What Parents, Teachers, and Talmidim have to say about YSP
Julie and Ephram Shizgal, Parents (2015)
Dear Rabbi Goldberg, Rabbi Levi Harlig and staff,
Thank you so much for providing our son, Pinchas Shizgal, an incredible environment in which to grow and thrive. It is often quoted that the Rebbe expressed that there is a special advantage in the education that is received in summer camps, one that is even greater than in schools. In summer camps the child is in an atmosphere of holiness 24 hours a day, for a continuous period so the educational effect is even greater. Furthermore, there is an emphasis that physicality and spirituality are not in contradiction and that they help one another.
Your camp seems to embody these goals and truly succeed in both the spiritual and physical. Your staff, starting from Levi Harlig to all the learning teachers, counselors, support staff and the photographers, were all tremendously excellent role models and individuals. They truly care about yiddishkeit and care about the campers and Pinchas saw it and felt it. Pinchas felt motivated to strive to do more, learn more and achieve more during YSP and it will IY”H impact the rest of his life and everyone he comes into contact with.
Mendy Cheruff gave great Chassidus shiurim where ideas were openly shared and discussed and questions were encouraged. Levi Harlig’s farbrengens and one on one attention had a huge positive impact. Camp encouraged him to learn Baal Peh and he was proud of his accomplishments. Your sports programs, speakers, trips, entertainers, activities and special meals were all so well planned and executed.
Pinchas started YSP with a love for the Torah, the Rebbe, learning and sports. You provided an atmosphere where he could grow those loves into more action. He had an incredible summer. Thank you, he loved his summer there. He will IY”H grow from “strength to strength”.
Shlomo and Leah Dugan, Parents (2015)
To all the YSP staff,
We don’t have enough words to express our deep gratitude, appreciation and admiration to each and every one of you! Our son had an incredible summer, both בגשמיות וברוחניות , a summer full of growth and progress and friendship and improvement.
You were extremely professional, caring, devoted and passionate all the way, and we truly felt that our son is in good hands.
We enjoyed very much your beautiful Internet site and the stunning, professional pictures. It helped us feel part of the program.
May Hashem bless you with much ברכה והצלחה in everything you do and may all of you continue to educate more and more בחורים חסידיים לנחת רוח להרעבע!!
Shlomo and Leah Dugan
Mom of Mendy Hayman, his sister and bother and father:
Dear editorial staff and camera crew,
I just wanted to let you know that your reports, news, updates and amazing photos are very much appreciated!
They are keeping us, parents and siblings cool in Arizona 🙂
Keep ’em coming, we can’t wait to see the next batch of news.
I have to tell you that your work is the best i have seen among all the Chabad camp websites.
With much thanks and appreciations,
Rivka Toron, Parent (2011):
Just a quick note to say that I was so excited to see the pics up so soon on the first day of camp! It meant so much to me to be able to see him so quick the first day! Keep up the good work:)
Lana Gurevich, Parent (2011):
Thank you very much for accommodating Shlomo Shimon’s needs, I greatly appreciate your assistance.
All the pictures and brief descriptions of the schedule that you and your staff post on line makes us, parents, feel that we are almost there with the boys at YSP. They are much appreciated.
Wishing you, the staff and the boys a healthy chassidishe summer.
Anonymous, Parent (2010):
Dear News guy,
Last year I wrote to you a few times to tell you how impressed I was with your website. I see that it is not just a one year thing but obviously an important standard for YSP, as the same excellent news and picture updates are in evidence again this year.
Actually, judging by your unique style of writing I would venture to guess that you are the same guy as last year! Am I right?
When parents send their kids away for the summer, they frequently find themselves thinking about the child, wondering what he is doing, what the campgrounds look like, what are the counselors like, trips, etc. Often you have to wait for that sometimes infrequent call and half-pieces of information. After having one son at YSP last year, I told the other parents that this year they don’t have to worry, every day that you go on the site you will see an update, and if there is no news it means they are on a trip! Now thanks to the Twitter, we even know when there is a trip!
Thank you so much for your dedication and for keeping us totally in the loop and able to watch our kids having a fantastic summer.
Now, a message to the photographer. Please take pictures of Avi!!!
Thanks and have a Good Shabbos.
Dini Gouraire, Parent (2010):
Thank you for keeping us updated all summer. The entries were well written and entertaining. A futther glimpse of life in YSP, was provided through pictures and video clips….seeing is believing!
If this is read before your final pics are uploaded, it would make Levi (and us!) feel really good if a few more pics were of him were posted. Thanks again for keeping us “in the loop”.
I hope the author of these posts continues to write….you’ve got the gift!
An appreciative parent,
Sara Shpiegelman, Parent (2010):
………………. I am sooooooooooo impressed with your website and i want to say a big THANK YOU. As a parent it really keeps us informed and not feeling so in the dark about what the kids are doing. It’s fun to read all the news write ups. Very adorable writing!! It’s great to be able to contact the kids by email. It’s a great feeling to be able to see pictures of what the kids are up to; the trips they go on, their davening, the camp grounds etc…. The photographer is AMAZING!!!!!! I am really enjoying all the photography. The shots he captures of the kids and the over all picture of the activity they are doing and that sunset by Rosenberg was INCREDIBLE…. the videos are fun to watch too but there should be more of them. I just wanted to give a big shout of appreciation for having a great website. It really makes a difference to all us parents at home. It looks like the kids are having a great time…. KEEP IT UP…. and PS. i found my brother (Yankie Rosenblum) in the camp group photo of year 5752. That was really funny.
Mordechai and Elisheva Engel, Parents (2010):
Hi, thank you for keeping us informed! It is wonderful to be able to go on the site everyday and see new pics and read updates of everything that is happening in YSP, especially since we are in far away Australia (!) and our son is away for 2 and a 1/2 months in total. There are always new pics everyday and the rest of the kids love to try and pick Menachem Mendel in them, which BH they are very often able to do. MM looks like he is having an amazing time over there and we would love to say thank you to the entire staff!!
[and after the summer:] BH both our son and us as parents had an outstanding experience with YSP and today when we see our son growing into a beautiful Chassidishe Bochur, undoubtedly giving the Rebbe nachas, we still attribute some of that nachas to his summer spent in YSP and the efforts the staff put into him. For this we will always be grateful.
Mendy Soffer, Talmid (2009):
YSP was the best summer I ever had! I felt like I was being treated like a first-class citizen throughout the entire summer not like a ‘camper’!
YSP is an amazing way to jump start a Bochur’s Yeshiva years while still giving an insanely fun time for the duration of the summer also giving a Chassidshe atmosphere!
It’s a perfect balance of Yeshiva and camp!
Eli Rosenfeld, North Miami Beach, FL, Parent (2009):
You ever read those advertisements in Chabad periodicals about the various camps, throughout the globe?
“Beautiful grounds…”, “Highly-trained staff…”, “Boating….”, “Advanced learning….”, Etc.
We all went to camp as campers. We were all, once upon a time, highly trained staff members. (After a 5 minute pep talk, from some yid with a grey beard, we were rendered highly qualified to become counselors and learning teachers.
We are all aware how that works/ed out. Generally speaking, of course.
And then there’s Morristown. (YSP)
The grounds are nice, they take the boys on great trips, and they learn a lot. Bochurim from many different backgrounds and education suddenly get ‘into it.’ Potentials are realized, troublemakers are curbed, wandering minds are stimulated while they’re having a good time.
What one can learn from the YSP program is, there is indeed a way to take most any child, regardless of their current spiritual matziv, and change them.
Boys who otherwise aren’t involved in learning or ‘chassidishkeit’, somehow put in the effort. They offer incentives which yield tremendous fruits.
One day they’re screaming while dropping on a roller coaster, and the next they’re doing tanya bal peh. Almost all of them.
I was there (twice, ’82 & ’83, don’t ask me how), my older son was there, and now my second son is there. When your son turns 13, as soon as you hire the caterer and music guy, sign him up to YSP. It’s the best summer your boy will ever have.