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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] will be 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 will take advantage of camp’s beautiful natural setting by bringing the outdoors in, with large glass windows. The design and architecture will match the surrounding buildings, creating a cohesive central campus. The lobby will be 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 informal 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 will be fully equipped with the lighting, video and sound necessary to provide an opportunity for full music, dance, and theater productions. This will enable us to greatly increase the quality of performances we create at camp. We will be able to showcase our own OSRUI talent as well as provide a venue to host a wide variety of guest performers and concerts. 

The Kaye Family.  The building will be 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.

We need your help!  The time is now to build a new indoor space to hold us all, in rain or shine; a space for community gathering, meaningful programming and sacred time; a place with kavanah (intentionality).  The Heichal HaTarbut Kaye will be this place, a place where the power of camp comes alive.

Please join us to help make the vision of the Heichal HaTarbut Kaye a reality for our OSRUI community.

The Heichal HaTarbut Kaye is estimated to be a $3.8 million capital project with an additional $200,000 needed for ongoing maintenance. We will need the support of our full camp community at all levels, so we can open its doors for summer 2019.

Naming opportunities are available.  Gifts of more than $1,800 can be paid over multiple years.  Please be in touch with Alexandra Argentar or Denise Heimlich for more information.