Monday 11 Tammuz 5761

Today after breakfast H.C.S.A. announced that the entire camp will be going on the first trip this summer to “Roller Skating” the campers broke out into a loud cheer and the excitement was felt in the air.
At 10:30am the campers from bunks Aleph through Yud-Aleph boarded the busses for the first shift to “Skaters World” in Ferndale, NY for an exciting hour and a half on the Roller Skating rink. When the younger bunks returned they had lunch and the bunks (Yud-Bais through Chof-Bais) went on to the skating rink.

The days excitement did not end with Roller skating. During the first afternoon activity camps “Toras Rabbeinu” leagues began with a bang and the campers were all very into all the sports activities, looking forward to being the best in their league. The names of the teams are the Seforim that the Rebbe wrote.


After lunch on Tuesday afternoon, the Staff of Gan Yisroel, NY were presented with a beautiful silver watch “with much appreciation” for their hard work. The stunning looking watch has a gorgeous clear Gan Yisroel logo etched into the face.

The campers cheered after each staff member was presented with his watch. After everyone got their watch H.C.S.A. told the staff to open up the tin container and a loud “pssst” coupled with “ooohs” and “aaahs”erupted after the staff & campers alike saw the watches for the very first time.

The staff did not waste any time and immediately took off the watches they were wearing and replaced them with the new CGI one.

Camp Gan Israel Watch

Thank you SHMAIS

Dear Shmais,

I would like to thank you for the wonderful job you have been doing at keeping us updated with CGINY.My son is in camp but rarely has time to call home, so it is really nice for us to see and hear exactly what’s going on. It has become the high light of our day to go on SHMAIS.COM.Keep up the good work!

A thankful mother

P.S. one little request: can you put more pictures of the boys in Siberia? we don’t get to see much of them!


The Yeshivas Kayitz program @ Gan Yisroel, NY continues to experience much Hatzlocha in it’s program. The success is due to the hard work, dedication & devotion of the YK staff, Uberoshom Rabbi Moshe Wolberg & Hatomim Yirmiya Berkowitz.

Much credit is also due to the great bochurim who come from the finest Yeshivos around the world, including: Brunoy, Oholei Torah, Lubavitch Yeshiva, YOEC, Tzeirei HaShluchim – Tzfas, Montreal & others. The 50+ k”ah Bochurim are true examples of what a “bochur” should be, & @ the same time they are a “dugma chaya” to all the campers in CGINY.

Amongst the many new projects for the second month are Videos & tapes of the Rebbe. The videos are shown twice a week & they cover the entire year cycle with the Rebbe. The tapes, “Maaseh Rav” are played every night prior to Maariv. Each bochur is given a sheet of paper with the Sicha in Yiddish, in addition there is also English translation.

In other YK news, a major indoor play is being worked on. The play will be put on during the nine days, by YK members in front of the whole camp. Tonight there was a delicious b-b-q in Siberia. Due to weather conditions, all eating was indoors. Also a beautiful bima for the Sefer Torah was built & brand new shelves in the stock room.

The latest at CGI

Before Shachris there was Mishnayos Baal Peh & Snacks. After Breakfast the teams delivered their theme speeches. Team time for the theme song took place before lunch.

Line up for lunch was in front of the Beth, with the lines extending all the way into the front lawn.

During lunch L.D.B.H. raffled off some prizes, the campers were holding tickets they got from being good in learning class.

After a delicious lunch of Shloimys’ homemade pizza, fresh salad, fruits etc. the teams sang their wonderful theme songs.

Rest period & MBP for those campers who did not finish their quota, followed lunch. The relay & other exciting races took place on the soccer field. @ the end of the races special twin pops – ices sponsored by Fadak Inc. & were given to all the campers. The campers enjoyed the ices immensely.

The overall Chayus during Yovel Shana war has been fantastic!



(T.T.T.O. Yaleh Tachanuneinu)
Through the heavenly chambers, the Baal She’em Tov strolls.
He meets Moshiach, amongst all the souls.
‘When are you coming?’ he cries in despair .
V ( pause)
“Once your teachings are found everywhere”

Since the Rebbe our leader began to teach
There are no limits to whom he can reach
With a sicha, a ma’amer, hayom yom each day
He teaches us all in a practical way
(chorus) 2x

The Rebbe our leader who teaches all jews
No matter their level—that means me and you
“when are you coming?” we cry in despair,
“If chassidus is found everywhere”

Chassidus developed, our learning progressed
The soul of the Torah revealed and expressed
Life took on meaning the Jews were revived
Love for ones fellow man blossomed and thrived.



T.T.T.O. Hinei Unochi Sholeach Lachem (Tzlil V’zemer)
Throughout the many years,
Of the Rebbe guiding us,
People come to Him,
With their problems to discuss.

“A Brochoh for my son,”
“A new business I’ve begun,”
Regardless, the Rebbe helps each one.

But most of all the Rebbe shows concern,
For Chinuch of children,
The way that they should learn,
A moment of silence, in all Public Schools,

Marching by proudly Tzivos Hashem,
The Rebbe salutes to each of them.

In this way the Rebbe was able to ensure,
Klal Yisroel’s future, it should be secure
Until the time, when we’ll see once again,
The Rebbe saluting proudly, to his Tzi-vos Hashem.

Team of Beis Chabad

Tossed and thrown in stormy winds a ship struggles through the night
The passengers aboard scared and full of fright

A strong steady ray breaks through the night
Spreading its warmth to all in sight
Uplifting their spirits instilling them with hope
Providing for them the ability to cope
A sense of comfort to all it does bring.

So many Jews drifting on the waves
Unsure of their actions, unsure of their ways
Worldly ideals are all that they have known
Assimilated they all have grown
Their beautiful neshomos they have never felt

The Rebbe dedicates every single day
Generating light in every way
For each and every Jew, the Rebbe, builds a home
Saving all Jews from the unknown X2

Wherever a Jew may find himself he will never be alone
There’s always a Chabad House he can call his home

The preparations for “Bog war”

The preparations for “Bog war” began after lunch. E.M.T.M.B. announced that there was a sewer leak in the water supply to all the bunks on the hill. He warned all campers not to drink the water.

A bunch of staff started to fill clear plastic garbage bags with water, from a hose inside the indoor pool. The water was to be used to fill all the toilet tanks on the hill, & the plan was to have all the campers carry those bags of water up to the hill.

After snacks were served, there was a special line-up in front of the flagpole. H.C.B.K. was running the show and the distribution of the bags of water began. In middle of all this there was a 1-2-3-4 we want bog war, from the staff. Many of the campers were chanting ….we HAVE bog war. Shortly thereafter as the campers were going up to the hill with their bags of water, the staff screamed out BOG WAR and started singing “lo yisa goy”. The campers went wild with excitement throwing some bags up in the air and ripping the others. The H.C.’s quickly quieted everybody down and sent them into the Shul, but the scene reminiscent to lasts years Bog war breakout when all the campers threw their sunglasses up in the air.

Once inside the Shul the camp was divided in to 3 teams. This year’s war is called ”Yovel Shana” in honor of The Rebbe’s 50 years of Nesius. The names of the teams were Chinuch, Bais Chabad & Chassidus.

In a spirit of Achdus the 3 generals all entered the Shul together. They all wore color rain ponchos in their team colors.

Generals & Lt. Gen

Bais Chabad
Gen.- Dovid Gutnick
Lt. – Asher Hecht
Lt. – Mendy Kaplan

Gen.- Shmulie Nachlas
Lt. – Sholom Kramer
Lt. – Simcha Morgenstern

Gen.- Yossi Waks
Lt. – Ari Markowitz
Lt. – Yanky Markowitz

After brief “pep talks” from their generals there was a rocking Mincha, followed by supper.

After supper there were great scavengers put on by all the teams. “Le’huhir” the word used, for 2 out of 6 scavengers was “SHMAIS”. Between the first & second set of scavengers everyone davened Maariv, & between the second & third set of scavengers there was a short video of the Rebbe shown.