Summers at OSRUI

One of Etz Chaim’s own, Audrey Honig, was recently chosen as a Rosh Eidah, unit head, at OSRUI. Audrey is the daughter of Rob and Lisa Honig and is a junior at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI. We are so proud of her and her many accomplishments! I asked Audrey to tell us about her love for all things OSRUI.

What are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to those little moments when a new camper decides that they just love OSRUI! I also can't wait to see the moments when a new counselor finds the way that they can shine in their job. These moments can happen all over the place, and Kallah is absolutely full of them.

Why did you want Kallah?
I think Kallah is one of the most important eidot (units) at OSRUI because it is the place of many "first camp memories." It was the first place I have been without my parents, my first place of making camp friends, and my first experience of Shabbat at camp! I want to help organize the behind-the-scenes magic that makes these new experiences possible.

How has camp impacted the rest of your life?
OSRUI has made me far more likely to try new things with passion. As a chanichah (camper), OSRUI helped me come out of my shell and make lots of friends, even though I was very nervous to be there at first. And as a madrichah (counselor), I have become comfortable speaking in front of a group and planning activities that make Judaism feel exciting. This willingness to try new things helps me outside of camp all the time. I'm thankful for that.

How many years have you been a part of OSRUI?
This will be my 13th summer at OSRUI and my 5th as a staff member.

What's your favorite activity/event at camp?
I love all of the Shabbat traditions at camp, especially at Shabbat Shira (our all-camp song session). I also can't wait for our Kallah tradition of facepaint on Fridays!

What else are you involved in at Kalamazoo College?
One of my favorite things at college is Hillel, the Jewish student organization, because we have such a close community there. I also play flute in my school's orchestra and work with the local Young Adult Program, which creates social spaces for adults on the autism spectrum.

Are you interested in sending your child to OSRUI this summer? Do you have questions about sessions, availability, cost? Please contact either of the rabbis or me. Scholarships are available. Looking forward to seeing you in Oconomowoc!