Dear OSRUI faculty,

Welcome to URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute!

We are so happy that you have agreed to serve on the segel (faculty) of URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) for Summer 2019. The faculty at OSRUI are one of the defining features of OSRUI and have had a profound impact on the camp program dating back to 1952. Read more ...


Arrival at Camp
Faculty should arrive by 4 pm the afternoon before they start working at camp. Arrival dates for the two-week sessions are: Sunday, June 16 -- Sunday, June 30 -- Monday, July 15 -- Sunday, July 28. Please ask the camp director or Rabbi Richard Prass, chair of the Rabbinic Advisory Committee, if you have questions.

Doctors and nurses usually start and end on Sunday mornings for orientation with the previous week’s medical staff.

We regret we do not have space to house faculty or staff who would like to arrive early or stay beyond the close of their session.

There will be an orientation every two weeks for the arriving faculty, and you are invited! This is an opportunity for everyone to meet one another before the session starts.

You will receive a welcome email a few days before your arrival at camp that confirms the time of the orientation, gives arrival instructions, and your room assignment.

All faculty and adult staff living in the Lodge, Soref Center, and Bayit must fill out the below Faculty/Staff Info Form. If you want your honorarium applied to your children who will be day campers or overnight campers, you must fill out this form by February 15. If you don't have children who will be day campers or overnight campers, please fill out this form by April 15. Even if you have filled out faculty/staff forms in previous years, we still need updated contact information from you, exact arrival and departure dates, info so that we can apply your honorarium appropriately, and the other information.  Thank you!

Faculty Handbook -- This is the 2018 handbook; the 2019 edition will be available mid-January.

Fill out the Volunteer Disclosure form and return to Susan Alexander, salexander@urj.org.

Read the Faculty Honorarium Policy 2019, then fill out the Faculty/Staff Information form so that your child/ren's account/s may be credited. Questions? Contact OSRUI's business manager at jsandoval@urj.org.

Some suggestions you may find helpful -- a Segel Packing List compiled by faculty.

Day Campers and Chaverim

Day Campers -- your children who are one grade level younger or the same age as the youngest campers in Kallah may be day campers in that unit. Day campers must be registered through CampMinder on the OSRUI website just as overnight campers are. Read about Day Camper Registration, then contact Rachel Lyon at rlyon@urj.org if you have questions.

Chaverim -- OSRUI's program for faculty and staff children too young to be regular or day campers. Chaverim are two years younger than regular campers or younger. During weeks 1-4 of camp, Chaverim is for children entering 1st grade and younger, and during weeks 5-8 of camp, Chaverim is for children entering 2nd grade and younger. Your child’s babysitter is expected to attend the Chaverim program with him or her. For more information, download the Faculty Handbook.

If You Have Children, whether they are regular campers, day campers, or chaverim, please read this useful information.

Download Babysitter Letters and Registration Form, fill out the form, and ask your sitter (or their parent if the sitter is under 18) to sign the release form and return all to our Deerfield office (OSRUI babysitter forms, 1121 Lake Cook Rd, Suite D, Deerfield IL 60015 or scan to osruiprograms@urj.org).

The URJ requires all those in residence at camp for longer than a weekend to submit a completed URJ Camp Medical Form in advance of your arrival, which are kept on file. This form is also required for your spouse, your children who are too young to be overnight or day campers, and your babysitter. You must also fill out the online health form in CampMinder for your children who are overnight or day campers.

URJ Vaccine Statement on Vaccine Status of Campers, Staff, Faculty, and their families attending URJ Camps and Israel Programs.