OSRUI and Reform Jewish Music
Generations of songleaders, clergy, educators, and lovers of music have gathered in Oconomowoc to learn, sing, and be together.
While OSRUI has a deep history of music in our summer camp program, OSRUI pioneered year-round music programs in 1992 with the creation of Hava Nashira by Debbie Friedman (z”l), Cantor Jeff Klepper and Jerry Kaye, among others. Hava Nashira is the premier Jewish worship and music conference of the Reform Movement, serving diverse populations from a variety of movements, communities, and congregations. Hava Nashira’s success over the years led to the creation of two additional music programs: Shabbat Shira and Machon Shira, offering different experiences for a range of attendees. Today’s Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira are run by Sing Unto God, a separate non-profit organization led by Cantor Rosalie Will. At OSRUI, we are thrilled to continue to be the home of these programs and look forward to the music made by participants filling the air in Oconomowoc year-round!