When 12 Buses Took Hundreds Of Children to Camp


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.

Machne menachem (2)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.

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אל תשלח ידך אל הנער


“Do Not Raise a Hand Against the Boy” (Bereishit 22:12)


Before this years camp session begone, the web-site jewishcommunitywatch.com added a camp section. The sites webmasters reached out to camps asking them what policies they put in place to prevent abuse in camp.

Some camps complied, other haven’t. What struck me must out of all responses was  the camp Chayolei Hamelech response. Most camps that responded, did so with two three lines, but camp Chayolei   Hamelech responded with nine lines.

Camp Chayolei Hamelech
Chayolei Hamelech has implemented a comprehensive sexual abuse policy which is read and signed by all personnel. Background checks are performed on all staff members. Each staff member is required to take a training program which includes in-person training with experienced therapists, informational videos, and online courses. All of which are monitored by the camp’s administration. Each bunk has at least two counselors assigned to it and never are staff members (aside from medical staff) allowed to be alone with a camper. In addition, campers are encouraged to notify the administration if they encounter any situation that makes them feel unsafe. Chayolei Hamelch’s sexual abuse policy is linked here.

Why such a long response? Why so much “prevention”*?

Becuase, so much sexual abuse has and still is taking place at this camp.

Who are the staff this year in camp Chayolei Hamelech?

Reviewing photos from camp Chayolei Hamelech you will notice that must of the staff are Israeli Bochrim (from 770). It would be interesting to know what “background checks” they did on their staff. It would also be interesting to know how these Israeli Bochrim did with “the training programs, informational videos, and on-line courses”?

Personally, as a father who has a son in day-camp, I ask my son almost every-single day if someone touched him in forbidden places, I then go over with him all the rules.

Imagine having your kids miles away with total and complete strangers 24/7.

Eating Chazer In Chayolei Hamelach


Non-Kosher meat is soooo cheap


Parent: I have no choice but to send my child to Camp Chayolei Hamelech, it’s simply cheaper and I can’t afford any other camp.

Parent: I have no choice but to buy only Non-Kosher (Traif) meat, it’s simply cheaper and I can’t afford Kosher meat.


ארור משיג גבול רעהו ואמר כל-העם אמן

(דברים כ”ז- י”ז)
“Accursed is one who moves back the boundary of his fellow”

Letter to Rabbi Schwei By Hershkop Family


On 5 Kislev the following letter was sent to Rabbi Schwei informing him about the current situation with the Mesira on Six of our community members who volunteer in Shomrim Chesed organization. In this letter Rabbi Schwei is being informed of how many are misusing his name (in a public way) to justify this vicious Messira (a modern day blood libel), he is asked many questions about his said involvement. upen receiving this letter, Rabbi Schwei promised a full response by the following Shabbos  (11 Kislev- November 28). Shabbos has come and gone and no responds.

For the original Hebrew letter to Rabbi Schwei from Hershkop Family Click Here


5 Kislev 5770 (November 22, 2009)

Dear Rabbi Schwei:

You are most certainly aware of the fact that there is a court case going on in secular court, and you have stated clearly that it is forbidden to do so without explicit permission from a competent Rav.

Recently a flier was distributed to all the homes in Crown Heights, it was sent from our opponents who claim to speak on your behalf (they also posted it on the official website of your followers called Chabad.info).  In the flier they claim that you, Rav Schwei and Rav Osdoba gave them permission to take us to court. Rav Osdoba immediately issued a public letter in which he completely denies such claims, and he stated that he never gave them permission to go to court, and that those who went to court are evil people who have no share in the world to come.

It is obvious that this court case causes a tremendous violation of Hashem’s name.
Everyday, for the last three weeks G-d’s names is desecrated and the name of Lubavitch has been dragged down to the gutter.

The court appointed a jury of non-Jews and they are hearing and seeing on a daily basis how Chasidic Jews are fighting amongst themselves. They are hearing about all the garbage that goes on in Crown Heights replete with lies and incitement against Jews, etc. All this is done in your name and the name of your Beth Din who purportedly permitted them to go to court. They even publicized this claim that you gave them this permission in a letter to the entire community (and through their website to the entire world).

So our question to you is: Is it true that you gave them permission to go to court?! And if so, when and where did you properly investigate this matter before you issued such a ruling?!

In reality you refused to get involved and refused to hear the other side claiming that you don’t have the power or the manpower to get involved! And if in truth you didn’t give permission to go to court then why aren’t you issuing a letter against those who are spreading lies in your name? And if for whatever reason you are unable to publicly deny their claim that you gave permission (for unfortunate reasons of politics, etc.), then on you the Chachamim said “since you are silent you must agree with it.”

Did you know that they are attempting to put 6 Jews in prison?! Did you know that four of them are family men and fathers of children?!
Do you know that these defendants are unable to work for the last three weeks?
Do you remember the good old fashioned government appointed Rabbonim in the dark days of Russia of old?!
Do you take responsibility for these horrendous Mesira and government informers?!

Haven’t we suffered enough from the Mesira’s against the Rubashkin family, heaven forbid? Which, by the way, your people are part of the gang that ratted on Moshe Rubashkin and had him sent to prison, and they also attempted to inform on Rav Moshe Bogomilsky.

Our sages already commented: “from evil people evil comes forth” and “one transgression leads to another transgression.”

P.S. If it is true that this abomination was approved by you then you are destined to pay for it in this world and the world to come.

We wish to remind you (since your memory fails you to remember if you gave permission….) the words of the Rambam in the laws of Sanhedrin: “it is forbidden for a judge to hear one side of the litigants before the other one is present or in his absence and even one word is forbidden  (to listen to) as it says you must listen to your brothers (plural). And if (a judge) hears only one side he transgressed a Torah violation as it says you should not bear vain claims which includes a warning to one who accepts evil talk (loshon hora) and one who says loshon hora and one who testifies falsely (as we see everyday in court).

Rambam Sanhedrin 23, 8: “forever a judge should feel as if a sword is applied to his neck and the gates of hell are open beneath him and he should know whom he is judging and in front of whom he is judging and who will ultimately make him pay (for his ruling) if he deviates from the truth as it says G-d stands among a community of G-d, etc.”

Rambam Sanhedrin 23,9: “every judge who doesn’t rule according to the ultimate truth causes the Shechina (G-d’s presence) to withdraw its presence from amongst the Jews and every judge who takes from one and gives to the other unjustly against Halacha, G-d collects from him lives … And every judge who rules according to the truth even for one hour he is considered as if he corrected the entire world and he causes the Shechina (G-d’s presence) to dwell amongst the Jewish people as it says, G-d stands amongst the community of G-d.”

I suppose that on you it is said: “I said that you are G-dly and that you are sons of man, indeed like man…., etc.”
“Arise G-d judge this world – Pursue Justice!”

Suffering over the public desecration of G-d’s name.
Where there is desecration of G-d’s name you don’t give honor to….

A United Hershkop Family

Staff Member Sustains 2nd and 3rd Degree Burns


fireplayA camper in camp Chayolei Hamelech (a.k.a Summer Recreation for Children Inc.) was playing with fire, when a staff member intervened (trying to take out the fire) and sustained second and third degree burns to his hand (his whole hand was burnt).

The staff member is currently in the city, he must see Dr. Rosen everyday to change his bandages.

(Source: Staff  members Grandfather)

New Letter/Warning from Original Directors of Machne Menachem


English Translation
Erev Pesach 5769
To Anash and the Crown Heights Community

Greetings and Blessing!

As the summer approaches and the children will go to camp or Yeshiva Kayitz, you, as parents, are busy thinking about camp and deciding which one will be best for your child.  Thank G-d there are many summer camp options to choose from.

We do not want to convince or persuade you where to send your child this summer, but rather, to make you aware of the present situation with the Camp Chayolei Hamelach which is under the management of Rutman and Spritzer and located in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania.

For the past year, there has been a restraining order, an Ikkul, placed on Rutman and Spritzer by the Bais Din of our community.  They are not to open the camp until there will be Din Torah decision concerning the camp’s rightful owners.

In addition, Mr. Spritzer has been called over a year ago to the Bais Din Machon L’Horaya –Monsey- and has not yet agreed to come.  It is therefore clear that the restraining order, the Ikkul, is still in force upon him.  If anyone sends their child to the Camp Chayolei Hamelach, he is participating with Spritzer in the travesty.

Further more, we are reminding everyone that it is stealing, gezel, to use the property without permission from its Owners.  We do not allow anyone— a camper, counselor, or teacher, etc.—to use our property which is located in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, which in its time was known as Machne Menachem.

We reserve the right to eventually demand full compensation from the parents that went against the restraining order, the Ikkul, and illegally used our property (Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, Siman 363).

Signed in the name of,
The Machne Menachem Board of Directors
For the original Letter in Hebrew
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Comment of the day:


Koved Harabonim (?) wrote:

When people who claim to be for Koved HaRabbonim say things in the context of…
“I know there is Public letter/Psak to the community prohibiting the use of the camp, but I asked the Rav and he said there is no problem”. etc…


In the News: Camp Owner Endures Racial Vandalism


Camp Owner Endures Racial Vandalism


Last week at Machne Menachem summer camp, Meir Hershkop’s assistant, Michal, prepares for the arrival of 350 children. Hershkop found numerous swastikas spray-painted at the camp when he returned on June 27.

Last week at Machne Menachem summer camp, Meir Hershkop’s assistant, Michal, prepares for the arrival of 350 children. Hershkop found numerous swastikas spray-painted at the camp when he returned on June 27.

LACKAWAXEN, PA – Meir Hershkop reached out his hand and
agreed to talk about the swastikas he found after returning to his
summer camp for children on June 27.

The 48-year-old walked by the cabin where he’s staying with his
assistant, Michal. The emblem of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party had been
sprayed in white on the cabin’s red siding. Beside the swastika the
vandal(s) had sprayed an anarchy sign.

Hershkop pointed out a swastika on a doormat, one on the window of
a storm door and one on a nearby picnic table. The word “Nazi” had
been sprayed on the table’s bench.

“Heil Hitler” had been sprayed in the grass, and the culprits had
broken into a building, stolen Hebrew Bibles, ripped out pages and
strewn them by the entrance gate to the not-for-profit camp, Machne
Menachem, which sits in a secluded 87-acre valley along the Upper
Delaware River.

Meir and Michal were busily preparing for the 350 children who would
arrive on July 7 for eight weeks of summer camp. Hershkop took a
break, stepped out of the rain under the roof of a porch and began
talking about the history of the camp.

He and his partners purchased the property in 1997. This incident,
which Hershkop described as an “accident,” is the first of its kind to
occur here, though once before some thieves broke in and stole a
charity box that contained $13.00.

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