The Heller-Wexler Family Camp Series--created through the generosity of Robert and Amy Heller--shape and frame the Shabbat experience through hands-on programs and activities that explore the joys and challenges of family life through a Jewish lens. Created to address the growing challenges and changing face of the modern Jewish family, the retreats provide opportunities for families to enjoy quality time together while meeting other families and sharing experiences that make these weekends unforgettable!

We are offering four Heller-Wexler Family Camps for the 2019-2020 school year!

Each year we offer different Family Camps to honor the requests we receive from many of our families. Our Father-Son Family Camp will be back for the 2020-2021 school year and we’re hoping to offer a Father-Daughter Family Camp soon. This year’s Family Camps include:

Mother-Son Family Camp: November 1-3, 2019
At this time, registration is closed for our Mother-Son Family Camp because we're full! To put your name on our waiting list, please email Laura Gurvis at lgurvis@urj.org.

For Moms and their sons currently in grades K-8
So many of our Moms requested a special weekend away with their boys!
Join us for a weekend of fun! We'll begin on Friday afternoon at 5:30 and welcome Shabbat camp-style, with a lively, kid-friendly musical service, Shabbat dinner and song session. On Saturday, after another kid-friendly Shabbat experience, we'll enjoy wood crafts, sports, cooking and more. Weather permitting, we’ll venture into the woods around Eisner Camp for a hike to Lookout Point, challenge ourselves on our ropes courses, play ball and “fly” on our swing. We’ll spend some time with the Moms exploring the challenges and joys of raising our boys to be confident young men, and mensches! Our superstar counselors will be on hand for some boys-only activities and to provide childcare in the evenings during Mom-only time in Manor House. The weekend concludes at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Family Ski Weekend: January 17-20, 2020
For families with children currently in grades K-12
Enjoy a family weekend at camp and on the slopes at nearby Ski Butternut, Massachusetts's number one ski resort! We'll begin on Friday afternoon at 5:30 and welcome Shabbat camp-style, with a lively, kid-friendly musical service, Shabbat dinner, song session, and Israeli dancing. Saturday, after another kid-friendly Shabbat experience, we'll have an action -packed day of sports, crafts, games, family challenges and more. Our superstar counselors will be on hand for some kids-only activities and to provide childcare 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 continue into the evening. On Monday, we'll hit the slopes again and then head home directly from Ski Butternut. This Family Camp is perfect for families who want to try skiing for the first time, for advanced skiers, and everybody in between. Some non-skiing families enjoy tubing at Ski Butternut and other non-skiing families join us for the weekend and don’t ski at all. There is much to explore in the Berkshires! All lift tickets, tubing/ski instruction and rentals are arranged by each family directly with Ski Butternut.
Mother-Daughter Family Camp Weekend #1 March 20 - 22, 2020
Mother-Daughter Family Camp Weekend #2 April 17 - 19, 2020
For Grandmas, Aunts, Moms and girls currently in grades K-8
Our annual Mother-Daughter Family Camps have been so popular and have sold out so quickly that this year we’re offering two options for Moms and their daughters. Choose the weekend that is most convenient for your family – bring your friends! Programmatically, both weekends will be very similar, and both will offer different options for our older girls. We'll begin on Friday afternoon at 5:30 and welcome Shabbat camp-style, with a lively, musical service, Shabbat dinner, song session and Israeli dancing. On Saturday, after another Shabbat experience, we'll enjoy crafts, sports, yoga, cooking and more. Weather permitting, we'll also be outside hiking and challenging ourselves on our ropes course. While the girls are cared for by our superstar staff, there'll be special opportunities for moms to socialize with one another. We'll say our good-byes at 11:00 on Sunday morning.

FAMILY RETREAT DETAILS:

WHERE:  Our weekend-long Heller-Wexler Family Camps are held at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA. Families will enjoy Eisner Camp's indoor and outdoor facilities and our scenic grounds which include a lake, walking paths, numerous sports fields, and an indoor sports center with fitness room. Camp is minutes away from the commercial district of Great Barrington, complete with shopping, restaurants, historical sites, and countless opportunities for outdoor exploration.

COST: Registration for all weekend-long Family Camps is $175 for each adult and $125 for each child. Cost includes all meals, activity supplies and linens. Lift tickets and ski rentals for the Family Ski Weekend are not included and will be paid by each family directly to Ski Butternut.

Registration for our Heller-Wexler Family Shabbat Camps will be available on our website in the fall.

Cancellation policy: In the event of a cancellation 14 days or more prior to the Family Camp, you will receive a 100% refund after a $10 cancellation fee is assessed. If cancelling between 14 and 7 days prior to the Family Camp, you will receive a 75% refund after a $10 cancellation fee is assessed. We will not issue any refund when a cancellation is made less than 7 days prior to the Family Camp.

HOUSING:  Each family is housed in one of our private or semi-private comfortable heated facilities. Kivie Kaplan Center is a 2-story modern building with 12 bedrooms and private bathrooms. Manor House, a beautiful historic mansion built in 1904, offers 14 dormitory-style bedrooms, some with private bathrooms. Our nine heated camper cabins offer families the chance to room with friends or meet other families. Each cabin has a bathroom and twin-size beds for adults. Our Messinger Leadership Center has 12 rooms, some with private bathrooms and some with shared bathrooms.

REGISTER:  Registration is online and on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register for any or all the weekends on our website. The registration deadline for all our Family Camps is the Monday prior to the weekend. Our Family Camps run rain, shine or snow.

QUESTIONS: Contact Laura Gurvis, Associate Director, Eisner and Crane Lake Camps, at lgurvis@urj.org or (201) 419-6552.