PARKSVILLE, NY [CHI] — The Yarchei Kallah convention held in Camp Gan Israel in Parksville, NY over the weekend closed Motzoai Shabbos with a gala Melave Malka.
Addressing the crowd at the Melave Malka were Rabbi Yoel Kahn, Rabbi Yitzchok Yehudah Yeruslovsky, head of the Chabad Rabbinical Court in Israel, Rabbi Avrohom Shemtov, the host, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Raskin, a Dayan in London, Rabbi Shmuel Lew, a Shliach in London, Rabbi Boruch Hertz, the Rav of the Chabad community in Chicago and others.
Published:August 25 2008
In what has become a longstanding tradition, the campers of Gan Israel of Parksville, NY make their way to Crown Heights in honor of Chof Av, the day of the Yohrtziet of Reb Levi Yitzchok, the Rebbes father. (photos by Meir Elfasi – Shturem.net)
In the years before Gimmel Tammuz the campers enjoyed a special attention for the rebbe and would come in from camp to partake in the Farbrengen that was held in 770.
This year the camp made its first stop at the Ohel where campers and staff members got to read a pan and recite the Maaneh Lashon, and from there they made their way to 770 where they Davened Mincha, recited the 12 Pesukim and sang camp songs.
Published: August 22 2008
Since 1974, the Yarchei Kallah has taken place around the 20th of the Hebrew month of Av, the anniversary of passing of the Rebbe’s father, who died in 1944 and was chief rabbi of Yekaterinoslav – currently the Ukraine city of Denepropetrovsk – before his arrest, imprisonment and finally exile at the hands of Stalinist authorities. He passed away in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan, the victim of brutal treatment for refusing to back down from his dedication to teaching Torah to Russia’s Jews.
“He was admired among Jews and non-Jews alike,” said Ukraine-born Rabbi Lipa Shapiro, 96, considered to be the last living person to have known the Rebbe’s father before his imprisonment.
I remember that when Rabbi Levi Yitzchak walked in the street, non-Jews used to stop and look at the tall and handsome figure,” Shapiro told the conference. But when the Rebbe, who never saw his father after his arrest, saw a picture of him in exile, lacking his former vitality and basic features, he wrote on the back, “My father?”
In further remembrance of the Rebbe’s father, the summit capped off its schedule with the granting of the Pras Levi Yitzchak prize to 10 top-notch yeshiva students from 10 different institutions in the United States, Argentina, Israel and Europe. Shemtov saw in the award the recognition that although many educators might choose to focus on troublesome trends in education, “we thought it was appropriate to put the spotlight on those who excel in their learning.”
The second and final visiting day took place today, Sunday. Parents came in from the city and nearby bungalow colonies to spend the day with their children in camps in the Catskill Mountains.
The following is a photo gallery of Gan Israel, Parksville, NY.