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Jewish Poconos Camp Concludes First-Ever Winter Camp in NJ for Public School Girls

Camp Gan Israel Poconos offered a 10-day immersive Jewish experience to 40 girls.

(Courtesy of Camp Gan Israel) After months of tireless efforts in preparation, Camp Gan Israel in the Poconos recently concluded its first-ever overnight winter camp program for 40 public school girls from across the country. The campers enjoyed an immersive Jewish experience—many for the first time in their lives—where they were treated to 10 days of non-stop fun and inspiration, with each action-packed day filled with learning, activities and amazing trips. CGI Poconos, which has provided summer experiences for decades in the mountains, was able to bring that experience to a new set of campers this winter for the first time in a brand new location in New Jersey.

Based out of the beautiful Vallevue Estate in Morris Township, campers enjoyed the peaceful natural surroundings and beautiful vistas of the 40-acre farm that dates back to the 1800s. Camp kicked off with an interactive musical experience on the first night, and only got more exciting from there, as campers and staff spent two uplifting Shabbatot together and had the opportunity to celebrate the bat mitzvah of one of the campers who flew in from San Francisco just for this experience.

Starting December 23, campers enjoyed ice skating and skiing as well as trips to iPlay America —New Jersey’s largest indoor amusement park—bowling and a trampoline park. A highlight of the program was a deeply moving and inspirational trip to the Ohel of the Rebbe.

“This was a wonderful and productive way for the girls to spend their winter break. They all left with renewed energy and excitement for Torah and mitzvot and reignited their Jewish spark,” said Gershon Sandler, founder and director of CGI Poconos. “We are grateful for the group of amazing staff who showed unbelievable dedication and responsibility for each and every one of the campers, ensuring that they had an unforgettable experience.”

Although camp ended January 2, all the campers are still participating in the ongoing mitzvah challenges arranged by the head staff and remaining connected to their camp community.

“Although the Winter Camp has just concluded, we have already begun enrollment for the summer, and we are anticipating our biggest summer season in our many years at the CGI Poconos,” said Moshe Browd, director of growth. “We are expanding our program offerings this year and we are looking forward to the second decade in our mission.”

To find out more about CGI Poconos please visit https://cgipoconos.org.

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