Located in Simi Valley, the American Jewish University's Brandeis-Bardin Campus offers a multitude of unique spaces for lifecycle events such as b'nai mitzvah and Jewish weddings, religious and educational retreats and conferences. The beautifully landscaped grounds and breathtaking views of the Santa Susana Mountains offer a stunning backdrop to any experience. To get started, contact John Luong, john.luongataju.edu or (805) 915-0728 (office).

  • Special Events and Catering

    Whether it's an elegant sit down dinner, or a cocktail reception with sumptuous food, to celebrate the significant Jewish milestone in your life, or an overnight educational retreat full of wonderful glatt Kosher meals, our versatile facility offers striking indoor and outdoor settings designed to host from 5 to 500 guests for an unparalleled glatt Kosher dining experience. Whichever location and atmosphere you select, you'll be assured complete satisfaction for you and your guests. Please contact us directly for more information about planning your special event! 

     

  • Kashrut

    Kashrut at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of AJU is under the strict Rabbinical supervision of Kosher LA.

    All meats are Glatt Kosher and all cooking is Bishul Yisrael. There is a Masgiach Temidi on premises. 

    Kosher LA is a nationally recognized kosher certifying agency since 1994, based in Los Angeles, California and rooted in generations of upstanding, knowledgeable and caring Orthodox rabbis. Kosher LA strives to provide kosher supervision in a manner that serves both the vendor and the consumer with "Derech Eretz" and mutual respect, while also maintaining the integrity of Halacha/Jewish law and the Kashrut standards of Orthodox Judaism. 

    If you have additional questions about the Kashrut certification at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus, please contact us at nbeckerataju.edu ()

     

  • Conferences and Retreats

    Discover the comfortable elegance of the Conference Center at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University. Nestled in 3,000 acres only 30 minutes from Los Angeles, the Conference Center is the perfect setting for groups seeking to relax, refresh and reflect. Here you can clear your mind and prepare to focus in an environment ideal for creative thinking and productive collaboration.

    The Conference Center offers groups from 25 to 250 people contemporary, well-equipped meeting facilities. There is an adult village with motel style rooms and a youth campus with cabins. Each village has its own separate dining room and meeting facilities.

    From one-day meetings to overnight conferences and multi-day events, The Conference Center hosts a variety of , Non-profit Organizations and Schools. The Center is a perfect location for School Field Trips, Faculty Briefings, Educational Programs and more.

    We offer a wide variety of recreational activities and we provide specialized programming for outdoor experiences, team building and leadership development, and spiritual retreats. Our goal is to seamlessly blend your guests and your goals with our dedicated staff and our specialized programming. We take care of the details of your program so you can focus on meeting your conference objectives. 

    Wireless internet is available in certain locations throughout the grounds.

     

  • Educational Programs

    At the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University, we offer a wide range of programs to fit the needs of your group. We will work with you to create a schedule appropriate to your educational goals. Our programs have been designed to promote social interaction between the group participants and to supplement the education that they receive at school in the environment, science, social studies and the arts. Language Arts activities can accompany any of these activities through the use of journaling and storytelling. All activities are developed with California state educational standards in mind.

    Our specialized programming draws on the resources of AJU Brandeis-Bardin Campus , which has spent over 60 years crafting curricula for informal educational classes, events and retreats. With this expertise we can support the development of a customized agenda for your group.

    Groups are welcome to enjoy the following activities: 

    • Recreation, including tennis, swimming, and basketball 
    • Horseback riding on our 3,000 acre property on trails 
    • Hiking trails offering easy to challenging experiences 
    • Camping in secluded, wooded outdoor areas 
    • Adventure course, including three ropes course. 
    • Arts and music, taught by experienced dance instructors.
    • Archery, shelter-building, outdoor cooking, tomahawk throwing, and more!

    In addition to recreation and the arts, we offer specialized programming, which includes outdoor environmental education led by a prominent outdoor experiential educator, team building and leadership development on our challenging adventure course, and spiritual retreats with yoga or meditation, and academic classes and workshops.  

     

  • Meeting Locations

    The Adult Conference Center

    The Adult Conference Center provides a variety of meeting rooms, including:

    • The Molle Library that can accommodate up to 100 people
    • The Wapner room which has a small stage and fireplace for up to 250 people
    • Large dining hall that can seat up to 220
    • Small dining hall that seats up to 40
    • Break-out rooms for 12-50 people each
    • Outside patios and terraces
    • Wifi available throughout the conference center
    • Self Parking is available

     


    Alonim Dining Hall

    • Large indoor dining hall with space for up to 500
    • Outdoor space for up to 280 guests on the dance pavilion
    • Self Parking is available.

     


    Children’s Center

    • Dining Hall -- Space for up to 500
    • Needleman – 3 Meeting spaces for 25-300, plus a large Art Room
    • Rifkind – Large meeting room for 25-350
    • Rustic large barn available, space up to 200
    • Wifi available in select meeting rooms and in the dining room
    • Additional rooms available

     


    House of the Book

    • Two Outdoor locations with seating up to 200
    • Indoor Meeting areas for up to 500
    • Self parking is available

    Media support staff provide quality audio visual equipment and services to ensure the efficient delivery of your conference message. For advanced sound systems or staging, we are happy to rent the necessary selected equipment.

    Our staff is available to assist with audio-visual needs, sound systems, and staging. 

     

  • Accommodations

    The Adult Conference Center

    • 54 comfortable, motel-style carpeted cottages each with two double beds and modern private bathrooms, heating and air-conditioning.
    • Separate contemporary dining rooms
    • Delicious Kosher meals & personalized menu planning
    • Large and small meeting rooms 
    • Wifi throughout
    • Outdoor gathering spaces

     


    The Children’s Center

    • 16 cabins with bunks for up to 14 children each
    • Each with own private bathroom
    • Trailers and smaller cabins available for staff 
    • Separate dining room
    • Delicious Kosher meals & personalized menu planning
    • Meeting rooms of various capacities
    • Selected wifi access
    • Outdoor gathering spaces
  • School Retreats and Field Trips

    Bring your school or youth group to the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University for an experience full of education, self-discovery and team building. Nestled in 3,000 acres only 30 minutes from Los Angeles, the campus is the perfect setting for groups seeking to learn, share and bond. Here you can clear your mind and prepare to focus in an environment ideal for creative thinking, group bonding, and productive collaboration.

    The Brandeis-Bardin Campus offers groups from 25 to 250 people a facility equipped with cabins, team building courses, miles of hiking trails and indoor and outdoor gathering areas for group activities and meetings. Groups share meals together in our spacious dining facilities with menus that are kosher, kid-friendly and nutritious.

    From one-day field trips to week-long overnights, the Brandeis-Bardin Campus hosts a variety of programs that meet the curricular and communal goals of teachers and group leaders.

    We offer a wide variety of recreational activities and we provide specialized programming for outdoor experiences, team building and leadership development, as well as spiritual retreats. Our goal is to seamlessly blend your participants and your agenda with our dedicated staff and our specialized programming. We take care of the details of your program so you can focus on meeting your group’s objectives. We offer wireless Internet throughout the grounds.

    Pick the programs that best meet your educational needs:

    • Horseback Riding
    • Hiking
    • Gardening
    • Composting workshop
    • Climbing Wall
    • Alpine tower
    • Arts and crafts
    • Drama
    • Team building
    • Survival training
    • Archery
    • Tomahawks
    • Basketball
    • Soccer
    • Baseball
    • Gaga
    • Football
    • Swimming,
    • Israeli Dance
    • Cooking (outdoor and indoor!)
    • Challah Braiding
    • Service project
    • Talent Show
    • Camp Fire
  • Venues

    Adult Conference Center

    • Gunther Dining Hall - seats 220
    • Millet Circle - small dining hall, seats 40
    • Molle Library - seats 100
    • Wapner Patio - seats 250
    • Rustic Rec Hall - large open space with a stage, seats 400
    • Fligelman Building - ideal for registration, use as a lounge during your stay or as a small meeting room
    • Other indoor meeting rooms include two smaller rooms (12-15 people), a rotunda, and a dance studio
    • Small pool available for use (with a lifeguard)
    • Campfire area with fire pit and seating for 50
    • Hiking trails
    • Glaser Plaza can be used for outdoor ceremony space and can accommodate up to 250 guests.  Indoors eating for 150 and outdoor seating for 300 is available as well.

    Camp Area

    • Pritzker Dining Hall - seats up to 500 (with a smaller dining room attached)
    • Alonim Dance Pavilion - for use as an outdoor space, or for meetings of up to 300
    • Needleman Building - three large meeting rooms, one large art room
    • Alonim Rec Hall - rustic building, seats 200
    • Many outdoor areas, including three large fields - Terry Field, the Old Sports Field, and Gan Field
    • Large Olympic-size pool available for use (with a lifeguard)
    • Squirrel Hall - small meeting building
    • Two playgrounds
    • Outdoor amphitheatre that seats 600, with campfire area
    • Hiking trails
    • Animal area with goats, horses, peacocks, and our caged STEAM Lab animals.

     


    House of the Book

    • Two outdoor locations with seating up to 250 are available. 
    • Indoor seating can accommodate up to 500 people and include a dance floor. 

    All of our facility rental pricing includes white wood folding chairs, round tables that seat 8-12 guests, table linens and napkins for up to 200 guests. If you are interested in renting upgraded chairs or linens, we can gladly assist you with that rental. For additional information, please contact us at 310-440-1597. 

    For all areas, self parking is available for groups of less than 150.  Larger groups may require valet parking.

    Our staff is available to assist with audio-visual needs, sound systems, and staging. 

CONTACT US:

Our staff is eager to answer your questions and help you make the most of your visit to our campus - whether it’s for a one-day program, an overnight stay, or a week-long adventure!

Questions about filming on our campus: 
John Luong, Senior Director of Hospitality, john.luongataju.edu

Questions about dates, booking, special events, or facilities: 
Navah Kelman Becker, Director of Programming, nbeckerataju.edu

Questions about our outdoor education program or the JENE Fellowship: 
Aryeh Goldman, Director of Outdoor Education, agoldmanataju.edu

Questions about our challenge course and designing a program to fit your group’s needs:
Margarita Kouzel, Challenge Course Manager, margarita.kouzelataju.edu

 

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    Lee Village Conference Housing
  • Photograph of House of  the Book
    House of the Book outdoor venue space
  • Photograph of meeting space set up
    Meeting Space