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Special Guest: Alan Goodis

By Jenny Rehkugler, Communications Specialist 

Alan and Jeff singing and playing guitar.

Alan and Jeff singing and playing guitar.

Crane Lake had the honor of hosting a special guest this week who filled the camp with joyous song and cheer. Alan Goodis, renowned Jewish musician, serenaded the camp at a cozy bonfire on the lake and collaborated with CLC’s song leaders to teach them how to work most productively.

“Alan helped us find better ways of looking at the work that we do at camp,“ Jeff Schwartz, Crane Lake’s head song leader said. “He taught us how to make more meaningful moments with the campers through song rituals.”

Alan was inspired to become a song leader while attending URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) as a camper. He served as a song-leading specialist during his time there, which ignited his passion for music.

“The first music I learned was out of the GUCI songbook,” Alan said. “I taught myself all of the songs at home during the school year.”

Alan grew up in Toronto and graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in political science. Never intending on entering the music scene, Alan was approached with an opportunity and decided to go for it.

“I started getting involved in the Jewish music world doing Tat Shabbat services at various temples,” Alan remarked. “I’m very lucky to have been able to turn my passion into a career.”

Alan Goodis leading the CLC in song.

Alan Goodis leading CLC in song.

After branching out to different communities around the country, Alan began sharing his new self-written songs. During the school year Alan travels to perform and teach at events for NFTY, temples and URJ camps.

“This summer I’m bouncing around to 15 summer camps,” Alan said. “This is my second stop.”

Crane Lake staff cherished Alan’s time at camp. The staff sang songs like Cats and the Cradle, This Little Light of Mine and Lean on Me. Alan’s insight and expertise will allow us to reach new heights this summer at Crane Lake.

To learn more about Alan Goodis and hear his music, visit his website at