Camp Gan Israel at 770

Though it’s been a tradition for over 20 years now and a tradition much appreciated by the Rebbe all the years, when the Rebbe would give the children special attention, this years trip to the Ohel & 770 by The Rebbe’s Camp, the camp he established 47 years ago, Gan Yisroel, NY was very special.


Early Monday morning the camp had reveille followed by Mikva. After davening & breakfast the camp was ready to leave to the Ohel.


Every year camp travels via yellow school buses. This year however, there were air conditioned coach buses. 10 coaches buses, 3 – 15 passenger vans & 1 mini-van transported the 500 k”ah campers & staff to the Ohel & 770.


Upon arriving at the Ohel, shortly after 2:00pm, the campers were directed into the tent behind the Chabad House @ the Ohel where they were given drinks. @ 2:30pm there was a very special International Kinus for Camp Gan Israel’s around the world. The Kinus was conducted live via hookup.


Campers from CGI’s in different parts of the USA as well as CGI Montreal, Sweden, Russia, England and Argentina participated in the recitation of the Rebbe’s Kapitel, 12 Pesukim, Ad Mosai, Niggunim & listening to a part of a Sicha Kedosha from the Rebbe. CGINY H.C. Moshe Steiner served as MC for the rally.


After the rally the bunks were dismissed to the Ohel where the campers said Tehillim and read their Panim.


When the campers left the Ohel they washed their hands and went into the second tent for supper. The tables were set up in an orderly fashion – a private table for each bunk. Tuna & Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches as well as cold drinks and fruit were served for supper in a very orderly fashion.


A bit after 4:00 pm the camp boarded the busses for the trip to 770. When they arrived @ 770 all the campers with their counselors and staff who were wearing their beautiful new CGI t-shirts were seated on benches that occupied the entire front of 770 until the Bima HaKriah. The Staff of CGI & Yeshivas Kayitz stood on benches around all the campers.


As the campers waited for their comrades to arrive and be seated they sang camp songs.


H.C.’s Mendy Kornfeld, Asher Deren & Moshe Steiner conducted the singing and davening in 770.


When everyone was seated a smashing Mincha began. The Amen’s & Yehay Shmay Rabas were heard outside!


Following Mincha the entire camp began singing songs. The singing and chayus reverberated throughout the whole 770 where everyone stopped what they were doing and focused on the Rebbe’s camp “Shepping Nachas”. The type of chayus displayed by camp is impossible to put in to words and has to be seen to be believed.


After about 20 minutes of singing the bunks were dismissed to the buses.. Outside of 770 the sweated up campers were cooled down from the excitement with ice cold drinks before their trip back on the very comfortable air conditioned coach buses to The Rebbe’s Camp.


Every Shabbos is a special Shabbos in Gan Yisroel, “al achas kama vekama” Shabboss Yarchei Kalla, when Gan Yisroel has the Zechus to host Rabbonim, Shluchim & Mashpiim from artound the world.

The 1st Shabbos of the second session brought with it 100 new campers k”ah, and with that came their great Chayus & Lebedekeit that permeated all the Tefillos & singing songs during the meals.

Truck Driver Betzalel Camissar Davened Kabolas Shabbos @ the Umud. The Shul was packed with the many Yarchei Kalla guests and the campers let them hear the spirit of CGI loud and clear. During the singing of “Mikolos Mayim..” the staff of CGI put their arms around each others shoulders and sang together with the campers. As the bunks were dismissed to the dining room for Seudas Shabbos, they all went and said Good Shabbos to the Chashuve Orchim.

Following the meal, Head Counselor Asher Deren Farbrenged with about 50 campers.

Shabbos morning, Reb Yoel Kahan gave a Shiur in a Maamer to the guests of Yarchei Kalla.

L.T. Mendy Mann Davened Shachris & Mussaf@ the Umud & Learning Teacher Shimon Hellinger lained.

Before Mussaf, Rabbi Moshe Bogomilsky addressed the campers.

During the Shabbos Seudah Rabbi Mendel Shemtov addressed the campers.

During the afternoon there were Chiddushei Torah delivered by the Rabbonim on the front lawn of camp.

General learning classes led by YK guests were held this afternoon. Rabbi Moshe Bogomilsky Farbrenged for the oldest children, Rabbis Laizer & Gedalia Shemtov for the middle age groups and Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff for the youngest.

While Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff led the camp with the traditional Shmaryonkee in the main dining room, Rabbi Elimelech Zwiebel Chazzered a Maamer in the lobby.

Bunks Vav, Yud and Yud Daled won Shabbos competition.


Camp Gan Yisroel New York’s annual trip to the Ohel and 770 for Chof Av, Yahrtzeit of the Rebbe’s father, Horav Hagaon R’ Levi Yitzchok Z”YA there will be a special international rally, live via telephone hookup.

the spirit of Shnas Hakhel, Luabvitch camps from around the world will join together with Gan Yisroel, NY reciting the 12 Pesukim, listening Sicha of the Rebbe and singing Nigunim.

Any camp wishing to participate in this international display of Achdus should please call 845- 295 – 0715