This past summer, 34 girls gathered from 12 states and 3 continents for the Camp Gan Israel Bat-Mitzvah Experience (B-ME) directed by Rabbi Gershon and Devorah Sandler of Monsey.
As the girls return home, amazing stories are emerging.
A camper from Cleveland, Ohio that attended a public middle-school arrived at B-ME with a weak Jewish identity and returned home determined to find a Jewish High School to attend.
A camper from Boise, Idaho decided she wants to walk to shul, instead of take the car, and when she grows up she wants to be like her counselors and become a teacher and live in New York.
A camper from Budapest, Hungary expressed that she learned at B-Me how to be a proud Jew!
Two sisters from Panama made such good friends at B-ME that they decided to extended their visit to US and stayed at the home of a new camp friend in New Jersey.
The positive feedback and stories keep coming in from all directions, and the common theme is an extremely strong feeling of Jewish Pride that the campers developed during their 3 weeks in B-ME.
B-ME is an overnight summer program that gives Bat-Mitzvah age girls the opportunity to “Be Me.” B-ME is geared for girls with Public School backgrounds, and recruits campers from all over the country as well as from abroad. The camp is situated on 10 acres of magnificent woodlands in Montgomery County, PA.