The Outdoor Jewish Experience (OJE) is an alternative option for 3rd-5th grade students. Students spend eight Sundays at Brandeis-Bardin Institute learning about a wide variety of Jewish topics. Students also have the opportunity to participate in many of the unique activities camp offers including climbing the tower, working and learning in the garden, going on nature hikes, and many others. Judaism is infused throughout all of these activities to create a full day of fun and Jewish learning.

In OJE, students begin or continue our individualized Hebrew program. After passing the Golden Aleph Test (correctly identifying the names and sounds of all of the letters and the sounds of all of the vowels), they move at their own pace through the prayers, testing at each level to achieve their next dog tag. During this time, students work in mixed grade level groups, with other students at their same level.

By the end of the year, OJE students who attend regularly should be able to:

  • Describe some of their own beliefs about God.
  • Explain a Jewish text about nature.
  • Assess an important event in Jewish history.
  • Advance in Hebrew from where they started at the beginning of the year.*


* As our students move at their own pace through the program and because we have students who begin learning Hebrew for the first time in all grades, we do not set markers for what a child “must” learn by the end of a certain year.