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First Shabbos of 5775


The first Shabbos of the summer has come to an end, and what a Shabbos it was! On Erev Shabbos, after

the second activity, the campers were dismissed to their bunkhouses for cleanup. There was time to call

home and prepare for Shabbos and then came bedside inspection. Following a special Erev Shabbos

learning class came a lebedike Mincha and Kabbolas Shabbos.



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Camp Heads on First Trip


Skate Estate

The campers awoke Thursday morning under the impression that today would be a regular day in camp.

That was inaccurate. There is no such thing as a “regular day” in Camp Gan Yisroel. During breakfast,

they heard the exciting news that they would be heading on a trip to Skate Estate! Upon arrival, the

bunks were split into groups, with each group getting a chance to go roller skating, play laser tag, enjoy

the 2 water slides, and play a round of mini golf.


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Day 1 of Camp Gan Yisroel NY 5775 / 2015

Boruch Hashem for the 60th time, campers from around the world boarded buses headed for Camp Gan Yisroel Parksville NY. Fun, memories, and good times are all that awaits them there.

Many months of planning have gone in to creating the summer of a lifetime for these campers. Numerous programs have been added this year, being the 60th year, Mendy Cohen (head counselor) told us.

On their arrival the campers were welcomed by the staff, were split in to bunks and started to fulfill the very reason they have come: have a blast!

Departure & Arival1

The first full day of camp is behind us, and what a day it was! As the campers boarded the bus, said tefillas haderech, and sat back to enjoy the scenic ride upstate, a feeling of excitement and anticipation permeated each bus. Upon arrival, the campers were offered a refreshing snack and drink, and then proceeded into the spacious shul for orientation. HCs Chaim, Berel, and Mendy greeted them. After hearing about the importance of safety and the rules of camp, each camper was called up and introduced to his bunkmates. The cheers as each bunk was introduced to its counselors could be heard from far off, as each bunk looks forward to an amazing summer with their devoted and chayusdike counselors.


Following orientation, each bunk was dismissed to the hill, where their luggage awaited them, having been brought there by Gan Yisroel’s team of devoted and capable GMs, drivers, and general staff. Led by their counselors, the campers made their way into their bunkhouses, unpacked, and settled in.


Following the first of many delicious meals in camp, and the first of many camp bentchings, the campers proceeded into the shul. Amidst a bit of comic relief, it turned out that our Night Activity Director is none other than Shmoozel Leemanov! Hilarity ensued.


The first morning in camp dawned bright and sunny. Reveille was followed by a chayusdike lineup, shacharis, and a delicious breakfast. Following breakfast, the campers were introduced to Learning Directors Chaim and Eli Nochum and to their learning teachers. Following learning class were activities. Campers were taught the pool safety rules and enjoyed playing sports. After lunch and more activities came mincha, supper, night activity, ma’ariv and lights out. The campers drifted off to sleep, looking forward with excitement to what tomorrow has in store.


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Campers Head to Camp

Seven buses lined Eastern Parkway this morning with hundreds of excited campers eagerly awaiting to board the buses which will be taking them up to the Camp Gan Israel in Parksville, New York.

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


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