Quick Facts

Who: Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America

When: Sep 4-7, 2009 (Pre-Trips start earlier)

Where: Brandeis Bardin, Simi Valley, CA

Why: Fun, of course! You'll also meet other like- minded Jews who love the outdoors!

How: Registration is now closed. We'll see you in 2010!

Cost: Cost is $344 members, $364 non-members

The basic event will include hikes of various lengths and difficulty, nature walks, and a variety of in-camp activities such as swimming, tennis, volleyball, and softball. Nightly programming will include mixers, dances, Shabbat under the stars, campfires, and more! All meals are included, as are cabin bunkhouse accommodations.


- Explore LA (Sept 2-4)
- PCH (Aug 29-Sep4).
- Visit Ventura (Sept 2-4)
- Campout in Channel Islands (Sept 2-4)

Did You Know?

- The hiking terrain at Brandeis Bardin is often compared to that of Israel
- Simi valley was originally inhabited by the Chumash Indians in two villages named Simi and Tapo.
- The official tree of Simi Valley is the Coast Live Oak, whose acorns were used by the Chumash Indians for food.

About the International Event

Often described as "summer camp for adults," Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America presents the annual Labor Day weekend retreat that allows Jewish adults with a love of the outdoors to get "back to nature" and have some fun!


2009 International Event
Sep 4-7, 2009
Plus Four Fabulous Pre-Trip Options!

Dreamin' of California? Come to the beautiful Simi Valley, just outside of Malibu, CA for the 19th Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America International Event! From our luxurious base camp at the Brandeis Bardin Institute, we'll have all the activities we?ll want right on property; No shuttling to nearby parks! Just get to camp, and stay there for the weekend.

But before you do... how about Exploring LA? Camping in the Channel Islands? Visiting Ventura? or Meandering down the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco?! All these options are available this year in our fabulous Pre-Trips! You can Arrive Thursday. Or Wednesday. Or even the Saturday before the Event -- to explore what California has to offer. Just click on the Pre-Trip menu options to learn more about these amazing adventures.

Brandeis Bardin Institute

We'll head to the west coast after the summer tourist season for a weekend full of outdoor activities, fun, and socializing, Mosaic style. Our host camp for the 2009 International Event is Camp Alohim at Brandeis Bardin in Simi Valley, CA. The camp is beautifully situated on 3,000 acres of virgin land, and is strictly kosher! In 1972, the neighboring land owner, James Arness, Matt Dillon of TV?s ?Gun Smoke? donated his 950 acres, bringing the property to approximately 3,000 acres. This is the second largest piece of land held for Jewish communal purpose, second only to the State of Israel. We're so excited about sharing Simi Valley and Southern California mountains with you from our spectacular base of operations at the Brandeis Bardin Institute.


There is sooooo much to do on the camp property that there is no need to leave during our short, 4-day/3-night stay.

We?ve selected the best activities to offer over the course of the weekend: horseback riding, alpine tower challenge, mountain biking, organic gardening, wilderness survival skills, swimming, Jewish arts & crafts, massage therapy workshops, and hiking -- lots of hiking! The landscape is very close to that of Israel. There are no trails, but you can?t get lost. Follow your heart when you hike, scramble some boulders, climb to a ridge, or visit the Village of Caves for some spectacular archaeological treasures. There?s truly plenty for everyone.

We mentioned swimming, and swimming there will be. It may get warm in the afternoons, but we?ve got the whole camp to ourselves, including the swimming pool, which is open 24 hours a day for us.


After the sun goes down, we will mingle and schmooze, learn new things, celebrate Shabbat, enjoy a dessert buffet & pool party, dance, and listen to some great music! On Saturday night, we'll celebrate Havdallah with a beautiful candlelight ceremony, do some Israeli dancing, take a night hike, do some stargazing, and of course, enjoy the ever-present Mosaic campfire.

This is gonna be one great trip!


Mark your calendars now for another amazing, fun-filled Event!

About Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America

Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America is a non-profit organization focused on bringing Jewish Adults together where they can experience and explore the outdoors and the Jewish experience, history and background in environments that promote Jewish learning, continuity and community. Mosaic has more than 20 clubs in the United States, Canada and Israel. Learn more by visiting us at www.mosaicoutdoor.org

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