There’s nothing like celebrating the Jewish holidays with community! This fall, let us do the hosting for an all-inclusive stay on our Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley. We will provide everything you need to celebrate a meaningful, fun and relaxing Sukkot with family and friends – new and old.
For the beginning and end of Sukkot (the observant days), you’ll be able to participate in Jewish life, explore Jewish culture and text, and enjoy our outdoor and nature programming. The retreats will include optional communal services and learning opportunities - led by engaging and experienced leaders, as well as ample space to eat and relax in our sukkot, delicious kosher food (certified by KosherLA), scholarly lectures, family and adult programming, and plenty of rest and relaxation.
Come spend Sukkot enjoying our 2,800 campus surrounded by community - or enjoy the quiet and solitude - all in a COVID-complaint environment.
Sukkot 2021 Options
September 20-22, 2021
Monday afternoon through Wednesday night (optional stay-over through Thursday breakfast available).
We’ll start Sukkot together on Monday afternoon, enjoying delicious meals in our beautiful sukkot. Tuesday and Wednesday will be full of programming - for kids, families, and adults. The last meal of the weekend will be dinner on Wednesday night. Guests are welcome to leave as they like. Optional stay-over, including breakfast on Thursday morning, is available.
Guests are welcome to arrive after 2PM on Monday, 9/20, and spend the holiday with us, enjoying a range of camp activities. The retreat will include all meals - dinner Monday night through dinner Wednesday night. For guests who choose to stay over Wednesday night, a Thursday morning check-out (with breakfast) is an option.
September 27-29, 2021
Monday afternoon through Wednesday night (optional stay-over through Thursday breakfast available)
Join us as we celebrate Shmini Atzeret, Simchat Torah and wrap up the holiday together. We’ll provide the lodging, food and activities (including services, programming, and lectures).
Guests are welcome to arrive after 2PM on Monday, 9/27 and stay through Wednesday evening. For guests who choose to stay over Wednesday night, a Thursday morning check-out (with breakfast) is an option.
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Guests will have their own rooms in the motel-style cottage in our Adult Conference Center. Depending on the size of the guest unit, cottages will include 1-2 rooms for sleeping.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms and heating/air conditioning. 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. We encourage families to bring their own games, toys, and sports equipment. Bicycles are encouraged - with helmets!
We allow 3-4 days between groups, so we can deep clean all rooms and activity areas before guests arrive.
Food & Meals
Retreats will include all snacks and all festive/holiday meals. The first weekend will include festive meals. Guests are welcome to eat in our sukkot, or picnic outside. We’re happy to point you in the direction of the best picnic spots!
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.
One of the best features of our campus is the variety of programs we are able to offer our guests. After you register, you’ll be sent a form so we can gauge your interest in some/all of the following activities:
- Pool (weather permitting)
- Team building activities
- Challenge Course
- Climbing Wall
- The Swing
- 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
- Outdoor cooking
- Learning with guest scholars
All activity costs are included in the cost of the weekend. If you are coming as a family, at least 1 adult must accompany children to each activity.
- 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 s’mores!
Shabbat & Holidays
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 may need to take place outside, or with other accommodations due to health concerns regarding large group singing and gathering. 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).
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.
Health & Safety Is Our Primary Concern
Our weekend getaways are meant to provide our visitors with an opportunity to truly get away, safely, while leaving the cooking, cleaning, and programming to us!
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:
- Physical distancing is encouraged with other families and with our 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.
- Some activities will be open, and some will be scheduled by family or for 2-3 families at a time.
- Common areas and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized multiple times each day.
- All full-time and part-time AJU staff members are required to be vaccinated.
- Guest health check-ins will be conducted upon arrival, and all guests will be required to sign a commitment to that effect.
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, 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.
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 Policies
Sukkot registration will close on September 13, 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 September 1, 2021: Full refund, minus $250 administrative fee.
- Cancellations between September 1-12, 2021: Full refund, minus $500 fee per adult.
- Cancellations after September 12, 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 nbeckeraju.edu () for more information.
REGISTRATION LINK TO FOLLOW SOON.