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 three Heller-Wexler Family Camps for the 2016-2017 school year:

Father-Son Weekend: November 11-13, 2016
For Grandfathers, Uncles, Dads and boys currently in grades K-10.
Join us for a weekend of fun! We'll venture into the woods around Eisner Camp for a GPS scavenger hunt, hike to Lookout Point, challenge ourselves on our ropes course, and "fly" on our swing. There will be time for crafts, sports and more! We'll begin at 5:30 on Friday afternoon, and we'll celebrate a camp-style Shabbat together, with lively worship, song, and Israeli dancing. Our superstar counselors will be on hand for some kids-only activities and to provide child care in the evenings during parent-only time in Manor House. The weekend concludes at 11:00 on Sunday morning.

Family Ski Weekend: January 13-16, 2017
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 experince, 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 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 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. 

Mother-Daughter Weekend: March 31-April 2, 2017
For Grandmas, Aunts, Moms and girls currently in grades K-8.
Moms, escape to the Berkshires with your daughters for the weekend! Bring grandmas and aunts as well! 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. On Saturday, after another kid-friendly Shabbat experience, we'll enjoy crafts, sports, yoga, a "Whodunit" mystery to solve, and create a mother-daughter time capsule. Weather permitting, we'll also be outside playing ball, 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:  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 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 Family Camps is $150 for each adult and $100 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.

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 new 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 of the weekends on our website. The registration for all of our Family Camps is the Monday prior to the weekend. Our Family Camps run rain or shine or snow.  

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