Gan Israel Around The World

There are hundreds of them around the world, with tens of thousands of campers. When the sun is at its zenith in every major city and on every continent, the Gan Israel summer camps shine their light on yet another generation of Jewish children.

The Gan Israel camps span a diversity of cultures, languages and regions, extending from Alaska to Florida and from Australia to Zaire. But no matter how disparate, they are—like some spiritual Starbucks—all alike in their trademark spirit, joy and Jewish pride that permeate the Gan Israel camp experience.

In 1956, Chabad-Lubavitch launched Gan Israel, an international network of summer camps, where children of all ages and walks of life learn to love their heritage while enjoying the best experience that camping offers.




"Gan Israel has grown into the world’s largest network of Jewish summer camps"



In those days, enjoying a summer camp complete with sports, arts, crafts, and entertaining activities was a novelty reserved for children of families with means. When Gan Israel summer camps were founded, the guiding principle was that every child deserves to gain from the integration of education and camp activities and that no child should be left out.

Gan Israel has grown into the world’s largest network of Jewish summer camps, with the summer of 2004 recording over 100,000 campers in North America, Europe, Australia, Russia, South America, and even Hong Kong.  

Over 60% of the children that attend Gan Israel summer camps are from unaffiliated Jewish homes. To this end, introductory classes and exciting programs present Judaism in a relaxed, user-friendly manner.

Today, Gan Israel offers much more than the traditional swimming and camping.  Many camps now offer creative drama, science workshops, tennis, karate, and dance. Special trips to theme parks, bowling and beaches complement the spiritual programs that are the hallmark of Gan Israel: Jewish songs and creative Shabbat parties, ritual arts and crafts, and a wide variety of activities designed to generate interest and excitement in Jewish history, observance and the performance of good deeds.


At Gan Israel of Suffolk, the staff comes with the experience of many Gan Israel camps throughout the world, such as Australia, South Africa, Alaska, Nebraska, Germany, California, and Canada…contributing their ideas and experiences…making Gan Israel of Suffolk County a great place to be!