July 2009

Friday, July 31, 2009

Cocoa Club Ad
CGI @ 1:44 pm PST

Camper: Shaya Liberow
MBP Director: Shlomie Denberg
Written & Directed by: Zalman Kohn
Video Editing by: Levi Sharfstein

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Month In Review
CGI @ 1:17 pm PST

Monday, July 27, 2009

Brand New Camp Gan Israel hat’s
CGI @ 1:54 pm PST

Available now for $10

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

CGI @ 10:05 pm PST

Dear Parents:

In light of the recent outbreak of the Swine Flu that is spreading in some of the bungalow colonies and camps in the Catskill Region, we strongly urge all parents and children who may have come in contact with the virus to refrain from coming to camp.

We strongly recommend that on visiting day, parents remain on camp grounds with their children, to prevent exposure or contact with the Flu. If you will be taking your children off camp grounds, please be cautious and do not take them to the bungalow colonies and camps that have had cases of the flu.

BH at present we have had no cases of the Swine Flu in our camp. We want to prevent any outbreak of the flu at our camp and are urging you to please assist us in maintaining and continuing a healthy and safe summer camp experience for your child and all our campers.


Rabbi J. Futerfas

Sunday, July 05, 2009

The voice of C.G.I.
CGI @ 2:40 pm PST

Here we are trying to sit down for one minute to put down on paper all the exciting things that have happened since camp started and I just don’t know where to begin. I guess I might as well begin at the beginning which for me was as soon as the first camper set foot on camp grounds for this smashing summer of 5769. It was bright and early Tuesday morning and soon the shul was full for the opening speeches, dividing of the bunks, and then everyone was off to the hill to unpack their suitcases in their bunks. Already that night night activity director Zalmen Kohn aka “Shnoozy” had us in stiches from his hilarious games.
The next day was our first full day of camp and boy was it great (yes even a regular day in camp is packed with fun).
The next day started nice and early with the first coco club of the summer and from there, off to a day of davening, learning and great activities. Hey wait, where is the older division going? Great, we are off to a local park for some great sports on proffesional fields, and then it just gets better with a grand B.B.Q. for the whole entire camp.
Friday rolls in as just any other day but then preparation for Shabbos starts and what do you know, we even have time for a quick phone call home before bedside inspection.
Shabbos in camp is an experince that can’t be described, it must be lived, but nevertheless for the benefit of those parents whom have never been in camp I will try to describe the scene. Starting with the Erev Shabbos learning classs and the mincha we move into high gear for Kabbolas Shabbos with great singing and dancing by Lecha Dodi. The Friday night meal is not just full of great food but also great spirit as camper and counsler together sing songs slow then fast, hear stories of old and tales of today.
The next morning up we get up for Shachris like no other in the world, full of chayus as each child davens word for word from their siddur as if nothing else matters. Before Kriah we were lucky to have Rabbi Shemtov, the executive director of camp adress us. The Shabbos day meal is just as action packed as the meal from the night before only with new songs and inspiring Divre Torah.
Rest period, learning class and then Mishnayos Baal Peh all keep us moving. Seder niggunim and then Mincha and off to the dining room for shalosh seudos. “Shmayonki” is as funny as ever and then back to shul for Maariv. Things are wrapping up on Shabbos, and the winners for shabbos competition are … none other than bunks Beis, Zayin, Yud-Zayin and Chof-Daled. Well ah gutte voch and good night, I gotta go its almost light out.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

CGI @ 4:38 pm PST

The Rebbe in his car during his visit to Gan Yisroel NY in the summer of 1957

Photo by: HaTomim Avrohom Reiss, special thanks to Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz

Camp schedule (camp time)
CGI @ 11:29 am PST

7:00 Reveille (Mikveh times 7:00 – 8:00)
7:20 Clean up
7:40 Snacks
7:50 Lineup
8:05 Shacharis
8:15 Hodu
9:20 Breakfast
9:50 Bentching
10:00 Break (prepare for learning class)
10:05 Learning class begins
11:00 Recess
11:15 Resume Learning class
12:10 Snacks
12:15 Activity
1:20 Wash up
1:30 Line up for younger bunks
1:35 Line up for older bunks
1:40 Lunch
2:00 Bentching
2:10 Break
2:25 First afternoon activity
3:35 End of activity
3:40 Second afternoon activity
4:50 Snacks
5:05 Learning classes
6:05 End of learning class
6:10 Flag lowering
6:25 Mincha
6:55 Supper
7:35 Night activity
8:20 Maariv / Video
8:40 Dismissal
9:05 Lights out

4:50 Snacks