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Ten Summers at Eisner – Learning to “Be the One”

by Eli Panken, Olim Counselor/Staff Blogger It’s difficult to recall my first day of camp: ten summers ago, I was a third-year Bonimer in 2005. My family had just returned from a recent stint of living abroad, and my parents had decided it was a good time for both me and my two-years-younger sister to try sleep away camp. My extended family had attended Eisner for many years so I knew there would be familiar faces, and I was looking forward to further experiencing Judaism and becoming part of a greater Jewish community than that of just my family. Despite […]

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Shabbat Shalom! Jewish Life at Eisner, Week 1

“I feel closer to God.” “It helps me make the moment special.” “[It’s for] when I study, teach and pray.” These are some of the answers our K’tanim roving reporters got when they learned about the word kippah in Limud (our Jewish learning hour) from some of our camp staff who wear kippot. This summer, the K’tanim campers will learn a new word or concept each day as they create their own lexicons! Stay tuned each Friday for snippets of what our campers are learning each week during Limud. Our older campers, Chaverim, Tzofim, and Olim, chose their own Kesher […]

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Note from a Parent: My Thoughts on Opening Day

Note from a Parent: My Thoughts on Opening Day

Today we dropped off our two children at sleep-away camp for 7 weeks, a ritual we have undertaken every summer for the past 5 years. Summer camp may be the only true “leave-taking” possible for our children in today’s hyperactive world – no technology, no parents, no parent-scheduled activities, and no homework.

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Daily Bubble 2015!

Each day the campers get a daily newsletter on their table at breakfast highlighting all of the happenings at camp. The Daily Bubble will be posted here daily!

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Opening Day 2015: Reflections from Louis

Opening Day, 2015. My 21st opening day. Actually, my 42nd if you count the first days of second session too. Regardless, you’d think that after all that time it would feel sort of “been there, done that.” But it doesn’t. And that’s because each opening day is unique because each summer season is unique. So I look at yesterday as the very first time I opened camp…this summer. Walking around during move-in I saw plenty of smiles and lots of heartfelt hugs. There were cheerful, familiar faces, and many first-time campers with wonder and excitement in their eyes. Campers strolled […]

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Watch Our Garden Grow

  Farmers and staff members spent the weekend at Eisner working on the multiple gardens around camp. We will once again be working with the Amir Project , to bring outstanding Jewish farming education and curriculum to our campers. Campers learn about Jewish identity, social action, sustainability and the environment by literally getting their hands in the dirt. This weekend gardens were cleaned, soil was turned, mulch was laid and some seeds and plants were put into the ground. One garden was left untouched, the campers will work on that one over the course of the summer. We are so […]

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Emily Messinger Director of the Northeast Teen Collective

Please join Louis, Director of Eisner Camp, Debby Shriber, Director of Crane Lake Camp and Rabbi Bradley Solmsen, Director Campaign for Youth Engagement, as we welcome Emily Messinger and a new program initiative to the Northeast. The Northeast Teen Collective will be the URJ Eisner and Crane Lake Camp’s new year-round youth engagement initiative. Emily Messinger, a talented and accomplished professional in youth engagement, has recently been appointed to serve as the inaugural Director of the Northeast Teen Collective and will start work in June. Emily currently serves as the Co-Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA. […]

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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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