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The Heller-Wexler Family Camp Series—created through the generosity of Robert and Amy Heller—shape and frame the Shabbat experience through hands-on programs and activities that explore the joys and challenges of family life through a Jewish lens. Originally created to address the growing challenges and changing face of the modern Jewish family, the retreats provide opportunities for families to enjoy quality time together while meeting other families and sharing experiences that make these weekends unforgettable! We will offer three Heller-Wexler Family Camps for the 2015 – 2016 school year.

Family Adventure Camp
November 13-15, 2015

(For families with children currently in Grades 3-10)


Join us for a weekend of outdoor fun! We’ll venture into the woods around Eisner Camp for a GPS scavenger hunt, hike to Lookout Point, challenge ourselves on our ropes courses, “fly” on our swing and learn how to cook some delicacies on an open fire. There will still be time for crafts, sports and more! Our program will connect Judaism and nature so that we may better understand our role and responsibility to our environment. We’ll begin at 5:30 on Friday and we’ll celebrate a camp-style Shabbat together, with lively worship, song and Israeli dancing. Our superstar counselors will be on hand for some kids-only activities and to provide child care in the evenings during parent-only time in Manor House. The weekend concludes at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. This Family Camp is perfect for families who enjoy being outdoors together.

Family Ski Weekend
January 15-18, 2016
(For families with children currently in Grades K-12)


Enjoy a family weekend at camp and on the slopes at nearby Ski Butternut, Massachusetts’s number one ski resort! We’ll begin on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and welcome Shabbat camp-style, with a lively, kid-friendly musical service, Shabbat dinner, song session, and Israeli dancing. Saturday, after another kid-friendly Shabbat experience, we’ll have an action-packed day of sports, crafts, games, family-challenges and more. Our superstar counselors will be on hand for some kids-only activities and to provide child care in the evenings during parent-only time in Manor House. On Sunday, we'll hit the slopes at Ski Butternut. Activities will resume at camp with dinner and continue into the evening. On Monday, we'll hit the slopes again and then head home directly from Ski Butternut. This Family Camp is perfect for families who want to try skiing for the first time, for advanced skiers, and everybody in between.

Mother-Daughter Family Arts Camp
April 1-3, 2016

(For Grandmas, Aunts, Moms, and girls currently in Grades K-10)


Moms, escape to the Berkshires with your daughters for the weekend! Bring Grandmas and Aunts as well! We’ll begin on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and welcome Shabbat camp-style, with a lively, kid-friendly musical service, Shabbat dinner, song session, and Israeli dancing. On Saturday, after another kid-friendly Shabbat experience, we’ll enjoy our own arts festival with artists on hand to get our creative juices flowing. We’ll craft, felt, paint, dance, cook and more. Weather permitting, we’ll also be outside playing ball, hiking and challenging ourselves on our ropes course. While the girls are cared for by our superstar staff, there’ll be special opportunities for Moms to socialize with one another. We’ll begin on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and say good-bye at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.


Heller-Wexler Family Camps are held at URJ Eisner Camp, in Great Barrington, MA. Families will enjoy Eisner Camp’s indoor and outdoor facilities and our scenic grounds which include a lake, walking paths, numerous sports fields, and an indoor sports center with fitness room. Camp is minutes away from the commercial district of Great Barrington, complete with shopping, restaurants, historical sites, and countless opportunities for outdoor exploration.

Cost: Registration for all Family Camps is $150 for each adult and $100 for each child. Cost includes all meals, activity supplies, and linens for the weekend. Lift tickets or ski rentals for the Family Ski Weekend are not included and will be paid by each family directly to Ski Butternut.

Housing: Each family is housed in one of our private or semi-private comfortable heated facilities. Kivie Kaplan Center is a 2-story modern building with 12 bedrooms and private bathrooms. Manor House, a beautiful historic mansion built in 1904, offers 14 dormitory-style bedrooms, some with private bathrooms. Our heated camper cabins offer families the chance to room with friends or meet other families. Each cabin has a bathroom and twin size beds for adults. Our brand new Machon Leadership Center offers 12 private rooms, some with private bathrooms.

Register: Registration is on-line and on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register for any or all of the weekends at eisner.urjcamps.org/yearround. The registration deadline for all of our Family Camps is the Monday prior to the weekend. A minimum number of families is necessary for us to offer our Family Camps – invite your friends! Our Family Camps run rain or shine or snow.

Questions: Contact Laura Gurvis, Associate Director, Eisner and Crane Lake Camps, at lgurvis@urj.org or 201-419-6552.


Bernstein Family
Our family had an outstanding weekend retreat at Eisner Camp. There wasn’t a detail missed . This has become a home away from home where there is something for everyone with caring staff who is second to none.

Chess Family
I never went to summer camp, and I have to say that despite all the amazing things I had heard about Eisner Camp, I was still very anxious sending my then 9 year old away for a month. She had the experience of a lifetime and came home counting down the days till “next summer at Eisner.” Now , we all as a family got to experience the wonder, inspiring, spiritual atmosphere of Eisner at the Family Retreat. I only wish I could have been a camper here too!

Federmann Family
A joyous, relaxing, and community focused weekend.

Auerbacher Family
It was great to introduce our children to a sleep away Jewish camp experience. The boys loved the activities, sports, and art projects. We loved having time without the kids to have adult activities and study. The staff was terrific.

Heller Family
Eisner is beautiful even in the snow! This was a fun, educational, and intimate weekend. Well done for kids and adults. We look forward to the next one. Michelle Shapiro-Abraham brought such life to the weekend – a brilliant and creative educator. All the staff was terrific.

Hutter Family
We loved spending time together with our family and with our new family community.

Lichtman Family
I thought I was coming for my kids. I am thankful they let me come. The staff and hospitality are beyond 5 star. The weekend brought out the best in all of us while we had incredible fun.

Sagner Family
I had loved Jewish sleep away camp and wanted my 9yr old to love it as much as I had. I though the weekend would help her understand how much her parents support her decision to go to Crane Lake this coming summer. In fact, the weekend far exceeded our expectations – got us thinking about our Jewish life and connected us to Jewish families with the same values. We will come back.

What did children said:
I enjoyed spending time with my family and making friends with other families. The sports program was a lot of fun especially the idea of working together to help each other.

I loved everything about the weekend.  Thank you everyone that set this up.

It was awesome, I made a good friend.

What a fun weekend it was. I loved playing in the gym.

It was great fun for the kids and the adults.

It was fun playing with all the kids.

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