Jewish Girls Retreat


I’ve Learned a Lot About Sarah by Temima Rocklin

    I’ve learned a lot about Sarah.  As I was thinking about her while I was at JGR, (it was so much fun!) I noticed something about Sarah that really inspired me.  Sarah thought […]

JGR Summer 5778 Journal

BS”D JGR Journal – Day #1 The sun beat down on JGR’s new home for summer 5778 – a serene girl scout campus in Upstate New York – as cars slowly turned in to its […]

JGR Winter Leadership Retreat – Day #3

BS”D JGR, Winter 2017/5778 December 26/Teves 8 I stretched and squinted.  Had the past two beautiful days just been a dream?  It felt like they had glided by in a blur.  A wondrous blur, but […]

JGR Winter Leadership Retreat Journal – Day #2

BS”D JGR, Winter 2017/5778 December 25/Teves 7 How incredible it was… Every moment of the entire day was totally immersed in the spirit, love, unity and song of JGR! Wakeup was scheduled for quarter of eight this […]

JGR Winter Leadership Retreat Journal – Day #1

BS”D JGR, Winter 2017/5778  December 24/Teves 6 Wasn’t day one of the Jewish Girls Winter Leadership Retreat just wonderful?  The day was brilliantly packed with numerous exciting activities, and we made memories to last a […]

Challah Baking with Deanna

  Q. What was your first experience baking Challah? It was summer 2015 and the kitchen staff at the Jewish Girls Retreat were baking Challah for the camp. Nechama asked me if I wanted to […]

JGR day 15

What an amazing visiting day!  After our usual morning activities we had performing arts and grow workshop, followed by clean up, lunch, and art clubs. During lunch parents started to come for visiting day and got to […]

Shabbos # 2

What an amazing shabbos. Girls got to have a preshabbos snack and light shabbos candles. Then the camp heard songs and a wonderful story from one of our shabbos guests Saralaya Perl. We then davened […]

JGR day 13

What an amazing day! Everyone had an early wake up, got there camp shirts ,and went to the gym for davening and a camp picture after breakfast. We boarded buses departed for our trip to […]

JGR day 12

Today was a cool day here at camp. We had our usual morning activities followed by sports and swimming.  Next we had performing arts and all the girls wrote a story or poem inspired by Shabbos candles.  After […]

JGR day 8

What a fun day!  Following our usual morning activities we had swimming and sports. While JGU’s first online club for the younger girls in Yaldah was going on, the teens and BMC finished up at […]

JGR Day 6

What a twintastic day!  Following our usual morning activities we had a fun twin competition! Each of the girls got to see which pair of twins looked the most alike. All the girls were winners […]

JGR day 3

Written by Sarah Salles, Counselor-in-Training Our first field trip day!  After a full morning of swimming, sports and performing arts (during which the girls watched old camp videos and played fun games) We split into two groups- […]

JGR Day 2

What a great day! After a delicious breakfast of Pancakes the camp walked down to the sports center to pray and start our day. The campers then got to go swimming and play sports. Then […]

JGR day 1

Summary by Sarah Sahles, Staff In Training Sleep away camp can be overwhelming but at JGR everyone was friendly. Before camp,  the staff was working hard to get everything ready. When the campers arrived they […]

Summer of Growth at Girls Retreat

From Chabad On Line: June 23, 2015 Girls from every background enjoyed a summer of growth and adventure at the Jewish Girls Retreat directed by Rabbi Avraham and Nechama Laber. In a beautiful 350 acres campus in Hoosick […]

Greetings From Nechama – Finding My Father in Me

On the 9th of Av, (this Sunday), the Beit Hamikdash was destroyed in Jerusalem over 3000 years ago. The Holy Temple was the place where G‑d’s presence could be felt physically. It was the window […]


Dear Friends: The following story expresses the heart of the JGU mission. Rabbi Shemtov from Uruguay was walking with a friend on Shabbat afternoon. A ten year old boy approached them and asked, “Where are […]