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LAST DAY (sniff) FIRST DAY (yay) –

This morning, the Talmidei Hachodesh were announced. The best student from each learning class was selected as the winner. Each winner received a certificate, and a picture of the Rebbe. The winners of Kevutzah Competition were also announced. The members of the winning classes each got a plaque with a picture of the Rebbe on it. The winners are Shmuel Dovid Hurwitz’s class, Kevutzah Hey; Baruch Hecht’s class, Kevutzah Vov; Menachem Benchimouhn’s class, Kevutzah Chof-Aleph and Yitzi Kleinman’s class, Kevutzah Lamed.

From each division, one camper was given an award for the most Mishnayos Baal Peh in his division. From the first division, Menachem Mendel Rosenblum earned one crown and one gold. In the second division, the winner is Menachem Mendel Spalter, who earned one crown and one red. In the third division, the winner is Menachem Mendel Zirkind, who earned one flag, one gold and one red. From the fourth division, the winners is Avremi Zippel, who earned one crown and two golds.

After Breakfast, learning classes were held as usual. After learning class, the campers who were leaving went to get their stuff. Some were picked up by their families directly from camp. Others went in camp’s van to the airport. Most campers went by bus to Crown Heights, New York City, where many of them live. Some will fly home from there.

Later on, the new campers arrived. At 2:00, the head counselors gave their welcoming speech. After the speech the campers were split into bunks, and went to unpack their stuff. Everyone met in the Shul for Mincha, followed by supper.

After supper, it was time for the first Night Activity of the second month! Night Activity Director Dovid Taub came up with the innovative idea of playing “musical chairs” and “Simple Simon says” simultaneously. Several selected campers went up on stage, and had to dance around the chairs, while following the instructions given by “Simple Simon.” At the same time, they had to make sure to grab a seat as soon as the music stopped. After night activity, Maariv was davened and everybody went off to sleep, to prepare for tomorrow, the first day of the second month.

FIRST TRIP OF THE MONTH, FOLLOWED BY EXTRAVAGENT BARBEQUE

121 Campers came to Cocoa Club this morning. If all the campers of any bunk came, each one received a picture of the Rebbe. Meir Blesofsky, of Bunk Chof-Aleph won a bike in a raffle, from among all those who learned at least two yellows last shabbos. A bike is raffled off every week.

Today was the first trip of the second month to… Skaters’ World! Bunks Aleph through Yud-Gimmel left camp at 3:10, and left the rink at 5:00. Bunks Yud-Daled through Chof-Hey left camp at 5:00, and left the rink at 7:00.

For supper tonight, the hard working kitchen staff put together a barbeque. Everybody ate outside. In addition, Camp bought soda and corn chips to complement the meal. Songs were sung during the meal, and afterwards we played a special round of Simon Says. Some of our talented staff got together their instruments, and played music for the campers during the meal.

THE FUN NEVER STOPS AT CGI – EVEN ON TISHA BAV!

Tisha Bav morning, after davening, bunks Aleph through Yud went to eat breakfast, while the older bunks remained in Shul for Kinus.

Throughout the summer, the campers have been receiving cards of pictures of the Rebbe as rewards. The cards are part of a set. Camp gave out special albums in which to keep the cards. Many campers have doubles of some pictures and are missing other pictures. Today everybody gathered in the dining room to trade pictures. There will be another set given out next month.

By lunchtime, bunks Aleph through Yud-Daled ate lunch.

Today was the auction, for which the campers have been earning money the entire week. Bunk Aleph won a box of Twizzlers.
Bunk Beis won two oversized beach balls.
Bunk Gimmel won 60 seconds of free canteen.
Bunk Daled won a box of assorted candy.
Bunk Hey won hula hoops for the entire bunk.
Bunk Vov won large, multi-colored cups, straws and Kool-Aid.
Bunk Zayin won picture of the Rebbe cards 1-45.
Bunk Ches won a glow-in-the-dark, miniature air hockey.
Bunk Tes won camp yarmulkes for the entire bunk.
Bunk Yud won a pizza party.
Bunk Yud-Aleph won smiley-face tennis balls.
Bunk Yud-Beis won framed pictures of the Rebbe at the Lag B’omer Parade of 1950.
Bunk Yud-Gimmel won Frisbees for the entire bunk.
Bunk Yud-Daled won Bissli snacks for the entire bunk.
Bunk Tes-Vov won bottles of bubbles for the entire bunk.
Bunk Tes-Zayin won goggles for the entire bunk, plus a floating-ring-toss-set and six rolls of scotch tape.
Bunk Yud-Zayin won kites for the entire bunk.
Bunk Yud-Ches won camp hats for the entire bunk.
Bunk Yud-Tes won two boxes of graham crackers and a jar of marshmallow fluff.
Bunk Chof won 1,000 ices. (That’s approximately 100 per camper.)
Bunk Chof-Aleph won two jars of pickles.
Bunk Chof-Beis won a box of assorted candies.
Bunk Chof-Gimmel won a postal box of cans of coke.
Bunk Chof-Daled won miniature fans for the entire bunk.
Bunk Chof-Hey won flutes for the entire bunk.

Unfortunately, due to the rain, the annual camper-counselor baseball game had to be canceled. The campers played board games and watched videos in the Shul. One the videos watched was “Al Naharos Bavel,” a vivid depiction of the Churban Bais Rishon. The play is performed in Polish Yiddish, so Rabbi Baras gave a simultaneous translation into English.

After Maariv, and breaking of the fast, it was time for the awards ceremony. The best campers from each bunk were announced, and were given their plaques and certificates. The winners of Bunk Competition were given their plaques, as well. The winners are bunks Zayin, Yud-Bias and Chof-Aleph. The winners of the championship, as well as the MVP of each division were given trophies. From Division 1, the MVP is Yanky Greene, from Division 2, Moshe Epstein, and from Division 3, Mendel Kranz. The winners of Kevutzah Competition and the winners of Talmid Hachodesh will be announced tomorrow. Everybody then trekked up the hill, to what will be (for some of us) the last night at CGI!

AT LAST – THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES!!

Erev Tisha Bav, learning classes continued as usual, despite the fact the from midday on most learning is prohibited. The laws of Tisha Bav were taught. Some classes learned the stories from the Gemara about the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash.

After learning class was the championship games! The winners were the Holtz Hakkers, the Miki-Dippers and the Kaliskers.

In the afternoon, everyone went into the dining to eat supper. After supper, everyone went to change into non-leather shoes, and then came back for the seudas hamafsekes. We then davened Maariv, and recited Eicha and Kinus.

BOG War 2004 / 5764

BOGWARba
Tzivos Hashem War 5764

Milchemes Hayeitzer
Al Yeivosh
Dugmah Chayah
 

 

Complete List of Members
of the Team of Milchemes Hayeitzer
Campers
Staff
Name
Bunk
Name
Job
Alenick,
Meir

3

Alevsky,
Mendy
Counselor
Arusi,
Erez

15

Bard-wigdor,
Yisroel C.
Counselor
Astolin,
Menachem Mendel

3

Bronchstain,
Levi
Counselor
Berkowitz,
Dovie

13

Cohen,
Uri
Learning
Teacher
Biston,
Yoni

24

Edelman,
Sholom Ber
Kitchen
Staff
Blesofsky,
Meir

21

Friedman,
Yehuda
Counselor
Boymelgreen,
Elchonon

17

Gitter,
Reuven
Counselor
Brafman,
Mendel

15

Gray,
Shalom Dovber
Learning
Teacher
Bronstein,
Asher

19

Gurevitch,
Mendy
Learning
Teacher
Caroline,
Menachem

3

Hurwitz,
Noach
Counselor
Chein,
Tzvi

6

Jacobs,
Yitzchok
Learning
Teacher
Cohen,
Levi Yitzchok

15

Katz,
Efraim
Counselor
Daphna,
Avraham

15

Kramer,
Yosef
Counselor
Eber,
Yossi

12

Krinsky,
Shmaya
Canteen
Staff
Engel,
Dovber

20

Lent,
Shmuel
Counselor
Epstein,
Moshe

11

Lesches,
Dovi
Life
Guard
Farkash,
Asher

13

Lewis,
Yosef
Counselor
Feller,
Tzemach Dovid

8

Lipsker,
Moshe
OD
Fridman,
Shmuel

12

Litvin,
Chaim
Computer
Room
Goldman,
Shmuel

9

Lowenthal,
Menachem M.
Counselor
Gopin,
DovBer

24

Marinovsky,
Shmaya
Canteen
Staff
Greenberg,
Menachem

6

New,
Isser
Canteen
Manager
Greene,
Yaakov

3

Ostrozynski,
Baruch
Kitchen
Staff
Gross,
Eli

3

Peerson,
Yankie
Director
Assistant
Harlig,
Mendy

20

Rogeretsky,
Shmuel
Learning
Teacher
Harlig,
Mordechai

25

Rosenberg,
Nachman
Counselor
Hershkop,
Yossi

24

Schapiro,
Levi
Counselor
Hertz,
Menachem Mendel

19

Schapiro,
Zalman
Learning
Teacher
Introlegator,
Lazer Tov

4

Schneersohn,
Shmulik
Counselor
Itkin,
Zalman

18

Shurpin,
Tzvi Yaakov
Counselor
Junik,
Yankee

19

Sputz,
Moshe
Learning
Teacher
Katz,
Menachem Mendel

5

Taub,
Dovid
NAD
Katz,
Yeshaya

14

Tiefenbrun,
Yossi
Kitchen
Staff
Katzman,
Levi Yitzchok

10

Wichnin,
Nachman Dov
Learning
Teacher
Kotlarsky,
Zalmy

11

Kozlovksy,
Chananya

22

Krasnianski,
Meshulem

9

Krasnjansky,
Mendy

18

Krinsky,
Shmaya

16

Krinsky,
Shmuel

22

Kudan,
Sholom Ber

18

Lehrer,
Shmuel

21

Leiter,
Chaim

14

Lesches,
Yossi

14

Leverton,
Dovid

17

Lisbon,
Shmueli

16

Malka,
Menachem David

24

Margolis,
Menachem

25

Minsky,
Nissan

5

Minsky,
Avraham

12

Nagar,
Shneur

4

Nesher,
Yechaskel Dovid Tzvi

3

New,
Tzemach

6

Pinson,
Levi

20

Polter,
Meir

19

Raitport,
Shlomie

3

Rapoport,
Tanny

10

Raskin,
Mendel

3

Rieber,
Eli

7

Rodman,
Yaakov

25

Rosenblum,
Menachem Mendel

7

Rothschild,
Menachem Mendel

4

Rubinstein,
Yisroel

17

Sabol,
Menachem Mendel

4

Sabol,
Yaakov Yehuda

22

Sagorsky,
Mendy

23

Sandhaus,
Shmuel Dovid

14

Sasonkin,
Moshe

4

Sasson,
Mendel

7

Sasson,
Berel

13

Scheinfeld,
Betzalel

12

Scholnick
/ Welch, Eitan

3

Segelstein,
Rafi

7

Sharfstein,
Levi

22

Shemtov,
Menachem Mendel

8

Sherman,
Menachem Mendel

17

Smoller,
Yossi

23

Sputz,
Menachem Mendel

19

Stark,
Yitzchak Menashe

20

Stern,
Avraham Chaim

3

Sudak,
Menachem Mendel

8

Toron,
Avrohom

23

Trappler,
Mendy

9

Treitel,
Mendel

6

Vogel,
Sholom

11

Vogel,
Avremele

25

Weinstein,
Shlomie

13

Weiss,
Benzion

11

Weiss,
Yossi Meir

16

Wilenkin,
Meir

9

Wolowik,
Menachem Mendel

5

Zippel,
Moishe

8

Zirkind,
Sadya

10

Theme Song for the Team of Milchemes Hayeitzer

Scene 1: MAFIA MEETS, DISCUSS RICH JEW, SEND OUT KIDNAPPERS AFTER JEWISH KID.

Scene 2: KIDNAPPING, KID IS GIVEN CHOICE.

Scene 3: BREAK-IN AND MURDER.

Scene 4: HEAVEN.

Scene 5: MAFIA CHIEIF AND SON IN LIVING ROOM, DISCUSSING ABOUT GROWING UP AND TAKING OVER THE FAMILY MAFIA RING.

Scene 6: ENEMIES MURDER CHIEF IN KID’S PRESENCE.

Scene 7: MEETING, CHILD APPOINTED AND SWORN IN ..… SWEARS TO TAKE REVENGE.

Scene 8: DREAM.

Scene 9: GIVEN CHOICE, TURNS AGAINST PLAN.

2468 FOR THE JUDGES!!!!!

SMILE WE WON !!!!!!!!!!!!

Theme Song for the Team of Milchemes Hayeitzer

Honorable judges fellow campers staff and gentlemen, my name is ——- ——- and it is my esteemed honor to stand before you today on behalf of my team and teammates and present to you our winning theme speech.

There is a battle raging inside each and every one of us, this is a fight not for money not for fame, this fight is the war between the two yetzers that we each have inside of us.

And in a minute you will all know exactly what I am talking about.

Every day, from the moment we wake up until the moment we fall asleep there is the constant longing of the yetzer tov and the constant badgering of the yetzer horah. The yetzer tov wants nothing in the world but to become closer to Hashem by learning Hashem’s holy torah and performing it’s precious mitzvos.

The yetzer horah on the other hand, is concerned only with personal gain and pleasure, and is always trying to find ways of convincing you to follow it’s clever yet very selfish advice. The desire is foolish, and the reward is short lived.

Now emagine if you will that you were the ruler of an empire at war with a neighboring king.

Or that little old you was walking down the street and suddenly someone pounced on you, and tackled you to the ground!

How hard would you fight to win and beat your enemy? How much effort would you invest into emerging victorious?

Or would you simply lay there and let the guy slap you silly?

The only correct answer is that you would give everything you have without thinking twice.

My friends the fight of the yatzer tov against the yetzer horah is a real battle! It is war!!

OK lets take this up a notch.

Theme Song for the Team of Milchemes Hayeitzer

(T.T.T.O. Mi Armea Admura)

I am a soldier of Tzivos Hashem

My job is to do mi tzvos when ev er I can

In every situation, no matter what the test

I must carry out my mission and do my very best.

But my Yetzer Horah stands in my way,

“ why endure such pres sure when fun can fill your day”

But I’ll nev er let my guard down nor leave my job un done ,

‘till the day Moshiach comes and Ha shem’s name is one.

Now I am no one spe cial not a tzaddik or a saint,

But I heed the Rebbe’s call , not to tire nor grow faint.

As a soldier I am ready to fight until the end

So give up Yetzer Horah ‘cause you’ll never make me bend.

For I am a soldier of Tzivos Hashem…

Win With A Smile!

Complete
List of Members of the Team of Al Yeivosh
Campers
Staff
Name
Bunk
Name
Job
Aber,
Sholom
20 Banon,
Levi
Counselor
Berkowitz,
Mendy
17 Barber,
Yitzchak
Program
Director
Bindell,
Shmuel Menachem Mendel
11 Bendet,
Yossi
Learning
Teacher
Bleier,
Moshe
16 Edwards,
Shmully
Counselor
Block,
Eli
15 Futerfass,
Zalman
Learning
Teacher
Bronstein,
Dovid Shloma Aaron
8 Futerfass,
Hendel
yeshivas
kayitz
Btesh,
Abraham Michael
13 Goldberg,
Samuel
Counselor
Cohen,
Elchanan
14 Goldshmid,
Naftoli
Canteen
Staff
Dardashty,
Eli
22 Goldstein,
Chaim
Counselor
Deitsch,
Levi
6 Goldstein,
Yossi
Life
Guard
Deitsch,
Moshe
20 Gross,
Shmuel
Assistant
Arts & Crafts
Deitsch,
Aaron Levi
21 Hassan,
Sholom DovBer
Life
Guard
Dubinsky,
Shalom
10 Hecht,
Moshe
Counselor
Dubinsky,
Mendel
17 Hecht,
Eli
Learning
Teacher
Dubov,
Levi Yitzchok
15 Hott,
Yoseph
Counselor
Dubroff,
Shimmy
24 Junik,
Eliyahu
Learning
Teacher
Edelman,
Menachem Mendel
21 Kahan,
Shuli
Counselor
Eidelman,
Yanky
10 Kasowitz,
Zalman
Counselor
Eilenberg,
Chaim
12 Klein,
Chezky
Learning
Teacher
Feller,
Yosef Arye
2 Kleinman,
Yitzchak
Learning
Teacher
Galperin,
Menachem Mendel
8 Krinsky,
Boruch
Counselor
Gansburg,
Shneur
17 Kroll,
Avraham
Counselor
Giro,
Yisroel
2 Kupfer,
Yaakov
Kitchen
Staff
Goldfarb,
Levi Yitzchok
2 Margolis,
Avromie
Head
Staff
Goldman,
Avremie
22 Moskovits,
Ari Leib
Counselor
Goldshmid,
Daniel
24 New,
Yale
Counselor
Goorevitch,
Eli
18 New,
Levi Yitzchak
Learning
Teacher
Grinman,
Yehuda
13 New,
Zevi
Canteen
Staff
Gross,
Menachem Mendel
20 Piekarski,
Hillel
Counselor
Gutnick,
Yosaif Yitzchak
7 Rafaelov,
Nesanel
Arts
& Crafts
Harlig,
Levi Yitzchok
25 Raskin,
Moshe
Video
Hecht,
J.J.
5 Schapiro,
Shmuel
Learning
Teacher
Hecht,
Meir
19 Schapiro,
Menachem Mendel
Learning
Teacher
Hecht,
Yakov
9 Shpalter,
Hershel
Counselor
Heller,
Binyamin Dovid
23 Zajac,
Mendy
Learning
Teacher
Israel,
Elisha
23 Zarchi,
Sholom
Seforim
Isserof,
Menachem Mendel
7 Zarchi,
Zalmen
Director
Assistant
Jacobson,
Mendel
6
Junik,
Yanky
5
Kalish,
Steven
2
Kalmanson,
Aaron
17
Katzoff,
Avromi
10
Kempster,
Beryl
23
Kievman,
Yaakov
4
Klein,
Shimon
12
Klein,
Aryeh Leib
17
Koren,
Michael
25
Kotlarsky,
Shmuel Nachum
2
Kranz,
Mendel
25
Krinsky,
Menachem Mendel
15
Lakshin,
Yisroel Dovid
4
Levine,
Shlomo
19
Lipsker,
Menachem Mendel
6
Lipsker,
Moishe
11
Lipszyc,
Sruly
18
Lisbon,
Chaim
16
Loloyan,
Yoseph Yitzchok
22
Lowenbein,
Menachem Mendel
9
Mangel,
Eliezer
7
Minkowicz,
Shmuel
9
Minkowitz,
Naftoli
14
Minsky,
Yossi
12
New,
Yisroel
11
Ostrozynski,
Yitzchok
24
Pinchanski,
Avi
11
Posner,
menachem Mendel
2
Posner,
Dovid
13
Pruss,
Menachem Mendel
12
Raitport,
Yoseph Yehuda
8
Raitport,
Eliyahu
14
Rapoport,
Menachem Mendel
4
Rapoport,
Meir
19
Raskin,
Menachem Mendel
8
Reichman,
Mendy
5
Rosenhaus,
Matty
23
Scheinfeld,
Menachem Mendel
22
Seldowitz,
Menachem Mendel
10
Sharfstein,
Yossi
5
Silverstein,
Menachem Nochum
21
Spalter,
Moshe
2
Spalter,
Mendy
16
Stark,
Mattisyahu Tzvi
16
Sudak,
Levi Yitzchok
14
Taichman,
Mendel
2
Treitel,
Menachem Mendel
6
Treitel,
Ari
10
Wayden,
Tzione Moshe
22
Weg,
Tzemach
2
Wilansky,
Menachem Mendel
18
Yaffe,
Mendy
15
Zakon,
Yitsy
19
Zeiler,
Zevi
24
Zippel,
Avremi
25
Play Summary for the Team of Al Yeivosh
In the political world, there are figures who don’t want the draft to be imposed on American citizens. The grand father, a high ranking political figure in his own right – opposes this idea greatly. The father supports the anti draft people. As each day passes, more and more people are starting to agree with the idea of anti draft, in the need to keep a ban on it. In light of the grandfathers belief, the anti draft committee, feel that they have to get rid of the grandfather by any means necessary. However, the meeting that they hold proves to be fruitless in their lack of an answer. The grandchildren grow up in a regular, middle class family. And attend a regular high school. The scholarship committee from another, highly sophisticated school, comes to check out these three kids because they had heard so much about their intellectual ability. While in their school, they offer the kids scholarships to attend their academic program. That night the children’s parents throw a family dinner to celebrate their children’s academic achievements and of the scholarship offers that they had accepted. In the pre collage class they are taking, they are taught about preaching anti draft. On top of that they are also harassed about their and their grandfathers opposing political views in the draft spectrum. They are harassed about this in school, out of school, by their friends, teachers, and family. The grandfather sees that his grandkids are taking a lot of heat for what they and he believe in, so he asks them that instead of all four doing their own thing, they should all campaign for having a draft imposed together. When he presents this to the kids, they readily accept. He tells them that since they are younger then he is, and they have no say in the political world they can help him by giving out pamphlets and convincing people they meet on the street. When the committee for the anti draft gets wind of this, they throw an emergency meeting. One of the committee members, Anthony Carter, is not only a politician, but also a very rich man in his own right. At the meeting he tells the other members, that they have to get rid of the grandfather because not only is he against them but he also is receiving the help of three of his grandchildren. The committee members argue for a couple of minutes for a solution to the problem. When none is reached, Mr. Carter tells the committee that he will solve the problem. When asked what it is in specific that he is going to do, he replies, “don’t worry, I’ll take care of it.” That night, he goes to the grandfather’s house to try to kill him. He can only mortally wound him due to the fact that there is a cop car that stopped to listen to the blood curling screams of the grandfather. When the kids hear about this, they visit him in the hospital on his deathbed. There, he tells them that they should never give up hope and that they should continue in their fight for having the draft imposed. On the same note, he tells them that they should watch out for those who want to derail their campaign and that even when the times are tough they should never be discouraged and they should continue in fighting for what they believe in. Two days later, in school, their principal introduces the three kids to the school’s financial backer. He is none other then MR. Carter. When the kids tell him about their feelings for a draft, he tells them that he agrees with them entirely. He also tells them that he will help them financially in any way he can. They exchange numbers and for the meantime, go their separate ways. The next week, MR. Carter calls the kids and tells them that he is having a party with some of his friends who are influential people in the political world. He tells them that they would probably like to hear what they have to say for themselves about the draft so they should come to the party. At the party, the “friends” turn out to be the people from the anti draft committee. When the kids enter the party, the committee members begin by telling them in a sarcastic way that they are sorry for their grandfather’s death. They harass them about everything: the fact that they are small teenagers going up against older, wiser, more experienced politicians who know what they are doing. They also threaten them that the fate that had befallen their grandfather will happen to them if they continue to campaign for the same ideologies their grandfather had believed in. The kids return home all dejected from the event that had just transpired. At home, the oldest brother tells his younger brothers that he had enough of the whole campaign and that he wants out. The younger brothers tell him that he is making a mistake and that they should continue in their campaign. He disagrees with his younger brothers and walk out. The following evening, the older brother goes to a bar to try to drown his problems. In the bar he meets MR. Carter. At first they don’t recognize each other. So the two get into talking and after a couple of drinks, MR Carter reveals/boasts to the oldest brother that he had a direct impact on the grandfathers death. In his fury, the older brother tries killing MR. Carter right there. However, he fails to do that and is arrested by the police for aggravated assault. When his younger two brothers hear about this, they say that we told our brother not to be discouraged and look at what happened to him, he goes ahead and tries to kill someone – this is what happens when you get discouraged. Therefore, the brothers make a pact and decide that now that they lost their grandfather to death and their oldest brother to prison, nothing will separate the two of them in their campaign to have a draft imposed. After another couple of days campaigning, one day the youngest brother picks up a newspaper and reads that the opinion of people about the draft is changing and that people are starting to agree with them. When he shows this to his brother, he tells him, “you see what happened when you stick to what you believe in and you don’t get discouraged, things end up going you’re way and people start listening and believing in what you’re saying. A child wakes up and exclaims,” what a dream I just had!” today I am not going to be ashamed by what people say I am and that I look different from everybody else. I will not be discouraged by what others say. I am proud of who I am: I am proud to be a Jew.

Written by Yossi Goldstein and Avromie Margolis

Directed by winning General Isser New

Produced by Eli Hecht

Thanks to all staff on the winning team of Al Yavosh for their help….we could not have done it without you!

Theme Speech for the Team of Al Yeivosh

HONORABLE JUDGES, GENERALS, MY FELLOW CHASSIDIM AND SHLUCHIM:

The truth is, that the title chossid is an all encompassing one. It is a term used for one that davens, learns, one that is gomel chesed, helps those around him physically and spiritually, one that lives a life of bittul and kabolas ol, to his rebbe and to the aibeshter and so on.

In fact, being a real and true chossid, means taking upon oneself a certain lifestyle and working towards it, which takes a lifetime to achieve. But tonight we are focusing on one very special aspect of a chossid’s avodah which is the backbone, and the key for success for any other ????? which the chossid might be occupied with throughout his lifetime – and that is ????? ?? ???? .

Simply put, the definition of this ????? is, that a chossid no matter where he is holding, does not suffice with his accomplishments up until this point but rather he is constantly and consistently working with himself to move forward and beyond in avodas hashem.

Not necessarily does this mean that he is doing earth shattering and monumental things, but rather this avodah may express itself in the finer points of avodas hashem, rectifiying and working on his thoughts speech and action and so on.

On a deeper level, this theme is the very issue which the Alter Rebbe discusses in Tanya, regarding the ???? ?????? ???? ?? ???? , which reflects on the two levels of a tzaddik and a rosho. The reason for this is – as the Alter Rebbe explains, that the entire purpose of the neshomo descending into this world is, that one should work and toil and eventually change his natural self. One that works and changes himself is called the ???? ?????? and is considered a tzaddik since he has fulfilled the purpose for which he has come down into this world.

Being that we stand in the hundred and first year since the rebbes birth, as Chassidim of the rebbe it is only right to mention, that the alter rebbe explains the above idea, with refrence to the significance of the numbers one hundred and one hundred and one. The number one hundred symbolizes a person that has been working with himself only within his natural limitations. However the number one hundred and one symbolizes the idea of one moving beyond himself, moving beyond all of his natural limitations.

It was only after I properly understood this theme, that a story I heard a while ago, began to become clear. It was during a period of time when a series of unfortunate events took its toll on the Rebbe’s mood. This went on for several days, and to say the least the Rebbe was a little more then just upset. It went on until one day, the Rebbe received a letter from a young school boy of 10 years old who wrote to the Rebbe the following:

“Up until now I would recite Brochos every morning by heart while was dashing off to school. However, I have now taken upon myself a hachlotoh that from now on, I will recite the brochos at home, word for word from the siddur .”

When the Rebbe finished reading this letter, his eyes welled up with tears and replied to the letter with the following words: ??????? ???? ???? ?? ??? ????? . You have revived me, like cold water splashed on a exhausted face.

Ever since I heard this story I was bothered – what was so great about that young boy’s hachlotoh to say brochos from a siddur, that merited such a answer and would be able to have such a affect on the Rebbe?

But now it is clear – through the ????? ?? ???? , through breaking through and bypassing ones previous standards, with never being satisfied with who you are and what you have achieved, but step by little step moving forward in your avodah, in big as well as seemingly insignificant things, it can be so powerful and meaningful that this can change the very essence of a person and ultimately change the entire world.

And to conclude I turn to all of us as one:

We may each have our own unique way in establishing a connection with the Rebbe, but we are most certainly united in our ultimate goal, of being mekushar to the Rebbe, through working with ourselves and with the world around us, growing up to be Chassidim and Shluchim, thus bringing us to the time when we will be zoche to once again ???? ??? ???’? ??? ?? ???? ??? ? ??? ????? ????? ?????, ???? ?????? .

THANK YOU

Theme Song for the Team of Al Yeivosh

(T.T.T.O. Ashrei mi sheloh chatah)

Walking home from school

Upset about what he’s going through

Enough of hiding that I am a Jew

I say my Brachos in the corner

Concerned my friends will laugh at me

Why so affected by what they say

Why not just openly proclaim

A Yid I know I am not the same

I carry with me Hashem’s holy name

A specialty possessed by every Jew

Empowering me in all that I do

The Rebbe teaches walk with pride

Our heads held high we have no fear

As a Chosid it’s my desire

To cherish the Rebbe’s words so dear

Smile we won!

Complete
List of Members of the Team of Dugmah Chayah
Campers
Staff
Name
Bunk
Name
Job
Abend,
Sholom
20 Altein,
Dovid
Kitchen
Staff
Alenick,
Aaron
17 Benchemhoun,
Menachem
Learning
Teacher
Andrusier,
Eli
18 Benjaminson,
Yomtov Lipman
Learning
Teacher
Avtzon,
Mendel
8 Blesofsky,
Mendy
Counselor
Backman,
Yisroel
11 Bronstein,
Mendy
Counselor
Barber,
Motty
19 Duchman,
Efraim
Counselor
Bar-Chaim,
Yosef
16 Geizinsky,
Bentzy
Learning
Teacher
Baroukh,
Shamuel
13 Gopin,
Sholom Yeshaya
Learning
Teacher
Baroukh,
Itzhak
23 Greenbaum,
Schneur Zalman
Counselor
Batt,
Yisrael Aba
1 Gurvitsch,
Avroham A.
Life
Guard
Batt,
Shlomo Chaim
13 Hecht,
Boruch
Learning
Teacher
Berkowitz,
Shlomie
22 Horowitz,
Dovid
Learning
Teacher
Binstok,
Dovid
20 Kahanov,
Leibel
Counselor
Blesofsky,
Mendel
9 Katzoff,
Yisroel
Life
Guard
Bloch,
Eliahu Nachum
23 Kazen,
Choni
Learning
Teacher
Borisute,
Sharshiel
24 Klein,
Yisroel
Learning
Teacher
Brook,
Schneur Zalman
9 Kotlarsky,
Levi
Life
Guard
Brown,
Yitzchok
23 Lazaroff,
Shmuel
Kitchen
Staff
Caroline,
Avremel
10 Lesches,
Avi
Assistant
PD
Chein,
Motty
4 Levin,
Yitzchak
Counselor
Cohen,
Menachem
4 Lew,
Moshe
Kitchen
Staff
Dalfin,
Yossi
25 Lipskar,
Eli
Assistant
ECAD
Daphna,
Moshe
15 Napartek,
Yehoshua
Counselor
Deray,
Reuven
22 Orimland,
Moishe
Counselor
Dubov,
Sholom
1 Posner,
Eliezer
Learning
Teacher
Duchman,
Levi
10 Raksin,
Avrohom
Learning
Teacher
Eber,
Nissi
7 Sandhaus,
Shneur Zalman
Counselor
Fainzilber,
Meir Israel
1 Shain,
Yossi
Learning
Teacher
Fainzilber,
David Hillel
8 Shur,
Meir
Learning
Teacher
Fellig,
Yossi
14 Solomon,
Yossi
Office
Manager
Frank,
Menachem
24 Spalter,
Yale
Learning
Teacher
Futerfas,
Mendel
1 Steiner,
Yitzi
Counselor
Gansburg,
Shaya
21 Sufrin,
Avigdor
Survival
Gelernter,
Ezra Sholom
19 Wilhelm,
Shmuel Dovid
Learning
Teacher
Giro,
Mendy
24
Goldstein,
Mordechai
8
Goldstein,
Ben
23
Grossbaum,
Menachem Mendel
4
Guigue,
Yonatan
10
Gurevitch,
Yehuda Leib
5
Gurevitch,
Yosef Yitzchak
14
Gutnick,
Avrohom Shloima
1
Gutt,
Chaim Ariel
1
Habosha,
Avi
17
Harlig,
Motti
25
Hayman,
Menachem Mendel
1
Herson,
Eliezer
25
Ingber,
Mordechai
16
Johnson,
Yeeshai
25
Junik,
Levikle
12
Kanelsky,
Yudi
16
Kotlarsky,
Yaakov
22
Lehrer,
Menachem
9
Levin,
Yehuda
20
Levy,
Mendel
6
Liberow,
Meir
7
Lipszyc,
Shalom
18
Mayteles,
Shmuel
15
Nagar,
Yosef Yizchok
17
Naparstek,
Levi
7
Naparstek,
Abi
19
Naparstek,
Mendy
22
New,
Avremel
18
Pewzner,
Sholem Ber
21
Pruss,
Yisroel
21
Raitport,
Shneur Zalman
14
Raskin,
Avrohom Eliyahu
18
Reines,
Reuben
1
Rice,
Yosef
11
Rogalsky,
Ovadia
10
Rosenfeld,
Yitzchok Isaac
5
Rosenfeld,
Mordechai
6
Sabol,
Yankel
24
Sasonkin,
Mendel
21
Seigel,
Chaim
7
Sharfstein,
Avremel
12
Sherman,
Alon
15
Slonim,
Yisroel
1
Trachtenberg,
Joseph
1
Unger,
Isaac
8
Vogel,
Yoel
12
Vogel,
Levi Yitzchok
19
Weisman,
Nissen Dovid
6
Wiener,
Yossi
5
Wilansky,
Yakov
13
Wolberg,
Sholom Ber
11
Wuensch,
Menachem Mendel
6
Wuensch,
Avraham
12
Zirkind,
Yitschock
13
Zirkind,
Menachem Mendel
14
Play Summary for the Team of Dugmah Chayah

David and Sammy Stavner are two brothers, but they have very different views on life. Sammy, almost thirteen years old, finds Judaism interesting and stimulating. Although his family belongs to the Reform Temple Tikvat Yeshurun, he learned most of what he knows from his Release Time counselor, a bochur by the name of Yankel. David, an older boy in his early twenties, finds Judaism burdensome, technical, primitive and barbaric. When he sees some Jews beaten up at a pro-Arab demonstration, he becomes decidedly turned off.

David’s friends didn’t like David’s Jewishness. One day, at a bar, they confronted him, “You better stop wearing that Jewish star and you stop calling yourself a Jew. And that name David. It’s just way too Jewish.” David was hesitant about casting off his culture. Although he felt no connection to Judaism philosophically or emotionally, he felt an obligation to his forbears and his dead mother. His friends decided that they‘d just have to get rid of him. They slipped a pack of stolen diamonds into his back pocket, while one of the friends called the police. David was handcuffed, and taken to jail.

The police called the Stavner residence to inform Mr. Stavner and Sammy of David’s arrest and his $3,200 bail. Needless to say Sammy and his father were heart-broken.

Shortly after this incident, it was time for Sammy’s Bar Mitzvah, which was held in Temple Tikvat Yeshurun. The Rabbi called up Sammy for his aliyah, in English. “Arise, Samuel son of George, be strengthened! He who blessed our forefathers, and our foremothers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Moses, Aaron, David and Solomon, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Leah, Miriam, Tziporah, Deborah and Esther. He/She shall bless this entire holy congregation, and say Amen. Because the honorable George, the son of Fredrick, has pledged charity for the sake of his son, in the amount of $20G’s for Temple Tikvat Yeshurun. May he, his spouse and their offspring be blessed, together with this entire holy congregation, and say Amen.” The rabbi then led Sammy through the Berachot, and read some the Torah, in English, with trop.

The rabbi then delivered the Bar Mitzvah address. “Dear members, paying or not, affiliated or unaffiliated, I stand before you today, on this joyous occasion, of the BarMikvah, of our dear beloved Sammy. Unfortunately, our main rabbi, Rabbi Jennifer was unable to come. She’s attending her niece’s Shalom Zachor. Sammy has been an active member of our congregation since he was 2 ½. He participates in all of our temple’s services, and activities including our volleyball team, our baseball team He attends our Bingo sessions religiously. He is a devoted patron of our Casino. He is a shining example to all our youth – and adults as well. Sammy, as you embark on your life as a Jewish adult, we remind you of the responsibility, and privilege of taking your rightful place in the batting order of our baseball team, instead being just a relief. On this joyous occasion, I call upon darling Samuel to address the assembled.”

Sammy went on to present his Bar Mitzvah speech. “I want to thank the Reverend, my father, and the memory of my mother, Alov Hashalom. Today I am a man by Jewish law, I accept all of my religious obligations, I acknowledge that there are many paths to reaching spiritual fulfillment, and in the spirit of objectivity, I intend to try ‘em all out. In the portion of the torah, the esteemed Reverend read, we hear how g-d speaks to Moses. Again. I hope that G-d will one day speak to me too. I thank you all for coming to share this special day. Especially Aunt Georgina and Uncle Sol who drove up from Mississippi .

A few months later, as David was sitting in the Coleman Correctional Institute, David’s father and brother came to visit him. Throughout the visit, it became apparent that David blames his Jewish identity for getting him into jail. When his father mentioned Sammy’s Bar Mitzvah, David is positively offended.

A rabbi from the Aleph Institute visited David in jail, and the effect was even worse. All that David took out from the meeting is a strengthened conviction that Judaism is for the birds.

Then a priest visited David. The priest carries with him a distinct air of serenity. He reassured David, that G-d doesn’t want the strict religious observance delineated in the Torah. G-d only demands that he accept the salivation he offers us. Then the priest told David of an experience he had. “I once saw a bird. It was a beautiful white bird. It must have been a spiritual bird. The bird told me that there is a boy named David, sitting in jail, in cell 1583, which could use some support and encouragement.” David agrees vigorously to the priest’s assertion. The priest continues serenely to discuss religion, and leaves David feeling spiritually recharged.

After David’s term was up, Sammy and David were joyously reunited, but their feelings quickly turned sour when David found out that it was Sammy who sent the Aleph Institute rabbi to him. “Do you realize you humiliated me in front of the whole group? They all knew I was Jewish!” Their conversation turned to religion and David got so fed up he stormed out while screaming that he is disowning Sammy.

The following Wednesday, Yankel came to teach the Release Time class, as usual. After class, Yankel noticed that Sammy looked a little down. He tried to speak to him, but Sammy pushed him off. Yankel offered to call him, but Sammy refused. In the end, Sammy agrees to call him, when he’s ready.

That night Sammy called Yankel. He told Yankel what was happening with David. Yankel encouraged Sammy not to confront David directly. “It would be better just to act like a Jew, and show him how Judaism is meaningful. This way he won’t feel you’re challenging him.”

The same night David called his priest and informed him he plans to convert. They make a date in the near future.

The next morning David was walking to the Church of Divine Light for a study session with the priest. As he passed by Sammy’s school, he noticed Sammy playing a game of basketball with his friends. Sammy was about to make a shot when his yarmulke fell off. He stopped to pick it up. “What did you do that for?” asked one of his friends.

“What do you mean?” Sammy responded calmly. “My Yarmulke fell off” David was deeply impressed. “There must be something to that religion of his, if he stops a game to pick up his beanie,” he concluded. However, he still plans on converting.

He went to the study session, but seeds of doubt were planted in his mind. Which is the true path, Judaism or Christianity?

That night, David spoke to his father about his troubled childhood, his mother’s death, and finally, religion. “Judaism is just too hard. I’ll go the easy way” David’s father had a heart attack on the spot. An ambulance was called. David cried beside his father. Although he feels terribly shaken that he caused this damage to his father, but he cannot embrace Judaism.

Sammy came home, and found David crying. David informed him of his plans, and loudly told him that he does not want to discuss the matter with him. David called his priest, while Sammy called Yankel. Yankel told Sammy, “Keep on doing what you’re doing. Act as a Jew is supposed to, keep neggel vasser by your bed, and wear your yarmulke and tzitzis even when you sleep. Be careful to make brochos and bentch. By displaying Judaism, not only is it non-confrontational, but this conveys a much deeper message. If you explain something to someone, you speak mind to mind. You give over an intellectual concept, and he gets only an intellectual concept. When you show him what it means to live Judaism, then he sees Judaism as a living religion. He will see that Judaism is meaningful, dear, fulfilling, and moral. So keep on doing what you’re doing, and hatzlacha rabbah.”

The next day David went to convert. The priest and his assistant began the conversion ceremony. In middle of the ceremony, David jumps up. “No! I will not become a Goy! My ancestors were Jews! My grandfather died because he was a Jew! My mother died as Jew! My father lives as a Jew, and my brother is teaching me to live as Jew!” David walked out, leaving the priest and his assistant baffled.

The last scene takes place in Israel, by the Kotel. Sammy is learning in Kfar Chabad, and David is learning in Ascent. The meet at the wall and emotionally embrace, two brothers with a common goal.

Theme Speech for the Team of Dugmah Chayah

There were once three men sitting on a bench. The first was going like this, (Make motions of driving a car.) The second was going like this, (rowing a boat.) And the third was going like this (Make a motion of a guy walking on his arm.) Someone came over to them and saw their strange behavior. “What are you doing?” he asked the first person.

“I’m driving my car.” He responded simply.

“What are you doing?” he asked the second person.

“I’m rowing my boat.” He replied.

“And what are you doing?” He asked the third guy.

“I’m driving away from these meshugoyim.” He answered.

We are standing now in Tzivos Hashem War 5764. Our team name is “Dugmah Chaya.” What is a Dugmah Chaya? What is the ma’aleh of a Dugmah Chaya?

There are two ways to influence someone. One, I can talk to him, learn with him and spend time with him. The second way is to demonstrate what I am trying to get across. To act the way I believe and understand. To be myself.

The first way requires preparation on my part. I don’t just present the concept as I see it, or as I understand it. I must present it on his level. For example, a teacher doesn’t give over the material with all the depth and profundity, that he understands. He must condense it so that the student can also understand. In terms of reaching out to fellow Jews. This means to speak to people on Mivtzoim, to make functions at Chabad houses and the like.

The second way does not require that he do anything specific to affect someone else. He just does what he must do. He does what he is obligated to do as a Jew, as a Chosid, and as a solider in Tzivos Hashem. Others will see him. And they will be motivated and aroused. He doesn’t tell them what to do. He doesn’t explain to them. He SHOWS them. And when he shows them, they don’t just see the exterior, what’s on the surface. They see how he lives with it, and how this is him!

When a person sees Judaism practiced, it is a lot more real and meaningful than when he hears it preached. There is a story of a shliach who had a speaking engagement at a shabboton in Fort Knox . As luck would have it his plane was delayed. He and his wife arrived in Fort Knox minutes before Shabbos. The quickly jumped into a taxi, but after only a few minutes they realized they would not make it in time. As shkiah was approaching, they left all their belonging in the car and set out to walk to the hall. After walking fer four hours, they arrived during dessert. He had missed his opportunity to speak. The shliach later commented, “My feet said, what my mouth could not.”

If he would have made it in time, he would have had a chance to tell them all sorts of wonderful things. He could have explained to them for hours the beauty of Shabbos. However, all this is only intellectual philosophy. When he walked fer four hours to the hall, he showed them that Shabbos is not only something we talk about, a nice tradition found in Jewish books. Shabbos is a real thing. Shabbos is worth walking until you’ve got blisters on your feet and your legs are sore. Shabbos is worth sacrificing comfort. Shabbos is real. This is a message that cannot be given over in words. This can only be accomplished by being a Dugmah Chaya. When a person is a Dugmah Chaya, the torah and mitzvos are not dead concepts we talk about, nice philosophies we discuss. Torah and mitvzos are the connection of a Yid to Hashem. Torah and Mitvzos are life. When someone observes this, it affects him deeply.

Being a Dugmah Chaya is not an independent avodah. Being a Dugmah Chaya means doing the right thing. I don’t need to work on affecting others. I must be concerned with carrying out Hashem’s will. With this attitude, of just doing the right thing, not necessarily thinking about the affect it will have, the greatest affect is had.

The Rebbe is the ultimate Dugmah Chaya. During the court case with the seforim the Rebbe wrote to Yudal Krinsky, a Rebbe is a Dugmah Chaya of Shulchan Aruch. Whatever the Rebbe does is an actualization of what is written in Shulchan Aruch.

Whenever the Rebbe davened he always looked inside the siddur. When the Rebbe saw a siddur on top of a chumash, or a hat and jacket on a tefilin bag, the Rebbe would see to it that it should be removed. It happened, that when the Rebbe was walking to his place, he stopped, and bent down to pick up a cigarette butt. We see from the Rebbe’s behavior the importance of seder, honor of a Beis haknesess, the honor of seforim, the importance of davening like a mentch. The Rebbe is a Dugmah Chaya of a Dugmah Chaya. The Rebbe did all the right things, and from his actions, we learn what to do.

Honorable judges, staff members and fellow campers, every person must know that he can affect his neighbors. His actions speak louder than his words. It is not necessary to take into account what they will understand. We must do what we must do. When an outsider sees one of us walking in the street, waiting at a checkout line, or playing ball in the park, and acting as befits a solider in the Army of Hashem, this will have a ripple affect. One person will see you, and he will aroused to change something in his life, someone else will see that and make some change in his life, until the entire world is pervaded with the light of torah and mitvzos and this will bring the coming of Moshiach immediately NOW! 2468 for the judges!

Theme Song for the Team of Dugmah Chayah
(T.T.T.O. TEFILAH L’ANI)On- a park bench on- a bright summer dayMike turned to his friend and did say :“I feel very empty, my life has no meaningI need fulfillment in what I-am doing ”But – right than his feeling did change

When- he saw a boy who looked very strange

A yarmulke and tzitzis he did wear

And to-him it looked meaning ful and dear

Mike- started on the path of returning

To the mitz vos and torah learning

At peace is how he’s now feeling

For he knows what it was he was yearning

The boy ‘s mere appearance in the street

Had changed someone he did not meet

This shows that a boy can make an effect

Just-by-acting as the torah expects

( Repeat )

The boy ‘s mere appearance in the street

Had changed someone he did not meet

This shows that a boy can make an effect

Just-by-acting as the torah expects

SMILE WE WON!!!

This Page prepared by Hirshy Raskin 2004

SECOND CHIDON ENDS IN SEVERAL TIES, WITH SCHAPIROS COMING OUT ON TOP. SECOND LEARNING CLASS TRIP AWARDED TO BEST STUDENTS

Today one student from each Learning Class was chosen to go a special trip. They went to Holiday Mountain Ski and Fun Park, where the camp went on July 6th. See that article for a full rundown of the attractions available there.

Today also was the weekly chidon. The two older divisions (the older mishnayos classes and the gemara classes) held their respective chidons during the morning session. In the mishnayos divion there was a tie between Mendy Schapiro’s class, Kevutzah Yud-Gimmel, and Shmuli Schapiro’s class, Kevutzah Yud-Bais. In the Gemara Division, the winners were Zalman Schapiro’s class, Kevutzah Yud-Tes. These Schapiros are on a roll! The younger mishnayos classes and the Chumash classes held their chidon this afternoon. The result was a five-way tie! None of the contestants got any questions wrong! Keep it up guys!

AFTER ANOTHER AMAZING SHABBOS IN CGI BUNK COMPETITION WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED

This Shabbos were the birthdays of Camper Avraham Chaim Stern, and the counselor of Bunk Aleph, Menachem Mendel Bronstein.

The winners of shabbos competition for shabbos Parshas Matos-Masai were Bunk Hey, Bunk Yud-Aleph and Bunk Yud-Zayin.

Motzai Shabbos the winners of bunk competition were also announced. The winners are Bunk Zayin, Bunk Yud-Bais and Bunk Chof-Aleph. An honorable mention also goes to Bunk Yud-Tes, who missed winning by three points. The winners went on their trip today. The plan was to take them to Great Adventures in New Jersey. Unfortunately, these plans had to be discarded to do bad weather. Instead the campers had a blast, going on a whole bunch of trips in the area. The went to Chips ‘n’ Dips, Pizza, arcades and Wal-Mart! Rumor has it that the children enjoyed the trips even more than Great Adventures

There will be a special competition from now until the end of the first month, in place of bunk competition.

THURSDAY JULY 15

On Thursday reveille was later due to the minimal sleep received last night. Today was the birthday of Levi Hadokov, CEO of Shmais News Service. Itzakadoozie posicles were distributed to all the campers! At night he held a Farbrengen for all the staff.

 


GRAND TRIP ENJOYED BY ALL

Wednesday morning reveille was at 7:00. Everyone came directly to the Shul and began davening. After davening and a quick breakfast, we boarded the buses and headed off to The Great Escape!

Around 12:30 we arrived at the park. Everyone lined up outside the park. The counselors gave out snacks, and began breaking up the children into groups of three or four. All staff members, not just counselors, took a group of children.

The weather was perfect for a Grand Trip – overcast and drizzly, so there were very few visitors at the park. Lines were almost non -existent. One group went on a water ride six times in a row, without stopping. Another group went on a roller coaster five times in a row. Just at the time lunch was scheduled to begin, it began to rain hard. During lunch, Head Counselor Yudi Steiner said that the bunk in which every member ate nicely, sang nicely, and smiled would receive every Rebbe picture that was given out yet, a total of 25 pictures. As time went on the stakes rose to 48 pictures. Bunks Yud and Yub-Bais almost made it, but in the end, nobody won. As lunch was ending, the rain continued falling. Yudi Steiner predicted that if the whole camp would say Ad Mosai nine times it would stop raining. First, every person in the tent needed to get on a bench (or table.) It took quite a while, but in the end, every single person (even the staff) got onto a bench. Then Yudi led the cries of Ad Mosai, each time louder than the last. After the ninth Ad Mosai, the sun could be seen shining from behind the clouds. After only a couple of minutes the rain stopped.

Throughout the day shouts of “CGI! CGI” and “Wherever we go!” Night Activity Director Dovid Taub prepared a scavenger hunt to do in the park. Among the things to do was to get the majority of the line to shout “CGI!”, to get people from foreign states to sign a paper, and to put tefilin on with a Jewish visitor. Over 25 people put on tefilin, at least seven of them for the first time. Dovid Taub’s puppet, Itche Kadoozy put on a show on one the park’s stages. A large audience, from camp and not from camp, gathered to watch the hilarious show. Although the show was not videoed, you can watch other Itche Kadoozy productions at www.itchekadoozy.com.

At 7:00, it was time to gather outside the park and daven Mincha. Just then, rain started pouring. The tent was rather small, and just barely fit the entire camp. After Mincha, everyone loaded onto the buses. Supper was eaten on the bus. At 11:45, the buses pulled into camp. We davened Maariv and went to sleep.

HURRICANE BARELY MISSES CAMP GAN ISRAEL

Monday saw particularly bad weather. It rained most of the day. In the afternoon a sign was put up on the bulletin board, purportedly printed off the internet, predicting bad weather, and possibly a hurricane in the Catskill Mountains. Next to it was a printout from Shmais.com reporting how the Catskill Mountains may be evacuated.

Inspectors came to camp on Tuesday. Overall they were impressed with camp. It continued to drizzle most of the day.

Before supper tape was put up on most of camp’s windows to minimize damage done by shattered glass. At the end of supper Head Counselor Chezzy Deren got up on the table and gravely announced that all counselors should get bentchers for their bunks and begin bentching immediately, regardless of whether their table was cleared or not. “Let no camper allow the words “BOG War” leave his mouth!” he warned solemnly.

After they finished bentching the campers were herded into the basement, followed by the staff. As everybody sat down on the floor, Chezzy told everyone that the storm would not hit us with full intensity for quite some time. Meanwhile horrible banging and shaking could be heard upstairs. Chezzy then demonstrated how to sit cross legged and hold our hands over our heads in case thing should fall from the ceiling, when…

the BMD came running into room, “BOG WAR!!!” Singing and dancing broke out, simultaneously with cries of “I knew it the whole time!” “I saw through the window that everything was fine.” Everyone then proceeded to the shul were the benches had been moved into three groups.

Everyone sat down and Yudi began to explain the theme of BOG War. “This war is to be called Chosid War. Each team will try to demonstrate who can be more of a chosid. There will be three teams. The first team is called Yosef. Yosef lived in Egypt. He was in golus for 22 years. This team will show how horrible golus is, and the life of a Jew in golus. The second team is Menashe. Menashe symbolizes the desire and yearning to leave golus. The third team is Ephraim. Ephraim symbolizes how a Jew can be fruitful, and maintain a connection to Hashem even in the golus, and on the contrary, strengthen his bond through the golus.”

He then split up the teams, and announced the staff members to be on each team. Then the lieutenants and generals were announced. Each team loudly expressed their confidence and pride in their team. Shaya Goupin then asked for silence. Some time passed and the campers continued to talk. “Menashe, you have lost a point!” Shaya bellowed.

Menashe’s general, Counelor Ruvain Gidder stomped to the front of the shul “What? A full point? Maybe a quarter of a point. Not more than half a point!”

“That’s it!” said Shaya, “If you can’t have BOG War, then there will have to be-”
“GRAND TRIP!!!!” screamed the lieutenants of Team Yosef. Once again singing and dancing broke out. A couple smart alecks still insisted on screaming “I knew the whole time!” but many campers were just confused.

Shaya got up again and explained “Tomorrow will not be not be BOG War. Tomorrow will be the Grand Trip to the Great Escape!”

Confused looks continued to be seen on many of the campers’ faces. “Let me explain,” said Yudi, “Inspectors, yes. Hurricane, no. BOG War, no. Grand Trip, yes. We will not be davening by team. We are davening by bunk like every usual night.”

July 12 ANOTHER SMASHING DAY AT CGI

Over 120 campers arrived this morning for Malafaphone Monday. Each of the children got a Malfaphone card – the only way to be picked as a volunteer for night activity.

Despite the rain the persisted throughout the day, the campers still had fun the entire day. Popular activities that were played indoors include: gag-ga, hockey tournaments, computer room, game room, board games, bingo, swimming, arts and crafts and many others. The rain did little do dampen the spirits of the CGI campers.

VISITING DAY AT CAMP GAN ISRAEL

Hundreds of visitors from around the world, including father’s and mother’s, brother’s and sister’s, bubby’s and zaidy’s uncle and aunts and others spent their Sunday afternoon visiting with campers & staff @ Gan Yisroel in Parksville, NY.
The highlight of the day was the grand dedication ceremony of a brand new bunkhouse on the famous hill in CGI.

CGINY’s Executive Camp Director Rabbi Avrohom Shemtov addressed the crowd, reminding them of the extra special connection & attention the Rebbe gave to this camp.

Afterwards, the red ribbon was cut and the Fellig brothers from Miami Beach, FL, Zalman & Shlomie, who dedicated the new bunkhouse in memory of their dear father R’ Yosef Mordechai ben Tzvi Meir OBM, were honored with affixing the Mezuzos on the 2 doorposts.

Following the ceremony the large crowd enjoyed delicious fresh donuts and soda.

While many campers & staff left campgrounds for the day, many others remained to enjoy the delicious food from the canteen, relax and picnic on the front lawn, have some fun on the lake and much more.

11:00 Camp Time (12:00 Eastern Time) visiting day officially began. Many parents came from the NY area and beyond to visit their children. At 12:00, a ceremony began for the dedication of a new bunkhouse. Rabbi Avremel Shemtov spoke how when Camp Gan Israel moved from Swan Lake to Parksville the Rebbe said that grounds belong to Merkos, and the keys are lent the camp staff. This land legally belongs to the Rebbe. The Rebbe also said that the land of Gan Yisroel is an extension of 770. He then spoke of the great zechus the Zalman and Shlomo Fellig have to be able to sponsor a new bunkhouse in the Rebbe’s camp. Camper Yossi Fellig cut the ribbon in front of the house, and the head staff, the directors and the Fellig brothers walked onto the porch. Each of the Fellig brothers affixed a mezuzah on one of the doors. In the meantime, a sign was put up dedicating the house to Rabbi Yosef Mordechai ben Tzvi Meir Fellig, the father of Shlomo and Zalman. The large crowd then enjoyed soda and fresh donuts.

Throughout the day, parents kept coming to camp. Many spoke to their sons’ respective learning teachers and counselors. A buffet lunch was put out in the dining room for all the campers and visitors to enjoy. In addition to the usual array of fine food available at the canteen, specially for Visiting Day, hot dogs, hamburgers, and grilled chicken wings were for sale the entire day. Camp T-shirt and caps were being sold in the main lobby. The camp video (to come out at the end of the summer) was on sale for $16.99, including free shipping to anywhere in the US. After camp, the price will go up to $20. The special sale price is still available, so order yours today! In lobby, an exclusive sneak preview of the video was being shown. There were paddleboats, bumper boats, rowboats available to be taken out by the lake. Many parents took their children out to the many attractions available in the area. All in all a great time was had by all.

Among our distinguished visiting day guests was former Night Activity Director Moshe Markel. First a game of “mummy wrap” played. Two teams of two campers were selected. One camper had to wrap his teammate entirely in toilet paper. The winner’s entire bunk got to play another game.

ABOUT VISITING DAY

Camp Gan Israel NY logoWe wish to inform you that Sunday July 11 – 22 Tammuz is the first Visiting, between the hours of 12pm and 7:00pm city time.

If you wish to take your son off campgrounds, you must sign him out at the administrative office.

Please refrain from bringing girls Bat Mitzvah and over on grounds This will be strictly enforced!

We are pleased to inform you that we have made arrangements to have refreshments on campgrounds for your pleasure and enjoyment.

Suggested Tips:
Counselors: $25
Learning Teachers: $25
Waiters: $20

Please note our camp phone numbers:
Office: 845-292-9665
845-292-9307
Fax: 845-292-4186
E-mail: Mail@firstcamp.com

Directions: N.Y. Thruway till exit 16 – take 17 WEST until exit 99 – make a right for 2.5 miles – have a safe trip.

RECORD BREAKING COCOA CLUB ATTENDANCE

Wow! 219 campers at Cocoa Club Sunday morning! This is absolutely amazing! This is more than any other Cocoa Club, any other year in any other Gan Israel! One of the major incentives for the children to come was that every kevutzah that every member attended was awarded a special color picture of the Rebbe – never given out previously and never to be given out again! As I type this, I see through the windows the children running to the front lawn to one of the new gazebos where Moshe Frank and Menachem Benchemhoun are sitting giving out the pictures. A total of 18 kevutzah won. In addition to the color Rebbe picture, every single attendee was awarded with 1. a black and white picture of the Rebbe 2. a yellow 3. a ticket in a raffle for a fifteen-speed bicycle 4. a raffle ticket for a glass chess set 5. a raffle ticket for one of five mugs 6. cup of cocoa 7. a raffle ticket for a framed picture of the Rebbe 8. a Mincha Maariv 9. a leather band watch. Another important factor is devoted and creative MPB Director Moshe Frank, and persistent assistant MPB director Menachem Benchemhoun

CGI TO DEDICATE NEW BUNKHOUSE

CGI TO DEDICATE NEW BUNKHOUSE

On Sunday the 22nd of Tammuz, a dedication ceremony will IYH take place in Gan Yisroel, in Parksville, New York for a brand new bunkhouse.

The bunkhouse, the 11th on the hill in camp is being dedicated by the Fellig family in memory of their father R’ Yosef Mordechai ben Tzvi Meir OBM.

The ceremony will take place outside the new bunkhouse @ 1:00pm.

WHAT A SHABBOS IN THE REBBE’S CAMP!

This Friday night the davening was absolutely amazing. Counselors, as well as learning teachers and general staff sang and danced with the campers throughout Kabolas Shabbos and Maariv. During the meal the campers watched in amazement and several kept count aloud as Head Counselor Yudi Steiner stacked up no less than thirty-four twelve packs of soda. He then proceeded to explain that this soda was sponsored by the family of Shmuel O”H Chitrik, who passed away going to Camp Gan Yisroel on the 20th of Tammuz, 1987. Every single camper (and staff member) was then given a can of soda. The remainder was distributed throughout the night. The singing continued late into the night.

The next morning we were up bright and early to get ready for the Shabbos morning davening. The campers davened with chayus and enthusiasm until the afternoon. We then went to make Kiddush and eat Seudas Shabbos. During the meal more songs were sung. After the meal there was a break until learning class/farbrengen. In honor of Shabbos the learning teachers were given chips and soda, to farbreng with their class. Learning class was followed by Seder Nigunim and Minchah. During Shalosh Seudos Night Activity Director Dovid Taub and Counselor Yosef Hott put on a hilarious rendition of “A Week in the Life of a Camper.”

After a smashing last-Maariv-of-the-Shabbos, the winners of Shabbos Completion were announced. The winners were Bunks Daled, Tes, Yud-Bais. The runners-up were bunks Chof, Chof-Alef and Yud. Due to the unusual chayos this Shabbos, in addition to the usual three winners (one from each division) and three runners-up, this week there were two bunks who got vouchers to ‘Chips and Dips’ (a local restaurant) due to their outstanding participation.

GAN ISRAEL OVERNIGHTS A SMASHING SUCCESS!

One participant of the Older Division overnight described the overnight as “smooth” everything went according to schedule. (I’m sorry I have no more information. I wasn’t there.) Over seventy (out of eighty) campers attended Cocoa Club Thursday morning AT THE CAMP SITE! After going to sleep who knows when!
Thursday afternoon the Younger Division went on their overnight. Bunks Yud-Alef and up went to a site far from camp. Bunks Alef through Daled camped out at “The Rebbe’s Forest,” a five minute walk behind the soccer field. The site has a little brook and a nice pit, surrounded by rocks, for a bonfire. When they arrived they set up their sleeping bags, then set off to collect wood for the bonfire. As the fire burnt, they listened to stories from the various staff members who were there. Between the stories they sang songs and ate hot dogs. Then they davened Maariv and went to sleep. Friday morning they woke up and davened. After davening they had a breakfast of scrambled eggs fried on a grill. They then packed up and marched back to camp. In camp they had a special activity, Challah Baking! Each camper got to shape his own challah.
From every learning class one student, who had good grades, and behaved well, was selected to go on a special trip of bowling! Mazal Tov to all the winners, and keep up the good work!

Another MBP Record Set! First Learning Class Chidon!

Today 165 campers came to Cocoa Club! This was despite the fact that no cocoa was served, due to the fast. Every camper was awarded an exclusive, color picture of the Rebbe. Rabbi Avremel Shemtov commented, “It has never happened before in the Rebbe’s camp that 156 campers came to Cocoa Club.” We are making CGI history! So far every day’s attendance was greater than the previous days’!

During Learning Class the teachers spent time reviewing the material we have learned so far because today was… the first Weekly Chidon! Each learning teacher selected one camper to represent his class. The Mishanyos and Chumash Divisions held their Chidon in the Dining Room. Learning Director Asher Hecht presided over the Chidon. After Oshi read the question, the first contestant to raise his hand would answer the question. Two judges (selected from among the campers) watched, to determine who raised his hand first. If the contestant answered correctly, his kevutzah got two points. Some times Asher asked questions to the crowd at large. The winners were Kevutzah Vov.

Also announced at that time were the Talmidei Hashavuah. They’re names and pictures will be posted in the near future. Each Talmid Hashavuah was given a beautiful certificate and a framed picture of the Rebbe.

There will be a test on Wednesday and on Thursday. All campers who receive a passing grade, and have behaved satisfactorily will be going on a trip.
The Gamara Division had their Chidon in the Shul. Rabbi Baris Presided over their Chidon. There is some uncertainty as to who won. We will post the winners we when it is known.

Due to the fast the normal activities were not played. Some campers played board games while others watched videos of the Rebbe (and last year’s camp video.)

Mazal Tov to Menachem Frank on his Hanachas Tefilin.