This year’s Chabad-Lubavitch run Gan Israel Summer Camp for boys from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, brought together 86 children and 32 counselors from across the country and locations in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Housed at the Balanova Health Resort in the Crimea, the camp featured outdoor activities in the mountain air, including area excursions, soccer and volleyball, boating and swimming, while evening activities fostered Jewish pride and knowledge.

The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, “emphasized that so much can be accomplished at overnight camps,” said staff member Akiva Romanovsky. “Though some of the campers [came] from cities with established Jewish communities, many came to us from villages where there is [relatively] nothing taking place Jewishly. For them, camp is an island of Jewish life for the entire year.”

Dozens of similar overnight and day camps took place across Ukraine this summer, and hundreds more served thousands of campers elsewhere in the former Soviet Union.

The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk is a member of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine.