Relax, unwind and spend time with friends and family this Passover in the beautiful hills of Simi Valley, CA for a fun-filled getaway. AJU is hosting an all-inclusive Passover Retreat at our Brandeis-Bardin Campus, where we will provide everything you need to celebrate a meaningful, fun and relaxing holiday with your friends and loved ones.
Come spend Passover enjoying our 2,800-acre campus surrounded by community - or enjoy the quiet and solitude - all in a COVID-compliant environment.
Please note: All guests, who are eligible for the vaccine are required to show proof of vaccination, including booster dose. Alternatively, anyone not vaccinated will need to provide the results of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of arrival on our campus.
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Passover 2022 Options
April 15-24, 2022
Full Week of Passover: Friday afternoon through Sunday breakfast
Come spend the entire week with us! Enjoy expert-led delicious seders, activities and programming, day trips around Southern California, and fun evening programs. We’ll begin together with the first seder, and end with a festive pizza party to close out the holiday together.
Guests are welcome to arrive after 12:00PM on Friday (4/15), enjoying a range of pre-selected camp activities (run for one person or family at a time). The week includes all meals - including Shabbat meals, through Sunday breakfast on 4/24. For guests who stay until Sunday, check-out on 4/24 is at 10:00AM.
April 15-18, 2022
First weekend of Passover: Friday afternoon through Monday breakfast
We’ll start the holiday together on Friday in time for Shabbat and the first of two seders. The weekend will include Passover days full of programming and learning. Seder options will include both communal and semi-private options. The last meal of the weeknd will be breakfast on Monday morning.
Guests are welcome to arrive after 12:00PM on Friday (4/15), enjoying a range of pre-selected camp activities (run for one person or family at a time). The weekend will include all meals - both Shabbat and all Passover meals, through Monday breakfast. For guests who stay until Monday, check-out on Monday (4/18) is by 10:00AM.
April 21-24, 2022
Second Weekend of Passover: Thursday afternoon through Monday breakfast
Join us as we wrap up the holiday together. We’ll provide the lodging, the delicious (and kosher for Passover) food, and the activities (including services, programming, and lectures). Come alone for the peacefulness of Brandeis - or bring your family and friends with you.
Guests are welcome to arrive after 12:00PM on Thursday (4/21) and stay through Sunday breakfast (4/24). Once Passover ends on Saturday night, we’ll end the holiday together with a scrumptious pizza dinner! Check-out on Sunday (4/24) is by 10:00AM.
Guests are welcome to arrive after 3:00PM on Wednesday, April 20th for an additional fee. Included in that fee will be dinner on Thursday night, and breakfast and lunch on Friday.
If you join us for the full week or first weekend getaway weekend (April 15-24 and April 15-18) there will be several seder options to choose from on both nights, including large group traditional seders, a game-show style seder, and more. Second night there will also be the option for semi-private seders as well. All seders will be led by visiting scholars and teachers.
Our plans for seders have been adapted to ensure the health and safety of our guests through a series of COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. These measures were developed under the guidance of our staff and are in alignment with the CDC guidelines, California’s Department of Public Health, as well as the County of Ventura. Please note that plans may need to be adjusted as dictated by public health guidelines.
In order to maintain healthy distancing, each guest/family will have their own private room in a cottage in our Adult Conference Center. Our ACC cottages have 4-6 rooms, all of which have doors that open out onto a semi-private patio.
All rooms have private bathrooms and individual heating/air conditioning units. Each room also has a mini-fridge. Families with children who sleep in cribs will need to bring their own pack and play, if necessary. We provide bedding and towels for all of our guests. However, we do recommend that families bring their own pool towels. Also, due to contact restrictions, we encourage families to bring their own games, toys, and sports equipment.
Guests who register for the full week will have a mid-week cleaning of rooms and a turnover of their linens.
Prices include all snacks and meals. The first weekend will include two full seders. Guests will have the option to attend Covid-complaint communal seders or arrange for a semi-private, self-led seder with family and friends.
Rooms come complete with a mini-fridge and will be stocked with plates, cups, silverware, and cleaning supplies. Meals will be served by our staff in a central eating area from a generous buffet by our staff (there are likely to be indoor and outdoor options). There are also ample places on our grounds to picnic outside (of course, a healthy distance from our other families!).
Our chefs can provide for most special food needs, including all allergies, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or dairy free options, as indicated on the registration form.
Our kitchens are glatt kosher under the supervision of Kosher LA.
Programming and Amenities
One of the best features of our campus is the variety of programs we are able to offer our guests. Most are available for at least one family at a time - pending county guidelines. In the weeks prior to Passover, you’ll be sent a form so you can let us know if your family would like to sign up for any of the following:
- Pool (weather permitting)
- Team Building
- Alpine Tower
- Climbing Wall
- Horses (up to 5 riders at a time, must be 48” tall for trail rides - any age for ring rides)
- Israeli dancing
- Cooking workshops
- Bubble fun
- Playdough and kinetic sand
- Learning with guest scholars
- And more!
All in-house activity costs are included. We will do our best to schedule you for the activities you pre-select on your Registration Form.
At least 1 adult must accompany children to each activity.
In addition, we are planning several day trips for April 18, 19, 20, and 21 (chol hamo’ed), for adults and for families. Those will involve additional costs. More information will be forthcoming in the coming weeks.
Internet and Cell Service
Our Adult Conference Center is equipped with wifi. Cell service is reliable with certain carriers (not AT&T, unfortunately). Desks will be set up in your private dining room as work stations.
You will be given a phone number to call in case of emergency
- We have several hiking trails on our property. Hikes must be led by one of our trained staff members.
- We do not provide bike rentals, but you are more than welcome to bring your own bikes. Please bike on our paved roads only, and never go biking alone. You are also welcome to bring skateboards, roller blades, and scooters. All of the above activities require helmets at all times.
- Dogs are permitted, for a small additional fee.
- Optional evening activities will include a night hike, and a campfire (with matzah s’mores), outdoor movies, a wine tasting (for adults), and more!
Shabbat and Holidays
As a pluralistic institution and facility, we allow for the expression of Judaism according to the customs of each family, and welcome everyone to enjoy the celebration of Shabbat and holidays as they see fit.
As of now, we are planning on organizing both traditional (mechitza) and egalitarian prayer services. Both options are dependent on guest registration and participation. We will be closely monitoring state guidelines regarding gatherings. Services could likely take place outside (under the stars with heaters and blankets!) or with other accommodations due to health concerns regarding large group gatherings, but we will monitor and plan accordingly. Guests are welcome to privately borrow prayer books from the library at any time.
We will have a safe indoor space to light candles, for those who wish, and Havdalah supplies for each family as well (we will provide all necessary havdalah supplies for those who are interested).
Health and Safety Is Our Primary Concern
Deciding whether to leave your house during a pandemic can certainly be a difficult decision. All of our retreats are meant to provide our guests with an opportunity to truly get away, safely, while leaving the kashering, cooking, cleaning, and programming to us!
Except for seders, most meals will be served by our staff from a buffet. Rooms will be thoroughly cleaned and left unused and untouched for at least 3-4 days between use.
In addition, in order to ensure everyone’s comfort level, our weekends will require the following:
- Social distancing
- Currently in Ventura County, face coverings are required indoors. We recognize this may change as the local Covid rates fluctuate.
- Many activities will be scheduled and operated for individual guests and/or families. Some may be operated for 2-3 families at a time, but only if officially scheduled as a multi-family activity or if permitted by county guidelines.
- Common areas and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized multiple times each day.
- All AJU staff members go through mandated daily health check-ins.
Guest health check-ins will be conducted upon arrival, and all guests will be required to sign a commitment to that effect.
Vaccination and Negative Test Requirements
All full and part-time AJU staff members are required to be vaccinated.
All guests, who are eligible, are also required to be vaccinated. In March we will ask guests to provide proof of vaccination. Alternatively, anyone not vaccinated will need to provide the results of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of arrival on our campus.
COVID-19 Related Precautions
Currently, our plan is for most activities to be scheduled by guest/family. Our staff has been trained on best practices regarding COVID-19 safety procedures, and undergo daily health checks. Our staff will also wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.
Our campus follows all Ventura County and state guidelines for cleaning and sanitizing activity spaces and supplies. Our staff members also follow all food handling related safety precautions and procedures in order to ensure a safe experience for our visitors.
Families are required to bring their own face coverings to use when indoors.
In the event of a potential or confirmed COVID exposure at our camp facility, we will follow all guidelines and directions of our authoritative agencies. This may include the closure of our campus on a temporary basis. Should your reservation be affected in the event of a closure, we will issue a full refund.
If you need to cancel your reservation, please be in touch with us at 805-915-0736
Payment and Cancellation Policies
Passover registration will close on March 28, 2022. All payments must be made in full by that date.
- Registration fees will not be prorated.
- All cancellations must be submitted in writing.
- Cancellations prior to March 1, 2022: Full refund, minus $250 administrative fee.
- Cancellations between March 1-March 28, 2022: Full refund, minus $500 fee per adult.
- Cancellations after March 28, 2021: No refunds.
If Brandeis-Bardin or the AJU cancels the program for any reason we will refund your money in full. If you get sick & provide a doctor confirmation we will issue a full refund.
Are you excited? We are!
Do you have friends that will be excited? Let them know about this opportunity! Bring them with you!
Do you have questions? Email Navah at nbecker [at] aju.edu for more information.