Union for Reform Judaism    

Lifelong Fun and Learning for Adults

Summer Weekends or Saturdays


Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is filled. After you register online, finalize your registration by mailing your check made payable to OSRUI to: LEHRHAUS /OSRUI, 1121 Lake Cook Road, Suite D, Deerfield IL 60015.

We strongly encourage you to use a laptop, desktop, or tablet computer to register, NOT a smart phone. If you do not see the "submit" button or are not directed to a confirmation website, please try again with a different browser or computer.

Lehrhaus is open to all adults interested in
lifelong Jewish learning and living.
Learn with teachers of extraordinary talent
while you relax on the shores of beautiful Lac La Belle.

June 26-28, 2015
Israel and the Dilemma of Jewish Leadership Today

Nat'l Director of Recruitment and Admissions; President's Scholar;
Director, Office of Community Engagement,
Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio

July 24-26, 2015
Limited Space Available
The American Jewish Experience: On Screen and On the Air
Topics for discussion and films to be screened include: the Jew on stage and in early cinema, stereotypes of Jews seen on stage until the late 19th century and images of Jews in early silent films, The Jazz Singer, the Jew in early television, the story of Gertrude Berg and The Goldbergs, Bridget Loves Bernie, Seinfeld, and A Serious Man.
Professor, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Register using the link in the blue box above.

Weekend Mini-Courses at OSRUI or
Taste of Learning at OSRUI on Saturday only!

Lehrhaus is open to all adults interested in lifelong Jewish learning and living. Participants will have the option to either attend a more intense Jewish living and learning experience Friday through Sunday or spend Saturday only at camp, enjoying a taste of learning and OSRUI. It’s your choice!

In addition to studying with our exceptional faculty, Lehrhaus participants have the opportunity to experience Shabbat at Camp: dinner with the entire Camp community, Camp Shabbat morning services, and a buffet lunch with the rest of Camp. Please note: Parents and grandparents of first-time OSRUI campers are kindly asked not to attend while their child/grandchild is a camper.

For those interested in a weekend mini-course at OSRUI, tuition of $250 per person (in double rooms) includes four 1.25 hour study sessions with the Lehrhaus faculty, Friday night conversation with all OSRUI faculty, Shabbat dinner, continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday, buffet lunch Saturday, lodging for two nights, a camp tour, and all in-camp programming. Dinner Saturday is on your own - enjoy one of the many fine restaurants in and around Oconomowoc. Accommodations are provided in The Bayit - our magnificent, newly renovated turn-of-the-(20th) century mansion. A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional $75. Check-in is at 2:00 pm Friday, and your first study session begins at 3:00 pm. Check-out is at 11:00 am Sunday.

For those interested in the Saturday only option, tuition of $75 per person includes two 1.25 hour study sessions with the Lehrhaus faculty, buffet lunch, and in-camp programming including a camp tour. Arrive between 9-9:30 am as the first study session begins at 9:30 am, and leave by 4:30 pm.

See a sample Lehrhaus schedule.

Van Service to Camp
We recommend GO Riteway which offers van service to the camp at a discounted rate from the Milwaukee Airport (Mitchell Field).

Discussions on the Torah Portion of the Week will be led by resident faculty.

Registration opens March 1.

There is a $75 cancellation fee. All cancellations must be made in writing.
We regret we cannot give refunds for cancellations less than three days (72 hours) in advance of the program.
No refunds for one-day Saturday Lehrhaus programs.

For additional information, please contact Barbara Gordon
at 847-239-6984 or bgordon@urj.org.

This program is underwritten in part through
a generous grant from the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust.

Our Distinguished Faculty includes …

Rachel Sabath Beit-HalachmiRabbi Dr. Rachel Sabbath Beit-Halachmi serves the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion as the National Director of Recruitment and Admissions and President's Scholar and heads the Office of Community Engagement. Prior to this recent appointment, Rabbi Sabath served as Vice President of the Shalom Hartman Institute and for over a decade as a member of the Institute's faculty, and directed the Hartman Lay leadership, Rabbinic leadership, and Christian leadership programs. Ordained at the HUC-JIR nearly 20 years ago, Rabbi Sabath also earned a PhD in philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Sabath writes a monthly column in the Jerusalem Post and has co-authored two books and published numerous articles. Rabbi Sabath also teaches and mentors students of HUC-JIR and speaks throughout North America on leadership, Israel, gender, and theology. She is currently writing a book on the future of covenant for Jewish Peoplehood.

Rabbi Sabath is an alumna of the Wexner Foundation Graduate Fellowship and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She has served on the faculties of the Wexner Foundation, CLAL - the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and the Skirball Center. For more than a decade she also served as the rabbi of Congregation Shirat HaYam on Nantucket Island. Raised in Minneapolis, Rabbi Sabath also lived in Israel for nearly 15 years and currently lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Rabbi Ofer Sabath Beit-Halachmi, and their three children.

Charlie RichterProfessor Charles Richter was the founding chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He has taught there for the past 35 years. This past spring he introduced a course in Jewish Drama into the college's Jewish studies curriculum.

His professional directing experience includes productions for the New York City Opera’s education department, Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park, New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Theatre Three in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Richter served as the artistic director of the Pennsylvania Stage Company for four seasons. He has been the artistic director of the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre Festival for the past 33 years. Mr. Richter has directed more than 70 productions for the Muhlenberg College Theatre. He is a recipient of the NBC/Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for service to the American College Theatre Festival and the City of Allentown’s Arts Ovation Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

Charlie was a member of the OSRUI staff for three summers in the early 1970's, serving as a Kallah counselor, drama specialist, and unit head of Tzofim. Over the years he has returned to camp as a consultant to various programs and as a parent of his two children, Gillian and Evan, both of whom have grown-up at OSRUI as campers and staff members.

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