Welcome to CGI Columbus 2017! **|**Thanks for a great summer! See you next year!**|**Located on the grounds of the New Albany Middle School**|**Transportation from Bexley and Berwick.**|**Offering specialty programs like sports, art, cooking and more.**|**Providing swimming/instruction in modern & private facilities onsite.**|**Imbuing campers with a deep sense of pride in their heritage.**|**Weekly field trips.**|**Variety of activities - basketball, soccer, kickball, softball & more.**|**Special events for the whole family scheduled throughout the year.**|**The safety of our campers is our #1 concern!**|**You'd be hard-pressed to find a more caring and nurturing staff
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Parent Testimonials

Parent Testimonials

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2016

“Camp is a place where my kids are surrounded by Judaism and love. The staff makes sure everyone counts and feels the fun and excitement of camp. We can’t think of any better place to send our kids for summer enrichment.” 
- Shelly Aframian, Bexley

“Camp Gan Izzy was an amazing experience for my daughter and family. The counselors and staff are not only amazing, but extremely caring and nurturing. Hands down one of our favorite camps. My daughter cannot wait to return this summer. They make us feel like part of the family” 
- Rachel Westrick, New Albany

2013 

“My kids have spent the past two summers at Gan Israel enjoying all the wonderful activities and field trips. In addition to loving the activities, they’ve made great friends and enhanced their jewish studies. The best though – are the counselors who are very energetic and incredible to the kids.” 
- Lori Berzow 

“My favorite thing about Camp Gan Izzy is the staff. CGI counselors are warm, caring and enthusiastic girls and want the campers to have a great summer. They’re really there for the kids. All three of my kids have had excellent summers at CGI because the staff was so outstanding.” 
- Eliza Delman

2010 

“We had a wonderful experience sending our son Ari to CGI. The counselors were warm, caring and responsible, and their activity-packed schedule kept him wanting to go back for more!”  
- Eda & David Schottenstein, Bexley 

“At Camp Gan Israel I know my kids are safe, loved, and well-fed every day; not to mention having the time of their lives!” 
- Rachel Metz, Berwick

2009 

“We were very pleased at how well our 5 year old daughter Hannah fit in, starting from her very first day! The counselors were warm, loving and caring. Camp Gan is run professionally, and is extremely organized. We loved the programming, convenience and sense of security. Most importantly, Hannah had fun!”   
- Ruth & Randy Bank, New Albany

“Our three kids have spent their summers with CGI since our move here in 2005, and they have never been more welcomed, nurtured or fulfilled, on every level, than at this camp! The camaraderie and caring between camper and counselor is unique. The counselor’s rich commitment and understanding sets this camp aside from any other. There is no sense of judgement at the camper’s level of religious observance. It’s all about fun, the variety, and the belonging. It’s all about fun, the variety, and the belonging, in an enriching Jewish setting. We LOVE Gan Izzy!”
- Kim & Paul Abelman, New Albany

2008 

“At Camp Gan Israel I know my kids are safe, well loved, and well fed every day; not to mention having the time of their lives!” 
-Rachel Metz, Berwick

“The CGI staff, from top to bottom, makes the camp great. They made me so comfortable that I had no doubt that my daughter Leah would be in good hands there. I saw firsthand that CGI is a pluralistic community. The strongest endorsement of CGI comes from Leah herself. She wants to be there as much as possible this summer-and I couldn’t be happier!” 
-Kim Dobres, New Albany 

2007 

“Our two sons have enjoyed camp so much this past year that they have asked if they can go for the whole summer this coming year. Swimming, unique trips, fun sports, arts and crafts, making Challah and great counselors contribute to having a great camping experience. We are happy that we chose Camp Gan Israel!” 
- Paula & Ken Styer, New Albany

“We love sending our daughter to Gan Israel because she learns so much about her Jewish heritage, which she carries with her throughout the year. The counselors are filled with love for every child and make them feel like family from day one. We also appreciate the personal involvement and dedication from the director.” 
- Jodi & Yigal Dayan, Dublin 

“Last summer we moved into the Columbus area and registered our son to attend Camp Gan Israel. By the second day of camp he felt like he had been in this community all his life. He came home daily telling stories about his new friends and singing the Camp Gan Israel songs. I am grateful to Gan Israel for making his transition into a new community so positive, nurturing and enjoyable.” 
- Julie Stein-Makowsky, Westerville 

2006

“Our daughter Maddie has been going to Camp Gan Israel for four years now and she loves it! This past summer, her younger sister Julianne joined her. What an incredible experience they both had!” 
- Jane & Steve Rabe, New Albany 

“I was thrilled to find a full day camping program for my son that offered a variety of activities... sports, field trips, Judaica, camaraderie... Gan Israel has it all.” 
- Ruth & Buddy Adler, Bexley 

“Every day at Camp Gan Israel is a fun adventure! Our daughter Jackie always came home with a smile on her face. She is still thanking us for having her attend Camp Gan Israel last summer.” 
- Holly & Larry Levine, Dubli

“Camp Gan Israel has been a great experience for our family! The staff is incredibly caring & welcoming, very dedicated, and focused on the children. The field trips, art projects, weekly Shabbat program (including challah to bake at home!), and grand production are all favorites. We look forward to Camp Gan Israel every summer!” 
- Liz & Jeremy Kalef, Bexley 

2005

“My daughter Naomi really wanted to attend a summer camp... after just one day at Camp Gan Israel she had made new friends and was having a great time. The Counselors made it so much fun, and she learned about being Jewish. Even before Camp was over she wanted to know if I would sign her up for next year! A truly positive experience for any child.” 
- Rachael Pepper  

“I can’t say enough about how much our boys enjoyed Camp Gan Israel. The staff is caring and friendly and the program is rich in activities that promote both learning and fun. Our kids have great memories from last summer.” 
- Lisa and Steve Steinhart

“There was nothing about camp that my child didn’t love. I signed her up for the first session and she ended up staying the entire summer! The Counselors were great and have even kept in touch with her after camp ended.” 
- Lauren Bernard 

2003

 “We found Camp Gan Israel to be a unique and magical program for campers of all denominations. With field trips, tae kwan do, swimming and wacky, creative projects, my son had a summer to be repeated.” 
- Morissa Ladinsky   

“The counselors at Camp Gan Israel are truly first-rate. They love what they are doing and it shows in how they interact with the children and each other. These counselors are dedicated, organized and creative. They make camp a fun and positive experience for each child. There are no better counselors anywhere.”  
- Esther Brody

“I cannot say enough positive things about my sons’ experience at Camp Gan Israel. Not being an ‘observant’ family, initially I had some reservations about how my boys would fit in at camp. How quickly we found that our religious background was never an issue at any point. The counselors’ level of commitment was unlike anything that we had ever experienced before.” 
- Joan Lustig

“Our daughter had a delightfully fun and educational time at Camp Gan Israel. Each day she came home excited about the activities that she experienced at camp and the new friends that she was making.” 
- Steve and Michele Gurevitz

2002

“Aimee and Rachel never wanted to leave when it was time to go home at the end of the day... they wanted to stay as long as possible!” 
- Sandra Cabakoff

 “Camp Gan Israel boosted my son’s self esteem and gave him personal attention. My son needed a small group setting, one on one attention, and activities in addition to traditional athletics. Jewish learning, interesting field trips, and taekwondo were the perfect match. Camp Gan Israel turned my son’s life around.” 
- Julie Rosenblum Karmia

 “Our son had a wonderful experience. We were impressed with the caring and concern of both the counselors and administration; we were treated like part of the family. What a warm, caring and Jewish environment for a day camp.” 
- Steve and Fran Lesser

 2001

“My son was upset that he was only able to attend Camp Gan Israel for two weeks!”  
- Casey Ringel

“Our daughter came home from camp every day in such a wonderful mood, singing her camp songs!”  
- Sandra & Mark Steiner

“Jared couldn’t wait to go to camp every morning... I never saw counselors like the ones at Camp Gan Israel, that give 110% of their effort.”  
- Kim Friedman

“My daughters loved all the varied activities that Camp Gan Israel offered... Ron and I couldn’t get over the personal caring that the counselors gave to each individual camper!”  
- Beth Dolinger

 “After attending Camp Gan Israel, my children came home with such a joyous attitude about Judaism!”  
- Debra Herman

“I was very impressed that during camp, David’s counselor called several times to offer and ask for feedback!” 
- Deborah Stutman-Brickey

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