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CGI Farewell Banquet

Banquet

 

The summer has flown by so fast, all campers gathered in the shul for the farewell banquet where they all reflected on how good of a summer they had.

 

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Fun is In The AIR

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As camp comes to a end we present to you some of the highlights of the summer all captured in the air, for fun is always in the air here in Gan Yisroel.

 

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Campers Enjoy Bonfire

Bonfire

A large pit was seen being dug this past Thursday afternoon near the soccer field of Camp Gan Yisroel – NY.

 

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Grand Trip to Six Flags

Six Flags

In most camps, the day after Color War is a lazy day, with not much going on. But Camp Gan Yisroel-NY isn’t “most camps”, and the day after Color War was far from lazy. Early in the morning came the exciting annoucement that the Grand Trip would be taking place that very day, and grand it was.

 

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Colour War!

Clour War

For some, this is the reason they come to camp. For everyone, it is a highlight. Color War in Camp Gan Yisroel-NY.

 

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Group Photo: 41st Yarchei Kallah

 

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Group Photo: Yarchei Kallah 41

A short while before Shabbos, the revered participants of the Global Yarchei Kallah summit at Camp Gan Israel NY, stood for a group photo.

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Rabbis Gather For Yarchei Kallah @ CGINY

 

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Rabbis Gather For Yarchei Kallah

Leading Chabad rabbis, Rosh Yeshivas and Mashpiim from around the world are meeting in the Catskills for the annual Yarchei Kallah.

By COLlive reporter
Photos by N&M Photos

Leading rabbis, Rosh Yeshivas and Mashpiim have traveled from around the world to the Catskill Mountains this week to participate in the annual Global Yarchei Kallah summit.

Held in the pastoral setting of Camp Gan Israel in Parksville, NY, it is the largest, ongoing gathering of Torah scholars of this generation brought together by Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, Chairman of Agudas Chassidei Chabad International.

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Campers Travel to the Ohel on Chof Av

Chof Av

It is a memory that is vivid in the minds of those who were zoche to be present: the Rebbe leads a farbrengen on Chof Av, the yahrtzeit of his father, R Levi Yitzchok. Joining the other chassidim are the campers and staff of Camp Gan Yisroel – NY.

 

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Rabbi Ceitlin Uplifted at CGINY

Rabbi Aaron Eliezer Ceitlin encourages singing at Camp Gan Israel Parksville with his son Heshy

Rabbi Aaron Eliezer Ceitlin encourages singing at Camp Gan Israel Parksville with his son Heshy

Shliach Rabbi Aaron Eliezer Ceitlin visited the Catskills this week before a medical procedure and was in for an uplifting surprise.

By COLlive reporter

Rabbi Aaron Eliezer Ceitlin, one of the Shluchim the Rebbe personally sent to Israel who is currently battling an illness, spent this past Shabbos in New York’s beautiful Catskills mountains.

But that wasn’t the reason why the known Shliach and Mashpia came on Friday afternoon to Camp Gan Israel, an overnight Chabad boys camp in Parksville.

“I wanted to be in the ‘daled amos’ of the Rebbe,” he told the camp’s directors, Rabbi Avraham Shemtov and Rabbi Yossi Futerfas, who gladly extended an invitation.

Rabbi Ceitlin, Director of the Chabad kindergarten network in Tzfas which educates close to 2,000 children, has been diagnosed with a very rare type of malignant growth before Pesach 5775. A group of colleagues, with the public’s financial support, have sent him for treatment in the USA.

After months of daily treatment and before an important medical procedure, a little change of scenery was needed. He thought of Camp Gan Israel, a location which the Rebbe visited on 3 rare occasions.

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He was joined by his wife Ruty Ceitlin, son Heshy Ceitlin, family friends Rabbi Yisroel Shimon and Chani Kalmenson of Crown Heights, and relative Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, a Chabad Shliach in Tucson, AZ

Over Shabbos, Rabbi Aaron Eliezer Ceitlin davened in the main camp shul with the spirited campers and staff members. Following the Shabbos day meal, he sat with Rabbi Shemtov for an hours-long farbrengen in preparation for Chof Av, yartzeit of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson OBM, father of the Rebbe.
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One of the stories Rabbi Ceitlin told was of an elderly Jewish man named Itkin who told him the following story about Reb Levik that happened in the Ukrainian city of Ekaterinoslav (today Dnepropetrovsk).

This Jew once came to Reb Levik’s shul and was shocked to see the people to his right immediately rise from their chairs. He turned to his left and see the same honor being given to him as well. He was even more shocked to discover that the entire congregation had stood up upon his entrance.

It was only after he took a few steps into the Shul that he saw Reb Levik himself walking over to him to hand a siddur to the guest. Out of respect to the legendary rabbi and scholar, the entire congregation had stood up.
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Rabbi Ceitlin concluded, “Reb Levik led the first Chabad House. He certainly had people that could have welcomed the guest or passed along a siddur. But he saw a Jewish person enter and wanted to greet the Yiddishe neshama himself.”

“Reb Levik was an example of spreading Yiddishkeit with self-sacrifice,” he added. “We can learn from him to have self-sacrifice for our own Yiddishkeit and have self-sacrifice to help others with their Yiddishkeit.”

Sicha to CGINY Campers after Mincha Chof AV 5749 August 21, 1989

After the Rebbe stopped holding Farbrengens during the weekdays, the Rebbe would deliver a Sicha after Mincha and/or Maariv on Chof Av. Drawing lessons from the nature of the day, the Rebbe brought to the forefront Horav Levi Yitzchok’sdedication toward Jewish education.
The Rebbe encouraged that resolutions be taken in his memory, to strengthen matters relating to Jewish education.

An address to the campers of Gan Israel New York, on the Yahrzeit of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson:
The primary purpose of my father’s self-sacrifice was the education of Jewish children under communist.

Staff Play of 5775

Staff Play

As the campers gathered on the soccer field of Camp Gan Yisroel-NY, you could see anticipation written on their faces. Spellbound, they watched each carefully orchestrated scene with interest.

 

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Visiting Day

Visitin day

The summer is going by quickly, with the second month’s visiting day taking place in Gan Yisroel.

 

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Topsy Turvy Day

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Friday was Topsy-Turvy Day in Camp Gan Yisroel-NY. Campers who won the “elections” got to be a staff member for the day!

 

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Campers Celebrate Mock Wedding

Mock Wedding

One of the greatest Yomim Tovim on the Jewish Calendar is 15 Av, a day which symbolizes renewal. To get into the joyous spirit of the day, Camp Gan Yisroel hosted a mock wedding on Thursday evening. Each bunk dressed as a part of the wedding; waiters, guests, chefs, and so on.

 

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Long Awaited Overnight

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The fun never ends in CGI! The long-awaited bivouac – the overnight in the woods of Neversink Campgrounds. Every few bunks shared a camps te, where they built a fire, enjoyed a BBQ dinner, and sang camp songs late into the night.

 

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Gan Yisroel Never Slows Down

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The fun never slows down in Camp Gan Yisroel, as new and exciting activities are always being introduced. Campers had a chance to play life-size Monopoly on an enormous board, where each player was himself a “token” on the board.

 

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