Many of our children attend summer sleepaway camp at OSRUI (Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute), the Reform Movement camp in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Many different sessions are offered to meet the needs and interests of our children. Students entering third grade through high-schoolers will find something to love at OSRUI. Sessions can last from two weeks to as long as seven weeks for Chalutzim, the intensive Hebrew session. Campers live in cabins or tents, depending on the unit and session they choose.
OSRUI provides a fun-filled camping experience within the context of Jewish living and learning. Nothing beats the Shabbat songfest and Israeli dancing at camp! Lifelong friendships grow and each child’s connection to Judaism is strengthened at OSRUI. Music, sports, worship, and many opportunities for fun fill the days and nights at camp.
Etz Chaim is proud to regularly send the largest contingent of campers to OSRUI from a mid-size congregation and one of the largest contingents from a congregation of any size!
Etz Chaim tries to make OSRUI affordable for any family in our congregation who desires to send a child to camp. We provide assistance through:
- The Robert Scott Samuels Fund: This donative fund provides a scholarship to any camper who requests one. Currently, campers attending the seven-week Chalutzim session receive $400 and campers attending all other sessions receive $300. For further information, contact the Youth Committee, which oversees this donative fund and the scholarships.
- The Jeremy Bruder Fund: This donative fund provides financial assistance on an as-needed basis to help our youth who wish to attend camp or participate in a trip to Israel. For further information, contact Rabbi Bob.
- Sara Erlich Fund: This donative fund provides scholarships for Tiferet Studio, a session for those entering grades 8-10 with a serious interest in the arts. This fund can provide a scholarship up to $1750.