Child development is the most significant ingredient in a healthy camp experience. This is why our staff is the real secret to our success. Our experienced counselors are known for their personal warmth and ability to care for each child as an individual. Each counselor is a role model for our children, promising them friendship which will last forever! Their love for the children is surpassed only by the children’s love for them.
Gan Israel prides itself on its exceptional staff. All staff come with prior camp experience and a desire to work with kids. Bunk sizes are kept small and well staffed. Our camp maintains a low staff-camper ratio.
We take great pride in our commitment to recruiting and keeping the highest quality staff in the camping profession. Over the years, Camp Gan Israel of Southern Oregon has always been dedicated to small groups with exceptional staff supervision. This ensures the best possible care, instruction and supervision for our campers. Our counselors are highly trained, dedicated, and experienced.
Directors: Rabbi Avi & Faigy Zwiebel
Counselors: Our counselors are carefully selected from around the world. They are responsible, caring, energetic, and creative and lots of fun. The counselors have lots of experience working in schools at different Gan Israel Day Camps around the world. They will combine all their experiences to make this summer the most memorable summer experience ever.
Dramatic Arts instructor: Naomi Netzky-Jolly. Naomi comes to us from Tucson, Arizona where she owned the Creative Expression Acting School for children. Before that she and her late father, Lester Netzky co-owned and ran the Tom Thumb Players of Tuscon. Ms. Netzky has appeared on stage as well as in movies, radio and television. In additon, she is listed in three Who’s Who: in American Education, Entertainment, and American Women.
Drumming instructor: Drumming will be taught by traditional folk music artist Laura Rich. At age 12 Ms. Rich began touring as a singer and dancer with the world folk dance ensemble, Zadruga. Along with piano she has taught herself the guitar, mandolin and banjo. Today she conducts workshops, lectures, and leads community drum circles throughout the United States. In addition she is a very talented educator, and has founded a successful Montessori school in South Carolina.