Sarah Eisinger, of Wisconsin camps, to lead national organization

Sarah Eisinger, an alumna of Camp Shalom in Madison and Steve & Shari Sadek Family Camp Interlaken JCC in Eagle River, has been tapped to be the director of JCamp 180, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Eisinger brings more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit field, including coaching, consulting and funding as well as economic development. She previously served as program director of Camp Interlaken.

Eisinger will work with JCamp 180’s 120 affiliated overnight and day camps across the U.S. and Canada to put structures in place that will sustain the camps financially.

Though she has worked with several nonprofit organizations, she is new to the Jewish nonprofit world outside of camps. Because of her outsider status, she said in an interview, she is “unencumbered and … can really take a fresh look at things,” which will help her in serving JCamp 180 and its affiliated camps.

For Eisinger, camp keeps Jews connected to Judaism and culture. “People who go to camp go on to lead Jewish lives,” she said.

Her experience attending Jewish camps motivated her to pursue this position. “I have this love for camp that’s very deep and this opportunity really spoke to … my heart,” she said.

Eisinger grew up in Madison and was a camper at Camp Interlaken JCC from 1984-1988 and a counselor from 1992-1995 before becoming its program director in 1995. She was a counselor at Camp Shalom JCC from 1990-1991 and a camper as a child.