your train tickets will be distributed to you at the Meet the Leader meeting on Tuesday evening. You must attend the meeting on Tuesday night to get your train tickets for Wednesday and Thursday.

NJ Transit will be used again on Thursday morning between Delawanna and Secaucus to take us to the Eco Cruise and kayaking activities being organized for us by the Hackensack Riverkeeper from Laurel Hill County Park in the Meadowlands.

Finally, and most importantly, please be on time for all events and stay together as a group. The train waits for no one. We will leave the hotel promptly at the scheduled time. If you miss the train or get separated from the group, it will be your responsibility to find us or risk missing some or all of the day’s scheduled activities. Again, we will not wait for anyone!

Mosaic Shuttle from Pre-Trip to Main Event

The Mosaic shuttle will leave promptly for camp on Thursday, August 29th at 2:30 pm. Please meet outside the lobby with your luggage by 2:15 pm. The shuttle WILL NOT WAIT FOR ANYONE who is not ready for pickup when the Shuttle beparts from the hotel. Anyone left behind because they were not waiting for the Shuttle at the appointed time will need to arrange their transportation to camp and forfeit the cost of the Mosaic Shuttle.

Cost of Mosaic Shuttle: Round trip/$65 One-Way $40. (Round trip will return you to the airport after the main event.)


La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Clifton/RutherfordThe La Quinta Inn & Suites, Clifton, J  is conveniently located at 265 Route 3 East in Clifton, NJ. The La Quinta Inn includes complimentary breakfast, WIFI, indoor swimming room, and exercise room. The La Quinta Inn & Suites, Clifton, NJ, is within easy walking distance of excellent bus and train service that will get you into Manhattan in just 30 minutes. Several good restaurants are within a five-minute walk of the hotel. There is even a sixteen screen Multiplex, only a 5-minute walk from the hotel. There are several Glatt kosher restaurants two miles away that can be reached by advance notice with the hotel courtesy van.


Base Price

$219 per person - Double or Couples Occupancy

$371 per person - Single Occupancy

  • Includes:
    • Hotel Room from Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 night to Thursday August, 29th, 2019 morning at La Quinta Inn & Suites, Clifton, NJ
    • NJ Transit tickets for Wednesday and Thursday Mornings
    • Breakfast on Wednesday and Thursday mornings
    • MOSAIC administration fees.

$152 Extra per day for Single Occupancy on Sunday or Monday

  • Must pay for Single Occupancy for the duration of Pre-Trip

$90 Extra per day Double Occupancy for Sunday or Monday

  • Must pay for Double Occupancy for the duration of Pre-Trip


**Note: We can only guarantee room rates until July 30th. Any rooms booked after July 30th will be based upon availability of a room from the hotel and prices may go up.

No Hotel Option: $75

  • Includes:
    • NJ Transit tickets for Wednesday and Thursday Mornings
    • MOSAIC administration fees.
  • Does not include during the Pre-Trip (You must make your arrangements.)
    • Hotel accommodations
    • Breakfast.
    • Transportation to/from your lodging of choice. You are responsible to meet at La Quinta at the designated times at your cost.
  • An additional Mosaic administration surcharge of $50 on top of the No Hotel Option to anyone who books their own room at the La Quinta Inn & Suites, Clifton, NJ and attends the Pre-Trip.


All prices are USA Dollars.


Please register for the Pre-Trip while you register for the Main Event on the Registration Page. You must participate in the Main Event to be able to attend the Pre-Trip.


Pre-Trip Chair-People: Marlisse Marcus and Peter Small at

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