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Summer Youth Experience

The backs of two teen boys facing away from the camera with their arms around one another as in friendship

Summers at URJ Olin-Sang Ruby Union Institute, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Oconomowoc, WI, bring experiences that last a lifetime.

Rabbi David Cohen
Preteen boys playing basketball on an indoor court

When I became a Jewish summer camp professional in 1994, I lacked most of the skills and experience needed to do my job well. That’s not self-deprecation or false modesty. That’s a fact.

Aaron Selkow
Dark night full of stars above a campfire near a lake

I’m continually amazed by the way Jewish ritual has a way of lifting up everyday moments and making them holy here at Jewish summer camp.

Lisa David
Bride and groom walk hand in hand away from their outdoor wedding altar where friends and family wave to them in celebration

I remember my own summers at Reform Jewish summer camps better than almost anything else at that time of my life.

Suzie Lyon
Four female campers of middle school age sitting on the sidewalk together with their arms around one another and smiling

First as a camper and now as a counselor, I've learned so much from my time at URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute, lovingly known as GUCI, a Reform Jewish summer camp i

Leah Jacobson
Female rabbi in her twenties or thirties dressed in a prayer shawl and kippah while reading from a prayerbook outdoors

Lo b’shamayim hi,” it is not out in the heavens…

Rabbi Jessy Gross
Birthright participants atop Masada at sunrise

I’m a millennial and like others in my generation, my Jewish upbringing consisted of summer camp, religious school, youth group events, and celebrating Jewish holidays – until I finished the progra

Rebecca Bigman
Shoshana Nambi

Ugandan native Shoshana Nambi, 27, was one of a dozen Ugandan Jewish young adults who spent this summer working as counselors and specialists at Union for Reform J

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

One of the wonderful benefits of Jewish summer camp is the opportunity to experience the beauty of nature that surrounds us on the campgrounds.

Mandy Herlich and Rabbi Alan Cook

My dear son,

Debi Mohile Goldberg


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