At URJ Eisner Camp and URJ Crane Lake Camp, we got to visit both 1st and 2nd session and we saw over 70 of our campers and staff! Our first session visit was a major highlight of our summer. Eisner was our first stop, and Hannah got to experience Friday night Eisner song session and Israeli dance for the first time. The next day we were able to be a part of the annual Stakeholders Assembly and see the newly restored lake. At Crane Lake we experienced the dedication of the beautiful new chadar ochel and hear the new setting of the blessing of the children that Crane Lake campers wrote with Jewish singer/songwriter Naomi Less.
Our final stop was at Camp Tel Noar in Hampstead, New Hampshire where we got a personalized tour of the camp, finding our TBE campers along the way! We loved how the small size of this camp really makes for a close knit community, where everyone knows each other’s name. We also learned about a new internship program for 3rd and 4th year staff members at all of the Cohen Camps (Tel Noar, CYJ and Tevya) where they go to Israel and intern at an organization for a month, followed by returning to be a staff member at camp for the rest of the summer.
If we didn’t get a chance to visit your camp this summer, we hope we will get to visit next summer! In summer 2015, we hope to visit more of our regional camps, including but not limited to Micah, Avoda, Bauercrest, Pembroke, and of course, our regional URJ camps and URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech!
Interested in learning more about Jewish overnight camping? Contact Hannah Richman, Brett Lubarsky, and Ariel Milan-Polisar, and go to our website. Through the generosity of the CJP, you may even be eligible for $1000 towards your first summer at camp!
With love, grilled cheese, and s’mores,
Hannah Richman, Assistant Director, Youth Engagement
Ariel Milan-Polisar, Youth Engagement Specialist