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Happy Birthday Joseph Eisner!

Today is a very special day! Not only did the sun shine the whole afternoon, not only did 75 campers go to see Joshua Bell and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, but it is Joseph Eisner’s 114th birthday! Joseph’s daughter, Jane Eisner Bram, and son in law, William Bram came to Eisner to celebrate Joseph’s birthday with all of camp. Dr. Bram shared the incredible life and legacy of her father with all of camp. Eisner’s love and commitment to the Jewish community and Jewish future can be seen throughout the buildings, sports fields, arts facilities, cabins and chadar […]

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Rib Night!

  Last Saturday, the Eisner Camp kehillah gathered in the chadar ochel to partake in the Americana-filled festival that we’ve come to know as “Rib Night!” The evening began with a southern-style barbeque dinner: corn on the cob, corn bread, barbeque chicken, and of course, delectable hand-dipped ribs (not to mention a delicious sweet potato and legume dish that treated all of our Eisner vegetarians!) During dinner, our head songleader Matt Emmer and the rest of the Rib Night band rocked the chadar with traditional rib night tunes like “Country Road” and “Sweet Home Alabama.” From the chadar ochel, units […]

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Tzofim Shabbat T’Filah Readings

After Torah Reading – Before Mi Shebeirach Sydney, Kate D, Jennie Shabbat Shalom Eisner Camp. This week’s Torah portion discusses the theme of taking on a leadership role. In the parsha, God tells Moses that he cannot enter the land of Israel. However, instead of throwing a tantrum, Moses asks God to appoint a new leader to the Israelites. This person would come to be a completely different type of leader but still proved to be a great guide. As we make the transition as ninth graders entering high school for the first time, we give up our role as […]

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Bonim Friday Night T’filah

After Or Zarua (At the Beginning!!) Arielle, Abby, Jessie, Elia Arielle: In our opinion standing up for ourselves means to be brave enough to tell how you really feel. Abby: Sometimes people dont do that and later on they really regret it. Jessie: Standing up just doesn’t mean standing up for yourself but for your friends when they’re getting bullied or your family when they need it. Elia: It doesn’t even have to be someone that you know. Just reach out and help people stand up for themselves. But most importantly remember to stand up for yourself. All: Shabbat Shalom! […]

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Alumni Playdate 2014

Alumni Playdate 2014

On Saturday, July 12, we were incredibly fortunate to be able to spend a sunny Shabbat at Eisner with nearly 20 Eisner alumni families and their young children. We haven’t seen many of our Eisner friends in months or years, so seeing them again brought back all kinds of great memories, and of course meeting and seeing all of their children made us feel old excited to share with them our love of Eisner. We spent the morning at the day camp playground and then enjoyed a picnic lunch together. Our lunch was followed by a short song session, including […]

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Israeli Super League Pros Visit Camp

Israeli Super League Pros Visit Camp

We at Eisner are proud to offer our campers the opportunity to learn from various guest athletes and artists. This past week, professional Israeli basketball players Lior Lipshits and Ofir Farhi made their way to Great Barrington to lead a unique clinic which not only improved campers’ basketball skills, but also their practical Hebrew repertoire. Bonim camper Daniel was eager to share some of what he learned at the clinic; “We learned how to say basketball words like ‘ball’, ‘pass’, ‘dribble’, and ‘jump!’” Lior and Ofir have impressive basketball pedigrees, each of them having represented Israel in European Championship competition […]

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Cooking Corner: Cherry Tomato Jam and Shakshuka

Cooking Corner: Cherry Tomato Jam and Shakshuka

This summer we brought cooking back to Eisner. We will be posting recipes every week so that you can bring the delicious tastes of the Eisner kitchen home to your kitchen. Cherry Tomato Jam Makes 1 1/4 cups INGREDIENTS: • 1 pound cherry tomatoes • 1/2 cup sugar • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice • 1 tablespoon orange zest • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Wash and pet dry the cherry tomatoes (cut the larger ones in half). Transfer to a large skillet, stir in sugar, orange juice and zest. Cook over medium-high, stirring frequently, […]

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My Launch Pad: How the Micro World of Summer Camp Prepared Me for Full Inclusion in Society

Alumni Matan Koch writes about the special kind of Kehilah Kedoshah that exists in our camp. It existed then and it exists now. We are so proud of him, the man he has become and his accomplishments. Matan is an amazing role model for our campers and staff, past, present and future. Thank you for sharing this gift. Shabbat Shalom! “Holy sh**, that’s Matan” – Unknown shmirah (on-duty counselor) late July 1994. These were the words I heard during the execution phase of a critical step in trying to sneak me across camp, from boys’ camp to girls’ camp on […]

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Artist in Residence: Sheldon Low

We at Eisner are proud to offer our campers the opportunity to work with and learn from artist in residence and athletes throughout the summer. This week, recording artist Sheldon Low (composer of the Eisner camp favorite, “V’ahavta”) came to lead our campers in song and teach song writing workshops. Over the course of two days, Sheldon made his was through camp from song leading and music chugim in the recording studio to all camp t’filah in the Beit Am. Sheldon jammed with our Olim campers and staff members in Mishkan Olim (the Olim tent), and sang our K’tanim campers […]

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Shabbat Shalom from Eisner NFTY in Israel Week 2

Shalom Shalom Eisner camp! Olim thirtent finally made it to Israel!!! We peaced out of Poland on July 6th and arrived in Israel July 7th at 3:30 am. It was a little rough to be awake at that time, but how could we not be excited to be in Israel, regardless of the time??? Once we got our luggage and got some schecks, that’s sheckels for all you Americans, we got to rest a little at our hotel in Tel Aviv and then we spent the day in Yafo. There we went over the map of Israel, but we were […]

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Rabbi Hunter – Im Ein Ani Li, Mi Li?

Rabbi Hunter – Im Ein Ani Li, Mi Li?

Im Ein Ani Li, Mi Li or Me Day just kicked off at Eisner Camp. Campers are learning ways to keep themselves healthy, well and mindful through Mind, Body and Spirit Activities. Stay tuned for a full blog post and video of the day.

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Breakfast for Dinner!

The Daily Bubble’s menu read, “Cold Gazpacho, Toast Points with Caviar, and Broiled Skate.” Campers cringed at the thought; but little did they know, they were in for a super surprise special treat! “BREAKFAST FOR DINNER” was the highlight meal of the week, getting more applause then grilled cheese or pasta festival combined. The kitchen staff worked their magic to surprise camp, preparing French toast sticks, scrambled eggs, hot cinnamon buns with homemade cream cheese frosting and baked french toast. The meal was extraordinary, campers and staff were smiling from ear to ear with happy tummies.

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