Restoration of the Lake at Eisner

At the end of summer 2013, we finally dredged the lake – all 9000 cubic yards of muck! A part of camp that held so many happy memories for our alumni had become an undesirable sight to present to campers. Although the marble dock did not make a comeback, swimming and water activities in the lake have. The feedback that we have received from our campers has been unimaginable—it’s the most popular spot on camp! Thank you so much to the camp families who have contributed to the restoration of our lake. You have helped bring so many smiles to […]

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Eisner Camp Stands with Israel

When Eisner Camp awoke this morning, everyone got dressed a little differently. Every camper and staff member wore a red shirt to breakfast. With many parts of Israel living under constant ‘Code Red‘ rocket attack alerts, communities throughout North America are showing their support for Israel by wearing red. So Eisner Camp joined the chorus of supporters standing up for Israel—figuratively and literally. That’s because at breakfast, Alan Goodis, a singer/songwriter and recording artist, and Matt Emmer, camp’s head song leader, taught all of camp “Shalom Baaretz,” an original blessing for the State of Israel written and composed by a […]

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Trip Day

Last week, every unit at Eisner Camp left the bubble for some quality vacation time in a number of exciting destinations! On Monday morning, Olim began their trek to Montreal where they enjoyed such destinations as La Ronde amusement park, the Montreal Biodome, and the St. Lawrence River. They even stopped at the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury, VT on their way back to camp! Tuesday morning saw the departure of our other two upper camp units for their overnight trips; each unit had an opportunity for some beach time, as Chaverim traveled to Lake George, NY, and Tzofim […]

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Me Day

“Im ein ani li, mi li?” “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?” This summer, our Eisner limud department is presenting three full-scale “yamim limud” – learning days – for all of camp. Our campers experience Jewish education in some capacity on any given camp day, whether it be in limud activities or kesher mini-courses; however, on these three particular days, our limud staff, general counselors, coaches, and instructors alike aim to accentuate the Jewish values that are inherent in every single activity on camp. Our first “yom limud,” called “Me Day,” revolved around the famous […]

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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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