Union for Reform Judaism    

Lifelong Fun and Learning for Adults

Weekends or Saturdays in July


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.

July 4-6, 2014
Renegades, Rebels and Rogues and False Messiahs
A historical study of the trouble makers who shaped the Jewish world.
We will focus on the lives of Bar Kochba, Baruch Spinoza and Shabtai Tzvi.
Rabbi, Etz Chaim of DuPage County, Lombard, Illinois 
Just a few spaces left -- Bayit rooms with shared bath still available.

July 25-27, 2014
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

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 Monday, March 10.
On that date the link to online registration below will be live.

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 …

Rabbi Andrea CosnowskyRabbi Andrea Cosnowsky came to Congregation Etz Chaim in 2005 from Congregation Beth Adam in Loveland, Ohio. Ordained in 2004 at the Hebrew Union College, Rabbi Cosnowsky had been the Student Leader Intern for URJ Outreach Fellows Program for Conversion Certification HUC, and continues her outreach work with the larger community through her work with DuPage United.

Born and raised in Ardsley, New York, Rabbi Cosnowsky earned her BA in English Literature at SUNY Empire State College. Rabbi Cosnowsky also holds Master’s Degree in Education from Xavier University, as well as a Master’s in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College. Prior to becoming a rabbi, she was a professional singer-songwriter in Nashville, TN. More recently, she has served on the advisory committee for The Jewish Healing Network Addiction, the advisory board for the Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders 2010, and was the Midwest regional representative for the Women’s Rabbinic Network.

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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