3rd & 4th Grade Family B’nai Mitzvah Retreat

Tara Patek

January 26, 2018 – January 28, 2018 all-day

3rd & 4th Grade Family B’nai Mitzvah Retreat January 26-28 at URJ Camp OSRUI in Oconomowoc, WI WITH SPECIAL GUEST JEWISH ROCK STAR RICK RECHT! www.rickrecht.com


As Rabbi Goldberg often says, the answer to many of life’s challenges can be found in Jewish wisdom and practice. In his book, “The Road to Character,” David Brooks says, “Greater emphasis is put on personal feelings as a guide to what is right and wrong. It’s not that people today are more selfish than people in the past, but we’ve lost the understanding of how character is built.”


The 3rd & 4th Grade Family B’nai Mitzvah Retreat will be an opportunity to explore how the B’nai Mitzvah experience at Temple Sholom is a step to Jewish living and becoming a mensch, while building community through getting away to enjoy Shabbat time together at camp. Rabbi Goldberg, Rabbi Conover, Rabbi Gellman, Cantor Ben-David and Jay Rapoport will facilitate the adult and family programs, with children’s programming led by our Youth Engagement Coordinator Caleb Bromberg.  There will be time for parents and children to connect, together and separately, with other families as well as our clergy, to enjoy relaxed meals, play games and learn together. Siblings of all ages welcome!  Log in & register online at sholomchicago.org/rsvp



Friday, January 26th depart by 4pm to arrive at OSRUI for Shabbat dinner at 7pm

Sunday, January 28th plan to depart camp around 10:30am to arrive back around 12:30pm

Meals, linens, towels and pillows are provided.

Each room has two twin beds. Children can stay in rooms with parents or in a separate room with 2 other children.

(or in their own room at additional $100 cost per person in single room)


Cost for Lodging & Meals*/**:

$200 per adult

$100 per child

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT of $50/family if registered & paid by Friday, December 22nd.


*up to family of four; no additional charge for 3rd child!

**Scholarships are available upon request


BYO nut-free snacks & alcohol for evenings


Suggested packing list: (sheets, towels, pillows and blankets provided)

  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 2 shirts or blouses
  • 1 sweater
  • *1 warm jacket
  • 2 pairs of shoes (one of which should be white soled sneakers to use in gym)
  • *1 pair of boots (a must if it snows)
  • *2 hats (if needed)
  • *2-3 pairs of gloves (if needed)
  • 1 pair of slippers
  • *5 pair socks (a must if it snows)
  • 4 sets of underwear
  • *scarves (if needed)
  • toiletries
  • kleenex
  • working flashlight
  • cameras and musical instruments (except drums) are welcome
  • water bottles


Parents should bring:

  • An object (or a picture or memory) from when you were “coming of age”
  • An object (or a picture or memory) from your Bar or Bat Mitzvah if you had one, or that reminds you of yourself at 13
  • A text that is meaningful to you today – could be prose, poetry, a song lyric, an article
  • Something Jewish that is meaningful to you (a text, a song, a picture, a story, an experience)



  • Dress is casual for the entire weekend including Shabbat.
  • Camp has sleds just in case of snow, no need to bring.
  • The gymnasium will be open in the mornings before breakfast and sports equipment will be available.
  • There is Wi-Fi at the camp.


Please direct any questions about the retreat to Jay Rapoport at Jay@sholomchicago.org