Commemorate 48 Study Weekend at OSRUI

Please join us as we continue to "Commemorate 48"  with a very special

Adult Study Weekend


Jerry and Paula Kaye

September 8-10, 2017

Our esteemed faculty include: Rabbi Leora Kaye, Director of Program for the Union for Reform Judaism Ambassador David Saperstein, Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy for the Union for Reform Judaism Ambassador Daniel Shapiro, U.S. Ambassador to the State of Israel, 2011-2017 Dr. Gary P. Zola, Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) The scholars will present on themes from their personal fields and also speak about how Camp must prepare our campers for the new realities of America. Special Saturday night program:  Live Jazz with Shelley Yoelin and his quartet, featuring a new jazz version of Ma Tovu, followed by a campfire and storytelling. Join us for the weekend, or for Saturday only. Sponsorship opportunity is available as well.  Special rate for full-time students.  See the box on the right for pricing information.  Scroll down for more information on the faculty.  For more information on the program, see the Weekend Schedule.  This weekend is for adults 18 and over.

For more information, please contact Barbara Gordon at 847-239-6984 or

Tuition (double occupancy) of $500 per person includes meals from Shabbat dinner through Sunday breakfast, lodging for two nights, and all in-camp programming. Additional $100 single supplement for those requesting a single room.
Consider being a program sponsor for $1000 per person. Special benefits include a private reception with the speakers Rabbi Leora Kaye, Ambassador David Saperstein, Ambassador Daniel Shapiro and Dr. Gary P. Zola.
Accommodations are provided in the Soref Center, the Schaalman Lodge, and the Olin-Sang Bayit.
Tuition for Saturday day guests, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. of $175, includes breakfast and lunch.
Special rate for full-time students, 18 and over. Contact Barbara Gordon for information: 

How to Register
Online registration is available above by clicking on the registration button. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is filled. The registration form gives you the option of paying via credit card with Visa or MasterCard, or finalizing your registration by mailing a check made payable to OSRUI to: Commemorate 48 / OSRUI, 1121 Lake Cook Road, Suite D, Deerfield IL 60015. 
When you are filling out the registration form, if you do not see the "submit" button at the bottom, please try again with a different browser or device. You will receive a confirmation message via email. Check your junk or spam folder if you do not get a confirmation email promptly.

Rabbi Leora Kaye serves as Director of Program for the Union for Reform Judaism.  Her responsibilities include creative advancement of the core priorities of the Reform Movement: Tikkun Olam, Strengthening Congregations, Audacious Hospitality, and Youth. Previously she was the Director of Community Engagement at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan from 2004 to 2015, where she created inventive programs, including film programs, study sessions and seminars with dynamic speakers and coordinated the conversion program. She also worked as the Associate Director of Programming for Synagogue 2000.  Rabbi Kaye is the daughter of Jerry and Paula Kaye, and so literally grew up at OSRUI.  This was her daughter Galit’s first summer at OSRUI as an overnight camper.

Ambassador David Saperstein has served as the Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy for the Union for Reform Judaism since April of this year.  For two years before that, he served in the State Department as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, the nation’s top diplomat on religious freedom issues, working closely with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and continuing his long-term engagement with broad interfaith coalitions.  Selected by Newsweek magazine in 2009 as the most influential rabbi in the country and described in a Washington Post profile as the "quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill," Ambassador Saperstein served as the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) for 40 years, representing the Reform Movement to Congress and the Administration.

Ambassador Daniel Shapiro served as Ambassador to the State of Israel from 2011 to 2017.  Before arriving in Israel, Ambassador Shapiro was Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the National Security Staff at the White House, where he advised President Obama and other senior U.S. officials on all aspects of U.S. policy in the region. Prior to serving in the White House, he was Senior Policy Adviser for the Obama for America presidential campaign. He advised the campaign on Middle East policy and led then-Senator Obama's visit to Israel in July 2008.  Ambassador Shapiro spent much of his career working in senior positions in the United States Congress, with a focus on Middle East policy.  He hails from Champaign, Illinois, still lives in Israel, and is an OSRUI alum.

Dr. Gary P. Zola is the Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) and Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience & Reform Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati. In April 2011, Dr. Zola was appointed by President Obama to the Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad. Dr. Zola is the first faculty member of Hebrew Union College to receive such an appointment by a U.S. president. In 2006, Dr. Zola became the first American Jewish historian and the first American rabbi to receive appointment to the Academic Advisory Council of the congressionally recognized Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.  Dr. Zola is an OSRUI alum, having been a camper, staff member, and teller of the Hairyman story.

Accommodations are provided in the Schaalman Lodge, the Daniel M. Soref Education and Alumni Center and the Olin-Sang Bayit. All three buildings feature rooms with two twin beds and private baths -- a few Bayit rooms share baths with an adjoining room. The fee includes housing, meals, and all programming.

This event takes place at URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute, the regional camp of the Union for Reform Judaism in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, located between Milwaukee and Madison. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to camp. Driving directions are in the Quick Links in the upper right of this page. The nearest airport is Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Mitchell Field). For transit from the Milwaukee Airport to camp, we recommend GO Riteway which offers van service to the camp at a discounted rate from the Milwaukee Airport (Mitchell Field). If you are booking for more than one person, call 800-236-5450 for reservations with a group discount. The camp is also a 2-hour drive from O’Hare Airport in Chicago. 

There is a $75 cancellation fee. All cancellations must be made in writing. We regret we cannot give refunds for cancellations less than three days (72 hours) in advance of the program.