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Winterized facilities are available at Eisner during the fall, winter and spring for events as well congregational retreats for adults, families and youth. Visit our Facility Rentals section to learn more.

In addition, Eisner hosts programs throughout the year: Year-round our camp features the Heller-Wexler Family Camp Series that offers families opportunities to engage in Jewish learning in a fun and relax atmosphere.

Family Retreat

2013-2014 Family Weekends

Mother-Daughter Weekend for Moms and their Daughters in Grades K-7

March 7-9, 2014
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Celebrate the bonds between mothers, daughters and even grandmothers. Experience a spirited Shabbat celebration including a rousing song session and Israeli dancing. Weather permitting, we’ll be outside playing ball, hiking, challenging ourselves on our ropes course and rolling up our sleeves for crafts and cooking. While the girls are cared for by our superstar staff, there’ll be special opportunities for Moms to learn and socialize with one another.

Questions? Call or email Laura Gurvis, Senior Assistant Director, at lgurvis@urj.org or at 617-558-9902.

Past Weekends:

New Camper Weekend -- October 18-20, 2013
Spend a weekend at Eisner and Crane Lake Camps for campers considering camp for 2014. Enjoy a spirited Shabbat celebration, go hiking, sleep in heated cabins, play plenty of sports and games, make fun arts and crafts projects, make lots of new friends, and enjoy a campfire and s'mores! Parents can also enjoy a tour of Eisner on Friday and a tour of Crane Lake on Sunday.

Father-Son Weekend for Dads and their Sons in Grade K-7
November 1-3, 2013
Celebrate the special bond between fathers, sons and even grandfathers. Spend time together outdoors on our fields, ropes course, and in our Nature Village, hiking, and building a campfire. Enjoy a spirited Shabbat celebration with crafts and games too. Enjoy special opportunities for dads to learn and socialize with one another, while the boys are cared for by our superstar staff. The registration for the weekend is $350 which includes all sleeping accomodations, meals and all weekend activities as well as your son(s) or other relatives attending. The registration fee includes up to 3 people (i.e. Father and 2 sons, or Father, Grandfather, and 1 son). Any attendees beyond 3 per family is an additional $100 per additional attendee. Registration and payment is online. Payment can be made by credit card or check.

Family Ski Weekend (MLK Weekend)
January 17-20, 2014

Enjoy a family weekend at camp and on the slopes at nearby Ski Butternut, Massachusetts' number one ski resort! Arrive at Eisner Camp on Friday, January 17 to celebrate Shabbat camp-style, with lively and kid-friendly services. Saturday will be filled with sports, crafts, games, family-challenges, and some parent-only time as well. Our superstar counselors will be on hand for some kids-only activities as well as to privide 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 on with dinner and throughout the evening. On Monday, we'll hit the slopes again and then head home directly from Ski Butternut. Registration costs for the weekend include all meals and linens, and all guests will stay in camp's heated facilities (Manor House, Kaplan Center or our winterized cabins). Lift tickets and ski rentals are available at a special rate and will be paid directly to Ski Butternut on Sunday.

Family Camp for Families with Children in Grades K-12
November 2012

Bring your entire family and spend a special weekend together. Celebrate Shabbat camp-style, with lively song and kid-friendly worship experiences. Sports, arts and crafts, hiking, ropes course challenges, games, campfires and more will fill the action-packed weekend. The evenings will include parents-only activities which allow parents to spend time together as their children are cared for by Eisner and Crane Lake Camps’ star staff. Family Camp will provide families the opportunity to enjoy quality time together in the Berkshires while experiencing a bit of the magic that is a summer at Eisner and Crane Lake Camps.

Mother-Daughter Weekend for Moms and their Daughters in Grades 5-12
January 11-13, 2013
Scholar-in-Residence: Mara Yacobi
The “Mother Daughter Weekend” is a unique opportunity for the women in your family to spend time away together, celebrating the bonds between mothers, daughters and even grandmothers. Experience a spirited Shabbat celebration including a rousing song session and Israeli dancing. Weather permitting, we’ll be outside hiking and challenging ourselves on our ropes course. We’ll roll up our sleeves for crafts and cooking and enjoy workshops led by Mara Yacobi, founder and director of JLove and Values, Bringing Jewish Values to Sexuality Education. Mara is a Youth Development Specialist and a leader in the field of adolescent sexuality and relationships, offering workshops that guide Jewish teens to make healthy choices based on Jewish values. Mara will lead sessions with moms, with girls, and with both together.


Father-Son Weekend for Dads and their Sons in Grade K-6
Scholar-in-Residence: Rabbi Ron Klotz
Celebrate the special bond between father, sons and even grandfathers. Spend time together outdoors on our fields, ropes course, and in our Nature Village, hiking, and building a campfire. Enjoy a spirited Shabbat celebration with crafts and games too. Enjoy special opportunities for dads to learn and socialize with one another, while the boys are cared for by our star staff. Rabbi Ron Klotz, who spent 37 years as the URJ Director of Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI), will share his love for Jewish Camping and many wonderful stories. Ron is currently a faculty member at Indiana University Hillel and has been involved in Jewish camping from the time he was a camper at URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Camp in Wisconsin. Ron will lead sessions with dads, with boys and with both together.


About Heller-Wexler Family Camp Series

To address the growing challenges and changing face of the modern Jewish family, URJ Eisner and Crane Lake Camps, through the generosity of Robert and Amy Heller, have created the Heller-Wexler Family Camp Series at Eisner Camp. The camp series series will help shape and frame the Shabbat experience through relevant programs and activities that explore the joys and challenges of family through a Jewish lens. Specially developed experiential learning activities will bring the best of informal education to help you and your family shape your Jewish identity and address its ever changing needs. Each family campwill be guided by talented and specialized facilitators who will lead activities and exercises that will explore unique topics on the weekend’s theme in a fun camp setting. Celebrate being Jewish in a caring community of similar families who will join together for a traditional camp Shabbat in the majestic Berkshire mountains.

For more information, please contact our offices at 201-722-0400.

This program is made possible through the generosity of Robert and Amy Heller, who created the Heller-Wexler Family Camp Series at Eisner Camp.

Testimonials

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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