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“We sow the seeds of light to bring out the best of our noble selves.” (Psalms 97:11, adapted)

 

Jewish Camping 

We Support Jewish Camping 

Temple Sholom feels an obligation to support Jewish camping, long regarded as the best builder of positive Jewish identity.  
We are excited to share opportunities connected to Jewish camping provided by Temple Sholom in partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), including our beloved regional camp Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), located in Oconomowoc, WI, along with URJ 6 Points Arts, Sports and Sci-Tech Specialty camps. 
Quick links 

• www.OSRUI.org  
• www.URJCamps.org  
• www.jewishcamp.org
URJ Camp OSRUI strengthens our youth programming by providing an extension of our Reform youth culture, as well as an amazing setting for our Temple Sholom retreats and summer experiences. OSRUI is special to our clergy and educators who serve as summer Segel (faculty), and we hope that your family will consider it as “Sholom away from home” for you and your children. OSRUI is supported by all Reform synagogues in the region to connect our youth to each other, building an extended Midwestern Jewish community. 
Temple Sholom camp & retreat dates to keep in mind for the year: 
• “Yom Ruach” (Camp Spirit Day) at Temple Sholom 
A chance for our students to wear their camp gear (from any camp), play ga-ga (Israeli dodge ball) and learn about retreat and summer experiences at OSRUI and all our other amazing camps. 
• 5th-8th Grade Youth Retreat 
A weekend to strengthen connections to our community, deepen friendships and enjoy camp! 

• Orr Shalom High School Retreat 
Planned & led for teens by our Orr Shalom Youth Group Executive Board 

• JK- 4th Grade Mishpacha (Family) Camp Getaway 
Connect with other families, our clergy and staff while enjoying the magic of Shabbat at camp! 

• Shabbat Mishpacha feat. 1st & 2nd Grades 
Join us as we welcome a representative from OSRUI for family dinner and camp-themed services. 
Summer programs at OSRUI are offered for children entering grades 2 through 12, range in length from 5 days to 7 weeks, and focus on specific areas of interest including Kibbutz life, the arts, Hebrew immersion, outdoor challenge and more! Visit osrui.org for session details. 
OSRUI offers an array of opportunities to visit camp during the off season, from one-day programs to weekend retreats.  A tour of camp is offered during each event. Visit osrui.org/family for dates and details. 
Summer Camp Scholarships  
Please know that we never want cost to be a barrier. Temple Sholom provides financial support and generous incentive grants for attending OSRUI and other overnight Jewish camps through a standing scholarship commitment. Contact jay@sholomchicago.org by December 31 to learn more. OSRUI also offers scholarships on their website with a December 1 deadline for fall enrollment. Additional resources for Jewish camping and scholarships, both for new campers and now also $1000 for those attending 19+ nights for the first time, can be found at jewishcamp.org. Many camps also offer their own scholarships and they are often the best place to start. 
For new campers, Temple Sholom is happy to split the cost with you of OSRUI’s Kallah Atid trial sessions for rising 2nd-3rd graders.  
We are happy to meet with you to answer questions you may have about OSRUI. We believe that every Jewish child should experience the magic of Jewish camping and are thrilled that OSRUI and 6 Points offer high-quality experiences connected to the culture of our Reform community at Temple Sholom and beyond! Visit URJcamps.org to learn about Reform camping and jewishcamp.org to learn about other opportunities for Jewish camping.  
“As a parent of campers at both OSRUI and URJ 6 Points SciTech Academy (and someone who met his future spouse at a URJ camp!), I urge you to consider giving your children this most wonderful experience.  URJ camps have given my kids so much and set them on the path of leading vibrant and broad Jewish lives.  Over the years, they have had experiences living in tents, dorms and bunks.  They have water-skiied, blown things up using science, visited amusement parks with an eye on engineering, practiced Hebrew, made great friends and learned so much about themselves. URJ camping is a gift that we feel so fortunate to be able to share with our kids.” -Temple President Jed Silberg 
PS - We are sensitive to creating inclusive messaging and experiences related to OSRUI, URJ Camping and Jewish camping. Please share questions or comments about this communication – your feedback helps us do better. 
Visit OSRUI.org 

Questions? Contact youth@sholomchicago.org or 773-435-1533.
Wed, September 30 2020 12 Tishrei 5781