If the session you want is FULL, please email the office to be put on the wait list:  osrui@urj.org

OSRUI offers programs for children entering grades 2 through 12. Our sessions range in length from 5 days to 7 weeks, and focus on specific areas of interest, including Kibbutz life, the arts, Hebrew immersion, outdoor challenge, and more! Learn more by clicking on one of the programs

ALEPH BET GIMMEL ATID
Entering Gr. 3-5
Two Weeks
June 19 - July 2
Full for Girls
Entering Gr. 3-5
Two Weeks
July 3 - July 16
Entering Gr. 4-6
Three Weeks
July 18- Aug. 6
Waterskiing is Full
Entering Gr. 2-3
5 Days
Aug. 9 - Aug. 13

Kallah2As a Kallah camper you will experience all the fun of summer camp! Your days will be filled with swimming, sports (baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, and lots more!), electives (photography, dance, drama, visual arts, media, nature, and sports), Hebrew, and a chance to express your own ideas. Campers may sign up for horseback riding or waterskiing, too. And everyone gets a chance to climb our 5-story Alpine Tower and high ropes course! Kallah campers live in a cabin with 2 counselors and about 12 other campers of their grade.

Kallah1Kallah Atid, a five-day session at the end of the summer, is for our youngest, first-time campers and is designed to give them a Taste of OSRUI! In order to give as many campers as possible an introduction to OSRUI, preference is given to first-time campers. If there are any spots open after February 1st, they may be made available to returning Atid campers or entering 4th graders, although the program is really designed for younger children.

ALEPH BET GIMMEL
Entering Grades 4 - 7
Two Weeks
June 19 - July 2
Entering Grades 4 - 7
Two Weeks
July 3 - July 16
Entering Grades 5- 7
Four Weeks
July 18 - August 13
Full for Girls
Waterskiing is Full

ITzofimn Kibbutz HaTzofim the outdoors really comes alive for you. If you are independent and love the outdoors . . . if you are willing to take on part of the responsibility for camp life in helping with the garden, taking care of the rabbits, chickens, and goats, helping prepare meals, and building a campfire . . . then Kibbutz HaTzofim is the place for you this summer.

Every day in Tzofim is also filled with swimming, sports, electives (photography, dance, drama, visual arts, media, and nature), Hebrew, and lots more! Campers may sign up for horseback riding or waterskiing, too. And you will get a chance to climb our 5-story Alpine Tower and high ropes course! Tzofim is designed for campers who are independent and really enjoy the outdoors and living in a rustic environment. Tzofim campers live in a large, cabin-size tent (sleeping on bunk beds) with 2 counselors and about 10 other campers of their grade. Seventh graders in Tzofim Gimmel go on an overnight canoe or hiking trip. Our Tzofim Gimmel campers also produce and star in the incredible all-camp talent show, Oconomostock!

ALEPH BET GIMMEL
Entering Gr. 6-8
Two Weeks
June 19 - July 2
Full for Boys 
Entering Gr. 7-9
Two Weeks
July 3 - July 16
Entering Gr. 7-9
Four Weeks
July 18- Aug. 13

Gesher1Gesher is designed to give you the ultimate OSRUI experience: more electives (we call them chugim), going on field trips, preparing and hosting the all-camp Carnival in Gesher Gimmel, and emphasizing your role as a member of a community.

As a Gesher camper, you have two chugim each day – you get to choose from sports*, sailing, nature, drama, photography, cooking and lots more. There are some electives offered only to Gesher campers, including leadership (open to all 9th graders, and 8th graders if space permits). And you can switch mid-session and have the opportunity to try different things.

The field trips in Gesher are the best! In the past, campers have gone to places like a baseball game, the zoo, the Wisconsin Dells, on a day-long hiking adventure, and to local shelters and food pantries to do mitzvah projects.  New this year!  Gesher Gimmel campers entering 8th or 9th grades have the option of going on a 3-day rock climbing trip.

The Carnival is the highlight of the last week of camp! Every Gesher Gimmel camper is involved in choosing the theme, creating different booths, and then actually running the Carnival. With inflatable obstacle courses, cotton candy, a dunk tank, and golf cart rides, the Carnival is an awesome way to end the summer.

Gesher2aWhen you’re not on a field trip or planning the Carnival or enjoying all your chugim, there are activities designed to emphasize your role in the Gesher community. Gesher is the Hebrew word for “Connection,” and these programs help you create the connections with other campers that will allow you to become a stronger leader, a stronger team member, a stronger member of the Jewish community, and a stronger you.

*OSRUI offers a variety of sports including basketball, archery, softball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, a golf driving range, and lots more!

Entering Grades 6-8
4 Weeks
June  19 - July 16

Tiferet AlephTiferet is one of the only residential camp programs in North America that combines the study of the arts with a focus on Jewish themes and Jewish living. Campers also have the opportunity to experience all the fun of summer camp, including sports, swimming, climbing our 5-story Alpine Tower and high ropes course, horseback riding and waterskiing!

Tiferet Aleph is designed for those campers with a special interest in the arts. Our extraordinary artists will help you to develop your talent, improve your skills, and enhance your ability to express yourselves in your art.  In addition, Tiferet counselors are specially selected based on their experience in the arts as well as their desire and ability to work with talented campers.

Major Studio:  When registering, you'll be asked to indicate your major area of interest: Dance, Instrumental Music, Theater Arts, or Visual Arts. Space is limited in each specialty area.  You will spend at least two hours each day in your chosen studio.  Click here for a description of the studios.

Minor Studio and Electives. When you get to camp, you'll be able to select your minor studio, where you can try a different studio (dance, music, theater, or visual arts) or activity (such as photography, digital arts, or creative writing). You'll have an elective as well (we call them chugim), where you'll chose from sports, cooking, teva (nature), and lots more!

You’ll also be involved in producing and performing in the Star-Spangled Mesibah, the all-camp talent show!  Tiferet Aleph campers are asked for a brief summary of their interest and experience; this form is available below.

Tiferet Supplementary Application


Why Choose Tiferet?
Though every unit at camp promises to be awesome, Tiferet provides a unique opportunity, combining three different elements into an amazing summer: Art, Camp, and Judaism. As a Tiferet camper, you'll be able to expand your skills and creativity within your own art focus. At the same time, you'll have multiple opportunities to explore other art forms and grow as an artist. If that isn't enough, you'll get to enjoy all the fun of being at a summer camp, from the beautiful pool to the high ropes course to making s'mores by the campfire. Lastly, using different media, you'll explore the values that Judaism teaches. We hope that as you explore your options for this summer, you consider coming to Tiferet for a truly amazing experience!!

Entering Grades 8-11
4 Weeks
July 18 - August 13

Tiferet Bet BTiferet is one of the only residential camp programs in North America that combines the study of the arts with a focus on Jewish themes and Jewish living. Campers also have the opportunity to experience all the fun of summer camp, including sports, swimming, climbing our 5-story Alpine Tower and high ropes course, horseback riding and waterskiing!

Tiferet Bet is designed for those campers with a real passion for the arts. Our extraordinary artists will help you to develop your talent, improve your skills, and enhance your ability to express yourselves in your art.  In addition, Tiferet counselors are specially selected based on their experience in the arts as well as their desire and ability to work with talented campers.

Major Studio.  When registering, you'll be asked to indicate your major area of interest: Dance, Instrumental Music, Theater Arts, or Visual Arts. Space is limited in each specialty area.  You'll spend at least three hours each day in your chosen studio.  Studio time will be spent on improving your skills individually and our gifted and supportive staff will help you find your own level of excellence.  Click here for a description of the studios.

Minor Studio.  You'll also have additional time during the day when you can try a different studio/activity (dance, music, theater, visual arts, digital arts, photography, or creative writing) or continue in your chosen area.  You'll decide this when you get to camp.

In addition, Tiferet Bet focuses on production in the performing arts and exhibition in the visual arts. The session closes with an extraordinary program to which we invite parents: The Tiferet Performances and Art Exhibition, held on Saturday afternoon before closing day - August 12th.

Tiferet Bet campers are asked to submit a brief summary of their interest and experience as well as a teacher's recommendation. Those forms are available below.

Tiferet Supplementary Application
Tiferet Bet Teachers Recommendation Form

A note for vocalists...
Our music program is designed for anyone with a passion for music. Campers who consider voice to be their main instrument are welcome to join Music Studio. A vocalist in Music Studio would be practicing voice and vocal techniques during individual practice time and would be expected to musically and creatively contribute to group projects with voice. Vocalists who also play instruments are encouraged to bring their instruments to camp. In addition to the Supplementary Application and Teacher’s Recommendation Form, vocalists are required to interview via phone with our Music Specialist. Your interview will be scheduled after we receive those forms.

Why Choose Tiferet?
Though every unit at camp promises to be awesome, Tiferet provides a unique opportunity, combining three different elements into an amazing summer: Art, Camp, and Judaism. As a Tiferet camper, you'll be able to expand your skills and creativity within your own art focus. At the same time, you'll have multiple opportunities to explore other art forms and grow as an artist. If that isn't enough, you'll get to enjoy all the fun of being at a summer camp, from the beautiful pool to the high ropes course to making s'mores by the campfire. Lastly, using different media, you'll explore the values that Judaism teaches. We hope that as you explore your options for this summer, you consider coming to OSRUI and in particular Tiferet for a truly amazing experience!!

ALEPH BET
Entering Grades 8-10
4 Weeks
June 19 - July 16
FULL.
Entering Grades 9-11
4 Weeks
July 18 - August 13
Almost full for girls.

MoshMoshavah is designed for those campers who love the outdoors and are prepared to face personal challenges in both thought and action. As a Moshavah camper, you will live in a tent with ten or twelve other teens and two counselors and participate in planning the program, with personal responsibility for each part of the day. Specially trained staff and faculty members will supervise and help you and your fellow Mosh campers as everyone participates in two or three multi-day trips: rock-climbing expeditions, backpacking, canoeing, and biking.

Recommendation Form: Applicants to this program must submit a recommendation from their rabbi (or other clergy) or a middle school or high school teacher. Print out the Recommendation Form below. Fill out the top portion of the form and then give it to the person who is recommending you. The form can be faxed or scanned and emailed to our office, or you may want to include a stamped envelope addressed to OSRUI's Deerfield office.

Moshavah Recommendation Form

Entering Grades 10-12
7 Weeks
June 19 - August 6

ChalutzimAs a Chalutzim camper you will live and learn in a dynamic and unique intensive Hebrew-speaking environment. You'll have the chance to assume real responsibility for the development of the program activities. You'll explore your connection with the land and language of the Jewish people. The Chalutzim program is a total immersion Hebrew program. In one summer, campers typically achieve the equivalent of an entire semester of public high school language ability. Applicants must have completed at least four years of Hebrew school.

Entrance Examination. Chalutzim campers must take an entrance exam. The Study Packet is available below and on your CampInTouch Forms Dashboard.  The test will be given February 8, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at several congregations; please fill out the Test Reservation Form no later than January 13, 2017.  You may also take the test with your school counselor or at your school's testing center.  You may not take the test at your synagogue or with your high school Hebrew teacher.

Recommendation Form. Applicants must also submit a recommendation from their rabbi (or other clergy) or a high school teacher.  Fill out the top portion of the form and give it to the person who will be recommending you. The recommendation form can be faxed or scanned and emailed to our office, or you may want to include a stamped envelope addressed to OSRUI's Deerfield office.

Recommendation Form - Chalutzim
Chalutzim Study Packet

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Sunday, July 16 - Parents and siblings are invited to join us for Yom Horim (Chalutzim Visitors Day), which generally runs from 11:00 a.m. until about 4:00 p.m. There are special activities and presentations along with lots of time to spend visiting with your camper. More information will be emailed to you after opening day.

Note: Chalutzim campers traditionally plan a reunion immediately after the session ends. The reunion is called "3-Day" because it is held on Wednesday, three days after camp ends. OSRUI is not involved in the planning of this reunion at all. But we wanted to let you know so you could make appropriate travel plans when the time comes.

Entering Grades 10-12
4 Weeks
July 18-Aug 13
FULL

The only trip of its kind, Tour La’Agam (Tour to the Lake) is a spectacular bicycle ride on the Lake Michigan shoreline. You will bike hundreds of miles as you explore the byways, forests, dunes, and the simple enormity and beauty of the lake.

Tour La’Agam is a traveling community that builds itself a little more each day. Your first several days will be spent in camp, training and preparing for the trip, as well as visiting the Trek bicycle factory in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Then you will set off northeast, meeting the lake near Sheboygan. From there you will make your way north to legendary Door County, ferry over to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, head south through the Straits of Mackinac to the Lower Peninsula, and then ferry back to Wisconsin. You will feel the thrill of the last bike leg of the trip as you pedal right back into Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute, with the camp community celebrating your return!

Services are part of each day and Jewish learning directed toward a better understanding of ecology and the land will round out your experience. Of course Shabbat, the highlight of the week, will be a well-deserved day of rest and community. This remarkable ride will be a celebration of the power of the lake and its vitality as well as an exploration of your physical, emotional, and spiritual self.

Tour La’Agam will be led by an experienced bicycle tour guide, along with other specially trained staff. Each night will be spent camping out in tents at campgrounds along the way. A van for support and gear will accompany the group. Bicycles will be provided by OSRUI, as will tents and cooking gear. Personal gear will be the responsibility of each participant. A separate gear list will be available in the Spring.

Participants in this program must be prepared to ride up to 50-60 miles each day, and thus must be in very good physical condition with no medical limitations of back, leg or ankle.

Recommendation Form:  Applicants must submit a Recommendation Form from your rabbi (or other clergy) or a high school teacher.  Fill out the top portion of the form and then give it to the person who will be recommending you. The forms can be faxed or scanned and emailed to our office, or you may want to include a stamped envelope addressed to OSRUI's Deerfield office.

Recommendation Form - Tour La'Agam

An unforgettable four weeks of personal discovery, hiking and exploration in Israel with friends from camp and NFTY. Walk the corridors of the Old City of Jerusalem, float in the Dead Sea, hike Masada and be immersed in the warmth and uniqueness of Israel. For more information, visit NFTYIsrael.org/camps/OSRUI.

TEEN PROGRAMS (GRADES 9 TO 12)

OSRUI's NFTY in Israel trip | entering grade 11
An unforgettable four weeks of personal discovery, hiking and exploration in Israel. Walk the corridors of the Old City of Jerusalem, float in the Dead Sea, hike Masada and be immersed in the warmth and uniqueness of Israel with friends from camp and NFTY.
URJ Kutz Camp | entering grades 10 to 12
Kutz brings together hundreds of the most talented and committed Reform Jewish teen leaders for a summer of fun and learning. Teens customize their own program focusing on developing skills in leadership, Jewish learning, social justice and the arts.
URJ Mitzvah Corps | entering grades 10 to 12
Expand your comfort zone and make a difference. Volunteer and immerse yourself in a new community in Central America, Israel and throughout North America as you learn about the people and culture of these communities. Be a change-maker through Mitzvah Corps’ unique hands-on experiences.