on Thursday, 22 December 2016.
Posted in President's Blog
Message from our president
“All you need is love...” One of my favorite Beatles’ tunes, wafted through the walls of the Soref cabin where the three of us were sleeping at our first Or Shalom family retreat. It wouldn’t have been so bad if it wasn’t 6 a.m. We just had to meet the occupants of the room next door to see who shared our love of the famous British rock band sleeping next door to us—and that is how we met the Bermans: Eric, Vicki, and their children, Izzi and Charlie. We spent the weekend hanging out at services, creating clever art projects and eating our favorite treats up in Wisconsin at our first family retreat. It was the start of a wonderful friendship for our two families.
It was also the start of a tradition in the Leventhal family. My children, Eric and Robin, and I had such a wonderful experience that we continued to go up to OSRUI every winter to join in the fun. It was a chance to get away from our everyday routine and spend it with our fellow congregants. We bonded over glitter and glue, sledding on Bayit Hill, eating way too much junk food and playing gaga, an Israeli form of dodgeball.
After a number of years, we convinced my husband, Steve to join us. By that time, many of his good temple friends were regulars, and he looked forward to getting a chance for a late-night card game. I knew he was hooked when, as we drove away from OSRUI, Steve said, “next year I’m bringing my own toilet paper.”
From my story of thin walls and bad toilet paper, you are probably thinking this isn’t a place for a luxury weekend getaway. I do confess that a couple of years ago while planning the adult retreat, we did talk about moving the retreat to a local hotel. Closer, comfy beds and yummy food from local restaurants sounded appealing. Then, we all drove the 90 minutes to Oconomowoc for what we thought was the last time. Over the weekend, we relaxed together on a long walk along the beautiful shores of Lac La Belle. We laughed until we cried playing Cards Against Humanity. We sat and listened to our friends tell stories of their Jewish roots. It was a magical weekend. By Sunday morning, the consensus was that this time at OSRUI is too special to give up—a hotel weekend just wouldn’t be that same relaxing, get-away, bonding experience.
So unless I find myself on a trip to a far off land, you’ll find Steve and me at OSRUI, participating in the Or Shalom annual retreat. It is one of my favorite weekends of the year. I invite you to join in the fun, February 24–26.
Hope to see you at OSRUI!
Jennifer LeventhalBoard President
Congregation Or Shalom21 Hawthorn ParkwayVernon Hills, IL 60061
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