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Planning a retreat for your group?  Make Gan Israel Retreat your #1 destination for fun, easy-to-plan overnight trips.

Nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, Gan Israel Retreat offers a beautiful setting for Jewish students, families, and communities seeking an overnight getaway.  Very conveniently located only 70 miles (90 minutes) from New York City, our newly refurbished facility includes heated cabins, dining hall with top-of-the-line glatt Kosher kitchens, swimming pool, private lake, sport fields and courts, zip line and climbing wall, and recreation hall for group activities.

Guests will enjoy: sports including basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer, and tennis; traditional campfires; hiking on our on-site trails, swimming in our beautiful pool, and boating and fishing on our private lake.

With full catering services, optional linen service, and dedicated staff, Gan Israel Retreat offers great value for groups large and small.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • House-Keeping


Glatt Kosher under the rabbinical supervision of Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

This sounds like a dream! I am an education student and I have spent way too much time working all summer to pay for school. My boyfriend of 5 years is a government firefighter and has been away working most of the summer. His 30th Birthday and our 6th anniversary is coming up this winter, we would love to celebrate with a yoga retreat! We both love yoga but have barley had time to practice in the past few months. Keeping our fingers crossed! Jaimee and Dan

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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