Miller Intro to Judaism Affiliate Summit

Monday, October 19 - Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University

It’s time to connect

Photo of Brandeis MountainsThe Intro Program invites you to participate in our first-ever National Affiliate Network Summit at AJU's beautiful Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley, California. Connect with other educators teaching the Miller Intro Program curriculum across North America to discuss best practices, priorities, and challenges of welcoming newcomers to Judaism.

We are building a movement for a more inclusive Jewish community. Your presence will help shape that vision. 

This summit has limited space available, so let us know if you can join us today! 

For more information, please contact Deborah Engel Kollin, Relationship Manager,

This summit is generously supported by a grant from the Crown Family Philanthropies

  • What to Expect

    We will delve deeply into our shared work, learn from experts in the field of working with Jews by Choice, discuss challenges, hear case studies, and discovering best practices.  All of us share common experiences and have a lot of collected wisdom. By coming together we can lift up each other's work, find gaps in what we are currently offering, and come up with actionable steps that we can implement to make a more inclusive Jewish community. 

    We are excited to annouce Sarah Hurwitz, author of Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life in Judaism as our keynote speaker. Sarah served as the head speechwriter to First Lady Michelle Obama, and was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council by President Obama. Her memoir of re-discovering Judaism through an Intro to Judaism class was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in 2019.

    Our goal is for each participant to feel part of a network and feel supported in the holy work we all do, so we are pleased to be able to invite you to participate at no charge. 

  • Costs

    Thanks to the generous support of the Crown Family Foundation, we are able to invite you to participate in this Summit at no cost. Air travel stipends (up to $400) are available for those traveling from outside of the Southern California area.

  • Accommodations

    The Brandeis-Bardin Campus is AJU’s beautiful, rural 2,700-acre campus set in the rolling hills near Simi Valley. It’s quiet, peaceful, and feels like it’s a million miles away from city life, when it’s actually only a short drive from LA.

    A standard room includes two, full-sized beds, a private bathroom and shower, a mini-fridge, and an air conditioning unit.

    In short, this is neither the wooden bunk-beds with paper-thin mattresses of your summer camp nightmares nor is it a 5-star hotel. It’s rustic, but comfortable, like a retreat center should be. And, you won’t find a much better view than what you’ll wake up to at Brandeis-Bardin.

  • Can I Come for Part of the Summit?

    Part of what makes this gathering special is the community of practice we are building.  Therefore, we ask people to arrive with enough time to settle in before our first session which starts promptly at 4:00 PM on Monday, June 1st. In the same spirit we ask that you stay until the end of the Summit which ends at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, June 3rd.