Heller-Wexler Family Camps 2014 – 2015
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. Our Family Camp weekends 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. Time together as a family and meeting other families make these weekends unforgettable!
Rockin’ Shabbat Celebration featuring singer/songwriter Alan Goodis
December 12 – 14, 2014
(For families with children currently in Grades K-12)
Alan Goodis is a nationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter and recording artist who visits our camps regularly, composing and performing songs with our campers. During the summer of 2013, he worked with our campers to compose “You and I (Everything Will be Alright),” a song about personal empowerment and standing up to bullying. During Summer 2014, Alan and our campers composed “Shalom Ba’aretz,” a blessing for peace in Israel.
Bring your parents to camp for a Rockin’ Shabbat! 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, choose a small group and choreograph a dance, or create an art project, or compose your own prayers, and work with Alan to create a Rockin’ Havdalah experience for Saturday evening. We’ll also have lots of time for camp-style fun including games, cooking, crafts, sports, a nature walk 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. The weekend concludes at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. This Family Camp is perfect for current camp families or families considering camp for their children.
Family Ski Weekend (MLK Weekend)
January 16 – 19, 2015
(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.
Mother-Daughter Weekend featuring Nicole Nevarez
March 13 – 15, 2015
(For Moms and their Daughters currently in Grades K-7)
Nicole Nevarez is the New York Director of Moving Traditions. She’ll facilitate “It’s a Girl Thing!,” an experiential education program currently touching the lives of 3,500 girls across North America. The program uses Jewish teachings and practices to give girls a place to feel safe, articulate their deepest concerns, consider the impact of gender on their daily lives, have fun, and be “real” with their peers.
Moms, escape to the Berkshires with your daughters for the weekend! 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, Nicole will lead interactive activities for Moms and girls, exploring what it means to be a Jewish girl, daughter, mom and woman in our secular world today. Weather permitting, we’ll also be outside playing ball, hiking, challenging ourselves on our ropes course, and rolling up our sleeves for crafts, cooking and yoga. While the girls are cared for by our superstar staff, there’ll be special opportunities for Moms to learn with Nicole and 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.
Where: 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.
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.
Questions: Contact Laura Gurvis, Senior Assistant Director, Eisner and Crane Lake Camps, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-419-6552.
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.
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.
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!
A joyous, relaxing, and community focused weekend.
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.
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.
We loved spending time together with our family and with our new family community.
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.
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.