About Us

Our Mission

Camp Gan Israel of Parksville NY, a pioneer in Jewish camping. For over sixty years we have been devoted to enriching the lives of children from diverse Jewish backgrounds. We provide children with a meaningful summer that promotes individual growth. Our special educational program, together with a mix of sports, trips, and fun activities, allows every child to build character and long lasting friendships. Counselors and staff have experience and are trained in safety. They create bonds with the children that result in memories that last a lifetime.

Our Founder

Camp Gan Israel was established at the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s behest. It is geared for Jewish boys from all backgrounds. The Rebbe explained the advantage of overnight camp allows the child to thrive in a 24 hour environment of yiddishkeit. The Rebbe only left New York City limits three times. Each time to visit camp Gan Israel in the Catskill Mountain NY. Since the very first Camp Gan Israel was established over six decades ago, hundreds of overnight and day camps have opened the world over.

Camp Directors

Hello Camp Gan Israel Families, We are thrilled to welcome you to our vibrant Jewish overnight camp, where the spirit of fun, learning, and endless adventure comes alive! With 360 campers and a dedicated team of 160 staff members, we’re all set for an incredible two months of laughter, exploration, and lifelong memories. From engaging learning classes to heart-pounding sports, exciting trips, delicious meals and a whole lot more – get ready for a summer jam-packed with Jewish pride and good times. Camp Gan Israel is not just a camp; it’s a dynamic community where friendships flourish, and every day brings a new adventure. Join us for an unforgettable summer where the fun is as boundless as our camp spirit! 
Looking forward to an amazing summer ahead!

Rabbi Avraham Shemtov – Executive Director

Rabbi Yossie Futerfas – Camp Director

Our Head staff

At Camp Gan Israel, our dedicated Head Staff is the heartbeat of our vibrant and nurturing camp. Committed to creating an enriching and joyful environment, they bring a wealth of passion for fostering personal growth in each camper. With a perfect blend of warmth, expertise, and creativity, our Head Staff ensures that every child feels valued and supported throughout their summer stay. Their leadership inspires a sense of unity, friendship, and a love for learning, making Camp Gan Israel a place where cherished memories are created and lifelong friendships blossom. Our head staff guide campers and staff members through a summer of a lifetime.

Our Staff

Our Staff and counselors are looking out for each individual camper, constantly trying to reach and exceed each child’s needs and wants. All our staff are fully committed to providing a memorable and happy experience for your child(ren)!

Our Grounds

Welcome to our expansive campgrounds, where every detail has been carefully crafted to offer an unforgettable summer experience. Nestled amidst nature, our many buildings stand as a testament to our commitment to excellence. Year after year, we invest in renovating our facilities to enhance their charm and functionality. Our outdoor grounds provide the perfect backdrop for endless adventures and wholesome fun. Immerse yourself in state-of-the-art sports fields, where we spare no expense in creating the perfect play spaces. From our serene Shul to our vibrant dining rooms, cozy bunk houses to refreshing pools, our camp is fully equipped to provide a haven for memorable summers. Join us and embrace the magic of a camp experience where every corner reflects our dedication to creating cherished memories.

Summer of a Lifetime

The thrill of Camp Gan Israel is contagious! Your child is sure to have an amazing time through fantastic indoor / outdoor activities and interactive Torah learning, all while creating lasting and meaningful friendships.