Pluralist Jewish learning and living, outdoor
education and spiritual exploration in a
collaborative peer community facilitated by
dynamic Jewish, outdoor and experiential
education teachers on 3,000 acres of beautiful
California ranch land.
The Sheva Community at BCI is a fellowship
program that trains Jewish adults to be
experiential Jewish educators. While living on
a 3,000 acre ranch, fellows are trained in areas
of organic gardening, outdoor and wilderness
skills, Jewish text and tradition, experiential
Jewish education, community building, and
spiritual practice. Fellows experience a
hands-on training process with personalized
guidance and highly individualized learning
opportunities in different specialty areas.
Fellows learn and work 8 hours a day, 5 days a
week. In addition, they work as teachers and
staff members for educational and retreat
programs at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute every
month. Fellows will celebrate Shabbat together
as a community once a month. The full fellowship
is an 8-month program. However partial programs
may be worked out at the discretion of the
faculty (there is a 3-month minimum).
Communal work (farming, physical labor,
site development, etc…)
Individual work (time devoted to
personal projects and skill development)
Fellows will have individualized special
projects. Within the BCI framework,
each project will be decided upon
through discussion with the fellow and
the faculty, by assessing their skills,
and areas of desired growth. Such
projects could include; curriculum
development, artistic beautification
projects for BBI, Jewish learning, grant
writing, trail blazing, etc…
Group learning: Torah study and
Group Spiritual Practice: traditional
and creative prayer, yoga and
Individual Guidance: Opportunities for
personal and professional reflection,
questions and exploration of new ideas.
The Fellows live two people to a cottage, on the
BBI property. The Fellows will work together to
establish cottage rules and observances in
regards to ritual observance.
The application process for the 2006-2007
fellowship year has closed and will reopen in
Spring 2007. Please contact
email@example.com with questions.
Fellows must be at least 20 years old and
identify as Jewish. To apply for the Sheva
Community at BCI, please submit a resume, 2
reference letters (one professional and one
academic) and answers to the following
questions, no more than 4 pages:
1. What do you hope to gain from this
experience? Do you have specific goals or skills
that want to work on?
2. If you could do anything you wanted after you
finish this program, what would you do?
3. Please share with us a moment that had a
broad/defining/significant impact on your life.