Whether it’s through the friendships, tefilah (prayer),
or song-filled campfires, Jewish summer camp has a way of creating magical
experiences and lasting relationships for almost everyone who signs up.
Olin-Sang-Ruby-Union Institute, or OSRUI, is no exception. OSRUI, a Reform
summer camp located in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin that functions as a second home to
many Chicagoland Jewish teens, manages to create memorable experiences summer
after summer. Heading into Summer 2018, though many parts of camp will stay the
same, there will be one new, exciting part: a new Camp Director.
See what OSRUI’s Camp Director, Solly Kane, (https://osrui.org/2017/09/05/greetings-osruis-new-director-solly-kane/)
had to say about his new role with OSRUI , a place that he, as a camper,
returned to year after year.
Growing up as a camper and staff member at OSRUI, the best day of the year was
when I’d pass through the gates on the first day of camp. I have vivid
memories of reuniting with old friends and meeting new people who quickly felt
like family. That day held all the powerful memories of previous summers and
the excitement of the summer ahead. When I drove through those gates, I always
knew I had come home.
on my first day as director, I am deeply appreciative of the many people who
built this community that so many call home. I am honored to follow Jerry Kaye,
who has so thoughtfully guided OSRUI since 1970. I hope you will join us
throughout the coming year as we honor Jerry and Paula and commemorate their 48
years of service to camp. In addition to Jerry, OSRUI is fortunate to have an
exceptional professional staff team, many of whom have been a part of the
community for years. I am looking forward to working with, and learning from,
this incredible group.
am excited to connect with today’s camp community, honor the traditions that
have made OSRUI special, and work to lead camp forward into its 67th summer and
beyond. OSRUI families are the heart of this community. I am excited to see
familiar faces and meet many of you for the first time. I value open
communication and transparency, and believe that by partnering with our
community we will continue to move camp forward. I hope you will not hesitate to
reach out to me with ideas or suggestions in the future, and I look forward to
sharing my ideas with you.
2017, summer camp is more important than ever before. It offers a rare
opportunity for young people to be present, unplug from technology, and explore
who they are as people and as Jews. I am committed to maintaining an atmosphere
where staff and campers are supported and challenged, and to ensuring our
community is welcoming and inclusive. I am also committed to providing
opportunities for camp and staff alumni to stay connected to camp throughout
the year. There are many lessons to learn from camp at all ages and stages of
life, and I look forward to creating experiences that bring OSRUI beyond the
summer for the wider community.
so many of us, OSRUI is not just a place, it is a feeling. As I arrived at the
camp office this morning I knew I was not just showing up for work, I was
coming home. Thank you for your support as we start to write the next chapter
of OSRUI’s history together and continue to make camp a home for so many