Solly is a former OSRUI camper, counselor, unit head, and assistant director, and became OSRUI’s 10th director in 2017.
He believes that summer camp is the place that makes Judaism come alive, creates friendships for life, and gives young people a supportive environment in which to grow. Solly leads our professional staff team, lay leadership, and synagogue partners to continue the magic that has existed in Oconomowoc since 1952.
Prior to rejoining the OSRUI team, Solly worked as a management consultant advising companies on business strategy. He previously worked for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) in multiple roles. His time at the URJ included stints in Washington D.C. at the Religious Action Center (RAC), and in New York City leading the planning and implementation of the URJ’s largest programs for adults and youth.
A native Midwesterner, Solly has a BA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business. He is a Wexner Foundation Field Fellow and was named to JUF Chicago’s list of “36 under 36” in 2018.
During the summer, Solly can frequently be found cheering on our campers and staff, playing basketball with a group of kids, or helping to lead a campfire song session with his guitar.
Reach out to Solly to connect, share feedback about camp, and to be a part of sustaining OSRUI for the future.
Beth is so excited to have returned home to OSRUI. Her Jewish journey and love for camp started right here in Oconomowoc while “staffing” synagogue retreats as a toddler when her parents were the youth group advisors for Congregation BJBE. A long-time camper, staff member, unit head and faculty member at both OSRUI and the URJ Kutz Camp, she has been an active member of the Reform movement for as long as she can remember!
Beth previously was the Managing Director for NFTY – The Reform Jewish Youth Movement. She served on the NFTY team for almost 15 years including time as Regional Advisor for NFTY’s Chicago Area and Northern Regions, Program Director, and NFTY Board Advisor. During her time in NFTY, she championed the development of our partnership and collaboration with fellow youth movements and other organizations.
Beth received degrees in Political Science, Jewish Studies and Hebrew Language and Literature from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and holds a Masters in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus College in Chicago. In building on her favorite time at camp (six summers in Moshavah), Beth spent a year pursuing her passions for adventure and teaching as an outdoor education instructor in Southern California. Beth currently lives in Skokie with her husband Sam, their sons Charlie and Joey, and a dog and a cat who (sometimes) tolerate each other.
Reach out to Beth about community partnerships, year-round engagement opportunities, and general camp questions.
Alexandra believes that camp has the power to create transformative life experiences while building for a strong Jewish future. She works passionately with all stake holders in our community to create meaningful opportunities for their involvement and investment in OSRUI.
Before joining the full time staff as Director of Development at OSRUI , Alexandra was the Assistant Director of the Women’s Division of the Jewish United Fund and then the Director of Development at The Cove School, a school for children with learning disabilities. At Cove, she focused on increasing the school’s annual giving, major gifts, marketing and PR efforts. She created community partnerships, a corporate sponsorship campaign, and young professionals’ board. Most recently, she was the Associate Director of the Midwest Region of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum where she focused on major gifts, volunteer engagement and events.
Alexandra first attended (and felt the magic of) OSRUI 25 years ago. It was through camp that she met her husband Darin, also an OSRUI alum. They are now proud parents of 3 happy OSRUI campers.
Reach out to Alex with questions about major gifts, capital campaign, annual campaign, and alumni relations.
Dylan has been a member of the OSRUI community since 2004 when he began as a camper. He has since been a summer staff member and unit head. Dylan loves being part of the OSRUI community and being able to spend his summers in Oconomowoc. He grew up in Deerfield, Illinois and graduated from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities with degrees in Business and Marketing Education, Jewish Studies, and Hebrew. During his senior year, Dylan served as the student president of Minnesota Hillel, creating dynamic programming and working to engage students in Jewish life on campus.
After graduating, Dylan worked in Bloomington, Indiana, as a Springboard Innovation Fellow at Indiana University Hillel. While there, he worked to further students’ connections to Judaism, helped them develop as leaders, and created a warm and welcoming Jewish environment. He also had the opportunity to teach two college credit courses about Jewish Cooking and Jewish Leadership. Dylan is looking forward to making each summer unforgettable for campers and staff alike.
Reach out to Dylan with questions about the summer staff application, camp programming, and social media.
Debbie works in conjunction with the OSRUI professional staff year-round, and in the summer leads the OSRUI Camper Care team, which helps problem solve camper concerns as they arise by working with campers, staff, and parents. Originally from Toronto, Debbie grew up as a camper, counselor and unit head at OSRUI. She holds a Master; Degree in Social Work and is a Clinical Independent Licensed Social Worker. When she’s not at camp, Debbie works at Relate Counseling Center in Minnesota as an outpatient therapist for kids, adolescents and adults. Debbie brings years of experience working with all ages in a range of settings. She lives in Minnetonka, MN, with her husband, Rabbi David Locketz, and their two daughters, who both continue to spend their summers at OSRUI.
Reach out to Debbie with questions about how we can accommodate your camper’s needs during the summer.
For more than three decades Joe has cared for the buildings and grounds at camp as if they were his own. Each week he and his staff prepare camp to welcome our retreat guests and before the summer they ensure that every building and activity area is ready for campers. Joe also oversees construction projects, working with lay leaders as well as the architects and builders. Joe’s wife Katie also worked at camp for many years, as did their children.
Jerry Kaye served as the director of OSRUI for 48 summers, from 1970 through 2017. Jerry is truly a visionary; he oversaw the camp’s expansion during that time, both physically and programmatically. Jerry has authored numerous works relating to Jewish education, self-esteem and youth. He has consulted to communities and congregations throughout North America and presented programs on Jewish content for children, adults and families alike. Jerry is best known, though, as a gifted storyteller. Thousands of campers and staff share memories of the lights dimming during Shabbat Shira, the music quieting, and Jerry walking to the center of the circle to share one of his beautiful and meaningful stories. In 2019, Heichal HaTarbut Kaye – The Kaye Cultural Center, was dedicated in honor of Jerry and his wife Paula and their legacy at OSRUI.