Heller-Wexler Family Camps 2023

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 Family Camps provide opportunities for families to enjoy quality time together while meeting other families and sharing experiences that make these weekends unforgettable!

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, we are back with our popular Family Ski Weekend. During this 2022-2023 school year, this is the only Family Camp we will be able to offer. Our plan is to come roaring back with several Family Camp options for the 2023-2024 school year.


Family Ski Weekend - January 14 – 16, 2023

For families with children currently in Grades K-10

Enjoy a family weekend at camp and on the slopes at nearby Ski Butternut, Massachusetts’s number one ski resort! We’ll begin on Saturday morning with a kid-friendly Shabbat experience, and then we’ll enjoy 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.  All families are responsible for buying their own tickets for Ski Butternut.  Once you register with camp below, please buy your Butternut tickets here.

This Family Camp is perfect for families who want to try skiing for the first time, for advanced skiers, and everybody in between. Families will make their own arrangements directly with Ski Butternut for classes, lift tickets, snowboarding, equipment rental, etc. All money for any of the above will be paid directly to Ski Butternut by each family.

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The 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 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:  The cost for the Ski Weekend is $200 for each adult and $150 for each child. Children 4 years old and younger may attend at no cost. Cost includes all meals, activity supplies and linens.

Housing:  Each family is housed in one of our private or semi-private comfortable heated facilities. Kivie Kaplan Center is a 2-story building with 12 bedrooms and private bathrooms. Manor House, a beautiful historic mansion built in 1904, offers 12 dormitory-style bedrooms, some with private bathrooms. Our Messinger Leadership Center offers 12 private rooms, some with private bathrooms. Our 9 heated camper cabins offer families the chance to room with friends or stay on their own. Each cabin has a bathroom and twin-size beds for adults.

Families are housed based on family size, gender of family members, requests to stay near or with friends, age of children and with consideration of any participant’s physical limitations.

Register:  Registration is on-line and on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register on our website. The registration deadline for the Ski Weekend is Thursday, January 5, 2023. Our Family Camps run rain or shine or snow.

Questions: Contact Marisa Bergman,  Eisner and Crane Lake Camps, at mbergman@urj.org or (201) 419-6558