Dear OSRUI Community,
In recent weeks, we have seen and heard from so many in our country, and community, who have faced racism and discrimination, and lost the lives of loved ones, because of the color of their skin. We say, unequivocally, that Black lives matter and that we, at OSRUI, are committed to antiracism and ending systemic oppression.
In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and the Religious Action Center (RAC), we are dedicated to the pursuit of a world that is more whole, just, and compassionate. We are committed to listening, to learning, and to working to make sure that OSRUI is a community and place where racism is not tolerated, in any form.
Deuteronomy 16:20 teaches “justice, justice, shall you pursue”. Camp is the place where we get to actually create the world that we aspire for. We are a place where we strive to teach young people how to interact with others, how to have tough conversations, and how to make the world a better place. It is clearer now than ever before the need for us, as a Jewish community, to work to create the world we aspire for, a world that pursues justice.
I have been moved this week to see many of our staff, faculty, and families standing up and speaking out for justice. Though we won’t be able to gather together this summer in Oconomowoc to do this important work together, we stand with all who have been subject to injustice and all who work for a better world, today and always.
Amos 5:24 says “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.” As we enter Shabbat tonight, I pray that our community can be part of a mighty stream of justice as we move into the future.