Camp Gan Israel
Camp Gan Israel is the best! For families of all Jewish persuasions. My child is on the quiet side, and he really flourished there, and came out of his shell due to his caring and attentive counselor. Coach Rance from Playworks made a sports enthusiast out of our child. He was really dreading camp since he dislikes competition and organized sports, but loved playing all of the games with beloved Coach Rance! Pleased Parent
I heard Gan Israel is a great camp with warm loving counselors. Wondering if it's good for a laidback Jewish family. We are not so traditional, just wanting to show my kids some Jewish spirit! Jewish Mom
I highly recommend Camp Gan Israel. We are a family that is pretty ''laid back'' about Judaism, as well (after almost 20 years in the Bay Area, we only just joined a synogogue). I was definitely nervous about Camp Gan Israel, but the bottom line for me was how much my kids LOVED going everyday. They really connected with the other kids and the counselors. There are amazing activities planned on those days they are not on field trips. The camp calendar is already online.
Camp Gan Izzy provided fun experiences for my kids all summer long. The kids love it and the parents aren't ever made to feel uncomfortable about the level of Judaism they practice at home. As an aside, my daughter refused to wear long skirts and was never made to feel uncomfortable about wearing shorts or leggings. I was also very pleased that she became a stronger swimmer after her twice a week lessons at the Montclair Swim club.
Please don't hesitate to contact me directly to answer any questions you have. Daphne
My kids went to Camp Gan Israel last summer, and I found the counselors to be quite abrupt and not very enthusiastic. They would sing the songs and stuff in a way that made me feel they were just trying to get through them to be done. The rest of the camp was okay - great field trips, but kind of disorganized. Plus, now that they have my phone number they won't stop calling me. Better camps out there
My son and daughter are both begging me to send them for the entire summer because of the wonderful feelings they have. Camp Gan Israel Berkeley is the most loving, spiritual, fun, good feeling, Jewish camp in all the camps we have been to. Both my children are absolutely in love with the counselors, the Ferris family and all the activities, and honestly I am too. Your love and kindness cannot be matched ANYWHERE else. You guys are #1. Spaces still available for 2nd session! http://www.ganisraelberkeley.com/templates/camp/article_cdo/aid/355978/jewish/About-Our-Camp.htm Happy Camp Gan Israel Parent
Camp Gan Israel Berkeley is a summer camp dedicated to enriching the lives of children from diverse Jewish backgrounds and affiliations through a stimulating camping experience. June 21-July 30 2010 9-3:30 p.m. At beautiful Lake Temescal. http://www.ganisraelberkeley.com/ happy camper's Dad
My son attended Camp Gan Izzy for the very first time this past summer and had a blast.
They do a LOT of different activities and field trips,and kids are separated according to their age.
Rabbi Ferris and Mrs. Ferris are there every day greeting the parents and the kids and to answer any question you might have.
Staff are friendly and engaged with the kids and teach a lot of jewish traditions and stories.
I am definitely a Happy Mom of a Happy camper!