Meet our awesome group of rashei eidot (unit heads) who are heading up our programs this summer!!
Yonah London – Kallah
Yonah is so excited to be back at camp this summer as the Rosh Eidah of Kallah! This will be Yonah's 13th summer at OSRUI, and his 4th on Kallah staff. During the year, Yonah can be found in Ohio, studying Psychology at Oberlin College. This semester, Yonah is studying Spanish and traveling in Costa Rica!
Yonah is always thinking about camp and can't wait to be back in Oconomowoc for another summer! He loves all of the teva (nature) and the fun outdoor activities at camp, such as climbing etgar (the climbing course). Yonah is especially excited to watch all-camp talent shows and experience all of the ruach (spirit) that Kallah 2015 can bring. More than anything, Yonah can't wait to welcome the chanichim (campers) to Kallah for an amazing summer!
Assisting Yonah as S'ganit of Kallah is Hannah Klegon.
Max Antman - Gesher
Max is absolutely ecstatic to be returning to OSRUI as the Gesher Rosh Eidah this upcoming summer! This will be Max’s 4th summer on Gesher staff, and his 2nd as Rosh Eidah. When Max isn’t fantasizing about the Gesher Carnival and fieldtrips (which is the vast majority of the time), he can be found at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is a senior studying Political Science, English and Jewish Studies. After this summer, Max is hoping to move to Washington DC and work for a political campaign.
Max is extremely excited to be spending another summer at OSRUI, and can’t wait to meet all the new and returning campers. Max’s favorite things about camp are, of course, the Gesher Carnival, Chuggim (electives) and fieldtrips, but aside from those, he loves tubing on the agam (lake), Saturday Night Folk Night, Etgar (the climbing tower), Shabbat Shira (song session), Color Wars and everything else imaginable. Summer 2015 is going to be amazing, and Max is counting down the days until Opening Day!
Assisting Max as S'ganit of Gesher is Becky Dolinko.
Jonah Brandhandler – Tzofim
Jonah is thrilled to be back at camp this summer as the Rosh Eidah of Tzofim! This will be Jonah’s 7th summer at OSRUI, and 3rd as a member of Tzofim staff after a 2 year hiatus as a Moshavah madrich (counselor). Jonah is currently a senior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and will graduate in May with degrees in International Studies and Judaic Studies. In his free time, Jonah loves playing soccer and basketball, as well as jamming on his guitar. Most importantly, he is also a dedicated member of the Maize Rage, Michigan basketball’s student section, and cannot wait to witness another Big Ten title and Final Four appearance this year (you heard it here first).
Jonah loves everything about Tzofim from the refet (cow farm) to the gan (garden), and cannot wait to once again be a part of Oconomostock, an all camp talent show produced by Tzofim. Additionally, he thinks there is no better place to live than outside in the ohelim (tents). He is excited to lead such a great unit where so many lifelong friendships are formed.
Assisting Jonah as S'ganit of Tzofim is Emily Rothstein.
Becca Levy - Tiferet
Becca is thrilled to return for her second summer as the Rosh Eidah of Tiferet! This will be Becca's 5th summer on staff, and her 10th summer at OSRUI. She spent her years as a camper in almost every unit, but always had a special place in her heart for Tiferet. Becca grew up in Skokie, IL, and will graduate from Western Michigan University this Spring with a BFA in Theatrical Stage Management.
Becca can't wait to make this summer unforgettable for each and every Tiferet camper with the help and hard work of Tiferet’s extremely talented and artistic specialists and staff! Her favorite things about camp are Saturday night folk night, Shabbat dinner and shira (song session) with all of camp, playing games in drama studio, and kayaking in the agam (lake). However, the absolute best part about camp is working with the Tiferet campers as they create amazing omanut (art) and experience their omanut being shared with the rest of camp. Becca is excited to bring Tiferet's ruach (spirit) and creativity to everything that goes on at camp!
Assisting Becca as S'ganit of Tiferet is Hannah Cohen.
Lizzy Scheinkopf - Moshavah
Lizzy is extremely excited to return to her favorite eidah (unit) at camp—Moshavah! This will be Lizzy’s 15th summer at camp, her 6th summer on Mosh staff, and her 3rd summer as Mosh Rosh Eidah. Lizzy began as a Moshavah madricha (counselor) and songleader in 2008 and eventually served as the Rosh Eidah in 2011 and 2012. After a brief hiatus in 2013, Lizzy returned to camp last summer to staff Tour La’Agam and was reminded of how incredible and transformative tiyulim (trips) can be for chanichim (campers). Now, Lizzy is thrilled to reprise her role as Mosh Rosh and spend the summer enjoying teva (nature) with all of the Moshavah chanichim!
Lizzy grew up in Northbrook, IL and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in History with a certificate in African Studies. After graduating college in 2012, Lizzy became a corps member in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps—a program for young adults who want to explore social justice through a Jewish lens. During AVODAH, Lizzy spent a year living in Chicago and working at The ARK—a Jewish social service agency.
Following the completion of AVODAH, Lizzy began working toward obtaining her secondary education teaching license at Northeastern Illinois University. Currently, Lizzy is student teaching at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL, where she teaches World History and United States History. Lizzy also works part-time at Temple Jeremiah in Northfield, IL, where she is the Youth Programs Associate, and serves as the youth group advisor for the teen youth group.
One of the perks of being a teacher (or a soon-to-be-teacher) is being able to spend summers at camp! Lizzy cannot wait to meet all of the Moshavah chanichim and join them as they experience the magic of Mosh, teva, and tiyulim!
Assisting Lizzy as S'gan of Moshavah is Eli Danson.
Jake Beckert - Chalutzim
Jake is absolutely ecstatic to be back this summer as Rosh Eidah of Chalutzim. This will be Jake's thirteenth summer at camp OSRUI and sixth year on staff. His favorite things about camp include playing ultimate frisbee, Shabbat basketball, going totally Meshugah (crazy) for color wars, and most of all speaking Rak Ivrit (only Hebrew)!
Jake is a graduate from UW Madison where he majored in Hebrew, Jewish Studies, and History. He plans on eventually pursuing a PhD in history, but before returning to his studies he is enjoying some time living and working in Israel.
There’s no place that feels more like home to Jake than camp OSRUI, it is where he first found his love of Hebrew, and developed his strong connection to Israel. His favorite part of Chalutzim is the special connection the campers make with their madrichim (counselors), a connection that Jake knows from first hand experience will continue well after the summer is over.
Assisting Jake as S'gan of Chalutzim is Yiftach Shavit.
Micah Brandhandler - Avodah
Micah is thrilled to be coming back to camp this summer as the Rosh Eidah of Avodah! This will be his 13th summer at camp and his 8th on staff. Micah has spent the last 6 Summers working as a Madrich, S’gan, and Rosh Eidah of Chalutzim and is looking forward to a new challenge. Avodah was his first job at camp and he has wanted to be Rosh of Avodah ever since.
Micah is currently teaching at an elementary school in Lemont, IL as the general music teacher. He is also a URJ Camp Service Corps Fellow at Lakeside Congregation, where he creates camp programming and promotes camp year-round. In his free time, Micah likes to play ultimate Frisbee, soccer, and sing. Micah can’t wait for Summer to arrive where he will get the chance to speak in English for the first time in a long time!
Naomi Gamoran - Machon
Shalom Union Institute! Naomi is beyond excited to be back at OSRUI this summer as the Machon Rosh Eidah (unit head). This will be her 13th summer at camp, and her 7th on staff. Naomi was a camper in many of the units, participated in the Avodah corps, Machon program, and was a counselor, songleader, and unit head.
Naomi is from Madison, Wisconsin, but now lives in our nation's capital, Washington, DC. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a degree in History in 2013. After spending a year doing AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, she now works as a high school social studies teacher. She cannot wait to combine her experience of teaching with her camp experience to help the new machonikim have a successful and wonderful summer!
Kallah/Gesher - Daniel Antman, Sharel Bahar, Joey Barr, Hannah Budwig, Maddy Chinn, Jodie Friedman, Maddie Friedman, Danna Herbach, Yarin Ifrach, Kayley Levine, Zoe McCoon, Shiran Mordechay, Tara Nykiel, William Rivlin, Robert Rosen, Sara Splansky, Hannah Stein, Marissa Steinhofer, Gavi Winer, Omri Yamin, Noa Zangi
Kibbutz HaTzofim - Joshua Altshuler, Arbel Ben Abu, Danny Dubin, Amanda Gorell, Rebecca Gratch, Nate Moncrieff, Gabe Pearlman, Raya Seidman, Dotan Selouk, Vered Serotta, Julie Shapiro, Jessica Siegel, Dylan Singer, Tamara Stein, Stephanie Strifert, Danielle Wright, Oshri Yakov
Tiferet - Sydney Fine, Jon Gordon, Emily Greenberg, Jami Kahn, Carrie Mackevich, Evan Richter
Moshavah - Jake Altman, Lily Booker, Anna Cohen, Max Gordon, Jesse Illian, Talia Jacobson, Aaron Josephs, Neta Kestin, Rachel Kucharz, Gabi Mintz, Rachel Mintz, Hannah Moser, Aaron Raus, Danielle Zelinger
Chalutzim - Hila Amdor, Rotem Benkal, Rivka Bimro, Adam Cicelsky, Yarden Cohen, Ethan Ehrlich, Rafi Ellenson, Hannah Friedman, Nofar Privman, Nitsan Rapaport, Maayan Sharon, Oriya Silberman, Adi Sinay, Itay Solomon, Hadar Twito, Hila Zrihen
Tour La'Agam - Adam Kazilsky (Rosh Eidah), Rebecca Heisler
Administrator - Samantha April
Administrative Staff -
Aquatics Director - Christina Rouse
Aquatics Staff - Carly Budzinski, Jenna Cichacki, Andrew Erdman, Anne Geschke, Grayson Glazer, David Goldblat, Mitchell Israel, Kaitlin Kapitan, Jennifer King, Tristian Latzel, Michelle Margolies, Sandra Medrano, Andrew Niemiec, Kristin Niemiec, John Schwalbach, Casey Seneczko, Alexandria Slater, Benjamin Steker, Jamie Steker, Teresa Turco, Jack Watermolen
Art Specialist - Ohad Sha'altiel
Asst. Art Specialist - Hannah Altshuler, Cameron Barker
Camp Photographer - Alma Bonneh
Canteen - Catie Middleton
Chaverim Director - Julie Hirsch
Dance Director - Margalit Sha'altiel
Dance Staff - Alex Winer
Digital Arts Director - Mike Greenstone
Digital Arts Specialist - Brian Erlich, Yotam Katzur
Drama Director - Michael Goldberg
Drama Asst. - Julianne Schwartz
Drivers - Tom Frankiewicz, Gary Garrison
Etgar Director - Jesse Altman
Etgar Staff - Stephanie Eisenberg, Hila Kalif, Michelle Weil
Gear and Trip Packing Specialist -
Head Nurse - Paula Kaye
Health Center - Nina Black, Bill Boettcher, Amy Dolgin, Diane Firestone, Lois Jacobs, Adrian Jonas, Eileen Sage, Lynn Seitzman
Hebrew Director - Rachel Garber
Hebrew Center Staff - Hila Hollingsworth, Rotem Yerushalami (Rosh Mishlachat)
Horseback Riding Director - Nitzan Zfanya
Horseback Riding Staff - Talia Dorvat, Mark Lehtman, Christina Schempf, Ari Schlossberg
Inclusion Coordinator - Debra Kahn
Inclusion Intern - Ben Goldberg
Inclusion Staff/Social Worker - Annie Azriel
Music Specialist - Aviv Kammay
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Security Staff - Nancy Bakkum, Scott Bakkum, Patrick Middleton, Mike Teofilo
Sports Director - Jeff Gates
Sports Staff - Ron Sternfeld, Erel Weissman
Teva - Emma Kaplan, Jami Goldberg, Peter Luck
Shira Brandhandler, Emily Dana, Mabel Frank, Madeline Frischer, Max Gendler, Ari Gershon, Andrew Gertz, Ethan Goldish, Ari Goldstein, Shoshana Kaplan, Alek Kopulsky, Claire Krelitz, Ciara Kriegler, Jacob Letwat, Samantha Levy, Emily Magid, Zachary Mellow, Abagail Miller, Meir O'Brien, Noah Robiner, Ross Schneider, Noah Segal, Leah Sherin, Sophie Smith, Noa Solomon, Sebastian Torero, Joshua Weisenfeld
Aleph: Brian Baren, Mitchell Bartgen, Erica Berger, Sophie Berne, Cameron Bernstein, Tylar Borenstein, Mitch Cohen, Tova Cohen, Abagail Dallet, Jaylyn Fahey, Sophie Glickman, Noah Gordon, Alexis Hilton, Daniel Hirsch, Sadie Hurwitz, Ben Kessler, Jacob Liu, Liora London, Kyle O'Day, Hannah Raus, Benji Sagarin, Daniel Scal, Eli Schlossberg, Elisha Serotta, Margo Strifert, Joshua Super, Eve Zikmund-Fisher, Hannah Zuckerman
Bet: Hadley Adelman, Marissa Bachrach, Sam Barr, Jacob Biales, Rebecca Bloom, Sophie Budwig, Isabel Coff, Brian Crotty, Aaron Eichelbaum, Sydney Elkins, Molly Fortnow, Zach Frischer, Noah Gerber, Ben Gertz, Charles Golub, Ashley Jones, Jacob Kopnick, Lauren Lerner, Ben Libman, Sari Lindner, Sarah McCormick, Sophia Okin, Jenna Shanker, Allison Smith, Charlee Vrtjak, Emma Wallace, Blaire Weinberg
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