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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!