Gan Yisrael Johannesburg spent two weeks encouraging children to do their part for Eretz Yisrael. The children were given ideas and ways in which they could make a difference through adding in Torah and Mitzvos. The children were also given an opportunity to write letters to the soldiers who are guarding the Holy Land expressing their thanks to them.
The winter camp had more than 550 boys and girls in the three division of camp. The boys division was headed by Menachem Shemtov and Mendel Ciment. Girls division was headed by Esty Wineberg and Chomi Lisbon and the Kiddie division was headed by Chanie Spielman and Tamar Bloch.
Run under the auspices of Chabad House, the camp has become a household name within the Johannesburg Jewish community over the last three decades. According to the camp directors, Rabbi Pini and Rochie Pink more and more parents contact us early on in the year to plan their family holidays around the camp dates.
The key to the camp, they say, is the non-judgmental atmosphere that is employed by the broad minded staff. “We are tremendously proud that the children of Camp Gan Yisrael represent the full spectrum of the Jewish community. We have students from every Jewish school in Johannesburg as well as Jewish children who do not attend Jewish schools, they all come together to have a fantastic time, some building friendship which last a lifetime.”
Camp Gan Yisrael is part of the largest network of Jewish camps, with hundreds of affiliates worldwide. “We have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to draw on from camp directors across the globe who we consult with in building our programs,” says Rabbi Pink, “but we rely heavily on our staffs’ appreciation for the needs and flavor of the local community.”
With separate programs for boys, girls and a kiddie camp for the toddlers, Camp Gan Yisrael prides itself on tailor made programming rather than “one size fits all’ activities. Great care and attention is put in to every minute of the day to ensure a fun filled, action packed schedule which is always infused with Jewish ideas and themes.
Gan Yisrael looks forward to welcoming back all its campers in December for their annual summer camp.