Solly (he/him/his) is a former OSRUI camper, counselor, unit head, and assistant director, and became OSRUI’s 10th director in 2017.
Solly believes that summer camp is the place where Judaism comes alive, friendships are made for life, and young people have a supportive environment in which to grow. Solly leads our professional staff team, lay leadership, and synagogue partners to continue the magic that has existed in Oconomowoc since 1952.
Prior to rejoining the OSRUI team, Solly worked as a management consultant advising companies on business strategy. He previously worked for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) in multiple roles. His time at the URJ included stints in Washington D.C. at the Religious Action Center (RAC), and in New York City leading the planning and implementation of the URJ’s largest programs for adults and youth.
A native Midwesterner, Solly has a BA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business, and is a Wexner Foundation Field Fellow.
During the summer, Solly can frequently be found cheering on our campers and staff, playing basketball with a group of kids, or helping to lead a campfire song session with his guitar.
Reach out to Solly to connect, share feedback about camp, and to be a part of sustaining OSRUI for the future.
Beth’s (she/her/hers) Jewish journey and love for camp started right here in Oconomowoc as a toddler. A long-time camper, staff member, unit head and faculty member at both OSRUI and the URJ Kutz Camp, she has been an active member of the Reform movement for as long as she can remember! Beth is a proud alum of another great Wisconsin institution – University of Wisconsin in Madison and holds a Masters in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus College in Chicago. In building on her favorite time at camp (six summers in Moshavah), Beth spent a year pursuing her passions for adventure and teaching as an outdoor education instructor in Southern California. Beth lives in Skokie with her husband Sam, their sons Charlie, Joey, and Micah.
Reach out to Beth about community partnerships, year-round engagement opportunities, general camp questions, and to swap stories about where you were when you watched the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series.
Alexandra (she/her/hers) believes that camp has the power to create transformative life experiences for campers and staff while building for a strong Jewish future. She works passionately with all stake holders in our community to create meaningful opportunities for their involvement and investment in OSRUI.
Before joining the full-time staff as Director of Development at OSRUI, Alex was the Assistant Director of the Women’s Division of the Jewish United Fund in Chicago, the Associate Director of the Midwest Region of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Director of Development at The Cove School, a school for children with complex learning disabilities.
Alex first attended (and felt the magic of) OSRUI 25 years ago. It was through camp that she met her husband Darin, also an OSRUI alum. They are now proud parents of 3 happy OSRUI campers.
Reach out to Alex with questions about major gifts, capital campaign, annual campaign, and alumni relations.
Assistant Director – Camp care and enrollment
Debbie’s (she/her/hers) goal is to create a space where every camper can be successful at camp. She works on the OSRUI professional staff team year-round, and in the summer leads the OSRUI Camp Care team, which helps problem solve camper and staff 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’s Degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). When she’s not at camp, Debbie enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. Debbie brings years of experience working with all ages in a range of settings as a social worker and psychotherapist. She lives in Minnetonka, MN, with her husband, Rabbi David Locketz, and their two daughters, who both have grown up at camp and continue to spend their summers at OSRUI.
Reach out to Debbie to talk about preparing for camp and how we can accommodate your camper’s needs during the summer.
Dylan (he/him/his) has been spending his summers boating on Lac La Belle and climbing Etgar since he was a young camper in 2004. One of his favorite parts of camp is seeing campers learn and grow each summer. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities with degrees in Business and Marketing Education, Jewish Studies, and Hebrew, Dylan worked in Bloomington, Indiana, as a Springboard Innovation Fellow at Indiana University Hillel. Joining the year round staff in 2018, Dylan has loved getting the chance to work for a place that has impacted him and so many other Reform Jews so profoundly. Plus, continuing to spend summers racing down waterslides and riding horses isn’t bad either.
Reach out to Dylan with questions about the summer staff application, camp programming, general questions or to talk about your favorite restaurant in Chicago.
Community Outreach Associate
Julianne (she/her/hers) loves camp and can’t wait to tell you all about it! She is passionate about sharing the joy and power of Jewish camping and loves to welcome first-time campers and their families to camp.
After spending three summers at OSRUI as a Counselor and Drama Specialist she served as a Teaching Artist and Camp Director at the Second City Training Center in Chicago and earned a BFA in Theatre Studies with a concentration in Theater for Young Audiences from The Theatre School at DePaul University. During a recent hiatus from Chicago winters, she spent three years in Los Angeles, as the founding Assistant Director turned Camp Director at Havaya Arts – a Jewish overnight arts camp.
Julianne enjoyed six summers as a camper at URJ Greene Family Camp and can be found proudly wearing Texas t-shirts in the summer. Not having spent her summers at OSRUI as a camper, she still gets to try new activities each summer, and is still waiting for an invitation to go on her first Mosh trip.
You can reach out to Julianne for questions about registration, communications and marketing, and for her recipe for perfect microwaved s’mores.
business and operations associate, midwest hub
Allisa (she/her/hers) has had a long-time connection with OSRUI. From participating in her temple retreats to being a camper to attending and then staffing NFTY Kallot (retreats), each time she pulls through the gates of OSRUI she feels like she is at home.
In joining the full-time staff at OSRUI, Allisa is bringing with her 25 years of camping and administrative experience from the JCC of Chicago. Allisa and her husband Kevin, have been the co-Youth Group Directors of the Jew Crew at Congregation Or Shalom for the past 14 years. Allisa with Kevin, their two girls, Baylee and Piper, and two cats Kylo and Stormy live in Vernon Hills, IL. Other than OSRUI, her family’s favorite places to visit are Disney World and Disneyland.
Reach out to Allisa with any Accounting, Bookkeeping & Financial questions or if you are looking for advice in planning a Disney Vacation!
Development & Retreat Center Manager
Emma Kaplan (she/her/hers) first experienced the magic of OSRUI as a Kallah camper in 2004 and spent the next 13 summers as a camper, counselor, and specialist. After graduating from the University of Denver with a BA in Geography she moved to State College, Pennsylvania where she worked in engagement, leadership, and development at Penn State Hillel for three years.
Emma spent the past two years back in Chicago working as the educational experience producer for The iCenter and she is happy to now be a part of the year-round team at OSRUI. In addition to furthering her love for the teva and camp, she is also working towards her Master’s in Business Management from Michigan State University. For Emma, the magic of OSRUI happens all year long through camp, retreats, weddings and more.
Reach out to Emma for any retreat, wedding, or event questions. She’s also always happy to talk about the Chicago Cubs!
physical plant manager
For more than three decades Joe (he/him/his) has cared for the buildings and grounds at camp as if they were his own. Each week he and his staff prepare camp to welcome our retreat guests and before the summer they ensure that every building and activity area is ready for campers. Joe also oversees construction projects, working with lay leaders as well as the architects and builders. Joe’s wife Katie also worked at camp for many years, as did their children.
Board of Governors
Marla Kell Brown
Rabbi Richard Prass
Honorary Board Members
Emily Berman Crane
Rabbinic, Educator, cantorial committee
Rabbi David Locketz
Rabbi Phyllis Sommer
Rabbi Michael Weinberg
Rabbi Max Weiss
Rabbi Simcha Bob
Rabbi Rachel Heaps
Rabbi Jody Cook
Cantor Jennifer Frost
Rabbi Ari Margolis
Rabbi Richard Prass