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Staff positions are full

Rabbi Futerfas has announced that all staff positions for this summer season have been fulfilled.

Head Staff Announced for 5775 / 2015

A video clip shows how the Head Counselors and Learning Directors of Camp Gan Yisroel of Parksville, NY, prepare for summer 5775.

The Head Staff of Camp Gan Yisroel, Parksville NY are working vigorously to ensure that the campers, counselors, and all staff members experience the most exciting thrilling and Chasidishe summer.

As this year marks the beginning of the 60th anniversary of the camp, the staff is determined to improve and enhance all the activities and day to day affairs of the camp.

Recently, the head staff met with the Executive Director, Rabbi Avraham Shemtov, who shared words of inspiration and motivation as he expanded on the Rebbe’s ideals in creating Camp Gan Yisroel.

Rabbi Shemtov imparted and shared with staff the Rebbe’s vision for a Camp that not only effects positive changes in the children during the summer, but has a lasting impact throughout the year.

Camp Director Rabbi Yossi Futerfas and returning Head Counselor Rabbi Nachman Dov Wichnin joined the meeting as well to provide valuable input on past experiences and future program planning.
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Camp Staff 5775

Head Counselors:
Rabbi Nachman Dov Wichnin – Brooklyn, NY
Mendy Cohen – Montreal
Chaim Junik – Crown Heights
Berel Slavaticki – Antwerp, Belgium

Learning Directors:
Eli Nochum Block – San Antonio, Texas
Chaim Eilenberg – Crown Heights

N.O.D. Head:
Zalmy Goldberg – Crown Heights

Bar Mitzvah Division Heads:
Moshe Denburg – Coral Springs, Florida
Yisroel Yarmak – Crown Heights

“Gan Yisroel Elite”, a Davening Program, the very successful “Kluger” competition, Mishnayos Baal Peh Contest, Chitas Club, and the new innovative “Chasidus Club” are some of the ideas and concepts that are currently being worked on to ensure that the 60th year, Shnas Hashishim, will be more exciting, sensational, and thrilling, than ever.

‘Color Run’ returns to camp!

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After a successful ‘run’ last year, the oldest division was once again warded with an amazing color run race in the new grounds.

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Staff Banquet


Thursday saw almost all the staff of Camp gather together for a staff banquet. Word of inspiration,’ gramin’ and delicious food all made it a great and meaningful end to the summer.

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Ice Bucket Challenge comes to CGI!

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This past week, saw ECAD’s Leivik Fogelman & Yanky Rodman both challenged to complete the ice bucket challenge. The ice bucket challenge consists of pouring an ice cold bucket of water over oneself to spread awareness of ALS, (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). Since its inception a short while ago much publicity has been generated in addition to funds been raised in order to garner help and support for finding an effective treatment.

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All-Star ‘Snaps’

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A small selection of pictures from some of the finale of the Sports program in CGI; the All-Star games which took place in the last week of camp.

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BMD Survival Overnight

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As part of BMD’s second month overnight, a special program was put together. Compiled from a range of sources, the BMD learnt about Hashem’s creations and how to subsist off them in the more ‘natural’ habitats of the new grounds.

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Color War Selection


We present to you a selection of Color War pictures ‘which never made it to the website yet’.

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Tzeischem L’sholom

Photos of the last two days will be updated shorty


Oldest division bounces around


For the first time ever in Gan Yisroel history, the oldest division was awarded with a special trip to Bounce Inc! Attempting different acrobatic jumps, slam dunks and other tricks, the campers had a great time utilizing the multiple jumping trampoline options. Additionally due to a last minute change, the trampoline to camper ratio was maximized allowing a larger than usual amount of jumping to take place.

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Precious Chof Av Moments

Campers visit the Rebbe: 20 Av 5742

The Farbregens the Rebbe held on Chof Av carried a distinct atmosphere, its sichos rich with deep explanations in both Nigla and Chassidus – often based on the writings of Horav Levi Yitzchok.

From 5735 and forward campers from Camp Gan Israel would participate in these Farbrengens. The Rebbe showed great affection to the campers during the Farbrengen, requesting they sing a “camp song” and often dedicated one or two of the Sichos to them.

Yarchei Kallah Vintage Photo

Yarchei Kallah Camp Gan Yisroel NYRabbis of yesteryear are seen at the Global Yarchei Kallah in this vintage photo, as preparation are made for the Melave Malka.

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As the Global Yarchei Kallah is being held in Camp Gan Israel in Parksville, NY, a vintage black and white photo shows the the leading rabbis of yesteryear participating.

The annual gathering is marking its 40th year honoring Chof Av – the yartzeit of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, father of the Rebbe and one of the greatest Talmudic and Kabbalistic scholars of his generation.

This photo circa early 1980’s shows its organizer, Rabbi Avraham Shemtov, head of the camp and Chairman of Agudas Chassidei Chabad International, speaking at the Melave Malka ceremony of the conference.

Seen on the head table from left to right are Rabbi Lipa Schapiro, Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Raskin, Avraham Hecht, Rabbi Boruch Leizerowski of Philadelphia, Rabbi Avrohom Mordechai Hershberg of Mexico, Rabbi Meir Greenberg of New Jersey, Rabbi Chaim Meir Bukiet and another we didn’t identify.

The Melava Malka of this year’s Yarchei Kallah will take place on Motzoei Shabbos Parhas Eikev 10:30pm at the main shul of Camp Gan Israel – 487 Parksville Rd. Parksville, NY 12768. The public is welcome. A special program will be held for women.

We thank Lubavitch Archives for providing this historic photo.

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