In addition to all the hard work Avodah does around camp, we also love evening programs (tochniyot erev)! These programs show how creative Avodanikim are in creating their own summer experience. Avodahnikim create their own small groups to plan and execute programs each day throughout our session. This group loves to be active, so we’ve played dodgeball, capture the flag, and rikudei am (Israeli dancing). Avodah has also enjoyed creating their own t’filah (prayer) experiences with the support of Rabbi Max Weiss and our songleader Maya. Interpretive yoga and creative writing t’filah are just two examples of what we’ve done so far to explore what t’filah can be. I’ve loved seeing how all of our Avodahnikim have grown and matured so far this session.
meet the Avodah Aleph rosh eidah (unit head)
Hi, my name is Ethan Stone and I’m Rosh Avodah this summer! This is my first summer at OSRUI, and I’ve loved learning about this camp and being so quickly welcomed by your children. Avodah is special as an eidah (unit) because it represents an important transition in one’s camp career. Campers have the camp experience created for them, and staff create it for their campers; in Avodah, your Avodahnikim enjoy crafting their own camp experience to prepare them to create it for others in coming summers.
meet the Avodah s’ganim (assistant unit heads)
Maya: Hi! My name is Maya G., I’m from Milwaukee, and I’m so excited to be one of Avodah’s s’ganim and a songleader this summer. This will be my 10th year at camp and my 5th year on staff. I am a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota with degrees in Elementary Education and Spanish Studies. I also have a pet tortoise named Luna!
Jacob: Hey, my name is Jacob W. and I am from Oak Park, Illinois. I was a camper for 8 years, and this is my 3rd year on staff. I am currently a junior studying business analytics at the University of Denver. In my free time, I like to ski, rock climb, and try new foods. It’s been a great summer so far and I can’t wait for the rest!