Chomesh Enjoys Great Success
the summer season in the United States when many children go away to
summer sleep-away camps, Camp Chomesh (named after the Rebbetzin) has
been enjoying great success. The camp, in its third year of operation,
has acquired a terrific reputation thanks to its unique Chassidic
quality, unequalled anywhere else.
Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber Stock, shaliach in Connecticut, told Beis
Moshiach it was difficult to close registration because of the
flood of requests for applications. “The camp’s success is first and
foremost thanks to the Rebbe’s bracha, as the camp was founded
in the Rebbetzin’s honor and in her memory.”
vital factor in the camp’s success is Mrs. Itty Chazan, an experienced
educator, who invests tremendous efforts throughout the year to ensure a
Stock, who runs the camp along with her husband, says that the great
success the camp enjoyed last summer served as the best advertisement,
and is what generated the great interest this year.
camp administration’s goal for the summer is for the girls to receive
a Chassidic education al taharas ha’kodesh in all areas – the
learning, activities, in the dining room and outside appearances, with
an emphasis on Moshiach and Geula.
Chazan says that not only was registration of children greater than
expected, but even the requests for jobs at the camp were greater than
those at other camps. These requests poured in from all over the world:
Australia, Eretz Yisroel, England, France, and, of course, from around
the U.S. “We chose the most talented girls, who also excel in their Chassidishkeit
and in their devotion to children.”
head counselors are Chana Kalmanson, Rivka Hecht and Faige Frimerman,
all with leadership experience. Rabbi Y.Y. Paltiel, mashpia and mechanech
in Crown Heights, known for his outstanding shiurim, directs the
curriculum for the girls’ learning program. Rabbi Paltiel’s
incredible shiurimgreatly enhances the camp’s ruchniyus.
is a special program directed by Mrs. Esther Winner, shlucha in
Brighton Beach, in which girls train to teach about the Yomim Tovim
via original, creative ideas that transform ordinary activities
throughout the year, as well as the common approach to the holidays,
into something special. This is the Shluchos in Training Program.
should also be noted that the camp is under the hashgacha of the badatz
of Crown Heights.
spirit of achdus and ahavas Yisroel among the girls and
the exceptional devotion the counselors have towards the campers is
apparent 24 hours a day in the activities, trips, and especially in the farbrengens.
The camp’s mashpia, Mrs. Esther Sperlin, devotes a great deal
of time developing a personal relationship with the girls.
plays an important role in Camp Chomesh. All songs sung during meals and
Shabbos are Chabad niggunim, and the loudspeakers around camp
play Chabad niggunim exclusively. The walls in camp are decorated
with colorful banners depicting Jewish and Chassidic themes.
Stern and Baila Chanin coordinate an extraordinary art program, Mrs.
Paltiel is the camp’s exceptional trip coordinator, and Mrs. Andrusier
is the financial bookkeeper.
camp did so well the first month that seventy more girls joined for the
second month of camp. Unfortunately not all applicants could be
accepted, and the hanhala is seriously considering acquiring
larger camp grounds for next year’s program.
Visiting Day, parents couldn’t stop raving about every aspect of camp,
particularly the simcha and chayus evident amongst the
girls, as well as the Chassidishe and Geula spirit. Those
who visit the camp sense the spirit of the Rebbe MH”M, who clearly
bestows his hashpaa and blessing on the camp.