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Heichal HaTarbut Kaye

A purposeful space for community, worship and performance.

The power of camp is community.  For generations of summers, OSRUI has been a vibrant place, infused with ruach (spirit), Jewish learning and a deep sense of community.

OSRUI has grown each year, now bringing over 1000 campers and nearly 300 staff and faculty to camp every summer. This great success has also created a significant challenge. We have outgrown the indoor locations designed for our community to gather together in all camp worship, song sessions, talent shows, concerts and theatrical performances. These are the impactful camp moments when our community truly comes alive.  The need is so great that our only possible indoor venues able to handle the full camp at this time are the sports center and dining hall, neither of which were designed for the sound, staging, comfort and acoustics necessary to maximize the power of these meaningful experiences.

The new Heichal HaTarbut Kaye [Kaye Cultural Center] is located in the heart of camp, positioned in close proximity to the dining hall and Daniel M. Soref Center. This creates a central campus, easily accessible to all and provides enhanced facilities for year-round adult and family programming, retreats and special events.  The building takes advantage of camp’s beautiful natural setting by bringing the outdoors in, with large glass windows. The design and architecture matches the surrounding buildings, creating a cohesive central campus. The lobby is a wide-open space, filled with light. Break-out rooms off the lobby allow for small and large group programming.  The main hall is designed with an information bimah on one side and an elevated performance stage on the other.

The bimah is inherently designed to create a comfortable, informal and inspirational worship experience for all.  The high-quality performance stage is fully equipped with the lighting, video and sound necessary to provide an opportunity for full music, dance, and theater productions. This enables us to greatly increase the quality of performances we create at camp.

The Kaye Family.  The building is named in honor of Jerry and Paula Kaye, who created and nurtured a vibrant Jewish living environment at OSRUI for 48 summers during Jerry’s tenure as director.  Their vision and dedication helped countless campers and staff find their Jewish identity and experience joy through singing, worship, lifelong friendships and fun.  The Heichal HaTarbut Kaye is an opportunity to honor the past while building for the future. It is a one-of-a-kind building, celebrating a one-of-a-kind legacy.