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When Rabbi Moshe Lazar was a yeshiva student in his late teens, he wrote to the Rebbe with the idea of opening a Chabad summer camp for Jewish children – an initiative the Rebbe embraced. (Mid 1950's)
We don’t have to be anyone special to have a sacred task. And yet, somehow or another, our acts might have consequences that we cannot even begin to imagine.
Shaping programs to conform to local circumstances amid coronavirus uncertainty
With less than two months until the start of summer, camp directors and parents alike are trying to figure out what programs will look like in the era of the coronavirus, stay-at-home orders and social distancing. “As much as I want camp to be there, ther...
Parents who work over winter break send kids to Chabad, to the children’s delight
The other day, Ashley Abramson suggested that her sons—Max, 10, and Jack, almost 12—spend their winter break relaxing at home. After all, their dad, Bryan, was going to be on vacation as well, and the boys had been working really hard these last few weeks...
A win-win for everyone, building Judaism and community in Ukraine
Communists forbade them to study Torah; now, their children are teaching Torah to a new generation. The parents of Zalman Antomonov, Efraim Kolpak and Michoel Manochin once lived under an oppressive Soviet regime. They could never have imagined that one d...
Partnering with a local Jewish organization, Camp Gan Israel Yeka sees a bright future
ZHITOMIR, Ukraine—Eleven-year-old David Tesla sat on sun-speckled steps, fingering a gold sports medal draped around his neck. It was a year ago, July 2015, the last day of the summer session at Camp Gan Israel Yeka, Ukraine, and the boy was pensively wai...
A time of friendship and fun, with a lasting learning component
Attending a Jewish day camp is often seen as icing on the cake, a nice addition to Hebrew school, Jewish communal events and even day school. But for children in many smaller communities, the Chabad-run Gan Israel day camps are often their single point of...
By the Grace of G‑d 3rd of Menachem Av, 5720 Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Aron Dov Sufrin 26 Linthorpe Road London, N .16 Greeting and Blessing: After the very long interval, I received your letter of the 27th of Tammuz. Needless to say, you need not apologize for ...
15 Tammuz, 5720 • July 10, 1960
The Rebbe visits the first Gan Israel overnight camp and addresses its campers.
Newly discovered film of the Rebbe’s third visit to Camp Gan Israel in Swan Lake, New York, accompanied by an interview with Rabbi Tzvi Telsner, who was a camper at the time.
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