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Second Session 5782

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First Session 5782


BH all the campers arrived today, and camp got off to a GREAT start. They played the annual campers vs staff soccer game, caught up with some friends, and then made their way to the shul for the welcoming speech by our dear head counselors where the bunks were split up. the campers unpacked, got to know their counselors and fellow bunkmates. CANT WAIT FOR ANOTHER AMAZING DAY TOMMOROW ON MACHANE GAN YISROEL!



INCREDIBLE first day in Machane Gan Yisroel Tustin MI!


Wow, what an amazing day in Gan Yisroel! The day started like a typical morning in Gan Yisroel, we davened, ate breakfast, learned. but then all of a sudden in the middle of lunch it was announced that we are going on a trip! We started off in a park for a delicious bbq! Then we made our way to the sky zone trampoline park, where all the campers enjoyed jumping around with their friends!


Erev Shabbos in Gan Yisroel!



Let's unpack what took place yesterday: The younger division went bowling! The older division went rafting! THEN WE ALL MET UP AT THE CAMPSITE FOR A BIVOUAC! we had a grand bbq, set up our sleeping bags, and got ready for an unforgettable night. We sang, farbrenged, heard stories, and then finally went to bed! TRULY AN INCREDIBLE NIGHT!


Wow! What a day! From the skits, to learning the team songs, exiting relay races, to the highlight of the day, the 'Grand Sing'. There are no words to explain, just gotta check out the pics!


We had a wild day today! We all woke up bright and early because today was the GRAND TRIP! Our first stop was at the sleeping bear sand dunes, where we all ran up and down the beautiful dunes! Stop #2-we made our way to mountain sliding, where the bunks took turns going on the massive slide, while the others ate lunch! Stop #3-We went to Craigs Cruisers, where we went go karting, rode roller coasters, went boating, mini golf, and so much more! Stop 4- We went to a beautiful park for supper, with a stunning view of Lake Michigan, and took a camp picture there! Stop 5- We went to a beautiful water park, which we enjoyed just for ourselves! Now we are on the way to the last stop, our beds!



What an amazing day: today color war began!


Today was the first day of color war! Both teams did a great job presenting their plays to the judges.




Today we had a Grand banquet, where awards were given out for sports, learning class, Bunk competition, and Best Camper. GOODBYE GAN YISROEL!



Hiskashrus War (1st Session) 5781 Mini-Site!


Relive Hiskashrus war of the first session in Gan Yisroel!

On this page, you will find all you need to re-experience the iconic and historic Hiskashrus war between team Eved and team Tzava!

Songs | Speeches | Plays | pictures


Theme Song Team Tzovo

T.T.T.O. Harninu Leilokim

Drafted to the army, there to win the war,
Tasked with a position, they are to carry forth,
Each one is unique, something only he can do,
To execute their mission, with which to carry through.

Every soldier is cut out for something of his own,
Developing his skills to heights he’s never known,
With one in intelligence, the other on the ground
They can be victorious on all of those around.

Chorus: Aha, ahey, ayayay
To utilize his talents is every soldier’s role,
Improving it and building it, to achieve their goal,
For the final victory, the army as a whole
Depends on each one giving every aspect of his soul.

Theme Song Team Eved

T.T.T.O. Emes Malkeinu

In camp he arrives,
towards the shul he walks alone.
Picturing a summer,
with so much still unknown.

Your staff chose to come,
The head counselor did explain.
Though by staying in yeshiva,
They had much more to gain.

Counselor please tell me, why is it so
A summer of learning to forgo
You give to us campers, each moment each day,
Always at our side you do stay.

My camper there’s something, that you must learn,
It’s not about enjoyment, or what may be earned.
The plan that was made must be fulfilled,
To this I’ve given over my will

It’s for this exact reason I came here with you,
with the same joy and chayus in all that I do.
Through this dedication a connection is formed,
much deeper than our actions on our ow

Alma-Mater Team Tzovo

TTTO: Vhu Keili

Standing in the heat,
Walking down the street
Going with his father, holding tefillin,
Hayom yom on the way
To school every day,
Each morning – the Rebbe’s Tehillim.

“I always try my best
To do as you request
Fulfilling my mission as directed,
But I wish I could feel
How our bond is real;
If only I felt more your presence.”

Chorus (sing twice)
The meals Friday night,
The duchos they write,
Living Veholachta Bidrochov,
Through songs that are sung
Their spirits become
Completely invigorated
(Second time, repeat:)

It permeates his soul
His being as a whole;
His life infused with a passion.
“Now I do feel
How our bond is real
Experiencing personal connection.”

“The meals Friday night,
The duchos I write,
I’m living Veholachta Bidrochov,
Through songs that are sung
My spirit becomes
Completely invigorated!”

By the meal Friday night
With all of his might
“Harachaman Hu Yevoreich Es Adoneinu,”
A heartfelt wish so real,
Finally I feel
Your presence here with me,
Right here with me!

Alma-Mater Team Eved

T.T.T.O. Machnisei Rachamim (MBD)

Thousands and beyond
To each one you respond
Giving them Brachos to succeed

Our letters in your hand
For hours you do stand
Davening for all that we need

Torah you do share
For all of us to hear
Lessons to be a better Jew

The message is conveyed
Through loving care displayed
you think of us in everything you do

Oy, Oy, Oy

“Thank you Rebbe” simply won’t suffice
I’m ready to give back with sacrifice
Although what I’ll do will not compare
All of us will do our share
Your attention to me is so dea-eee-r

As a chosid, I know what I must do
“Rebbe I will give my life to you”
To achieve your rotzoin is my will
whatever it is, I’ll do with zeal
till your mission will have been fulfilled

Theme Speeches

Theme Speech Team Tzovo

Team of Eved listen up!

Winning team of Tzavah pick up your cups!!

Gut Yomtov!

Theme Speech Team Tzovo

Team of Eved listen up!

Winning team of Tzavah pick up your cups!!

Gut Yomtov!

Honored Judges, His Majesty Rabbi Gourarie,

Can I have your attention for a quick story?

In a nice Jewish home, in a quaint little town,

A young boy Irving was living – 60 years ago – around

Best in his class he rose to the top,

To learn he loved – he never stopped.

Off to college he went – successful he became,

A leader in philosophy – a great future full of fame.

One bright summer day Irving hears something new,

Yiddishkeit? The Rebbe? – of these he never knew!

To Yechidus he does enter – his life changed forever

Shabbos, his beard, are just some of his new endeavors!

Irving?! – That was nice for when I was a kid!

Yitzchok! That’s a name for a new Chossid!

770 he went, textbooks! – I’ll let them go!

I’d rather learn Torah – after all, philosophy I know!

In Yechidus he goes – advice he does need,

Philosophy – what a bore! – being a Rabbi is what’s for me.

An answer he got – straight to the point:

Talents you have – oh! Don’t disappoint!

Hashem gave you brochos – in philosophy you star,

Use it out for the Kavanah – just stick with who you are!

Yitzchok left devastated!

My future is philosophy – is this why I was created?!

Nu nu… I guess I can get a job teaching…

But with my long beard and Yarmulkah – how many Yidden will I be reaching?!

Yitzchok started giving classes at a New York college,

He was mekarev so many Yidden – using his talent of knowledge.

“You know what?!” thought Yitzchok, “These talents are real treasures!”

“When I use my talents I can succeed beyond measure!”

The message is clear, it’s not so hard to understand –

Do you have a talent in your head or hands?

Let’s pledge all of our talents to help out our friends!

We’ll effect our club, community, country and world – and this Golus we will end!!

Wait! One more thing – today is my birthday!

Let me use my special kochos to bentch you all,

That soon we’ll see our Rebbe – and the Golus walls will fall!

Let’s lift our voices together – and let’s all exclaim,

A song of longing to the everlasting A-Frame!

Make an A-Frame with your hands!

But wait! My friend Levi has a talent he can show,

Listen up as he sings and performs like a pro!!

“The A-Frame stands against the sky,

Surrounded by the clouds”

Theme Speech Team Eved

Chief Justice Gourarie, Honorable Judges, Team of Tzava and winning team of EVED!!!!

Theme Speech Team Eved

Chief Justice Gourarie, Honorable Judges, Team of Tzava and winning team of EVED!!!!

It is my honor and privilege to wish you all on this special night – A Gut Yom Tov!

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְ‑יָ אֱ‑לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁהַכֹּל נִהְיָה בִּדְבָרוֹ!

Over the past 48 hours, we spent our time Koching in these two amazing themes – Eved and Tzava. We watched as the Toichen was brought out in plays, we sang along with the beautiful songs, written by both teams and we listened to many – but not nearly enough – speeches explaining these special themes.

All of this was a build up to this very moment. We are now standing at the climax of the entire Hiskashrus war – the grand sing – the big event we’ve all been waiting for! 

The thought that should be entering the minds of every camper and staff member at this moment is, “how will I bring the entire experience of these two days with me throughout the rest of my summer and in the rest of the year ?”

In order to accomplish this, each one of us needs to sit and contemplate on our own, how we can bring it into our life. But the least I can do is share a quick story to make it easier for you:

This is a story about the Chassid Reb Yosef Baal Agala (the Wagon Driver) from Beshenkowitz.

Reb Yosef was a great Talmid Chochom, he spent 20 hours a day delving into the deepest parts of the Torah. In fact, before he received the name Yosef Bal Agala he was known as Reb Yosef Bal Hasbara. Limud Hatorah was his entire life!

When Reb Yosef was in Liadi in 5564, at the ripe age of 60 years, he entered Yechidus and the Alter Rebbe told him that he should learn the Shisha Sidrei Mishnah Baal Peh. then the Alter Rebbe added that he should get married and have children, and for the sake of his Neshama it would be better to be a wagon driver than a Rov.

Obviously Reb Yosef was very taken aback by his Rebbe’s words but knew what had to be done. He returned home ,got married and had a child. 

Approximately 10 years later Reb Yosef was offered the prestigious position of Rov in Lipele. Immediately he remembered the Rebbe’s words 10 years earlier and knew this would not be a simple decision.

For a month he struggled with the idea, should he give up 70 years of Limud Hatorah to be a wagon driver, how can he possibly do that? On the other hand this is what the Rebbe wanted of him, how can he go against his Rebbe?

One day Reb Yosef made his way to one of the Inns where the wagon drivers would stop and as he was coming closer, the drivers greeted him and asked him where he needed to go. Embarrassed, he told them he wanted to learn the trade of a wagon driver. The drivers looked at eachother with disbelief. “Rebbe” one of the drivers called out with a smile, “You will understand hilchos hagala – the laws of Kashering Keilim – better than hilchos agala” after the laughing stopped, one driver who knew that Reb Yosef would never make such a joke, took him to the side and began to teach him the trade.

The wagon driver showed him how to harness a horse, how to place the straps its neck, the saddle over its back, and the reins in place. He also taught him how to grease the wheels.

R’ Yosef became filthy with mud. Discouraged, R’ Yosef went home to change his clothes. Then he went to shul to daven Mincha and to give a shiur.

When he arrived home that night Yosef decided that the right thing to do was to tell his wife the truth and confirm the rumors that he went to learn the trade of a wagon driver. 

After hearing the entire story his wife told him that he must fulfil his Rebbe’s wishes and become a wagon driver, in fact, she decided at that moment that she will sell all her jewelry the following day so he can purchase a wagon.

That Shabbos Reb Yosef was still having second thoughts, he knew that he was doing the right thing but for some reason it was not sitting well with him. He discussed this with Reb Chaim Yehoshua, a Chassid of the Alter Rebbe who was a wagon driver himself and upon hearing the story Reb Chaim Yehoshua jumped out of the chair and told him “Reb Yosef why are you sad, your fulfilling the Rebbe’s directive – you’re dropping everything and doing what the Rebbe wants!”

Reb Yosef went on to be a wagon driver – the best wagon driver he could! Putting every ounce of energy in to this amazing opportunity and directive the Rebbe gave him.

Tayere Chassidim of team Eved!!!!

This is not a story about how Reb Yosef received his name of Reb Yosef Bal Agala! This is a story about how Reb Yosef became an Eved – entirely  given over to the Alter Rebbe!

This is what it means to be an Eved, when the Rebbe wants something from us – we do it, even if it means giving up 70 years of Limud Hatorah!

“An Eved is someone who is completely given over to the master, someone who has no Metzius for himself – Kol Ma Shekono Eved, Kono Rabo – Whatever the Eved acquires, the master acquires.”

This is our Avodah, to reach a level where everything we do – we do it for the Rebbe – because the Rebbe wants us to do it.

We must apply this idea in our day to day life, everything we do must be done for the Rebbe, whether it’s setting up chairs for a event or sitting and learning Rambam. It is vital for us to stop and think before every action we take, is this being done for the Rebbe – does the Rebbe want me to be doing this right now.

This is it, this is who we are – chassidim of the Rebbe – given over to his every call.

As we stand here together, on this holiest of holy nights at a Chassidisher Farbrengen, it is an ideal time for each and every one of us to take on a Hachlota Tova, on how we will strengthen our commitment in fulfilling what the rebbe want of us.

Join me in pledging our will to the Rebbe, pledging to think before we do anything, is this what the Rebbe wants!

L’chaim Chassidim!

Color War Plays!

Gan Yisroel Year-Round would like to thank our dear photographer and videographer Yossi Sassonkin for putting in many hours of work so the campers can relive their summer experience in Gan Yisroel. Thank you Yossi!

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Pictures and videos!




Secrets from the head staff: Hiring the head staff, Part 6

Secrets from the head staff:
Hiring the head staff, Part 6

Levi Shemtov was a staff member in Gan Yisroel from a very young age. In the summer of 5772 at the age of 16 years old, Levi joined the Gan Yisroel family as a Mishnayos Baal Peh Director!

Levi was most famous that summer for breaking out a trip in the most casual way, simply by announcing to the whole camp that there will be MBP on the busses!

Another thing Levi was famous for was his role as the Shamash in the now-classic staff play of 5772!

It is interesting to note that most of the staff in camp (including head staff) were campers in camp while Levi Shemtov was a staff member, some staff were campers when Levi was already a Head Counselor!!!

Levi returned to camp for the next few summers in many different and unique positions (except 5775) finally in 5777 things changed for Levi:


Levi Shemtov was the head counselor of the famous BMD program of 5777, with just 35 campers, each and every camper felt the personal love and attention that they needed in Gan Yisroel, BMD that summer was on lakeside because Levi Shemtov said he can’t run a camp that’s so far away from the A-Frame…

Many people look at BMD 5777 and don’t put much thought into its success and try to erase it from their brain, but for Levi that was the launch of his career! That was when everything made sense to him, everything seemed ok!

How did this lead to his summer in Tustin 5781? Find out next Tuesday right here!


Week In Review With The Launchers 10

Week In Review With The Launchers 10

Hey launchers,
What a week has that been, let’s jump right into it!

On sunday the launchers held a serious meeting about the upcoming summer, iyh lots is in store for the launchers and gan yisroel as a whole, as you will see in the summer, by the way registration for camp is open, ask your parents to sign you up!!!!

On monday and tuesday there was a serious problem, it was only a couple of days before yud shevat, and launcher shea wanted to arrange some mivtzah tanks to leave from the ohel and concquer the whole nyc, but there wasnt so much time, but shea sprung into action (with the help of avi obviously) and arranged this beautiful tank parade!

On yud shevat the launchers made sure to fill out everything in the yud shevat checklist to join amazing raffles (if u didnt do yet, do it now!)

On Friday the launchers went on mivtzoim, making sure every yid has a chance to put on tefilin!

A gut voch!


Yud Shevat

Yud Shevat 5782!

This week in honor of Yud Shevat we will take a break from the secrets from the head staff and bring you a special article in connection with Yud Shevat, printed in the Shevat magazine:

Did your Mommy or Tatty buy you a cool toy this Chanukah? Was it a race car? A drone? A basketball? Either way I’m sure your very appreciative of the gift and thanked your Mommy and Tatty like a million times!

I’m sure you still have that toy, don’t you? Of course you do! Because it matters so much to you! You are probably very careful about it and wouldn’t let anything happen to it.

As Chassidim in Dor Hashvi’i we have something that so close and important to us that we hold on to it and never let go!

Have you ever heard of the following phrase:

אנהאלטן אין דער קלאמקע

At the end of the Farbrengen of Parshas Yisro 5740, the Rebbe said: you may think that 30 years has passed since Yud Shevat 5710 and 30 represents strength so maybe we now have the strength to stand on our own two feet! But no! A Shepard never forsake his flock, the Rebbe is more with us now than ever! Therefore, we must hold on to the “Klamke” the Rebbe’s doorknob and especially the open door which is the Rebbe’s Ohel.

Tayere Chassidim! Yud Shevat is a Yom Hiskashrus, a day, an opportunity to strengthen our connection with our Shepard – the Rebbe.

Hold onto the doorknob, learn the Rebbe’s Torah, do Mivtzoim!

Chassidim! We got this! We can finally make this world into a Dirah Btachtobim – a home for the Aibersheter!

Make sure you write a pan on Yud Shevat, those that live close by should go to the Rebbe’s Ohel, learn Basi Legani with your Tatty and Farbreng with your family and friends, and check off the Yud Shevat mivtzah to enter the raffles.


TAKE PART IN THE GYYR YUD AND CHOF BEIS SHEVAT MIVTZA: if you need to print the checklist click here.

For more on Yud Shevat visit

If you don’t live locally you can write a pan and send it in online, click here for more info

Here is another interesting article you can read: What the Rebbe said: Yud Shevat.

Learn Basi Legani in an easy format: Level One, Level Two, Level Three.


Week In Review With the Launchers 9

week in review with the launchers 9


We cant believe its been soooooo many months since we left camp, but at least we have the gyyr program to keep us involved in camp and most importantly to keep launching.

I mean in camp you weren’t able to know everything your launchers did, but now with the gyyr website you get weekly reviews on everything they do, how lucky!!!

This week was a pretty calm and boring week.

The launchers actually met some other launchers in crown heights!!!

But most importantly the pizza store is still closed and avi and shea have moved on to falafel, ew!

On Tuesday the launchers were officially rehired to camp, so when you come in the summer, don’t worry! The launchers will be there with you!!!

Ok iyh next week we will do more crazy things so you can have a fun time reading it!!!

A gut voch!!!!!