Campaign Update | October 26, 2019

Our Chapel on the Hill Campaign continues with new supporters joining the effort each week. We've had commitments at all levels and our approaching our initial goal of $300,000. Check out the list of Recognition Opportunities to review the options and make your commitment today. Thanks to the hundreds of contributors to date for their support!

Rosa B. Eisendrath Memorial Chapel on the Hill | Capital Campaign

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a capital campaign to support the preservation and renovation of URJ Camp Harlam's iconic Rosa B. Eisendrath Memorial Chapel on the Hill.

Chapel on the Hill holds a special place in the history and context of URJ Camp Harlam. The Chapel is the primary symbol of our community and the cornerstone of our Shabbat experience. For 60 years, our camp has thrived as an institution devoted to Reform Jewish life and learning, and no area of camp is more representative of this commitment than Chapel on the Hill. A special characteristic of the Chapel is that from above, one can see the formation of the Magen David (Star of David) by the walls and main structure.

The Chapel was designed by Philadelphia-area architect, Donald Marder (z”l), and on display is original artwork by renowned sculptor, Hank Kaminsky. Mr.Kaminsky created the unique Ner Tamid (eternal light) and Burning Bush features. The Chapel was completed in 1965, establishing this space as the primary sanctuary for T’fillah (services.) Although the Chapel was built through the generous support of our namesake benefactors, Joseph and Betty Harlam (z”l), it was dedicated in honor of Rosa B. Eisendrath (z”l). Mrs. Eisendrath was the wife of Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath (z”l), the leader of the Union for Reform Judaism (originally the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) from 1943 until his death in 1971.

The original structure that rises more than 40 feet into the air has been repaired once through the support of the Women of Reform Judaism (District 5,) but much of the facilities at the Chapel have remained untouched for more than 50 years. We are thrilled to announce that the first phase of major renovations to the Chapel have been completed as of the 2019 camp season, with remaining improvements to be made in time for the summer of 2020.

You can also download our Chapel on the Hill Campaign Brochure to review the following information. We have launched a capital campaign to support the Chapel renovation efforts and are excited to engage donors as we refurbish and memorialize the most important facility on Harlam's campus in Kunkletown, PA.

Recognition opportunities are available at various levels (see below) and we are happy to discuss these multi-year pledge options and others: Pledges of up to 3 years for gifts of $10,000 or more; Pledges of up to 5 years for gifts of $100,000 or more.

Questions or suggestions? Contact Judith Friedman by email or phone (610-668-0423, Ext. 1035.)

Gifts may be made by clicking the Donate Now button and using our secure site, or by downloading, completing, and returning a Chapel on the Hill Gift Form with a check made payable to "URJ Camp Harlam" here:

URJ Camp Harlam | Attn: Development Team | 301 City Avenue, Suite 110 | Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

We need your help in amassing as many photo images as possible of our beloved Chapel on the Hill (and if you want to add images of Chapel in the Woods, you can do that, too!) Please use this link to upload your own photos and share the link with camp friends to ask them to do the same. After you upload your images, you will also be able to see others already there. We will be curating a means of sharing these images at camp and virtually later in our campaign efforts.


Recognition Opportunity Gift Amount Recognition Type Status
Main Structure $100,000 Large Plaque No Longer Available
Magen David (Star of David) Walls $50,000 Medium Plaque Available
Bima (Stage) $36,000 Medium Plaque Available
Chapel in the Woods | Bima $25,000 Medium Plaque Available
Torah Ark Contact Us to Discuss Gift Options Ark to be Named in Memory of Rabbi Vicki Tuckman (z"l) Available With Discussion
Reader's Desk $18,000 Medium Plaque No Longer Available
Ner Tamid (Eternal Light) $18,000 Medium Plaque No Longer Available
Chapel in the Woods | Reader's Desk $18,000 Medium Plaque Available
Chapel in the Woods |Torah Ark $18,000 Medium Plaque Limited Availability
Haderech (Path to the Chapel) $18,000 Haderech Opportunity Reserved for Harlam's Council (Board) No Longer Available
Chapel in the Woods |Ner Tamid $10,000 Medium Plaque Limited Availability
Burning Bush Sculpture $5,000 Small Plaque No Longer Available
ADA Seating Area $3,600 Small Plaque No Longer Available
Bench Row $1,800 Small Plaque Available
Dedication Wall Plaque $360 Dedication Plaque Available

Please note that limited opportunities have been made available for naming as part of this campaign in our Arie Gluck Chapel in the Woods. For more information about these options, please contact us.

Arie Gluck Chapel in the Woods

Constructed in 1969, Arie Gluck Chapel in the Woods has become the centerpiece of Harlam's Saturday T'fillah (service) experience. Built into the area just beyond Girls Camp, this wooded sanctuary sits close by the more open and iconic Chapel on the Hill. But it's the Woods that, for many, has become the essence of Shabbat at camp. Shaded, secluded, quiet, and natural, the Woods allows our community to be together in an environment that may be symbolically similar to other gathering places for prayer, but at the same time totally different and unique to camp. When we gather here on Saturday mornings throughout the summer, the sounds of our Torah service reverberate through the trees and create a sense of truly joyous Judaism.

Thanks to the generosity of the many donors to our Harlam@60 efforts in 2018, we were able to fully renovate and dedicate this space in honor of our longtime director, Arie Gluck. Arie was the architect of many aspects of Harlam's tradition and program during his 38-year tenure, including overseeing the creation of this sanctuary. It was his family's choice to have the Chapel designated as the place to carry his name when we celebrated camp's 60th anniversary. The gifts from donors allowed us to replace all of the benches, expand seating capacity, create a proper bima (stage) that includes the original rock as our Reader's Desk (read more about the rock here,) install beautiful artwork into the woods that also acts as visual screening from the nearby buildings, replant many trees, enhance the audio-visual quality, and more.

Most recently, we were excited to finally replace the original ark that was constructed by ropes and lashed tree branches. The original ark was in need of repairs and the ropes had impacted the health of the multi-stem tree that it was based within. A new system of cables and a Star of David made of metal were installed during the 2019 camp season, along with a new Ner Tamid (eternal light) that is a scaled replica of the Hank Kaminsky-designed version at the nearby Chapel on the Hill.