Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Overnight Camp for Everyone

By YQ Media

Elyse Jarard made the choice to send her daughter Rachel to a frum overnight camp with much trepidation. She worried that Rachel would be the only non-religious girl, or that she’d come home wearing only skirts.

But Camp Gan Israel of the Poconos is not like any other frum overnight experience. Its atmosphere is one of inclusion and acceptance; Rachel returned home after three weeks raving about how much fun she had. She was also inspired—by a renewed sense of Jewish identity and feeling connected to a larger Jewish community.

What Rachel attended was a pilot program that is now officially opening after two years of research and development. This summer, Camp Gan Israel Bat Mitzvah Experience (CGI B-ME) will be redubbed Camp Gan Israel in the Poconos.

The camp will welcome girls attending public or secular private schools, who will enjoy all the benefits of the classic Gan Izzy camp: dedicated directors, enthusiastic counselors, and Jewish learning integrated into activities and trips.

Because an overnight camp is such an immersive environment, “we hope to create a really strong Jewish experience for every camper,” says Gershon Sandler, who is co-directing the camp along with his wife, Devorah.

She adds, “We want each girl to grow spiritually under our care.” The couple feels guided by the famous words of the Rebbe on Jewish camps, where "the children spend 24 hours a day under the influence of its education" (Parshas Shemini, 29 Nissan 5741).

The girls will benefit from over 15 years of experience that Gershon and his wife have in the world of summer camps. Gershon spent many years as a camper and then as a staff member at Indian Head Camp, the Pocono’s premiere private overnight experience. Since becoming a baal teshuvah, it has been his dream to bring Torah to youth through summer camp. Using their experience in launching and directing CGI Running Springs of California, the couple is confident about their camp’s opening.

In a strategic move that encapsulates their long-term vision, the Sandlers have replaced their rented property in the Poconos with a beautiful 83-acre campus, which can house up to 320 campers and staff. The purchase was made possible with the help of the AVI CHAI Foundation, UJA Federation of NY, and the Foundation for Jewish Camp—all organizations that believe in summer camp's value in terms of Jewish education.

To enable more girls to benefit from the camp, $1,000 grants will be awarded to eligible first-time campers, and the directors will work directly with shluchim to ensure that no Jewish girl be without this experience due to financial reasons.

In addition to the overnight camp, which will run from July 1st through the 28th, the CGI in the Poconos campus will be available for retreats and shabbatons in the fall and spring.

To learn more about the camp and for registration, visit www.CGIPoconos.org or contact Gershon and Devorah Sandler at Info@CGIPoconos.org and 845-425-0903.

Local Teaching Positions Available

Early Elementary Teacher
The Hebrew Academy in New City is seeking an experienced Early Elementary Limudei Kodesh teacher for the new school year 2014-15.  Must be experienced, computer literate and be a team player. Mon – Fri. Must have own transportation. Email resume to info@thehebrewacademy.org or fax resume to (845) 634-7704 and/or call (845) 634-0951.

Preschool Teacher 
The Hebrew Academy Preschool in New City is seeking a warm and caring, experienced, computer literate teacher for Preschool for the new school year 2014-15. Degree in education preferred. Mon – Fri. Must have own transportation. Email resume to info@thehebrewacademy.orgor fax resume to (845) 634-7704 ATTENTION: Mrs. Perline and/or call (845) 634-0951 ext. 109.

Teacher Assistant 
The Hebrew Academy Preschool in New City is seeking a warm and caring, experienced, creative, computer literate Teacher’s Assistant for Preschool for the new school year 2014-15. Mon- Fri. Must have own transportation. Email resume with references to info@thehebrewacademy.org or fax resume to (845) 634-7704 ATTENTION: Mrs. Perline and/or call (845) 634-0951 ext. 109.


Save the Date - Cheder Chabad's 15th Anniversary Banquet



Mazel Tov Haymans!

Mazel tov to Baruch Akiva and Rochel Hayman on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Avraham and Devorah Hayman and Haim and Bina Mishli!

יה״ר שתזכו לגדלה לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים מתוך בריאות והרחבה בגו״ר
 און האבן אסאך חסידישע נחת!


Shifra and Puah arranges meals for mothers of newborn children in our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Pirkei Avos Available at Heichal Menachem


Blachman Bris This Sunday

Levi and Yehudis Blachman will I"YH be making a Bris for their newborn son this Sunday, 11 Iyar, May 11, at the Stolin Hall, 52 Main Street in Monsey.

Shachris is at 9:30 AM followed by the Bris at 10:15 AM.