To begin the evening the crowd was addressed by camps executive directer Rabbi Avraham Shemtov who shared words of inspiration and encouragement
Following dinner the lights were dimmed and the crowd was treated to a professionally edited video with unique footage briefly recapping all that was done this past summer.
Afterwards, an exciting and original entertainer hired especially for the reunion treated the crowd to a captivating show that included both magic and mentalist tricks.
The crowd then joined together in singing favorite songs from camp led by the head staff, including the original songs from this past summer. Those in the room were truly able to feel the warmth, unity and friendship of camp.
Raffles were then drawn with many prizes for those in attendance to win.
As the evening came to a close, those gathered in the room lined up to receive the newly printed journal from the summer as well as a custom made scarf as a souvenir.
We were truly able to see how Gan Yisroel has an everlasting impact on all campers. We are sure that this unity brings the Rebbe much Nachas and we look forward to the upcoming summer swiftly approaching.
Stay tuned to register for the *upcoming summer of 5778 – 2018*, both for the *main camp* and the very popular and anticipated *Bar Mitzvah Division (BMD)*. Please note that there is limited space, as there is already a high demand. Be sure to register earlier, those who sign up later will be put on a waiting list. *Registration will open the first day of Chanukah 25 Kislev – Dec 13, 2017.
Gan Yisroel is thrilled to announce that our annual camp reunion will take place this year on Thursday Nov 16-chof zayin cheshvon
We invite your children to take part in this beautiful gathering and reunite with friends and acquaintances from camp, who will be coming into Crown Heights for the Kinus Tzeirei Haslulchim. Campers from all over the world will be coming together, so come join in the fun and reminisce the experiences of camp!
The event will be held in Bais Rivkah Crown, 310 Crown Street from 6:30-8:30pm.
Please RSVP attendance here by November the 13th 2017.
There will be incredible entertainment in addition to live music and a special video presentation. A scrumptious dairy dinner will be served.
Please refer to attached flyer for all information.
Looking forward to seeing all campers from this incredible summer of Gan Yisroel
Rabbi Futerfas & The Staff of CGI NY
2 donors are matching funds to build a Beis Medrash in Camp Gan Israel of New York to fulfill the Rebbe’s summer instruction.
“A camp from the outside and a Yeshiva from within.”
These were the words used by the Rebbe during a Shavuos Farbrengen in 1957 outlining the goal of the Rebbe’s newest organization, Camp Gan Yisroel.
Now, 60 years later, with thousands of branches around the world, the Rebbe’s vision for a place where children would benefit both physically and spiritually continues to grow.
In honor of camp’s 60th year, a group of alumni, parents, and friends have embarked on an initiative to build a permanent Beis Medrash – Shul to further enhance camp’s atmosphere with an added spirit of Torah and Chassidus.
The total cost of the project is $220,000.
Thanks to generous contributions by alumni and friends, a substantial amount has already been raised. Over the next 24 hours, they are running a campaign to raise the remaining funds.
All donations will be matched 2 to 1 thanks to the generous matchers who are camp alumni Simon (Simi) Jacobson and Yerachmiel and Rivka Leah Jacobson and family.
Gan Israel held a special place in the Rebbe’s heart meriting to be one of the only places the Rebbe visited outside Crown Heights. The Rebbe even expressed the sentiment that Kiryat Gan Israel is an extension of 770.
Please join in this special endeavor that is certain to bring the Rebbe much nachas at https://www.charidy.com/kiryatganisrael.
Tonight, 20 Av, marks the Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father. Watch a collection of videos related to this special day.
Tonight, 20 Av, marks the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father.
The Rebbe often spoke about his father’s self sacrifice on behalf of Yiddishkeit, marking the Yahrzeit each year with a special Farbrengen in his honor.
Here, JEM shares a beautiful collection of videos related to this special day.
May Rabbi Levi Yitzchak’s memory bring blessings for the entire Jewish nation.
The public is invited to participate in the Melave Malka of the Yarchei Kallah this Motzoei Shabbos, 20th of Av 5777 (August 12, 2017), 10:30 PM at the Main Shul at Camp Gan Israel – 487 Parksville Rd, Parksville, NY 12768.
Remarks that the Rebbe said exactly 40 years ago about the Yarchei Kallah has moved the rabbis currently participating.
By COLlive reporter
Photos by Shimi Kutner
A sicha said by the Rebbe exactly 40 years ago this Shabbos was received with reverence and excitement by the 60 rabbis attending the Global Yarchei Kallah in Upstate New York.
The Rebbe’s reference to the annual gathering of Torah learning made during a Farbrengen on Shabbos Parshas Ekev, 22 Menachem Av 5737, was largely unknown.
A copy of the sicha was found by a Shliach on Friday morning and sent to Rabbi Avraham Shemtov, Chairman of Agudas Chassidei Chabad International who began organizing the Yarchei Kallah in 5734.
The Yarchei Kallah was founded and is annually held in honor of Chof Av, yartzeit of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson OBM, the father of the Rebbe who passed away following Soviet exile.
The Rebbe viewed the Yarchei Kallah gathering, hosted by Camp Gan Israel in Parksville, NY, as his personal fulfillment of the positive Mitzvah of the Torah of Kibud Av, honoring one’s parents.
When Mexico’s Chief Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Hirschberg mentioned the Yarchei Kallah, the Rebbe said the mitzvah of honoring one’s parents continues even after their passing and that the ultimate honor that can be paid is the study of the Torah.
In the sicha recently found here יומן – שבת פרשת עקב , כב מנחם-אב תשלז the Rebbe lauded the fact that the Yarchei Kallah is held “near small children whose breath has no sin.”
The Rebbe said that it was hashgacha protis that the chassidim weren’t told that the Rebbe would be holding a farbrengen that Shabbos so that they wouldn’t be held back from participating in the Yarchei Kallah.
Yarchei Kallah is sponsored by Mr. Ronald Perelman, a person whose efforts to preserve, perpetuate, and enhance our Jewish heritage led to the Lubavitcher Rebbe recognizing to him as “my partner.”
“Like a true partner, he has dedicated himself to advancing the Rebbe’s purposes, including the sponsorship of these Yarchei Kallah conventions,” Rabbi Shemtov notes.
Among the Chabad rabbis attending the Global Yarchei Kallah was one Rosh Yeshiva whose journey was particularly challenging…
Photos by Shimi Kutner
He was given a mere two-hours’ notice to prepare for an upcoming flight, but Rabbi Leibel Shuchat—Rosh Yeshiva Guedola de Venezuela in Caracas—managed to pack up and take off.
His destination: the Catskill Mountains in New York, site of the annual scholarly international summit known as Yarchei Kallah.
What was previously a five-hour nonstop flight from the Simón Bolívar International Airport to any one of New York City’s major airports has now become a lengthy ordeal. A growing number of air carriers, including Delta, United and Colombia’s flagship Avianca, have recently suspended service to Venezuela.
Nevertheless, the rabbi insisted on joining his colleagues from around the world at Camp Gan Israel in Parksville, N.Y., for the high-level annual conference, which includes intense study and scholarly discussion.
After days of uncertainty, it seemed that his only option would be to fly across the Atlantic to Madrid, Spain, from where he would again traverse the ocean by plane to New York, a staggering 17-hour journey.
But just before midnight on Monday, a flight was found on Copa Airlines that would take him to New York via Panama.
The catch was that it was leaving the following morning at 6 a.m. Since Venezuela has more than five separate security checkpoints at the airport, the rabbi would need to be there four hours beforehand. He was left with little time to pack his tallis, tefillin and other essentials before zipping off to the airport.
Speaking from New York, the rabbi says he plans to utilize the time for study and preparation for his presentation at the conference on the specific legalities of “writing a ketubah [marriage contract] for a Friday wedding.”
“This is a time of year when I get to speak to people about subjects that are close to me,” explains the Brooklyn-born rabbi, who has lived in Venezuela since 1985 and has made it a point to attend the Yarchei Kallah event at Camp Gan Yisroel Parksville NY.
“Every conversation is centered around Torah texts, Talmud, Jewish law and Chassidic teachings. It’s something I really enjoy and look forward to—and I wouldn’t want to miss it.”
Rabbi Shuchat’s dedication seems fitting for an annual conference held in observance of the yahrtzeit, or anniversary of passing, of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, who served as chief rabbi of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, during some of the harshest periods of Soviet-era conditions.
Rabbi Schneerson, father of the Lubavitcher Rebbe was known for being a fearless leader of the Jewish people and a champion of Judaism during that trying time, as well as an extraordinary scholar of Kabbalah and Talmud.
“The Rebbe seemed to consider Yarchei Kallah to be an actual part of his fulfillment of the mitzvah to honor his father on the day of his passing,” says Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, chairman of Agudas Chassidei Chabad and spiritual director of Camp Gan Israel, where this gathering was initiated 43 years ago.
Rabbi Shemtov pointed to the Rebbe’s words of appreciation to participant Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Hershberg, the chief rabbi of Mexico, stating that this is related to the commandment to “honor your father,” also in the afterlife, as stated in the book of Zohar.
He added that he was moved by the resolve of Rabbi Shuchat to attend.
“The esteemed guests of the Yarchei Kallah also embody the everlasting example set forth by the Rebbe’s father,” said Rabbi Shemtov. “While most may not face the same life-threatening dangers as he did, their commitment to education and Torah remains steadfast.”
This year nearly 60 participants are expected for the extended weekend conference, hailing from the United States, Canada, Israel, France, England, Argentina, South Africa and Russia.
Open to the wider public is the festive melaveh malka meal that follows Shabbat and concludes the conference. The program will include remarks by Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Segal, renowned mashpia in Jerusalem, and Rabbi Eliezer Shemtov, author and Shliach in Uruguay.
It will take place Motzoei Shabbos, Aug. 12, at 10:30 p.m., at the main shul in Camp Gan Israel, 487 Parksville Road, Parksville, NY 12768.
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Veteran Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Yisroel Friedman came to Camp Gan Israel in Parksville, NY, days ahead of Yarchei Kallah. Here’s why.
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