About

In 1995 Rabbi and Rebbetzin Shlomo Menkes embarked on the mission of their lives: to start a Gan Israel Summer Sleepaway Camp in California.

After many years of struggle and success and close to 2,000 campers, they were able to purchase  their own facility in 2014: The Siderman Family Camp and Conference Center.  Click here to read more about the campus.

Today, Gan Yisroel West is the outcome of 13 years of providing a true Gan Yisroel sleep away camp experience to hundreds of children. The camp’s unique blend of traditional and specialty programs is meant to enrich every camper’s summer.

Rabbi Menkes says their secret to success is giving the kids the “absolute best summer of their lives.” They do that partially through having children do what they like best. For example, Aliza Menkes notes that many camps focus on sports when a significant portion of children may not be so interested in them. While sports are indeed offered at Gan Yisroel West, plenty of other activities are available that suit other tastes. Scroll down to see just a sampling of our many activities, along with what people are saying about us.

We work very hard to make every single camper feel special.

GAN YISROEL ACTIVITIES

  • Exciting Trips
    From amusement parks to nearby beaches, our campers enjoy the best that California has to offer.
  • Swimming
    Kids are encouraged to develop their swimming skills - from beginners to advanced.
  • Bonfires
    There's nothing like a kumsitz on a summer night with marshmallows, graham crackers, and great songs.
  • Boating
    With lifejackets strapped on, our kids jump into their canoes and have a blast navigating the ocean blue.
  • Horseback Riding
    Our breathtaking 10-mile trail that ends near Bass Lake is the perfect setting for a horseback ride.
  • Arts and Crafts
    Children have ample opportunity to develop latent talents with painting, sculpture and more.

What a great camp!

What a GREAT camp! We've been sending our children for years and it keeps getting better and better! Heartfelt thanks go out to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Menkes who run a top-notch program. We gladly offer our HIGHEST recommendation.

Yeruchem Eilfort
5.0
2017-06-05T02:41:29+00:00
Yeruchem Eilfort
What a GREAT camp! We've been sending our children for years and it keeps getting better and better! Heartfelt thanks go out to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Menkes who run a top-notch program. We gladly offer our HIGHEST recommendation.

A fabulous summer

Once again you've given Mendy a fabulous summer! He B"H just loves camp! Mendy had been entertaining us with stories all the time! Thank you Rabbi Menkes and thank you Gan Yisroel West!!

Tzippy Furst
5.0
2017-06-05T02:48:58+00:00
Tzippy Furst
Once again you've given Mendy a fabulous summer! He B"H just loves camp! Mendy had been entertaining us with stories all the time! Thank you Rabbi Menkes and thank you Gan Yisroel West!!

The time of their lives

My daughters had /are having the time of their lives! Thank you for giving them such an AWESOME experience!

Mairav Boudjnah
5.0
2017-06-05T03:08:57+00:00
Mairav Boudjnah
My daughters had /are having the time of their lives! Thank you for giving them such an AWESOME experience!

A wonderful time

My son had a wonderful time and learned many new things! Thank you!

Rachel Trilokekar
5.0
2017-06-05T03:12:42+00:00
Rachel Trilokekar
My son had a wonderful time and learned many new things! Thank you!
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