• 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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  • SoCo Creamery: The Inside Scoop

      Written by Greg Kellner, Senior Assistant Director, Crane Lake Camp Over the last few months I have seen my favorite Berkshire ice cream appearing all over the place: Whole Foods, Fairway, Wild By Nature, and other stores. I began to wonder, what’s the secret to SoCo’s success? I called Dan, who owns the company, […]


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  • Faculty Celebrates National Wear Your Camp Shirt Day

    What a great day for the Faculty of Eisner and Crane Lake Camps! This morning, we were joined by more than 30 Rabbis, Cantors and Educators, wearing their camp shirts, for our annual Education Summit. Synagogue professionals from across the northeast gathered to vision and plan the educational components of Summer 2012. What seemed to […]


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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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  • A New Summer Experience:Camp Chazak

    Two things that I am passionate about are camp and special education. Before coming to work for Eisner, I worked for five years as a special education teacher. Day in and day out, I would try and come up with creative new ways for my students to learn. More than anything, I wanted my students to be able to connect with the material and not just memorize it.


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