There’s nothing like celebrating Shavuot with community! Join for this holiday getaway, May 16-18 at our Brandeis-Bardin Campus.
Shavuot at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus will feature all of our fun activities – horseback riding, swimming in our two pools, archery, axe-throwing, climbing, team building, hiking, and more! Many activities are done in family pods, but some can be open to multiple families/guests at a time (per Ventura County guidelines). Plus, special Shavuot (dairy) cooking classes will be offered! The weekend will begin with an all-night Tikkun (study session), organized by the Shtibl Minyan including snacks and coffee served all night. Traditional egalitarian services will be coordinated by Shtibl as well.
This 2-night getaway includes delicious kosher food (certified by KosherLA). There is an option to add a 3rd night for May 18, which includes a boxed breakfast the morning of checkout.
Come spend Shavuot with us and enjoy our 2,800-acre campus surrounded by community - or enjoy the quiet and solitude - all in a COVID-compliant environment.
Cottages: Our stand-alone cottages have several private rooms available in each cottage, each with two full size beds, desk and chairs, ample closet space, a mini-fridge, and a private shower (no bathtub). Linens are included at the beginning of your stay. All rooms have heat & air conditioning. Cottage doors lead directly outside (no central lobby). We do not provide cribs or pack-n-plays, please bring your own. A limited number of accessible rooms are available. Please indicate this option on your reservation form.
Cottage Deluxe: Upgrade to one of our larger rooms in Lee Village. Most rooms have two full size beds, desk and chairs, a small sitting area, ample closet space, a mini-fridge, and a private shower (no bathtub). Linens are included at the beginning of your stay. All rooms have heat and air conditioning. Deluxe rooms have doors that lead directly outside (no central lobby). We do not provide cribs or pack-n-plays, please bring your own. A limited number of accessible rooms are available. Please indicate this option on your reservation form.
Food & Meals
The Shavuot getaway will feature seven delicious dairy meals and many dairy desserts (per Shavuot custom). Food is packaged by guest/family, in order to ensure maximum food safety as well as contactless delivery. Meals are outdoors, with each guest/family at his/her/their own table – but communal in spirit!
Tikkun Leil Shavuot (Study Session)
The Shtibl Minyan will be organizing the Tikkun Leil Shavuot and davening. The Tikkun will start about 7:30pm and continue until about 2am. Sessions will include traditional text study, as a group and in chevruta (paired learning), as well as non-traditional learning/teaching. All sources will be available in English; knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Davening will be held everyday and will be egalitarian and participatory.
Activities: Shavuot at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus will feature all of our usual activities – horseback riding, swimming in our two pools, archery, axe-throwing, climbing, teambuilding, hiking, and more! Many activities are done in family pods, but some can be open to multiple families/guests at a time (per Ventura County guidelines). Special Shavuot (diary) cooking classes will be offered! The weekend will begin with an all-night Tikkun (study session), organized by the Shtibl Minyan and includes snacks and coffee that will be served all night!). Traditional egalitarian services will be coordinated by Shtibl as well.
You must pre-register for the days and times of the activities you want to participate in during your stay. A separate registration form will be sent to you.
Health & Safety
Deciding whether to leave your house during a pandemic can certainly be a difficult decision. Our getaways are meant to provide our visitors with an opportunity to truly get away, safely, while leaving the cooking, cleaning, and programming, to us!
Most meals will be served to-go, with private dining rooms provided for each family. Rooms will be thoroughly cleaned and left unused and untouched for at least 3-4 days between use.
Additionally, in order to ensure everyone’s comfort level, our getaways will require the following:
- Physical distancing must be maintained with other families and employees on site.
- Face coverings must be used at all times outside of personal lodgings. Face coverings are not needed during your personal meal times.
- Most activities will be scheduled and operated for individual 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 state 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.
- All meals will be provided to-go, in order to ensure contactless service.
Covid-19 Related Precautions
Currently, most activities will be scheduled by family. In order to maintain social distancing precautions, we limit the number of guests allowed on campus at any given time.
Our staff has been trained on best practices regarding COVID-19 safety procedures, and undergo daily health checks. Guests and 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 interacting with other families, with BBC staff and during activities where staff are present.
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 weekend 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.
You are welcome to bring pets with you, but please note the following:
- We charge an additional $75 cleaning fee.
- Your dog must be on a leash when it is not in your room.
- Please be sure to pick up defecation and discard it one of our outdoor trash cans.
- Please no animals in our dining halls.
- You must provide food and water for your pet.
- Please also remember that we are located in the Santa Susana Mountains. As such, there are many animals who wander our property – please keep an eye on your pet at all times.
Internet & 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.
Payment & Cancellation Policy
Registration will close on May 12th, 2021. 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 May 11th, 2021: Full refund, minus $250 administrative fee.
- Cancellations on/after May 11th, 2021: No refunds.
If Brandeis-Bardin or AJU cancels the program for any reason we will refund your money in full. If you get sick & provide a physician’s confirmation, we will issue a full refund.
All pricing information can be found on our online reservation system. Please click on one of the RESERVE NOW buttons to be taken to the reservation system. For any questions, please email nbeckeraju.edu.