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Some Families Hand Camp Down Across Generations

by Rob Golub, from the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

When Karen Berk, now the director of administration at Congregation Sinai in Fox Point, attended overnight summer camp at OSRUI in the 1970s and ‘80s, it was where she developed her sense of Jewish identity.

“It was a place where I was able to figure out who I was,” she said. “I have lifelong friends from there.”

Now, her twins, Lydia and Nason Lancina, 15, both Whitefish Bay High School students, are both attending camp at OSRUI and loving it.

Like a chachka handed down from a mother’s dining room cabinet to her daughter’s, some parents hand down the summer camp that captured their Jewish heart.  Of course, OSRUI, the Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, is no chachka. It’s one of a handful of sprawling summer camps around the nation run by the Union for Reform Judaism.

Karen would have understood if the kids had wanted to go to a different camp, or at least she would have really tried to understand. “It was OSRUI that I really wanted them to go to,” she admitted.

“It’s like a second home,” said Nason.

“I love it so much,” said Lydia

Read the full article in the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle.