Spring Kallah @ Camp Eisner Northeast and NAR

Grades Invited: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Registration link: https://urjeisner.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App

BIG NEWS

NFTY and Eisner Camp
NFTY-Northeast and NFTY-New York Area Spring Kallah

**Transportation Update**
Transportation is available at $60 round trip.  There will be a NY Bus, MA Bus, and a RI Bus.
Sign-up for this when you register AND if you already registered, we will reach out to you!
This event is open to current 8-12 graders!

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Thank you in advance for understanding that we are navigating this in-person weekend with the health and safety of everyone and their communities as our highest priority. We are moving forward with the weekend planning and appreciate your flexibility and patience as we get closer to the event. 

What is NFTY?  NFTY has been the brand of teen engagement for the Reform movement for decades. NFTY is a movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam (repairing the world), personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism.  

NFTY events maintain high expectations of being a caring and safe community. You can read our NFTY Brit K’hilah, our code of conduct, to get to know the kind of community we create together. 

What is Spring Kallah? We are excited to be bringing together 8th-12th grade teens from across New England and New York for a weekend together in-person at Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA. Throughout the day, teens will be engaged in a variety of activities. Celebrating Shabbat, outdoor activities, engaging in social justice, singing our favorite songs, and more – the weekend will be filled with options for all!

Transportation: Please plan to arrive at camp between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Friday, May 13th. Our departure is Sunday, May 15th, at 11:00 am. UPDATE: For $60 fee, you can purchase a round trip ticket to Eisner Camp. We will have buses from Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. Transportation can be added during registration. If you have already registered, we will be reaching out to you soon. NOTE: Consistent with the NFTY Brit K’hillah Code of Conduct, no participant can drive themselves to or from the event as it is a significant safety risk.

Cost: The $279 tuition includes an event t-shirt designed by our teens, all meals and snacks, lodging, activity supplies, staffing, and accommodations. Registration is open until April 29th. Enrollment will occur on May 3rd, 2022.  If you need to cancel your registration, please do so by April 24th, 2022, by emailing Meredith at msmyth@urj.org. Fair refunds for impossibility, illness, and family emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please email Devon or Rose with any questions.

Scholarship assistance: Every teenager that wishes to attend this event is welcome. If the cost of the weekend is a challenge, there are scholarships available. No one should be turned away from this community because of money. 

Please complete this form by April 10th, 2022: https://urjyouth.wufoo.com/forms/x11akwau17ewrwe/

What to bring? Check the local weather to determine proper attire.

  • Nine (9) Masks:  KN95 or high filtration (3 per day)
  • Comfortable Clothes - we suggest packing layers!
  • Shabbat Clothing 
  • Dressing up for Shabbat is optional – we’ll have little time to change, and we’ll be jumping quickly from our Shabbat celebration to exciting programming, so wear something you’ll be comfortable being active in. Please wear something that allows you to comfortably walk around, stand up, sit down, dance, etc. while remaining modestly covered. 
  • Raincoats, not umbrellas, as spring weather is unpredictable 
  • Sleepwear
  • Medications (inhalers, allergy meds, etc.) 
  • We trust that participants take their daily medication on their own and keep it in the residences with them, but if you need a reminder to take your medication, or if it needs to be refrigerated or taken under adult supervision, we’re happy to help. Contact dbarker@nfty.org or rsnitz@nfty.org, and we can determine a plan for you. NOTE: We do not collect, supervise, or dispense medications at NFTY events.
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant,  comb or brush, etc.)
  • Sleeping bag and a pillow. Camp does not provide sheets or blankets.
  • Towel for showering
  • Water bottle
  • Money to purchase some NFTY Merchandise
  • Please do NOT bring anything valuable, as NFTY and Camp Eisner are not responsible for any damaged or missing personal belongings.

Meals: Our meals are kosher-style. All meals meet dietary needs as much as possible, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. For the safety of those with allergies, no outside food will be permitted, especially in the residences.

Safety:

Above all else, the safety and well-being of all the participants is foremost. We’ve invited the Great Barrington Police to check in regularly to make sure we are safe.  All teens and staff will stay on camp.  We are blessed with an abundance of volunteer advisors and clergy that will be caring for the teens during the weekend. We also have staff RAs in all sleeping areas where teens will be, ensuring the health and safety of all participants.

Ready to register? Here are some helpful tips:

  • Registration must be completed through CampMinder. If you are already a URJ camp family, this will be familiar to you.
  • Go to: https://urjeisner.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App
  • Complete camper application
  • Select NFTY Spring Kallah
  • On the payment page, choose ‘NFTY Spring Kallah, Pay in Full Credit, or NFTY Pay in Full eCheck.’
  • If you have a child enrolled for Summer 2022, and you have chosen a monthly payment plan, your camp billing plan has been saved in the back end of our system. Once we process your NFTY enrollment, we will return your billing plan for camp to the monthly payment plan using eCheck.
  • You are registering today to reserve your spot.  Your tuition will be processed on May 3rd, 2022.

COVID-19: After completing registration, there will be TWO additional steps. Participants and parents will digitally sign a copy of the COVID Brit and then upload proof of the participant’s vaccination. 

The COVID Brit and photo upload of your vaccination card is found in your

 CampMinder Account under FORMS AND DOCUMENTS.

 We are excited to be planning in-person URJ camp-based overnight programs for 2022! The health and well-being of our participants have always been and will remain our top priority as we work to open these events. Together, we can take the necessary actions to balance our needs for connection and community with the ongoing reality of the pandemic.

As we consider every aspect of our program and operation, we have created the following FAQs to answer some of the questions you may have. We will continue to update this information as needed. This information is based on what we know today. We are deeply committed to open, ongoing, and honest communication.

  1. Based on your current planning, what COVID-19 mitigation protocols will be in place?

Prior to the event:

  • Vaccines REQUIRED: We will require ALL PARTICIPANTS: staff and adults to have completed the full COVID vaccination schedule that they are age-eligible for (CDC defines this as being “up to date”-note: all people over 12 are expected to have their booster shot ). Everyone on-site for the event will be required to upload their vaccination information as part of registration. You can read our full vaccination policy.
  • For 5 days prior to the event
  • Please exercise caution by limiting your exposures to the bare minimum (no indoor, unmasked gatherings or dining outside of your immediate family home, as well as at school/work). A signed Short-Term Overnight Programs COVID Brit will be required to be uploaded prior to the event. Consider this an expression of our Jewish value of Pikuach Nefesh, the protection and preservation of human life.
  • Travel / Arrival
  • On-site rapid testing will be done upon arrival. In the event that someone in your vehicle tests positive, all the passengers will be asked to leave. With that in mind, we recommend that you take a test before you leave home.

On-Site Requirements:

  • Mask-wearing indoors throughout the event except for during dining, bathing, and sleeping, and outdoors when physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible. All participants must wear a high filtration mask (N95/KN95/KN94-level). Participants must bring 3 high filtration masks per day plus extras.
  • Sleeping and eating groups will be kept consistent as much as possible to limit exposures within the participant group.
  • Hygiene: Encouraging and making time for frequent hand washing/sanitizing
  • Participants MUST communicate to program staff if they develop any COVID symptoms during the event (as described in the COVID Brit).
  • Informing participants of and encouraging best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19
  • We know that the best practices surrounding COVID-19 are continually changing.  We will evaluate our policies and practices as the COVID-19 landscape evolves. Our protocols and guidelines will always be subject to change based on the latest guidelines from health experts, state and local protocols, and other health authorities.
  1. Will vaccines be required to attend?

Yes. We will require ALL participants, staff, and adults to have completed the full COVID vaccination schedule that they are age-eligible for (CDC defines this as being “up to date”). Everyone on-site for the event will be required to upload their vaccination information as part of registration. You can read our full vaccination policy. Please note this is the policy for the Spring 2022 weekend programs but does not define future URJ policies.

Yes, there are exceptions to the URJ vaccination policy, and they are rare. There are exceedingly rare circumstances where vaccination is contraindicated for bona fide medical reasons. Individuals who have had a documented allergy or severe adverse reaction to the usual childhood vaccination series might not be able to complete the specific immunization schedule outlined above. Additionally, individuals who are relatively immunodeficient (for example, people living with cancer or who are receiving chemotherapy, transplant recipients, and people receiving immunosuppressive drugs) may not be able to receive certain vaccines.  In these extremely rare circumstances, current documentation from a licensed Physician (MD or DO), or a Pediatric/Family Practice Advanced Practice Nurse (ARNP or PNP) not related to the individual, describing the condition that prevented immunization must be furnished to URJ Camps or Israel Programs medical advisory team in advance. We will review these very rare situations on a case-by-case basis to determine if that individual can safely participate.

  1. Will masking be required?

Masks will be required indoors except when dining, bathing, in sleeping rooms, and outdoors when physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible. All participants must wear a high filtration mask (N95/KN95/KN94-level). Participants must bring 3 high filtration masks/day and extras.

  1. Will COVID-19 testing be required?

A negative on-site rapid test upon arrival at the program will be required. We strongly encourage you to self-administer an at-home rapid Antigen Test (available without a prescription at most pharmacies) prior to traveling to the event.

  1. What happens if the URJ cancels events due to COVID-19?

We will remain nimble and responsive to the ever-evolving standards and protocols and will adapt accordingly.  If, however, the URJ is unable or elects not to run the program due to government regulations or if the URJ chooses not to open at its own discretion, you will receive a full program fee refund, including the deposit, without penalty.

  1. What happens if a family/student registers and then decides to cancel because they are no longer comfortable attending?

If a program is running but a family chooses to cancel, our normal cancellation policies will apply.

  1. What happens if a teen has a positive rapid COVID test onsite?

We have several mitigation tools in place to prevent this situation from occurring (rapid antigen testing upon on-site arrival, staying home if symptomatic, recommended rapid antigen test at home prior to travel, pre-program “quarantine” and COVID Brit ). However, if this situation arises, arrangements will be made in collaboration with the specific family involved to best facilitate the health and wellbeing of all program participants, in accordance with local, state, and URJ COVID policies. The program staff will be in communication with the participant and their parent/guardian to make logistical arrangements for the swift retrieval of the COVID+ participant. While waiting to be picked up, the COVID+ participant will be isolated and provided as much support as possible. All participants should prepare a plan in case of this scenario. If needed, the plan can include a local adult who is not a parent/guardian, with parent permission. This person’s name must be recorded on the Brit.

  1. How do you decide what guidelines are needed for these events?

An experienced team of URJ staff is overseeing the development of COVID guidance for URJ programs. They work with our URJ Medical Advisory Team who have expertise and specialization in public health and infectious diseases. These teams are working closely with the program staff to develop guidelines and protocols appropriate for these events.