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Shiru La' Eisner B'Crane Lake - Dan Nichols and other Artists to Teach, Inspire, and Rock in 2010

When it comes to Music, Eisner and Crane Lake Camps are the places to be. This summer, we’ll be welcoming many musicians to camp including Dan Nichols, Alan Goodis, Naomi Less, and Chana Rothman. Throughout the summer, these musicians will be sharing their unique sounds and songs with campers, staff, and even alumni. Some of our guests will be training song leaders, while others will be composing, teaching, singing our campers to bed, and inspiring young Jewish musicians.

Dan Nichols and Eighteen have a long history with Eisner and Crane Lake Camps, and while Dan didn’t grow up at Eisner, he fits right into our community when he joins us. Dan brings an authentic rock sound to Jewish music and has a gift for making Jewish music accessible to thousands across the country. Some of Dan’s hits include Kehilla Kadosha, B’tzelem Elohim and Sweet as Honey. Explore Dan’s music at www.jewishrock.com. Dan will be at Eisner and Crane Lake during second session.

Naomi Less’ strong character and unique voice make her message powerful: be who you are, without apologies. She empowers girls across the country to break down gender stereotypes and create music that represents equality! Naomi has been a songwriter, ritual music artist, and song leader in the Jewish community, and a solo performer for 14 years. She recorded two albums with her former band, Less Nessman, and has now launched a project called Jewish Chicks Rock to empower more young, Jewish girls to pick up instruments and express themselves through rock music. Naomi will be spending time at both Eisner and Crane Lake this summer. See
www.naomiless.com.

Alan Goodis embodies the true meaning of the word song leader. Alan has always strived to use music as a way to build relationships share values. Alan’s acoustic style lends itself well to song leaders at camp and will be working with song leaders to find new ways to inspire campers and teach new music, while helping staff to expand the camp music program. Download Alan’s music at
www.oysongs.com. Alan will be visiting Eisner during first session.

Chana Rothman has been involved with NFTY, camp, and many URJ programs since she was a child. Chana Rothman’s tunes, born of her experiences in her native Canada, Himalayan trekking, adventures in Israel, and current muse, the New York City subways, have earned a growing pile of accolades. The New York Times called her recent River-to-River Festival concert “well worth checking out” and The Jewish Week gave her debut CD, We Can Rise (Oyhoo Records), four stars. Much of Chana’s music is centered around connecting with one’s surroundings, whether it be through social justice or the environment. Chana’s lively sound is sure to get you singing!

Can’t find these Jewish musicians on iTunes? Try
www.oysongs.com that contains thousands of songs and sheet music for download. Many of our alumni have also moved on to do great things in music… Noam Katz, Eisner Alum, will be ordained as a Rabbi from the Hebrew Union College this Spring and will begin work as the Dean of Jewish Living at the Leo Baeck Day School in Toronto and the Director or Education for URJ Camp George. Jen Shankman, Eisner Alum, is the new Associate Director of Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps in Malibu, CA. Rebecca Schwartz, Crane Lake song leading Director, continues to tour around the country as a Jewish musician and performer, leading thousands in moving and spiritual worship.

Eisner and Crane Lake are proud to be so rich in music and we look forward to lots of singing in 2010!!

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