Dear Parents,

Welcome to Camp Gan Israel of Venice!

We are delighted that you will be joining us and we are certain that your children will have a wonderful camp experience. Due to the coronavirus, we will be having certain limitations and restrictions in place, to ensure the safety of your child.

The counselors and staff at Camp Gan Israel are eager to greet your children and there are many exciting programs planned for this year.

This website will provide you with all the necessary information regarding camp. However, if you have any concerns, questions or suggestions, please feel free to call us at 941-493-2770 or email: [email protected]

We are looking forward to an amazing summer!


Chaya Rivka Schmerling


No one puts more care into the care of your child.
Gan Israel is much more than a physical break from the school routine and winter activities. It’s a comprehensive program designed to strengthen the body and soul. It provides your child with a rich and wholesome summer vacation of fun and excitement along with friendship and meaningful educational experiences.

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 campers are imbued with a deep sense of pride in their Jewish heritage and a love for the land of Israel. Weekly Judaic themes are taught through exciting activities, stories, songs, games and contests, which are part of the unique Gan Israel experience. Combined with group discussions and educational programs, these events bring to life the beauty and values of our tradition.

How is Camp different this year?
* No trips, lunches or swimming
* Our staff is local (including our daughters, Nechama and Mushka and their friend Mirel, from Tampa)
* Children's temperatures will be taken each day, before entering
* Chabad House will be sanitized each day, before camp begins, and after camp ends.
* There will be a strong emphasis on hand washing and sanitizing. As per the Florida Department of Health guidelines, children do not need to wear masks.

What is included in Camp this year?
* Fabulous Hands-on Activities and Crafts- no technology or zoom!
* Sports
* Drama, Carnivals, Dress up days, Color war, Shabbat parties
* Judaic Art