“”What a wonderful weekend, relaxing and having fun with CBE members and members-to-be of all ages at the retreat. I especially enjoyed yoga with Rabbi Epstein, Shabbat by the lake, and exploring Eisner Camp with new and old friends.” – Lauren Popper-Ellis, Community Retreat Chair 2019

The CBE Community Retreat is a weekend of fun, relaxation, adventure, learning, and praying together in the Berkshires.

The retreat takes place at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. There will be lots of fun programming for all ages, including free time to explore and take in the beautiful landscape of Eisner. See below for a sample schedule of the weekend and a map of Eisner Camp.

And because it will be Mother’s Day Weekend, we’ll have fun activities to celebrate our moms!

Contact Rabbi Rebecca Epstein or retreat chair Vanessa Bilanceri with any questions about this amazing weekend, and to join the planning committee!


Each family is housed in one of Eisner’s private or semi-private comfortable heated facilities. Kivie Kaplan Center is a 2-story modern building with 12 bedrooms and private bathrooms. Manor House, a beautiful historic mansion built in 1904, offers 14 dormitory-style bedrooms, some with private bathrooms. Their nine heated camper cabins offer families the chance to room with friends or meet other families. Each cabin has a bathroom and twin size beds for adults. The new Messinger Leadership Center has 12 rooms, some with private bathrooms and some with shared bathrooms.


The drive to Eisner Camp is about three hours. There is a round-trip bus that will leave from CBE on Friday, May 8 at 1:30 PM sharp and will return to CBE on Sunday May 10 around 3:00 PM, barring any unexpected traffic delays. The fee for the bus is $85 round trip per person, to be paid at the time of registration. If you decide at a later time to take the bus, please contact us and we will let you know if seats are still available.

If you plan to drive yourself, we recommend leaving before 2:30pm on Friday to avoid getting stuck in traffic leaving the city.

Sample Schedule

6:45pm Welcome Circle & Candle Lighting
7:00pm Shabbat Dinner
8:00am Kabbalat Shabbat
8:45pm Kids Oneg
9:00pm Laila Tov Kids
9:30pm Adult Oneg
11:00pm Laila Tov Adults

8:00am Early morning Gaga for kids,gym open for adults
8:30am Breakfast Buffet
9:15am Shabbat Services
10:30am Chugim: Sports, Art, Learn w/ Rabbi Timoner
11:30am Chugim: Yoga, Sports, Art, Learn w/ Rabbi Epstein
12:30pm Lunch
1:15pm Menucha – Rest Hour
1:45pm Chugim: Zumba, Climbing Tower (6th grade and up); Kids Art; Kids Sports
2:45pm Chugim: Climbing Tower, Jewish Yoga with Rabbi E; Kids Art; Kids Sports
3:45pm Breira (Free Time): Adventure, Face Painting
6:00pm Dinner
6:45pm Evening Program
7:30pm Havdallah
8:00pm Campfire & S’mores
8:30pm Laila Tov or Movie Night and Pajama Party for Kids
9:00pm Adult Refreshments
11:30pm Laila Tov Adults

9:00am Breakfast
9:30am Taking Home Shabbat
10:30am Closing Circle
11:00am Pack and Depart

Map of URJ Eisner Camp