Now in its fourth year, Camp Gan Israel, a local Jewish day camp located in Ashland, plans to provide children with two weeks of fun and excitement this summer. Campers will be exposed to a wide range of activities and crafts in a "warm and caring environment," according to camp officials.




Along with field trips, hiking and swimming, arts and crafts, sports and Challah baking, both dramatic arts and drumming are being newly added this year. Day trips will feature excursions to children's favorite locations including waterslides, berry picking, pony rides, kid's zone, and a visit to a farm.




Week — will be Monday through Friday, July 9-13. Week 2 will be Monday through Friday, July 16-20. Hours are 9 a.m. to — p.m. Camp is for children ages 3-12. Children will also be accepted on a day-to-day basis.




"The activities have been carefully selected to teach the children Jewish values in an extremely exciting and fun way," Camp Co-Director Faigy Zwiebel said. "Campers will learn about respecting our elders, treating animals properly, visiting the sick, giving charity, being kind to others and much more. One of camp's highlights is the Shabbat party and challah baking every Friday. All this will be done in a fun and creative way."




"The camp's primary success lies in its dedicated and devoted staff," codirector Rabbi Avi Zwiebel said.




Dramatic Arts instructor Naomi Netzky-Jolly comes from Tucson, Arizona where she owned the Creative Expression Tom Thumb Players Acting Schools for children. Netzky has appeared on stage as well as in movies, radio and television.




Drumming instructor Laura Rich will teach traditional folk music. At age 12 Rich began touring as a singer and dancer with the world folk dance ensemble, Zadruga. Today she leads community drum circles throughout the United States. In addition she is a very talented educator and founded a successful Montessori school in South Carolina."




This year's counselors, Chanie and Devorah, come from New York. They were chosen for their warmth and years of experience, camp officials said.




They have worked at camps all around the world, from Alaska to England. Both are very responsible, caring, energetic, creative and full of fun. They look forward to giving each and every camper the time of their life.




"It was totally worth the drive. My children loved it," Ellen Argall of Klamath Falls said. "They really enjoyed the loving attention of their counselors and the many activities. They learned lots of songs which they still sing, and compiled their lessons in a book which we still read. We are really looking forward to Camp Gan Israel this summer."




"Our goal is to have each and every child walk away from camp with very positive feelings that Judaism is fun and full of joy." Rabbi Zwiebel said. "Today many parents wonder how to introduce their children to Judaism, I believe that by sending one's child to a Jewish day camp is probably the smartest first step to take as it will definitely be a very positive experience."




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