• From the Desk of OSRUI Associate Director, Susan Alexander

    I happened to be in Tzofim the other morning and came upon “Survival Chug,” in session.  There were some very happy campers learning how to build fires under the supervision of some well – trained madrichim.  The winning fire was pretty amazing – built by Emma, an entering 7th grader, and her team! I wasn’t […]


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  • The Wheels on the Bike Go Round and Round…..

    Let’s check in on Tour L’Agam as they made their way to Michigan!


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  • ANYONE SEEN THE GESHER?

      The familiar Jewish song claims that Gesher Tzar Miod…that the world is a narrow bridge.  The eidah-unit Gesher at Camp is building a wide and sturdy bridge to the future.  Our program is imbued with opportunities to learn about Judaism and leadership and where the two intersect.  These youngsters are the next generation.  They are […]


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  • When You Wish Upon a Kochav

    by Rabbi Ilana Baden, senior associate rabbi at Temple Chai in Long Grove, IL, and Chalutzim segel Chalutzim’s Very Disney Evening Service The pride of Chalutzim is its immersive Hebrew experience.  For seven weeks, campers speak Rak Ivrit (only Hebrew)—not only during the formal Hebrew instruction period, but also during meals, social activities, and t’fillot […]


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  • Festikayitz 2016

    By Hila Zrihen, Rosh Eidah of Chalutzim So what is the FESTIKAITZ you are probably asking yourself? I’ll tell you! Festikaitz is the big program that Chalutzim leads for the rest of camp to teach about everyone Israel, about its geography, history, and culture. This time, we hosted an all camp amazing race around camp […]


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  • MOSH ON ROCKY TOP!

    by Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler, the senior rabbi at Temple Judea Mitzpah in Skokie, IL, and Mosh Bet Segel Rock Climbing is a Team Sport “Can I trust you?” This is a question that chanichim (campers) on the Moshavah Rock Climbing Tiyul (trip) asked of one another aloud –if not to themselves–as they ventured up the […]


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  • Day at the Museum!

    Milwaukee Art Museum, Here Tiferet Comes!


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  • Our Isaac and Samson

    Our very own Gesher madrichim (counselors) Isaac and Samson were featured in the most recent edition of the The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, documenting their upbringing, their kehila kedosha (sacred community) back home in Uganda, and their new summer kehila kedosha here at URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute OSRUI! http://www.jewishchronicle.org/2016/07/29/the-best-thing-i-have-in-my-life/


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  • TORAH, TORAH, TORAH, TORAH!

    On Shabbat morning, OSRUI had the wonderfully unique opportunity to come together as an entire machane (camp), better, as a kehila (community) to bless, dedicate, and welcome a new Torah to camp with song, dance, and ruach.  Generously donated to camp by Rick and Perri Courtheoux, we gathered together to march the Torah into t’filot under a […]


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