We are so excited to introduce our leadership team for Summer 2018. This group will partner with Solly and Susan in the management of camp and in all aspects of the camp program.
Daniel Shore, Leadership and Staff Development Director
Shore (as he is known) will be working closely with Solly and Susan in the overall management of camp, supporting the rashei eidot (unit heads) and madrichim (counselors) in their work.
Shore is as ready as he’ll ever be to return to camp as the Leadership and Staff Development Director for Summer 2018! Since the last time you saw him wearing a silly hat, putting on face paint on Friday, and talking like Elmo — Summer 2012 (when he completed his fourth summer as Rosh Eidah of Kallah, 9th summer on staff, and 15th summer at camp overall), Shore has been very busy. He’s been professionalizing his camp background and integrating staff-focused research as he works on his PhD in Workplace Psychology at George Mason University. Over the past 5 years, Shore has worked as a researcher with the Foundation for Jewish Camp and used that as a springboard to also start consulting for camps. His consulting work has included workshops, surveys on staff perspectives, and staff focus groups, all with the goal to build and maintain a positive staff culture. His goal this summer is to empower staff to take ownership of their summer experience so they can wake up every morning with enthusiasm for the important work they are doing (and the silly hats he’ll give them to wear!).
Deborah Goldberg, Program Director
As a member of our camp leadership team, Deborah will be supporting our staff in the planning of all-camp programming, evening programs, and the other various moments that make every day at camp special. Her portfolio also includes pieces of staff engagement and welcoming visitors to camp throughout the summer.
Deborah is very excited to be returning to camp this summer as the program director! She grew up in Deerfield, Illinois, and spent her summers as a camper, staff member, and unit head at OSRUI. This will be her seventh summer on staff and her fifteenth summer at camp. Deborah is currently a second-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Prior to starting rabbinical school, she served as the Teen Programs Coordinator at the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs in Chicago, where she managed all aspects of JCUA’s teens social justice program. Previously, she was an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C. Last summer Deborah returned to the RAC to coordinate the Machon Kaplan Summer Internship program for undergrads interested in Judaism and social justice. When she’s not working or studying, Deborah can be found hiking through a national park or reading a good book.
Debbie Locketz, Camper Care Director
Debbie works in conjunction with the OSRUI professional staff year-round, and in the summer leads the OSRUI Camper Care team, which helps problem solve camper concerns as they arise by working with campers, staff, and parents.
Originally from Toronto, Debbie grew up as a camper, counselor and unit head at OSRUI. She holds a Master; Degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Social Worker. When she’s not at camp, Debbie works at Relate Counseling Center in Minnesota as an outpatient therapist for kids, adolescents and adults. Debbie brings years of experience working with all ages in a range of settings. She lives in Minnetonka, MN, with her husband, Rabbi David Locketz, and their two daughters, who are both current OSRUI campers.
Rachel Lyon, Registrar
Rachel is the newest member of the year-round team at OSRUI. In the summer she oversees the summer office and everything that happens behind the scenes to make sure that camp runs smoothly.
Rachel grew up attending URJ’s Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, Indiana, and joined the OSRUI full-time year-round team in February 2018. She spent each summer from 2001-2014 at camp as a camper, counselor, and leadership staff member. After graduating from Indiana University with a BS in Arts Management and Telecommunications, she moved to New York City. While there, Rachel served as the Events Administrator on the North American Events team at the Union for Reform Judaism. She worked on the registration, logistics, and customer experience for all professional development events, creating relationships with the participants as well as the staff members whose events she helped facilitate. Rachel is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and is excited to be back in the Midwest and in the camping world.