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Four Women of the Wall

Originally published in 10 Minutes of Torah Written by Rabbi Beth J. Singer, Juliet Pesner, Laura Gurvis and Ariella Poni Kronish A group of Jewish women, led by Women of the Wall, made history on Monday morning at the Western Wall: After a 25-year struggle for gender equality and freedom of religion, women read from a full-sized Torah on the women’s side of the Kotel . Four American Reform Jews who were there for the joyous celebration share their share their experiences on the historic day. Rabbi Beth J. Singer, the senior rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, CA, was […]

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Machon Leadership Center Taking Shape

Machon Leadership Center Taking Shape

Construction is underway on the new Machon Leadership Center! We broke ground at the end of October on this two-story winterized (and summer-ized) building. It will be able to house up to 80 people dormitory-style plus 8 staff members in semi-private rooms. A large space with a fireplace will serve as the main meeting area and “living room.” Construction has been moving along briskly, and neither blizzard conditions nor sub-zero temperatures have slowed down the work. In addition to being the summer home of the Eisner Machon participants, this new building is just one component of the new Eisner & […]

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New Olim Beit Am Coming This Summer!

New Olim Beit Am Coming This Summer!

We grew into Olim together and we achieved the right to lead camp. We earned the right to become Olim. But, just because we became Olim does not mean that our jobs are complete. After all, keeping the hill alive is all about legacy, and leaving a place you care so much about better than you found it. We want nothing more than to pass that passion and love along. We hope we have left our mark. – Olim 2014 camper Olim is the pinnacle camper experience at Eisner Camp. Being able to live in the A-frames, having their own […]

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Eisner Camp Staff Participate in Roswell Klal Yisrael Fellowship

Eisner Camp Staff Participate in Roswell Klal Yisrael Fellowship

Hey all! This is Ori Zeevi, from Tel Aviv, and Eliana Fischel, from New York, representing URJ Eisner Camp. We just finished our first week of the Roswell Klal Yisrael Fellowship. We arrived to Jerusalem with thirteen other leaders from Jewish progressive movements around the world. We were joined by young professionals from Belarus, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Israel, and the United States. While we both anticipated a week of formal and informal learning, we had no idea the trans-formative experience we were about to embark on. The program itself was eye-opening. We met with numerous leaders from all different sects […]

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Happy Hanukkah!

Sending Hanukkah wishes from the Eisner Crane Lake family to your family!

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What are we Thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving from Us to You! We are so thankful for the incredible camp community we have. What are you thankful for?

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Rosh Chodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!

Rosh Chodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!

This summer, a group of 8th and 9th grade girls had a special Limud opportunity: to participate in a unique Rosh Hodesh program at Eisner Camp. Led by Nicole Nevarez, the New York Director of Moving Traditions (and also wife of one of our faculty, Rabbi Jason Nevarez), this pilot program covered topics such as friendships, “frenemies,” and images of women in the media—all through a Jewish lens. Sitting under the Limud tree, the girls used photos, text, and discussion prompts to explore questions such as: • What does it mean to “Act Like A Lady?” and do we want […]

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Olim Beit Am Update

In the spring of 2013, the town inspector declared the Olim Bet Am no longer fit for use. As a result, it was lovingly de-constructed (view the slide show) and temporarily replaced with the white event tent you have seen at pick up and drop off the past two summers. Inside “Mishkan Olim,” our 10th grade campers experienced a summer of memories and friendships that will stay in their hearts forever. Services and programs that Olim created in the tent for camp enriched the lives of our younger campers. Leadership skills that Olim developed in the tent carry over into […]

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The B’nai Mitzvah Trail – Parents Commitment to their Campers Friendships

Recently I had the pleasure of driving to Boston to attend the b’nei mitzvah of a camper and child of good friends of mine. Now making the drive from New Jersey was never an issue for me, as this is a couple that I have known for over 25 years when we worked at camp together. I was happy to make the trek which, compared to my friends who flew in from Florida and Israel, didn’t look like such a commitment relatively speaking. As the date approached, a neighbor mentioned that his son was attending and that he would be […]

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Amir: Building Gardens, Growing Communities @ Eisner

Summer 2014 marks the second year of the Amir Project’s presence at Eisner Camp and Farmer J, Swass and friends are certainly making their presence felt. Gardens are popping up all around camp, and all of our gardens — both new and old — are yielding daily harvests. Meanwhile, at the animal farm, Re’em and Louise have taught our campers how to care for animals both at camp and on a larger scale in the outside world. Our farming team uses our gardens and animal farm as media to teach our campers important life lessons about patience, diligence, and hard […]

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JTFN @ Eisner

This session in Kesher (upper camp Limud courses), Olim campers had the opportunity to sign up for a program called Jewish Teen Funders Network. This course aims to teach teens about philanthropy and enables them to actually be their own philanthropic Foundation with the ability to distribute real funds to various organizations. The following blog post was written by the participants in this course. We are a group of nine Olimers who signed up for JTFN, a program that we agreed to take part in for the entire session, rather than switching our Kesher course every week. We started out […]

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Our Oldest Campers Bringing Hebrew to Life for Our Youngest Campers

Our Oldest Campers Bringing Hebrew to Life for Our Youngest Campers

During the fifth week of the Eisner Camp summer I was blessed to create a wonderful project with some of our oldest campers. During our Kesher class time, over the course of four days, I tasked these extraordinary teens with the job of creating a video Hebrew dictionary for the K’tanim unit…our youngest overnight campers. The group set to work brainstorming all of the Hebrew words that we use at camp that would be helpful for new campers to know…names of buildings and units, common phrases, and words used in prayer or song on a regular basis. Then the campers […]

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