Summer 0f 1996, 12 [full] buses pulled out of Crown Heights heading towards Machne Menachem. That year the Machne Menachem which was located at, 445 Mast Hope Plank Road, Lackawaxen, PA, 18435 hosted 500 campers and 200 staff.
The streets of Crown Heights were literately desolate of Children.
I myself was on one of these buses and remember how the line of buses stretched almost two blocks. Starting from Eastern Pkwy and Kingston Ave., down to Eastern Pkwy and Brooklyn. It was quite a sight to see.
What has become of 445 Mast Hope Plank Road, Lackawaxen, PA, 18435 today? How many children are hosted there today?
Yaakov Spritzer swindled the camp away from the majority directors of the camp by initiating a campaign of harassment and intimidation via way of lawsuits, based on frivolous claims. All documented on Machnemenachem.com.
Surly a camp property which held 500 campers and 200 staff in 1996, has thousands today on 2014?
One would have expected that to be the case, but sadly that is not the case.
The question then is, why did Spritzer put up such a vicious fight for the camp, if he’s not growing?
I would also ask this question of Camp Gan Yisroel(s). In over forty years of “the Rebbes camp”, how much have you grown, how many bunks houses have you build in forty years?
Why are there hundreds of Children and Bochurim hanging out in the streets in the summer months?
This camp business (“summer vacation”) must come to an end, it does more harm then good. Unless a Yeshiva opens a camp of it’s own and all students registered to Yeshiva must join the Yeshiva camp (like they have in many other communities).
2003: After the decision of Judge Glasser which decided that Shmuel Heber, Yosef Goldman and Mendel Hershkop were still directors of the Corporation, Shmuel Heber, spoke to the school principals (of Crown Heights) and the directors (of those schools) and gave a very good offer to the principals and directors for their students to attend the camp, as a whole Yeshiva for the summer.
Why didn’t this happen? Read about this here: Reopening the Camp – 2003