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Some Tears, Memories…

Renowned orator Rabbi YY Jacobson was in Camp Gan Israel in Parksville, NY, when the children concluded the summer season. And with the memories came his tears.

By Rabbi YY Jacobson

In a single moment, eleven years of memories swelled up in my heart. I was a mere spectator, but I could not hold back the tears.

You see, I have spent some eleven summers in that location which I was now visiting. From the age of nine, back in 1981, I was a camper—then a staff-member—in Camp Gan Yisroel, in Parksville, NY, a small town off exit 98 on the 17. Only this time around, I came to camp to pick up my 11-year-old son who spent part of his summer here.

It was the last day at camp Gan Israel. It was time to say goodbye.

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Grand Banquet

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Heartfelt words, songs and awards graced Camp’s banquet on Sunday night. Enjoy the pictures in the full article.

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Staff Banquet

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Motzei Shabbos saw the dedicated staff of Gan Yisroel assemble in the dining room for a staff banquet. Opening words were delivered by the Executive Director Rabbi Shemtov, followed by several presentations from different staff members. The evening culminated in the distribution of the staff gift, a high quality traveler’s garment bag. This was given as a token of appreciation for all the hard work, sleepless nights and hard effort put into making this summer the amazing summer that it was.

Pictures in the full article.

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Color War Winners Announced!

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The past two days in Camp saw a ‘neck to neck’, ‘fiercely competitive’ and ‘never seen before’ Color War in CGI. Today the winning team was announced! Before the winners could be announced, in a true sign of achdus each of the team leaders switched their shirts with their ‘opposing’ team leaders. Congratulations to the winning team of Chayolei Adoneinu which was headed by General Ari Raskin, Lieutenant Sholom Brook, Lieutenant Mendel Blesofsky and Captain Moshe Denburg.

Pictures in the full article.

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Bar Mitzvah in Camp!

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Mazal Tov! BMD Celebrated today the Bar Mitzvah of Zalman Deitsch. May he grow up to be a Chosid, Yiras Shomayim and a Lamdan.

Pictures in the full article.

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BMD Washington Grand Trip DAY 1

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The first day of  BMD’s Washington Grand Trip was action packed to say the least. The bochurim visiting the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, Washington Monument, Toured the Capitol Building, National Air & Space Museum and went Lazer Shooting. Towards the evening the bochurim traveled to Chabad of Fairfax Virginia where they enjoyed a delicious BBQ before stayed the night.

Pictures in the full article.

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Staff Steak Night

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The entire staff of Camp Gan Yisroel enjoyed scrumptious steaks and french fries with assorted condiments on Tuesday night. A special thank you to all those that worked tirelessly to make it happen.

Pictures in the full article.

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Color War Competition Begins!

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What has been dubbed the fiercest Color War that Gan Yisroel has ever seen, began this Wednesday morning. Stay tuned for the full report, in the meantime enjoy the pictures of the teams of Dem Rebbe’s Kinder and Chayolei Adoneinu!

Pictures in the full article.

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Fun at CGI!

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Photos of Campers & Staff of Gan Yisroel enjoying various different awesome activities.

More pictures in the full article.

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Oldest Division trip to the Park

The Oldest division enjoyed an early morning trip to a nearby park today. At the park the campers davened Shacharis, played baseball or football and ate a hearty breakfast.

More pictures in the full article.

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Hockey All Star Game

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Motzei Shabbos saw Campers and Counselors enjoy two grand all-star hockey games, for the younger bunks and older divisions respectively. The games were in full force with the amazing skill on hand, commentators, coaches, referees and a special video presentation featuring the all-stars.

More pictures in the full article.

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