• Two Camps, One Soul: Making A Difference Day

    At Crane Lake and Eisner, we share the mission of bringing our values out into the world to make an impact. On Make A Difference Day, we lived our mission statement out loud as one, showing the power of social action, advocacy, and community.


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  • Happy Tu B’Shevat: Environmental Responsibility in the Berkshires

    by Greg Kellner, Senior Assistant Director, URJ Crane Lake Camp During the wintertime, I try to drive up to the Berkshires as much as possible. As an assistant director, you don’t get so much time to enjoy all that the Berkshires has to offer during the summer, so I try to experience it during the […]


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  • It’s Not Your Father’s Teva Any More

    At the far ends of Eisner Camp – way up the hill past the A-frames, through the woods past the soccer fields and past the tennis courts – lie some of the coolest programs that we offer. Most Eisner alumni and even recent campers won’t even recognize Eisner’s Outdoor Education programs. Our campers don’t just learn about the outdoors, they experience it firsthand. And once they do, they come back to camp with renewed excitement and go home with all sorts of new skills.


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  • Art at the Heart of Eisner Camp: Guest Artist, Melissa Hayden

    by Melissa (Panitz) Hayden, Artist-in-Residence Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to spend the week at Eisner as an Artist-in-Residence, which really means that I got to work at camp sharing my love for the creative process with the campers. This isn’t hard to do at Eisner because the artistic spirit is so alive. […]


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  • Next Time You Have a Chance, Hug a Torah

    How many of us have ever hugged a Torah? Last Sunday evening my daughter Sarah did. As part of the opening ceremonies at Camp Eisner, the Torah is passed around and every camper has an opportunity to hold it. The first picture I saw of Sarah this summer at camp was of her hugging the Torah. It nearly moved me to tears. I’m sure that in the moment she was so excited to be back at camp that the meaning of what she was doing was lost on her – but not lost forever. I know that feeling so well.


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  • Alan Goodis and His Musical Visit to Eisner

    Having the opportunity to visit many URJ Camps this summer has been amazing. My visit to Eisner Camp was been jam packed with everything from leading song sessions, to giving a concert, to working with the talented song leading team, to singing cabin prayers. The days are long, powerful and filled with meaning.


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  • Eisner in Israel – Shabbat-O-Gram # 3

    After spending a few days at Kibbutz Yahel, the first Reform kibbutz in Israel, we set out on a 4 day excursion into the Negev desert. It was extremely difficult but it brought us together as a community. Sleeping under the stars and learning about the plight of the Israelites thousands of years ago helped us connect with our Jewish heritage.


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  • Boys Night Out in K’far Teva

    During the Tzofim year, all of the boys in Tzofim have their Teva overnight together, rather than by bunk, like the rest of camp. This "all boys" campout gave us a day to bond and become brothers. Before the overnight, the people in both bunks were friends but had much less communication, because we were not living together. The hours we spent together allowed everyone to have at least two conversations with everyone in the other bunk.


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  • A New Summer Experience:Camp Chazak

    Children with special needs have a spirit that is present and necessary in our community. The Eisner and Crane Lake family is growing; we are stretching our arms to be truly inclusive. On August 21, just days after our second session wraps up, Camp Chazak will begin its inaugural summer. It will offer children with various needs a chance to have a Reform Jewish camp experience.


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  • Camp gives kids confidence

    For those of us with first-hand experience of the value added from summer camp experiences, a recent study from the Foundation for Jewish Camp only reinforces what we’ve long known: Jewish summer camp not only works, but lays the groundwork for a more vibrant Jewish future.


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