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 Marriage Check-up

 April 20-22, 2007

 Institute for Newly
 Married Couples

  May 4-6, 2007

 BBI Honors
 Annual Dinner

May 10, 2007

 Bardin Leadership
June 13-24, 2007

 BCI Classic
June 27-July 22, 2007

 Session 1
June 19-July 1, 2007
 Mini Camp
June 24-July 1, 2007
 Session 2
July 3-July 22, 2007
 Session 3
July 24-Aug. 12, 2007

 Gan Alonim Day Camp
Begins June 18, 2007
Ends August 10, 2007



A Fellowship Program

Hear what current Sheva Fellows have to say:


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). 

  • Daily activities include:

  • 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… 

  • Activities that will take place 1-3 times a week:

  • Group learning: Torah study and discussions

  • Group Spiritual Practice: traditional and creative prayer, yoga and meditation.

  • Individual Guidance: Opportunities for personal and professional reflection, questions and exploration of new ideas.

  •  Once a month activities can include:

  • Special speakers

  • Celebrating Shabbat together

  • Off-site trips and outings


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. 

Please Note:
The application process for the 2006-2007 fellowship year has closed and will reopen in Spring 2007. Please contact ltapper@thebbi.org  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.

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