Jan 1, 2014
Winter Retreat Inspires Girls

A winter retreat for girls in Latham, NY wrapped after 5 days of fun, inspiration, friendship and bonding.

In the cold corners of Latham, in the NY Capital District, a banquet room in a quiet hotel was alive and afire with a blazing energy and youthful warmth this past Motzei Shabbos. Circles with over 100 girls filled the room, hands on each others shoulders, dancing together to musical duo Rivka Leah Cylich and (JGR staff alumnus) Chaya Sara Weiss.

The highlight concert for the Jewish Girls 5 day Winter Retreat, open to women in the local community, was an apt culmination of the camp’s learning theme and focus: “Building the Future” - To inspire each girl to recognize her unique abilities to create and contribute to building our future with goodness and kindness. “Find inside your own song”, encouraged singer/songwriter Rivka Leah, “Sing it! Share it! The world is waiting to hear from you!”

With a variety of warm up acts from the camp creative clubs including drama, singing and dancing performances, as well as a brief sharing of learning, the evening program aptly reflected the JGR philosophy and program which melds both a focus on meaningful learning and content as well as creative development and nurturing.

JGR concluded on Sunday with a grand trip to snow tubing and many tearful goodbyes because of the meaningful bonds created in such a short time. “The friendships that grow from JGR are unique,” explains staff member Basya Yaffee, “it’s like becoming part of a family, these connections are for life.”

Standing apart from all other camp programs, JGR is unique in its inclusion of Jewish girls from all ages and walks of life, “I believe in girls bonding beyond their differences,” explains Nechama Laber, camp founder and director “each has what to give to each other - whether it be the inspiration of fresh interest in Judaism and Jewish concepts, or the ability to model by example to others, what it means to be a proud observant Jew.”

Here are some quotes from campers who shared their JGR experience.
“I feel like everyone here accepts me for who I am. I have no Jewish friends at home...sometimes I feel like an outcast...and here I belong”. “This retreat taught me what true friendship is like, and showed me that I deserve real friends. I learned that there is so much more to people than you see.”

Now in it’s 12th year running, without its own location, the Jewish Girls Retreat is finally working towards its dream of a permanent home. Their new fundraising campaign, to raise the much needed funds for a dream property in Southern Rensselaer County is underway. To help JGR build the future for so many Jewish girls and their families, please visit www.ahomeforjgr.com and contribute your part to make this dream a reality.

For more information about the summer program for girls ages 8-16, go to www.jewishgirlsretreat.com


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1
Awesome
May your dream of having a permanent home become a reality
So please donate so that beautiful work continue and JGR expand more and more
love from Montreal
(1/1/2014 10:50:37 AM)
2
Miki
Batya and Michali representing!!! True Bnos Chabad!!!
(1/1/2014 11:30:47 AM)
3
Leba
MICHALI AND BATYA WOOOOO HOOOOO LOOOKING GOOOOOOD!!!!!
(1/1/2014 11:31:19 AM)
4
Dynamic duo
The Lipsker twins from the North Shore-amazing young Shluchos!
(1/1/2014 11:52:35 AM)
5
so nice to see
lovely girls and seems like a lovely program
(1/1/2014 12:05:20 PM)
6
mushka pruss!!
o my!! :):)
xxx
lsgs!!
(1/1/2014 1:22:25 PM)
7
Lovely photos
Looks like lovely girls, I hope my daughter can join them summer 2014 pg
Seem like nice, normal girls, hope it always stays like this.
(1/1/2014 1:24:07 PM)
8
i spy pearla rosenberg
great job again JGR!!!
(1/1/2014 1:34:52 PM)
9
I spy...
Chavie Resnick!
(1/1/2014 1:41:16 PM)
10
I spy...
Menucha Herman!!!!!
(1/1/2014 1:41:44 PM)
11
I spy...
Devorah Soblick and Malka Reisner!
(1/1/2014 1:42:34 PM)
12
JGR!!!
OMG best place ever!!!!!!!!
(1/1/2014 2:09:39 PM)
13
montreal
go chayaaaa
(1/1/2014 2:12:10 PM)
14
I spy
heeyyyy!Yehudis!Not sure if you remember me, I was with you in bunk 5 in camp emunah,5770....long time no speak!
From,Zeesy
(1/1/2014 2:47:17 PM)
15
i spy..
ellie parker!!
(1/1/2014 3:04:20 PM)
16
MENUCHA HERMAN!!!
Love you!!!
(1/1/2014 4:24:39 PM)
17
go!
rivky shochat!! 5771!
(1/1/2014 5:23:23 PM)
18
SLR!
Slaya is cool.
(1/1/2014 6:49:59 PM)
19
Mushka hendel!!
Incredible person!!!!!!
(1/1/2014 6:54:18 PM)
20
Most special camp out there
JGR is the most incredible, unique camp!!!
It's the only camp I know where there is such open love, acceptance regardless of who you are, and everyone is sooo REAL!!!!
can't wait for the summer!!
(1/1/2014 7:10:47 PM)
21
Go Chani Rubin
From ur bunkmate
(1/1/2014 7:16:37 PM)
22
Beautiful photos
These beautiful are so lucky to have the opportunity to be together. Baruck Hashem.
(1/1/2014 7:53:21 PM)
23
Ispy the Schwartz girls!
Go Meirah and Siavn!!!!
(1/1/2014 8:03:10 PM)
24
Go Itty W
Such dedication!!!!!!!!!
(1/1/2014 8:04:14 PM)
25
Go Basya!!
ur so cute!
xx
(1/1/2014 8:24:05 PM)
26
go chavi resnick!
love mbcm
(1/1/2014 9:02:07 PM)
27
Mushky H, Chaya V, Rivky S
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(1/1/2014 9:43:08 PM)
28
go Mushka hendel, Yocheved segal, basya yaffee,Shterny Fogelman,
Great job bm
(1/1/2014 10:09:05 PM)
29
go Mushka hendel, Yocheved segal, basya yaffee,Shterny Fogelman, Mushky Greenwald
Great job bm
MG you rock!
(1/1/2014 10:26:38 PM)
30
To # 14
I remember you too! Come to JGR!!

Yehudis

PS: Go Penguins!
(1/1/2014 11:59:36 PM)
31
go bnos menachem!
best counselors!!
(1/2/2014 8:14:45 AM)
32
Chana Pinkwas
Go Chana!
We are not surprised you were part of the team!
You are an amazing fun girl. May you grow from strength to strength .
Proud cousins in Los Angeles
(1/2/2014 2:07:27 PM)
33
bunk 3
I WANNA BE IN BUNK 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!
love you guys so much!
(1/2/2014 5:06:35 PM)
34
yay
Go Malka! :)
(1/2/2014 6:00:08 PM)
35
bunk 3
who wrote #33?Go bunk 3
(1/2/2014 6:12:36 PM)
36
JGR!!!
Bunk one! we're so much fun!!!!!
(1/2/2014 6:24:46 PM)
37
Jgr rocks!
Go Chavie R and Chava S u guys r awesome!!
(1/2/2014 8:18:53 PM)
38
GO MALKA REISNER
(1/2/2014 8:37:10 PM)
39
I spy....
Itty Wagner and pearla Rosenberg!!
(1/2/2014 11:00:35 PM)
40
The Penguin Family
Purple, Pinky, Pringle, Perhaps, Papa, Paul, and all the other red hot members of our awesome bunk family: MISS YOU LIKE CRAZYYY

(1/3/2014 1:30:17 AM)
41
Go JGR!!!!!!!!!
I love JGR so much and I miss all of my JGR family!!! I wish I could have come!!!!!!!!
Love
Nechama
(1/3/2014 8:47:36 AM)
42
Part of the Penguin Family!!!!!!!!!
I love JGR and the Penguins!!!!! Miss you guys like crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(1/3/2014 12:46:23 PM)
43
GO BM STAFF
GO MUSHKY GREENWALD, MUSHKA HENDEL. YOCHEVED SEGAL, BASYA YAFFEE AND ALL OTHER BNOS MENACHEM STAFF!!!!!! YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!!!!!!! WE LOVE OUR SENIORS!!!!!
(1/4/2014 11:27:29 PM)
44
JGR!!!
I spot so many familiar faces from the past summer! Miss you all and wish I could've been there.
(1/20/2014 11:10:55 AM)
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