Monthly Archives: מנחם אב / אלול תשסט - August 2009
Nine buses and two trucks hauled in the campers and staff members returning from Camp Gan Israel Parksville, NY, this alongside Camp Emunah and CGI Detriot on the nearby streets. Another Sign summer’s coming to an end.
Published: August 24 2009
Learning is my favorite part of the day”, said Mendel Ciment from Little Rock Arkansas.
This year in Gan Israel there is a special emphasis on making learning fun, accessible and meaningful.
“I want kids to experience a great love for learning that they can take with them for the rest of the year. Having a positive feeling about learning is so important since it’s the corner stone for the rest of our lives” said Moishe Frank, Learning Director for summer 5769
The famous “Air Miles” program was created and developed by Moishe in the summer of 2003 and is now used in Gan Israel camps around the world. During learning class the camper accumulates miles for his participation and joins different ranks due to the amount of miles he has. Prizes are then administered to the boys according to how many they’ve acquired.
Zalman Futerfas, Nosson Potash and Moishe Frank together form a great team as learning directors this summer.
The boys enjoy weekly game shows that are connected to what they learn during the week, thus bringing what they learned to life. These games shows are innovative way to bring chayus into learning and have been a major success. There is a great deal of “hands on learning” as well. When the boys were learning about tefillin, a sofer was brought into camp to illustrate the halochos and understand how it applies practically. Tzitzis were made by the boys so they can appreciate how the garment is made.
Every week a video is made, comprised of boys acting out what they learned that week. The video is displayed in the main are outside the dining room for boys to see all week and feel proud of.
On shabbos morning these is a record number of 150 boys who come to learn chassidus faren davenen, and the lucky boys earn a new picture of the Rebbe each time.
The campers air miles go up if they practice what they learn during their free time.
Finally, there is “leben vi chossid project”, which includes halachas and minhagim of how a chossid should act.
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.
Published: August 11 2009
It was a very rainy Sunday but that didn’t stop hundreds of family, friends and alumni from spending visiting day @ Camp Gan Yisroel in Parksville, NY. Visitors previewed the camp video in the lobby and had many delicious dining options from Gan Yisroel’s world famous canteen. There was also a special baseball game on the hill.
Chof-Av is in more ways than one synonymous with Camp Gan Yisroel, NY. The camp song in which the lyrics “Chof-Av by the Rebbe, I did see the Rebbe’s love for you and for me…” are found are by no means an exaggeration. For tens of years Gan Yisroel, NY has come to the Rebbe for Chof Av. When Chof Av fell during the week they came and when it fell out on Shabbos they came as well, all the while meriting special Kiruvim from the Rebbe. They came before Gimmel Tammuz and they’re still coming.
Today, Monday, Chof Av marking the 65th Yahrtzeit of the Rebbe’s father, the entire Camp Gan Yisroel traveled on coach buses from Parksville to the Ohel where everyone had a chance go and read a P”N. Afterwards it was off to 770 for a super Lebedike Mincha and camp songs.
Visiting day for the second trip at Camp Gan Israel, Parksville New York.
Published: August 09 2009
PARKSVILLE, NY [CHI] — After slipping in the first inning and giving up 7 runs, the staff paved the way for the visitors to victory in an upsetting final score of 13-5.
The visitors, comprised mostly of parents who dropped in for visiting day, played the staff at the field on the hill, and the misty foggy and rainy weather did not stop them.
Published: August 09 2009
Shluchim Rabbi’s (L-R) Mendy Kasowitz, of West Orange, NJ, Moshe Bleich, of Wellesley Hills, MA, and Meir Geisinsky, of Cedarhurst, NY watch the softball game of the visitors versus staff in Gan Israel, Parksville.
Published: August 09 2009
PARKSVILLE, NY [CHI] — The Yarchei Kallah convention held in Camp Gan Israel in Parksville, NY over the weekend came to a close this Motzoai Shabbos with a gala Melava Malka.
Addressing the crowd at the Melave Malka were Rabbi Yoel Kahn, the Rebbes Chozer, Rabbi Mordechai Shmuel Ashkenazi, the Rov of Kfar Chabad, Rabbi Leibel Schapiro, Shliach in Miami, and Rabbi Avrohom Shemtov, Shliach in Pittsburgh, among others.
Published:August 09 2009
Some 40 Mashpiim, and Roshei Yeshivos gathered on the grounds of Camp Gan Israel in Parksville, NY marking the traditional gathering of this sort honoring the Rebbes father Reb Levi Yitzchok.
Published: August 07 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Saturday, August 01, 2009
This past week has been so hectic that it has been hard to find time to sit down and write. That’s right, here in gan yisroel there is never a dull moment, especially as the first month is coming to a close. So on Sunday right after lunch came the announcement: bivouac!!! For those of you out there who haven’t gotten it yet that is the code word here in camp for overnight. We were all very excited as you see its been weeks already that we were chanting the famous bivouac chant, and here what do you know, we’re going. Anyway after packing everything that I might need into my bag we headed down to shul for mincha and then onto the buses. We had such a good time, my friends and I, collecting wood, setting up the campsite and finally supper, maariv and the real bonfire experience. There is nothing as special as sitting around the fire and having your counselor tell you and your bunkmates great stories with great lessons that will last a lifetime.
The next morning we went back to camp, showered, and before you could say “bunk competition” they were announcing the winners. By the way they are bunks zayin, yud-zayin, and chof-daled. Tuesday off they went to Six Flags Great Escape along with all the campers who missed the first grand trip.
Wednesday afternoon by the second activity I knew something was off. All the head counselors were acting real weird and saying things like “the laundry is mixed up” and “were playing stratego” or capture the flag, or both, or I’m not even sure anymore and then when I thought I had it figured out they broke out bog-war, well waddayuno, I was wrong. They soon explained that it is called Chayolei Beis Dovid war and that we are the soldiers in Hashems army fighting our yetzer harah and the 3 teams are the 3 things you need to win the battle. Achdus – unity, kabbolos ol – listening to the directions without question, and simcha –joy.
From scavengers to M.B.P. in the morning and then theme speech, theme song, races and the grand plays, but don’t forget the main part davening and bentching with lots of chayus. We had such a great time that by the time it was over I just wanted to do it again. Friday they announced the winners … team achdus!!!
The last shabbos of the first month was beautiful yet sad, my best friend is going home, but don’t worry, we traded addresses and I am going to keep in touch with him, I promise. Motzei shabbos was the all-star game and now we are packing up and getting ready for the banquet to begin. Gotta go but I’ll see you next month here in the Rebbe’s camp!