For children all over the world, happy summers spent in Gan Yisroel provide a life long source of Jewish pride and inspiration. One place, however, despite having a large Chabad presence, never had a Gan Yisroel. That place is Crown Heights. And that’s changing.
Gan Yisroel of Crown Heights is opening this summer for boys ages 3 – 12. It is located on Eastern Parkway and Albany Avenue and will run for 8 weeks, June 23 – August 15.
What’s special about Gan Yisroel? Though the schedule includes many of the same activities as the other neighborhood camps, (learning, davening, sports, trips, swimming, stories and crafts), we encourage the campers to explore their interests through offering exciting choices. We partner with R’ Zalmen Negin from Mamesh Music to offer choir and music lessons. Students can learn karate; they can bake; for those who ride bikes, there are weekly bike trips.
The learning is also innovative, with creative rebbes and morahs teaching interesting Torah topics with chayus! Last year, children learned how to tie their own tzitzis. 8 year olds learned trop! Four year olds improved their kriah to get a jump start for next year!
The camp’s founder, Rabbi Zvi Lipchik, has for the past three summers co-directed the Machne Chok L’Yisroel summer camp, which, with Hashem’s brocha, grew from about 20 children in its first year, to 90 campers in 5 bunks last year. Head Counselor, Rabbi Ahron Chazan, says that our smaller size allows us to give individualized attention for each camper. For example, advanced second graders were able to join the third grade bunk. We pushed up the date of our trip to Six Flags so that a boy who was having an operation wouldn’t miss it.
At Gan Yisroel of Crown Heights, like all CGI’s, the primary goal is to provide an inspiring, fun, and safe summer for the campers that will give them excitement about Yiddishkeit. Register today to give your son an amazing summer!