• Tykocin: Memories of Thriving Jewish Life

    This post was originally published on the NFTY-EIE blog.  Maya K. is a junior on the NFTY-EIE High School Semester in Israel and is an alum of Crane Lake Camp.  She is from Truro, MA and belongs to the Cape Cod Synagogue. Prior to 1941, the small city Tykocin was a thriving Jewish kehillah. At […]


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  • Rose Levenson, CLC Unit Head, give the D’var Haftarah at Biennial 2015

    URJ Crane Lake Camp is filled with so many wonderful people. Our community is full of love and happiness, and we are lucky to have incredible people in our Kehillah Kedoshah. Rose Levenson is one of those role models at Crane Lake. Rose has been working at camp for several years as a counselor and unit […]


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  • Israel Shabbat-O-Gram 7/21

    Shabbat Shalom from group nine! Time for some more monotonous rhymes. Last week we waved goodbye to the desert sand, traveling to the heart of the Holy Land.


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  • Special Guest: Alan Goodis

    By Jenny Rehkugler, Communications Specialist  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. […]


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  • “It’s Hard to Be Good.” Giving the Gift of Life

    By Jeffrey Schwartz. During Summer 2013, Jeff will be serving as the Head Songleader at Crane Lake Camp. Jeff was a camper, Machonik and counselor at Crane Lake Camp as well. During the Spring of 2013 Jeff was called upon by Gift of Life to become a bone marrow donor because of a camp drive […]


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  • Taking Camp Home: Reflections for the New Year

    by Greg Kellner, Senior Assistant Director, URJ Crane Lake Camp It’s September 21st and it seems like just yesterday that I was giving hugs to campers and staff wishing everyone a L’hitraot, in the hopes of joining back together in next years summer months. I had an incredible summer at Crane Lake… It was everything […]


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  • The Power of Shabbat at Camp

    Every moment of Shabbat, all the way through Havdallah, is special and memorable. On Shabbat, we dress differently, we live on different time, we come together as a community at times that we generally are separated into age groupings. We eat together, pray together, sing together, and dance together with a spirit that is felt […]


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  • Opening Day! A Day of Celebration and Creating Strong Community

    by Debby Shriber, Director, Crane Lake Camp There was true excitement in the air on Wednesday morning, as a sea of blue shirted counselors filed into the dining hall for breakfast. The weather was perfect and there were cheers of excitement and even Greg Kellner’s mom called and wished everyone a great day over the […]


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  • Something to be Thankful for… Summers at CLC

    The following post was written as a Shabbat reading during staff orientation by Nick Peacock-Smith, Crane Lake Camp Athletics Director. Nick is a third year staff member, originally from Australia and now living in New York City. Over the course of the spring while I was working and living in the city every time I […]


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