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Hello from Camp Committee

Hello from Camp Committee Shalom, GFC. I’m Michelle Lynn-Sachs, the Chair of GFC’s Camp Committee, and I’m writing to give you a quick update on what our Camp Committee and Leaders' Council (past camp committee chairs) has been up to lately. Made up of dedicated...

Notes from Rabbi Erin Mason – January 2024

This month, we are kicking off a new newsletter directly from Rabbi Erin Mason, Camp Director, to alternate with our Tell Me S’more newsletter and blog. Expect this email to come in the middle of each month with different notes and happenings around GFC. Dear GFC...

GFC 2023 Recap

GFC 2023 Recap This year we... spent 75 hours cooling off in the pool welcomes 2,000 campers to camp baked 580 pounds of challah posted 65,000 photos hired staff from 10 countries dances 81 Israeli dances walked 12,000 steps on average per day ate 4,200 grilled cheese...

This Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, my heart aches for Israeli friends, family, and the entire state of Israel. I cannot think only of gratitude when our world is rocked with terrorism and hatred. We have had hundreds of Israeli staff members and campers in our summer program over the...

Thanksgiving Gratitude for Our International Staff

At the beginning of November, I was given the opportunity to travel to Liverpool, England where camp professionals from various places and backgrounds gathered for a transformative experience at Camp Collab - a global camp staffing conference. This event was an...

Shabbat Shalom from Israel

Our hearts have been heavy since we heard the news from Israel on October 7th. As we have continued to show support for our community in Israel, we have also heard from many GFC families worried about our Mishlachat (Israeli staff members). The relationships our...

Ten for Two!

“Ten for two!” If you went to camp, or are the parent of a camper, you probably know what this means. Counting down ten months for the two months we spend back at camp. For ten years, “my” camp was my home away from home. I eagerly awaited opening day, enjoyed lake...

Coming Full Circle in the New Year

While the cooler air hasn’t quite ushered in a new season here in Texas, the ever-moving calendar dates push us closer to autumn and the season of Jewish holy days. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is the first of these holidays and a time of reflection, renewal,...

Farewell, Summer 2023

Filled with joy and intention, Summer 2023 has come to a close. THANK YOU to our campers, our camp families, our faculty, our alumni, our camp committee, our donors, and most importantly, our staff, for making this summer so wonderful. We made friendships that will...

I LOVE SERVING AS GFC FACULTY BECAUSE…PART 2

I love coming to camp because I had only experienced GFC through NFTY-TOR (then TOFTY) kallot (retreats) and didn’t come to GFC until I went on Garin Greene and the summer after working with Loui Dobin’s kids. It has been amazing to experience camp as an adult, making...