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Carnival , Treasure Hunt! 7-26-2001

As the campers awoke to the pitter-patter of rain on the rooftops of their bunkhouses … The Staff of CGI had prepared for them one of the most exciting days of the summer.

Although the learning Classes were confined to the indoors, the new multi-purpose room in the main building served as a shelter for several learning classes.

For the 1st activity, Division 1 and 2 (Bunks Aleph – Tes Vov) lined up outside the door of the Dining Room anxiously waiting to enter the fun-filled Carnival prepared for them by their counselors and Head Counselor Baruch Kaplan. Tickets were distributed to all the campers as they excitedly scampered off to test their skills at the many different booths. From “Bobbing Apples” to the highlight of the carnival the “Game Show” Hosted by counselor of Bunk Hey, Shaul Perlstien. The Carnival lasted for 1 ½ hours and the campers had to be pried away to go to their next activity. Division 3 (Bunks Tes Zayin – Chof Gimmul) began their “Toras Rabbeinu” Sports League.

For the 2nd activity Division 2 began their “Toras Rabeinu” Sports League.

The 3rd Division had an exciting treasure hunt led by Head Counselor Baruch Hecht. What a sight to see Campers searching campgrounds for the Gift of “N’shei Chabad” to Gan Yisroel. The message for the treasure hunt was “Shlichus is what I love to do! Ad Mosai!!!

Every night after maariv the campers watch a short video of the Rebbe. Tonight the video began with a series of “around the year events with the Rebbe” which will be shown in segments over the next couple of days.

Picture of the day 7-25-2001

Picture of the day 7-25-2001
Eli Goorevitch – Laguna Beach, CA & Levi Sharfstein – Crown Heights of Bunk 7, 2 of the many k”ah new campers in Gan Yisroel, NY for the second session, during lunch on Wednesday 5 Av.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RABBI LAZAROFF VISITS CAMP 7-25-2001

Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff, Head Shliach of Texas visited Camp Gan Yisroel, NY today. As part of his visit Rabbi Lazaroff spent some quality time with the campers of Bunk 11 who are representing Chabad of Texas as part of the highly sucessful Project Shlichus 5761. Rabbi Lazaroff also sang some songs with the campers and taught them a new one with the words “Zeh Hayom Usuh Hashem…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PICTURE OF THE DAY 7-24-2001

Smiling Bunk Alef Campers in The Rebbe’s Camp, Menachem M. Galperin, Mendel Avtzon & Menachem Shemtov getting ready to go on CGINY’s famous bumper boats on Tuesday 4 Av.

FIRST SESSION @ THE REBBES CAMP ENDS WITH A BANG 7-23-2001

Gan Yisroel, NY founded by the Rebbe 46 years ago completed a smashingly successful first session on Monday morning.

B”H the first session saw the campers grow both spiritually & physically and at the same time enjoying themselves tremendously. The highlight of the first month had to be “Project Shlichus” and that will IYH continue with much force during the second session that started today.

On Sunday night, supper was turned into a mini-banquet for the campers who were only staying in camp for one session. During the banquet the campers were privileged to hear greetings from Executive Camp Director Rabbi Avrohom Yitzchok Shemtov, Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar and the Head Counselors.

In addition prizes and certificates for Best learning classes & campers & trophies from the Toras Rabeinu leagues were distributed.

Meanwhile, the second session is B”H off and running where the first session concluded. With an additional 30 k”ah campers, bringing the total of campers to 270 k”ah, the Shul, dining room and camp in general is rocking with Chayus.

On Monday afternoon before lunch all the Campers went to the Shul for orientation and the dividing of the bunks, from the Shul they went to the dining room for a delicious lunch that included tuna fish, fresh French fries, salad and chocolate & vanilla pudding. To top lunch off, Fadak Inc. headed by Shmais.com CEO Levi Hodakov sponsored delicious citrus ices for all the campers.

 

Begining of Second Session 7-23-2001

The second session is B”H off and running where the first session left off. With an additional 30 k”ah campers, bringing the total of campers to 270 k”ah.
Before lunch all the Campers went to the Shul for orientation and the dividing of the bunks, from the Shul they went to the dining room the chayos at benching was tremendous and set the tone for a fabulous second session.

The new Bunk list will be posted IY”H tommorow

End of First Session 7-23-2001

Gan Yisroel, founded by the Rebbe 46 years ago completed a smashingly successful first session today.

B”H the first session saw the campers grow both spiritually & physically and at the same time enjoying themselves tremendously. The highlight of the first month had to be “Project Shlichus” and that will IYH continue with much force during the second session that started today.

On Sunday night, supper was turned into a mini-banquet for the campers who were only staying in camp for one session. During the banquet the campers were privileged to hear greetings from Executive Camp Director Rabbi Avrohom Yitzchok Shemtov, Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar and the Head Counselors.

In addition prizes and certificates for Best learning classes & campers & trophies from the Toras Rabeinu leagues were distributed

 

 

 

 

PICTURE OF THE DAY 7-19-2001

Camp Gan Yisroel Truck Driver Zev Baran, admiring the new truck tires
that were donated this morning by Pacific Printing Inc.
This picture was taken on July 19, 2001 on Empire Blvd. while picking up 15 new fire extinguishers and other equipment for camp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shlichus Update 7-19-2001

In a display of talent this Motzei Shabbos every Chabad House (Bunk) presented beautiful skits about the Ten Mivtzoyim. The camp was divided in three groups with each Chabad House (Bunk) performing in front of their group. One group performed in the Shul, one in the Dining Room and one in our newly renovated multi-purpose room in the basement of the Main building.
Pictures of the skits will be posted shortly.

MASSIVE KIDDUSH LUBAVITCH @ MOUNTAIN CREEK 7-19-2001

On Tuesday, for the second year in a row, Lubavitcher campers & Staff made a massive Kiddush Lubavitch @ Mountain Creek waterpark, that was opened exclusively for Jewish women on Monday and Jewish men on Tuesday. Mountain Creek the worlds largest water park is located in Mount Vernon, NJ.

All the campers & staff present from the Lubavitcher camps including: Gan Yisroel, NY, Morristown Day Camp & Morristown Y.S.P., Camp F.R.E.E., L’man Achai, Oholei Torah day camp & Lubavitch Yeshiva day camp made a massive Kiddush Lubavitch. They made it by acting like they should, especially in the manner in which they dressed. Everyone instantly recognized the Lubavitchers, because they proudly wore their Yarmulkahs & Tzitzis @ all times inside the water park.

In addition to all the fun the CGINY campers had on the various water rides, there was also some fun had with Singer Shloimy Dachs who was so impressed by CGINY Learning Teacher Benny Friedman, whose voice he heard singing over the walkie talkies, that Dachs came over to see for himself and a small concert ensued on the grass at the entrance of Mountain Creek.

After the mini concert, a group of 25 CGINY campers remained to sing camp songs, in the interim getting much attention from the crowds of Jewish passerby’s.

 

 

CEO OF SHMAIS.com BUYS FRESH DONUTS FOR ENTIRE CGINY 7-19-2001

On Wednesday morning, during breakfast in The Rebbe’s Camp, H.C.S.A. announced to the campers that the CEO of Shmais.com, in honor of his birthday this past Monday, had purchased delicious fresh donuts for the entire camp. This marked the 4th year in a row that the CEO has purchased donuts for the entire Camp Gan Yisroel in honor of his birthday. The H.C.’s announcement was greeted with thunderous chanting of “Shmais.com, Shmais.com”.

Afterwards the waiters began to distribute the 440 custard and regular donuts to all the campers and staff. When the CEO entered the dining room to capture the moment, he was greeted with a loud “2, 4, 6, 8” followed by the singing of “Happy Birthday”.

The Chayus everyone got from the donuts allowed them to learn much better during learning classes that followed breakfast

VISITING DAY @ CGINY

Hundreds of people from around the world including many Shluchim, CGI Alumni and former CGINY Head Counselors Yossi Spalter & Elkana Shmotkin converged on Gan Yisroel, NY on Sunday forthe summers first visiting day.

While many parents & friends took campers off grounds to nearby Pizza Shops, Shoprite and other shopping, many others decided to spend their afternoon on the beautiful grounds of CGI and enjoy delicious hotdogs, burgers and other delicious food from the worlds best canteen. The weather for the most part was B”H very good and camps sports fields, the game room and lake with bumper boats were opened to all campers & visitors.

Two staff members were selling this years beautiful t-shirts & hats in the CGI square. Camp caretaker Eric Taylor was busy all day long directing both vehicular and pedestrian traffic across the busy Old Route 17.

As visiting day was coming to an end, smiling campers wereseen shlepping bags and bags of nosh & other goodies, back from their dayout of camp.

In a sign that campers are having a blast many campers who were meant to only stay for one month told their parents that they would like to stay for the second month too. As camp is B”H packed, they will have to wait till next Summer, IYH in Jerusalem to spend an entire 2 months in the Rebbe’s Camp.

Shabbos Parshas Pinchas 5761-2001

Shabbos Parshas Pinchas, was by far the most spectacular of the summer. It was a Shabbos culminating a fantastic week, which was highlighted by Shlichus War.
Before Minchah the campers were informed about a special prize for the weekly Shabbos raffle – a stereo system. Kabolas Shabbos was lead by a guest Chazzan, long time staff member of CGI Meir Kessler. The Friday night Seudah was extremly lebedik, Head Counselor Sruly Altein started the meal, teaching the camp excerpts from the first Farbrengen of the Rebbe when he came to America, this week sixty years ago. Then the camp sang all the new songs from Shlichus War, that set the tone for the meal, which turned into the most Chayos’diker Friday night that CGI has had this summer. The meal and ensuing Farbrengen continued past midnight, Head Counselor Baruch Kaplan farbrenged with over fifty campers.
Shabbos morning Tehilim had a record turnout, many campers from all divisions woke up on their own, and were there on time (the entire bunk Chof Aleph was there bright and early, in honor of their counselor Levi Raskin’s birthday). Camper Avremie Wolff, Morristown NJ lead the Minyan Tehilim.
Camper Baruch Vidal, Atlanta GA davened Pesukai Dezimrah, Camper Shneur Kamensky, Rochester NY davened Shacharis and Camper Yankie Lokshin, Brooklyn NY davened Mussaf.
The letters for counting during Kriah spelled “Shluchei Malach” in honor of the winning team “Merkos Shluchim”.
The winners of Shabbos competition were bunks Aleph (Chabad of Hungary), Gimmel (Chabad of Peru), Yud Gimmel (Chabad of Uraguay) and Tes Vov (Chabad of Venezuela). Many other bunks enjoyed late night activities of their own.

 

Friday Chof Tes Tammuz 5761 / 2001

Today after breakfast the winners for learning class competition was announced they were immediately dismissed to a grand trip of speed boating.
Today’s activities were the playoffs for the Torahs Rabienu Leagues. The winners will enter the champion games on Sunday.

The Winner Is… 7-13-2001

Thursday the Campers woke up at 8:00am, the day began with a regular day schedule – back to the fierce bunk competition. After learning classes, at 12:15pm, all the Campers and Staff gathered in front of the flagpole and lined up in three long lines for the announcement of the Shlichus War Winner!
After the usual pre-announcements and “water throwing”(due to the chilly weather the only water this year was the Judges being thrown into the indoor pool while all the Campers watched through the large windows,) all the Judges screamed out in unison, with their right fists pumped in the air, “the winner, for Shlichus War 5761 is the team of Merkos Shluchim”.

Instantly pandemonium broke out with screaming shouting singing and dancing.

After lunch Bunks 1-14 went on hikes to Liberty, Parksville and the “Water fall”. While bunks 8 and 12 went speed boating for their Shabbos competition trip.

Thursday Chof Ches Tammuz 5761 / 2001

Today was a very exciting day in Camp, the day started with the bunk competition winners (Bunks 5, 12 and 15) going at 6:00 in the morning to Hershey Park.

After breakfast the runner up (Bunk 10) went speed boating, pizza, ice cream and shopping in the mall.

After lunch the remaining bunks went on hikes to Parksville, the waterfall, Rails to Trails and to a neighboring farm where the farmer entertained them.

Bunks Chof Aleph And Chof Bais played a game of basketball and soccer against Camp Lmaan Achai, and won both games!

Bunks Aleph and Gimmel went on their Shabbos Competition trip.

Tonight night activity was “Judgment Night”, the Judges were H.C.B.K., H.W.S.M. and M.D.Y.W. amongst those prosecuted were H.C.B.H. and G.M.M.G.

A special Mazal Tov to Campers Moshe Mandel and Shimon Piekarsky on the celebration of their Bar Mitzvah.

Bunk Competition Winners 7-2001

After Maariv Wednesday night the tense atmosphere was felt in the Shul as the Campers and Counselors awaited the announcement of the winners for the hard earned bunk competition.

Finally after all the singing and chanting the Head Counselors made the dramatic announcement and the winners are… first division Bunk Hey (Chabad of Costa Rico), Second division Bunk Yud Bais (Chabad of Spain) and Third division Bunk Tes Vov (Chabad of Venezuela). The winners will be going on a full day trip to Hershey Park on Thursday. Runners up of the entire camp was Bunk Yud (Chabad of Texas) who came in very close to winning; they will be going on a special trip on Thursday. Special recognition was given to Bunk Chof Aleph (Chabad of Thailand) who will be going on a special outing.

SHLICHUS WAR THEME SONGS 7-11-2001

Team of Shluchim
(T.T.T.O. VeHa’aviosim MBD)

My Shabbos by the Shliach
Is always more serene.
Since in a Chabad house
The Rebbe’s clearly seen.

From his family and friends
The Shliach is removed.
To do the Rebbe’s Shlichus
How could he refuse?

The farbrengens Friday night
Inspired me.
Sitting with the Shliach
In unity.

His guidance helping hand,
Changed me through and through.
Making me feel that
I’m a Chossid too

Mesiras nefesh beguloi
The goal of every Jew.
But as the Rebbe’s, Shluchim
This is all we do.

Shliach Shel Adam, K’moso
Rebbe — Shliach unite
Bringing Moshiach closer
Lighting the Golous night.

Team of Merkos Shluchim
(Original tune)

All alone, a young man sits,
His soul crying out from deep within
His Yiddishkeit sold carelessly
He asks Hashem “please let me see”

Few moments later a bochur stands
Before him holding matzos in his hands
Our holy Rebbe sent these to you
For he knows that you’re a Jew

The Rebbe worries for every single Yid
Despite their level or city were they live
For this reason the Rebbe chose his bochurim
Who stand on guard to be sent speedily
For this reason we as Merkos Shluchim
Are marching forth Triumphantly!

Team of Chayolim

I am what they call a minuteman
To serve the army as best as I can
Normally I’ll be working elsewhere
But as soon as war breaks out I will be there

Every Chossid is a minuteman
Serving the army as best as he can
Whenever I get a chance to fight
I will strive to touch every Yid in sight

The Rebbe demands that every single Jew
Should become part of his mission too
We’re ready for the call, to prepare the world
For the coming of Moshiach Tzidkaynu

Shlichus War Teams – CGI @ 4:12 am PST

Team of Shluchim
Theme: A Shliach settling in a city to be the Rebbe’s representative to reach and affect every Jew in the city.
General: Yudi Steiner
LT. Gen.: Shmuli Backer
LT. Gen.: Zalmy Hecht

Team of Merkos Shluchim
Theme: A traveling Shliach to reach even the furthest Jew wherever others may not be able to settle.
General: Simmy Morgenstern
LT. Gen.: Motti Seligson
LT. Gen.: Shneur Shneerson

Team of Chayolim
Theme: Every Chossid, regardless of his job, has an order from the Rebbe to influence every single Jew that he comes in contact with.
General: Mendy Greenberg
LT. Gen.: Koppel Cohen
LT. Gen.: Levi Raskin

From Project Shlichus to Shlichus War! 7-11- 2001

On Tuesday for the second activity all the Campers went up to their bunkhouses to complete the final touches on their bunk decorations and costumes for “Project Shlichus”.
At 3:45pm all the Campers and counselors got dressed into their costumes and stood outside of their respective Chabad Houses with proud signs and flags welcoming everyone in to their Chabad Houses.
After individual pictures were taken of each group in front of their Chabad Houses, all the Campers assembled in the center of the hill for a special formation.
What a Site to see! From the English royal guards to the Alte Chasideshe Yiden of Russia, from the vacationers of Hawaii to the Moroccan Jews, the hill looked as colorful and diverse as can be!
The bunks then each had a chance to present their cheer or song about their Chabad House and Country, each in their own accent or language. The Chayos and noise (thanks to the infamous CGI siren) was tremendous!
This prompted on of the CGI neighbors Mr. Ray Kelly to come on his tractor to the center of the hill berating the Staff for the commotion and the noise Camp was making, this lead into a confrontation with Masmidim Director Yossi Waks. . . . . . BOG WAR!
After a loud thank you to Mr. Kelly and the completion of the Presentation the Campers all went down to the Shul where they were explained the names of the teams in this Shlichus war and the teams were divided. (see related article).
The Chayos of Mincha and Bentching of supper really started this Shlichus war off on a high!
Very entertaining scavengers followed supper, the Campers then went up to bed and fell asleep within minutes after a long exciting and tiring day in Gan Yisroel – The Rebbe’s Camp

Overnights 7-2001

On Monday afternoon the entire camp moved to “Neversink” where they camped out in the wilderness.

Grouped in 2 bunks there was a total of 11 sites with beautiful campfires & BBQ’s found at each one. The sound of camp songs being sung at all the sites was heard all around the entire campgrounds.

Even a little rain that came down for a brief period during the night was not able to dampen the spirits of the campers.

At 8:00am on Tuesday morning all campers were awake after Shachris, breakfast and cleaning the site ready to board the buses for the trip to Mountain Creek the world’s largest water park which is located in Mount Vernon, NJ, where the Campers had a very enjoyable day, see related article.