It is an integral part of Camp’s mission to instill in our campers the love and beauty of Judaism, Jewish identity and spirituality into 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.
The values of reform Judaism are woven into the fabric of life at camp to connect our campers to their rich Jewish heritage while understanding our collective responsibility to Tikkun Olam -making the world a better place. Our unique programming and celebrations create an unparalleled connection by living Jewishly 24/7. We encourage each camper to explore our traditions and today’s world to discover their own Jewish identity.
Shabbat at Camp
Shabbat at camp is nothing less than magical. Many of our campers (and alumni) proudly claim that it is their favorite time of the week. We bring the whole camp community together so that we may deepen our connections after a fun-filled week.
The excitement of Shabbat begins as each grade unit, dressed in white, meets on Olim Hill for Kabbalat Shabbat, a time to welcome Shabbat with songs and stories. In turn, each grade unit makes its way down to the Chadar Ochel, Dining Hall, where they join friends from their own cabin and others for a yummy Shabbat dinner with schnitzel and challah. After Shabbat dinner, the whole camp community heads over to the Beit T’filah, our beautiful outdoor sanctuary for Shabbat T’filah which is camper-led, joyous and full of Ruach, spirit.
After our Shabbat T’filah, we break out the guitars for a spirited Shabbat song session and outdoor Israeli dancing. Worshipping, singing and dancing together is one of the most anticipated times of the week.
On Shabbat morning, campers wake to a scrumptious breakfast buffet including a special Shabbat donut and hot chocolate. Shabbat morning T’filah in the Beit T’filah, our outdoor sanctuary is once again, camper-led, joyous and full of Ruach, spirit.
Shabbat at camp is a most unique experience. It overflows with song, worship rest and friendship. On Shabbat, Eisner truly becomes a Kehila Kedosha, a holy community.
URJ Eisner Camp empowers children, teens and adults to better themselves, their communities and the world. Our diverse and welcoming community is a reflection of today’s families throughout the Reform movement. Individuals of all different shapes and sizes, race, learning styles and abilities, ethnicities and beliefs call Eisner Camp their summer home. In our incredibly accepting community, all kids—regardless of their race, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, or Jewish background—are treasured.
Our staff is well trained to help our campers to develop cohesive and supportive dynamics among all campers work together, respect and learn from one another, making the camping experience better for everyone. We work together to understanding camper needs, and plan how best to meet them. Together, we all become more compassionate, understanding, confident in diverse situations, and contributors to our Jewish community.
Camp is Just a Piece
Eisner Camp is only a piece of our campers' identity. Many go home and are part of their synagogues' youth group, or participate and take on leadership roles in NFTY on both the regional and National levels.
Our staff and former campers attend some of the most elite colleges and universities. They are active on campus, in social justice causes and Hillel. Our alumni continue their work in Tikkun Olam throughout college and when they become adults. Eisner alum grow into successful leaders, holding jobs at major banks, law firms, and technology companies. Former campers and staff members are now doctors, teachers, authors, graduate students, rabbis and camp directors.