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RETREATS @Crane Lake

Crane Lake Camp operates on as a summer camp and is not available for year-round rentals or use. With our sister camp, Eisner Camp, Crane Lake Camp co-hosts fall and winter events at Eisner Camp.

Family Retreat

Winterized facilities are available at Eisner during the fall, winter and spring for events as well congregational retreats for adults, families and youth. Visit our Facility Rentals section to learn more. In addition, Eisner hosts programs throughout the year: Year-round our camp features the Heller-Wexler Family Camp Series that offers families opportunities to engage in Jewish learning in a fun and relax atmosphere.


Questions? Call or email Laura Gurvis, Senior Assistant Director, at lgurvis@urj.org or at 617-558-9902.

2013-2014 Family Weekends

Family Ski Weekend (MLK Weekend)

January 17-20, 2014
Enjoy a family weekend at camp and on the slopes at nearby Ski Butternut, Massachusetts' number one ski resort! Celebrate Shabbat camp-style, with lively and kid-friendly services. Saturday will be filled with sports, crafts, games, family-challenges, and some parent-only time as well. Our superstar counselors will be on hand for some kids-only activities as well as to privide child care in the evenings during parent-only time in Manor House. On Sunday, we'll hit the slopes at ski butternut. Activities will resume at camp with dinner and throughout the evening. On Monday, we'll hit the slopes again and then head home directly from Ski Butternut.

Mother-Daughter Weekend for Moms and their Daughters in Grades K-7
March 7-9, 2014
Celebrate the bonds between mothers, daughters and even grandmothers. Experience a spirited Shabbat celebration including a rousing song session and Israeli dancing. Weather permitting, we’ll be outside playing ball, hiking, challenging ourselves on our ropes course and rolling up our sleeves for crafts and cooking. While the girls are cared for by our superstar staff, there’ll be special opportunities for Moms to learn and socialize with one another.


Past Weekends:

New Camper Weekend
October 18-20, 2013
Spend a weekend at Eisner and Crane Lake Camps for campers considering camp for 2014. Enjoy a spirited Shabbat celebration, go hiking, sleep in heated cabins, play plenty of sports and games, make fun arts and crafts projects, make lots of new friends, and enjoy a campfire and s'mores! Parents can also enjoy a tour of Eisner on Friday and a tour of Crane Lake on Sunday.

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Father-Son Weekend for Dads and their Sons in Grade K-7
November 1-3, 2013
Celebrate the special bond between father,s sons and even grandfathers. Spend time together outdoors on our fields, ropes course, and in our Nature Village, hiking, and building a campfire. Enjoy a spirited Shabbat celebration with crafts and games too. Enjoy special opportunities for dads to learn and socialize with one another, while the boys are cared for by our superstar staff.

The registration for the weekend is $350 which includes all sleeping accomodations, meals and all weekend activities as well as your son(s) or other relatives attending. The registration fee includes up to 3 people (i.e. Father and 2 sons, or Father, Grandfather, and 1 son). Any attendees beyond 3 per family is an additional $100 per additional attendee. Accomodations and events are held at Eisner Camp and are a program of both Crane Lake and Eisner Camp. Families will sleep in Eisner's heated retreat center and cabins.

Registration and payment is online. Payment can be made by credit card or check.

Family Camp for Families with Children in Grades K-12
November 2012
Bring your entire family and spend a special weekend together. Celebrate Shabbat camp-style, with lively song and kid-friendly worship experiences. Sports, arts and crafts, hiking, ropes course challenges, games, campfires and more will fill the action-packed weekend. The evenings will include parents-only activities which allow parents to spend time together as their children are cared for by Eisner and Crane Lake Camps’ star staff. Family Camp will provide families the opportunity to enjoy quality time together in the Berkshires while experiencing a bit of the magic that is a summer at Eisner and Crane Lake Camps.

Mother-Daughter Weekend for Moms and their Daughters in Grades 5-12
January 11-13, 2013
NOW OPEN TO CHILDREN IN GRADES 5-12
Scholar-in-Residence: Mara Yacobi
The “Mother Daughter Weekend” is a unique opportunity for the women in your family to spend time away together, celebrating the bonds between mothers, daughters and even grandmothers. Experience a spirited Shabbat celebration including a rousing song session and Israeli dancing. Weather permitting, we’ll be outside hiking and challenging ourselves on our ropes course. We’ll roll up our sleeves for crafts and cooking and enjoy workshops led by Mara Yacobi, founder and director of JLove and Values, Bringing Jewish Values to Sexuality Education. Mara is a Youth Development Specialist and a leader in the field of adolescent sexuality and relationships, offering workshops that guide Jewish teens to make healthy choices based on Jewish values. Mara will lead sessions with moms, with girls, and with both together.


Father-Son Weekend for Dads and their Sons in Grade K-6
Scholar-in-Residence: Rabbi Ron Klotz
Celebrate the special bond between father, sons and even grandfathers. Spend time together outdoors on our fields, ropes course, and in our Nature Village, hiking, and building a campfire. Enjoy a spirited Shabbat celebration with crafts and games too. Enjoy special opportunities for dads to learn and socialize with one another, while the boys are cared for by our star staff. Rabbi Ron Klotz, who spent 37 years as the URJ Director of Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI), will share his love for Jewish Camping and many wonderful stories. Ron is currently a faculty member at Indiana University Hillel and has been involved in Jewish camping from the time he was a camper at URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Camp in Wisconsin. Ron will lead sessions with dads, with boys and with both together.

Upcoming Events
April 2014
Join us for a religious school presentation, where you’ll get the chance to meet one of the directors of Eisner and Crane Lake camps, as well as watch a video and hear from current camp families! Please contact the synagogue for exact time and location.
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