Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) is our regional summer camp for the Reform Movement. Rabbi Serotta and Vanessa M. Ehrlich serve on faculty each summer and serve on the faculty planning committee, and each have sent their children there as campers and counselors. They also spend a few weeks every summer working in a unit with campers and counselors. It is a camp we know well that we recommend with our whole hearts.
Since we are a Reform Congregation, and because we know OSRUI so well, we feel very comfortable providing scholarships to OSRUI Campers. The Camp itself has a campership fund and there are other opportunities through the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. The program One Happy Camper is available for first time attendees of Jewish summer camp. Special scholarship opportunities come up from time to time. If you are interested in a campership, please contact Vanessa M. Ehrlich for more information.
OSRUI is a beautiful facility on Lac LaBelle in Wisconsin, just 100 miles from here. It has all the typical camp facilities, pool and lake, horseback riding, and archery. There is a camp garden and farm, an Alpine ropes course, drama, dance, art, media production, boating and water skiing. Camp trips involve canoeing, biking, hiking and rock climbing. There is even a summer long bike ride around Lake Michigan for high school students. Programs for 2, 4, 7 or 8 weeks foster independence and growth and you will be happy to see the difference when your children come home from camp. Many studies tell us that summer camp is the best growth experience we can give our children, and that the experience of going to Jewish summer camp builds lifelong Jewish identity. We hope you will consider sending your children to OSRUI!
The Reform Movement has several other regional and national camps including a Science Camp, an Arts Camp, and a High School Leadership experience. Get in touch with Vanessa M. Ehrlich if you are interested in these alternative experiences.