Since 1958, URJ Eisner Camp has embodied the transformative power of Jewish camping. Children from Union for Reform Judaism congregations across the Northeast join together each summer to experience the fun and magic of this special community.
Our caring and committed staff members (many of whom were campers themselves) strive to enrich the campers’ experiences by helping them build lasting friendships. These relationships lay the foundation for our summer community, providing encouragement and support. Campers embrace the challenges of learning new skills in athletics, aquatics, the arts, adventure, and nature programs. They immerse themselves in a wide range of innovative Jewish educational pursuits and creative spiritual experiences.
From the youngest of our day campers to the oldest of our Machon (Counselors-in-Training), every child who spends a summer at Eisner Camp returns home a little wiser, a little more self-confident, and a little more connected to the Jewish community. A summer at Eisner Camp is more than a summer of fun. A summer at Eisner Camp is meant to last a lifetime!
Every day, campers and counselors alike strive to embody our Mission Statement, which we believe helps us to become the best versions of ourselves and inspires us to carry its values back home to our families and friends as well as our congregations and communities.
Hineini – Here I am
… I am here to strengthen my own self-esteem and that of everyone in the camp community.
… I am here to strengthen my own Jewish identity and spirituality and that of everyone in the camp community.
… I am here to strengthen my connection to the Eisner community and the Jewish community and to help everyone around me to do the same.
… I am here to do as much as I can, in the time that I have, in the place that I am, and to inspire others to join me in this holy work.
לֹא עָלֶיךָ הַמְּלָאכָה לִגְמוֹר, וְלֹא אַתָּה בֶן חוֹרִין לִבָּטֵל מִמֶּנָּה.
For it is written: “Lo alecha hamlacha ligmor, v’lo ata ben horin, l’heebatel mimena.”
“You are not required to complete the work, nor are you free to ignore it.” Pirke Avot 2:16