Jewish Camping

In addition to our in house summer camp for preschoolers BHS supports the following summer camps to extend the exploration of a child’s Jewish identity & education into the summer.

Summer Camp Options

Sleep Away Camps

The URJ Joseph Eisner Camp for Living Judaism in Great Barrington, MA, runs programs for campers from 2nd through 12th grade. The URJ Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, MA, runs programs for campers 3rd through 11th grade. Both camps allow “campers to embrace the challenge of learning new skills in athletics, aquatics, the arts, and adventure and nature programs…while they immerse themselves in a wide range of innovative Jewish educational pursuits and creative spiritual experiences.”

More information and registration can be found on the Eisner Camp website and the Crane Lake Camp website.

At URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, scientific inquiry meets fun! Girls and boys entering grades 5-10 develop hypotheses, perform experiments, and test out new technologies in a supportive, vibrant Reform, Jewish community located just outside of Boston’s science and technology corridor. More information and registration can be found on the 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy website.  

URJ Kutz Camp – the summer home of NFTY, is a campus-style program designed for high school students who are looking for a challenging, intense program. Participants choose a major and pick your electives, creating a unique summer experience. Visit the Kutz website for more information.

Israel and Travel Programs

NFTY in Israel – experience Israel like never before with an amazing 4-6 week high school travel program. Spend the summer hiking, climbing, discovering, and exploring with new friends from across North America. Click here to learn more about NFTY in Israel.

Birthright Israel – URJ Kesher is an official Taglit-Birthright Israel trip organizer. Each Israel trip is 10-days and absolutely free. The program is open to Jewish young adults who are ages 18-26 and who have never been to Israel on a peer program.

NEED BASED SCHOLARSHIPS:
BHS youth in grades K-12, who are enrolled in Religious School programs and/or BHGSY are eligible to apply for a needs based financial assistance to participate in the programs listed above. Please contact Rabbi Lippe at: rabbi@bhsbrooklyn.org.

Foundation for Jewish Camps “One Happy Camper” Grant – Through a One Happy Camper program grant, first time campers to a Jewish overnight summer camp may be eligible to receive a grant of $1,000 off summer tuition! To learn about this program from the Foundation for Jewish Camp, please visit OneHappyCamper.org.

In addition to the scholarships offered to 1st-time campers through One Happy Camper, those students who become consecrated here at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue receive a $200 campership certificate which can be, additionally, used for 1st-timers. Contact Rabbi Molly Kane at rabbikane@bhsbrooklyn.org if your child has not received (or has perhaps misplaced!) his/her certificate!

The Foundation for Jewish Camps (www.jewishcamp.org) has additional resources to help you find the perfect camp for YOUR child! Check them out, too!

A special story from our Rabbi about his camp experience:
As many of you have heard me tell the story before, my wife Deb and I first met at the UAHC (now URJ) Eisner Camp Institute for Living Judaism in Great Barrington, Massachusetts as teenagers. We met again almost two decades later on the campgrounds at the wedding of close friends, also former campers and staff members.  Having spent over a decade at Eisner as a camper then staff member, I have also served as a rabbinic faculty member in previous years, and drop in every summer at both Eisner and Crane Lake to say hello to our campers (and my own kids).
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To read other testimony:
http://www.reformjudaism.org/six-reasons-attend-jewish-summer-camp

BHS has been honored by Camp Eisner as one of their top temples! Thank you for this honor.