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 mitzvot 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 Debbie Powell, dpowellataju.edu or (805) 582-4450 ext. 728.

  • Special Events and Catering

    Whether it's an elegant sit down dinner or a cocktail reception with sumptuous food stations 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 overseen by Rabbi Ami Markel.  All food is Glatt Kosher, Lubavitch Shechita, under the strict supervision of Rabbi Markel - KCA Kosher.

    KCA-Kosher, is the kosher arm of the non-profit religious organization, Kehillas Chasidei Admor and is dedicated to advancing kosher awareness and observance in the Jewish public, through seminars, the writing and dissemination of pertinent literature, as well as hands-on consultation, supervision and inspection.

    If you have additional questions about the Kashrut certification at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus, please contact Sam Levitt at slevittataju.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.

    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
    • Break-out rooms for 12-50 people each
    • Outside patios and terraces
    • Self Parking is available

    Alonim Dining Hall

    • Indoor space for up to 400
    • Outdoor space for up to 280 guests on the Plaza.
    • Self Parking is available.

    Children’s Center

    • Dining Hall -- Space for up to 500
    • Needleman – 3 Meeting spaces for 25-300
    • Rifkind – Large meeting room for 25-350
    • 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.

  • Accommodations

    The Adult Center

    • 54 comfortable, motel-style carpeted cottages each with two double beds and modern private bathrooms, heating and air-conditioning.
    • Separate contemporary dining room
    • Delicious Kosher meals & personalized menu planning
    • Meeting rooms of various capacities
    • Outdoor gathering spaces

    The Children’s Center

    • 16 cabins with bunks for up to 14 children each.
    • Each with own private bath
    • Separate dining room
    • Delicious Kosher meals & personalized menu planning
    • Meeting rooms of various capacities
    • 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 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 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
    • Basketball
    • Soccer
    • Baseball
    • Gaga
    • Football
    • Swimming,
    • Israeli Dance
    • Challah Braiding
    • Service project
    • Talent Show
    • Camp Fire
  • Venues

    Camp Area

    Up to 300 guests can be accommodated in the outdoor camp plaza. Indoors spaces and reception space for up to 400 including ample dance floor space.  Self parking is available for groups of less than 150.  Larger groups may require valet parking.


    Conference Center

    Glaser Plaza can be used for ceremony space and can accommodate up to 250 guests.  Indoors eating for 150 and outdoor seating for 300 is available as well.


    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. 

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    Lee Village Conference Housing
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    House of the Book outdoor venue space
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    Meeting Space