• Israeli Basketball Guests

    Crane Lake hosted two very special guests today who shared their skills and language with campers on the courts. Ofir and Lior, two Israeli basketball players, came all the way from Israel to spend a month traveling around to nine different Jewish summer camps including Crane Lake.


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  • Crane Lake News – Live Reporting from Camp

    If you thought the Daily Bubble was great, check out the Crane Lake News, featuring our campers!


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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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  • Camp Counselors: Textpeople and Inspirations

    by Rabbi Melissa Buyer. Rabbi Buyer is currently the Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Israel of New York City. Rabbi Buyer served as a faculty member for URJ Eisner and Crane Lake Camps in Summer 2012 and is a proud Crane Lake Parent. Everything depends on the person who stands in front of the […]


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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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  • Happy Tu B’Shevat: Environmental Responsibility in the Berkshires

    by Greg Kellner, Senior Assistant Director, URJ Crane Lake Camp During the wintertime, I try to drive up to the Berkshires as much as possible. As an assistant director, you don’t get so much time to enjoy all that the Berkshires has to offer during the summer, so I try to experience it during the […]


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  • Building Relationships: Chazak and NFTY NE

    It is not often that a group of 125 teenagers has the opportunity to spend an extended period of time working closely with and getting to know a group of children with special needs.


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  • Great Days at Camp Chazak

    What a busy few days we have had! Here in the bubble (or at camp), we often talk about how time works differently.


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