In the summer of 1961, for example, OSRUI campers participated, over the course of two weeks, in reenactments of important events in Jewish history, with a decided emphasis on the birth of Israel.
65) While significant Hebrew language acquisition ultimately remained an elusive goal at both Swig and OSRUI, activities such as folk song and dance, dramatizations, and games, as well as more formal language lessons, exposed Reform "pioneers" to contemporary Israeli Hebrew and to Israeli culture more broadly.
Evidence suggests that Zionism and Israel were incorporated into camp life at OSRUI and Swig in ways that both expanded the cultural and ideological universe of Reform education and blended seamlessly with traditional Reform concerns.
Whether emphasizing God's will or the complex workings of history, Israel-related programming at OSRUI and Swig encouraged campers to identify with Israel and its people and to understand Zionism as a thoroughly American preoccupation.
My Future as an American Jew," file 1, box 4, Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute Records, MSS 648 (collection hereafter cited as OSRUI Records), AJA.
Campers Relive Jewish History," clipping from Judaism Journal (camp bulletin), file 14, box 4, OSRUI Records.
Kitzon: Iton Machaney Hachalutzim (concluding newsletter), file 8, box 6, OSRUI Records.
Biographical information on individual counselors appears sporadically throughout programs and bulletins in both the OSRUI and Swig Camp records.
See, for example, two short musicals written by campers at OSRUI, "The Conversion of Harry Cohen," file 8, box 6, OSRUI Records; and "Ha-Bug Juice Ha-Adom [The Red Bug Juice]," file 12, box 6, OSRUI Records.