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CGI NY Announces Head Staff

Gan Yisroel Parksville has announced their head staff for the upcoming summer of 5776.

“In what promises to be an extraordinary year, the camp in the Catskills is primed to build on the more than 60 years of experience and tradition, to deliver a carefully crafted camping experience imbued with Chassidishkeit and fun,” directors said.

The divisions, catering for boys aged 7 through 13, has been expanded and improved, maintaining Gan Yisroel Parksville’s high standards.

Returning as senior Head Counselor is Rabbi Nachman Dov Vichnin.

The exciting programs will this year be run by experienced head counselors, Moshe Denburg– Coral Springs, Florida, Yisroel Yarmak -Crown Heights and Mendel Zaltzman – Toronto, Canada.

Learning Directors, Mendy Schapiro– Sydney, Australia and Mendy Klein– Manchester, England.

The incredible Bar Mitzvah Division from last year has been enhanced with the hiring of dedicated head staff, Mendy Kirszenberg– Flatbush New York, Menachem Loebenstein– Melbourne, Australia and Naftali Junik– Crown Heights.

NOD head Sholom Loebenstein – Melbourne, Australia

Camp Reunion photos 2016

Camp Gan Israel NY registration 2016

In honor of the 60th year since the establishment of Gan Yisroel Parksville, the camp held an outstanding reunion where counselors and campers came together, once again, indulging in Achdus. The live music and exiting magician helped entertain the campers as they ate their scrumptious meal, consisting of delicious pizza, fries, soda and nosh.

The campers were honored with the presence of Rabbi Shemtov, who spoke about the Rebbe’s personal interest in Gan Yisroel Parksville and the importance that the Rebbe placed on making Hakel gatherings. Additionally, the 12 pesukim were recited by the campers with tremendous enthusiasm and excitement.

Every camper eagerly received a complementary custom-made water bottle, with the Gan Yisroel Parksville camp logo, and a camp journal. Additionally, the camp organized a picture booth, where campers had the opportunity to take pictures with their councilors and friends.

To end off the evening, the campers watched a professionally made video presentation of the Bar Mitzvah Division (BMD), followed by a grand raffle including an electric scooter, Ipod Touch and many more prizes.

A massive thank you to the director, Rabbi Yossie Futerfas, for his tremendous devotion to each individual camper and staff member and to his absolute dedication to Camp Gan Yisroel Parksville.

Camp Reunion 2016 / תשע״ו

Camp Gan Israel NY Reunion 2016

Camp Gan Israel NY Reunion 2016 / תשע״ו

Dear CGI Camper’s & BMD’ers and Staff members of 2015 / 5775.
The first Camp Gan Israel (Machane Gan Yisroel)  Is thrilled to announce that our annual camp reunion will take place this year on י’א שבט , Thursday January 21st, 2016 @ Beis Rivkah 310 Crown St. Brooklyn NY.

We invite invite you to take part in this beautiful gathering and reunite with friends and acquaintances from this past summer who will be traveling to crown heights for  י’ שבט. Campers, BMD’ers and Staff members from all over the world will be joining together, so bring along a friend to join in the fun and reminisce the joys of camp!

The event will be held in Bais Rivkah , 310 Crown Street from 7-9 pm. Please RSVP attendance at by January 14, 2016
In honor of our 60th year celebrations there will be incredible entertainment in addition to live music and a special video presentation. A sumptuous dinner will be served to all attendees.

Admission $7 @ the door.
Looking forward to seeing all campers from the incredible גן ישראל תשע’ה!  summer season of!

Rabbi Futerfas & The Staff of CGI NY

Camp Video for 2015 / 5775 Shipping Soon

The 2015-5775 camp video is available for purchase with PayPal. The full video is on YouTube and will become available to you through your email account once you have made the purchase. Consisting of 2 parts, it has a run time of 1 hour and 28 minutes. Both the summer’s highlights and the day to day schedule are shown in griping detail that will take you back to the great times we had in  Gan Yisroel.

5776 / 2016

Camp Gan Israel NY registration 2016

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 5776 / 2016 season is now open.
1st trip: Tuesday JULY 5 (29 of Sivan)—Monday AUGUST 1 (26 of Tammuz)
2nd trip: Monday AUGUST 1 (26 of Tammuz)—Monday AUGUST 29 (25 OF Av)

The camper and BMD applications can be downloaded here. Campers that register by Yud Shvat will receive a $25 credit towards the canteen.

CGI Farewell 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

Six Flags1

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


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


Group Photo:  Yarchei Kallah 41

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


Yarchei Kallah Camp Gan Israel NY

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.

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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.

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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.


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.
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.
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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