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Your 2019 Rashei Eidot!

Kallah: Ashley Barrett

Ashley is thrilled to be returning to OSRUI this summer as the Kallah Rosh Eidah after far too many summers away!  She can’t wait to spend to spend her 13th summer playing, learning and praying with all of her wonderful chanichim (campers).  Ashley is 

originally from Wooster, Ohio, but she has lived everywhere from St. Louis to Luxembourg to Jerusalem and now calls Cincinnati, Ohio her home.  Ashley is currently a second year rabbinical student at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  When you can’t find her in class, or at her student pulpit in Bryan, Texas, you can probably find her at a coffee shop drinking coffee and day dreaming about camp! 

Ashley cannot wait for this summer.  Aside from The Lion King remake release this summer (she’s counting the days), she can’t wait to finally be back in Oconomowoc.  She is so excited to swim in the lake and the pool, climb the tower, and do so many fun OSRUI activities.  She is so looking forward to a wonderful summer filled with the joy of OSRUI, so many new friends, and all of the fun that awaits!

Tzofim: Shira Brandhandler

Shira is thrilled to be returning to camp this summer as the Rosh Eidah of Tzofim! This will be her 13th summer at camp and her 6th summer on staff. Shira grew up in Wilmette, Illinois and will graduate from the University of Michigan in May with degrees in Judaic Studies and Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience.

Shira can’t wait to be back in Kibbutz HaTzofim hanging out in the refet (farm), gan (garden), and Tzofim hill! She especially loves Tzofim traditions like high-sock Thursday, Oconomostock (the all camp talent show put on by Tzofim Gimmel) and coming together with the whole camp for Shabbat Shira. As she counts down the days until the start of the summer, Shira is thinking about all of her memories at OSRUI and is so excited to meet the wonderful chanichim (campers) and help them create their own amazing experiences and memories.

Gesher: Jami Goldberg

Jami is so excited to be returning to OSRUI as the Rosh Eidah of Gesher this summer! This will be her 13th summer at camp, and her 6th on staff. Jami grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois and is currently a senior at Indiana University studying Human Resource Management.

Since 2006, camp has always been a place Jami feels lucky enough to call home. With all the amazing activities and options Gesher has to offer, one of her favorite parts is the counselor-led chugim (activities). This gives Gesher counselors the opportunity to share their talents every day in a fun way, and who wouldn’t love that? Along with classic Gesher activities, Jami can’t wait to be tubing at the lake, singing at Shabbat shira, and climbing etgar!

Jami cannot wait to return to OSRUI to team up with her hard-working and awesome staff to help ensure we make this summer in the horseshoe one to remember!


Tiferet: Leah Sherin

Leah is so excited to be returning to OSRUI this summer as Rosh Eidah of Tiferet! This will be her 12th summer at OSRUI and second time as Rosh Eidah. Leah grew up in Wilmette, Illinois and is a senior at Brandeis University studying Sociology and Near Eastern Judaic Studies.

Leah is especially thrilled to spend this summer in Tiferet! Tiferet is a very special place in camp with chanichim (campers), madrichim (counselors), and moomchim (specialists) who all bring a great deal of creativity and love for camp, art, and Judaism! Each year, Tiferet finds new, creative ways to nurture individual artists while building a strong kehilah (community), and Leah cannot wait to build a unique kehilah with all of the fun and talented chanichim coming this summer!

Moshavah: Max Gendler

Max is beyond excited and can’t wait to be Rosh of Moshavah for the summer of 2019! Max is originally from Papillion, Nebraska where he heard word of OSRUI 10 years ago from his Rabbi. Now Max will be graduating with a BA in Architectural Studies from the University of Kansas in May 2019, then will be applying for graduate school in pursuit of a Masters of Architecture. At the University of Kansas Max is involved in Hillel as a Songleader and climbs with the KU Rock Climbing club. However, he cannot wait to go rock climbing and camping with his favorite club, Moshavat HaTeva at OSRUI!

Ever since Max was a chanich (camper) in Moshavah, he has always had the dream to become Songleader and then someday Rosh of Mosh. Throughout his 5 years on OSRUI staff, he has had the opportunity to be a part of Mosh Staff as the Mosh Songleader leading chanichim (campers) in service and song while also introducing them to the great outdoors! Moshavah is a very special unit where chanichim (campers) and madrichim (counselors) get to embark on tiyulim (trips) almost every week going Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Biking, and Hiking. Max found his love for the teva (nature) in Moshavah as a chanich (camper) and madrich (counselor) and hopes that he can show the chanichim this coming summer just how special our world and the teva is. He is excited to watch all the chanichim grow as individuals through their experiences and tell stories of their times spent together as a kehilah (community) in the great outdoors. With lots of ruach and excitement for the tiyulim and memories to come, Max is ready to create an amazing kehilah (community) with his tzevet (staff) and chanichim to have the best summer ever!

Chalutzim: Lee Naftali

Lee is thrilled to be back at camp this summer as Rosh Eidah of Chalutzim. Being a madricha and Sganit in Chalutzim deepened

Lee’s passion to Israel education, and encouraged her to study education and international relations at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Ever since her first summer at OSRUI in 2016, Lee took part in various programs as part of the Jewish agency and the reform movement in Israel, and says with no doubt there is no other program like Chalutzim.

The diverse staff and the incredible cooperation between the Israeli and American madrichim create a rare opportunity to learn about Israel from different perspectives, and although it might be challenging speaking Hebrew all-day every-day, Lee believes it is an inseparable part of the culture, identity and legacy of the Jewish people.

Lee loves so much about Chalutzim, but some of her favorites are tiyul Canoe, evening programs led by the chanichim and singing “Eretz Yisrael Sheli” after Shabbat Shira! Lee is so excited for her 3rd summer at camp and cant wait for it to begin!

Tour La’Agam: Jesse Illian

Jesse is away from his desk right now working and riding the runs at Heavenly Mountain Resort in beautiful South Lake Tahoe, CA. Come spring he will be going back to his job taking school groups out into the backcountry teaching about ecology, natural history, team building, and having fun.

Jesse loves living life out on the open road and empty gorgeous countryside, whether exploring it by snowshoe, backpack, bike, or canoe. He’s putting his degrees in Recreation & Tourism and Business Administration from Winona State University in MN to good use. He follows the seasons playing outside, but has always had a summer home in Oconomowoc, WI  at OSRUI since he was nine.

Jesse’s super stoked to return as the Rosh of Tour La’Agam this summer after two years as a camper on it and three more staffing the trip. This will be Jesse’s seventh year on staff after eight as a camper, so you could say he’s been around the block a few times, but he’s excited to add his own outdoor education and recreation style to the one of a kind OSRUI summer experience.

Avodah: Liora London & Noah Segal

For Liora’s 17th summer at camp she is very excited to take the role as Co-Rosh of Avodah and to work with Noah Segal in order to make it an amazing summer. Liora has spent the last 3 summers on staff and can’t wait for another year of learning and growing in her new position.

Avodah is a special summer for many former chanichim (campers) who are now taking the step forward in their camp journey to become part of the tzevet (staff). Liora is excited to guide the new Avodahniks as they learn what it means to be an active part in keeping camp running, and also furthering their Jewish identity. As well she can’t wait to teach the Avodahniks to drive the tractor and to make sure camp is sparkling clean!

During the year Liora studies at the University of Rochester, and is entering her senior year majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in Spanish. This year she spent her first semester studying in Madrid, Spain and loved being able to study Spanish and travel all around Europe.

Liora is more than excited to meet this year’s Avodahniks and start working with them to make this summer the best it can be. She is very ready to be back in Oconomowoc and can’t wait to see everyone there!


Noah is thrilled to be returning back to OSRUI this summer as one of the Co-Rashei Eidot of Avodah with Liora! This will be his 6th

summer on staff and 13th at camp. Noah is from Oak Park, Illinios but is currently a senior at Grinnell College where he studies Psychology and Public Health. Next year he will be going to University of Iowa to complete a Master of Public Health.

Noah is so excited to come back to lead Avodah! He cannot wait to take all his cleaning and fixing experience from his four years as a Downstairs counselor to the new unit. He is excited to foster a community of friendship, hard work, critical thinking, shenanigans, and Jewish values. He is looking forward to getting to know this year’s Avodahnics and has said “they will have a good time, or they’ll get their money back!”.


Machon: Raya Seidman

Raya is beyond excited to be serving as Rosh Machon this summer.  Raya recently graduated from Indiana University where she studied Youth Development and Jewish Studies. Raya currently works in Chicago at Congregation BJBE as their Youth Coordinator of Learning and Engagement, and is a CLASP Fellow for BJBE and OSRUI.

This will be Raya’s 14th summer at OSRUI, and 7th on staff! She is so excited to work with the Machonikim and to be a part of developing OSRUI’s next group of leaders. Raya can’t wait to experience OSRUI from this position, and to learn everyday from working with the Machonikim and the rest of OSRUI staff throughout the summer!


Mishlachat: Or Segelovich

Or is really excited to be back at OSRUI as Rosh Mishlachat this summer. It’s Or’s second summer on staff and he can’t wait to return to camp. Or is a student in psychometric courses, and a private Arabic teacher for students. Or also loves spending time hiking all around the world, playing basketball and learning new things.

This summer, he will lead our wonderful mishlachat (Israeli Delegation), which includes madrichim (counselors) and moomchim (specialists) that will work in the different eidot (units) throughout camp. They will all be coming all the way from Israel! Or was a counselor in Chalutzim during his first summer at camp, and he was hooked instantly on the camp experience. Or loves at camp the kehila kedosha (holy community) that camp emphasizes, the acceptance of each other and the creation of unity at camp between everyone. This is something Or sees as very special and uniqueIn addition, the importance camp places in loving Israel is very important for him.  Or is looking forward to maintaining this idea and empowering the mishlachat (delegation) with it!