Shalom Institute is a Jewish Community and Retreat Center without walls.
We create transformative experiences for all walks of life in variety of incredible venues throughout Southern California and beyond, including Israel.
Alan D. Leve Campus in Malibu
Located in the scenic mountains of Malibu, in Southern California, only 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean near Leo Carrillo State Beach and less than 45 minutes from Los Angeles, the Shalom Institute’s newly renamed Alan D. Leve Campus sits on 200 acres of breathtaking wilderness, an oak and sycamore covered terrain with hiking trails, sweeping panoramic views, and waterfalls – a true Southern California retreat center jewel. In November 2018, the Woolsey Fire destroyed 95% of our facilities. While we are in the process of rebuilding our campus, we are running summer camp overnights, day programs such as Jewish holiday family fun days as well as day retreats and programs for synagogue and day schools.
Our campus is available for rentals – filming, parking, nature walks, team building, day retreats. Our facilities are limited currently due to the damage from the Woolsey Fire, but there is an abundance of beauty and space for your needs.
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From the San Fernando Valley:
- Take the Ventura Freeway (US 101) west to Kanan Rd
- Turn left onto Kanan and go 6 miles to Mulholland Hwy
- Turn right onto Mulholland Hwy
- After 1 mile the road forks—stay to the left onto Encinal Cyn Rd
- After 3.5 miles, Encinal will end at Lechusa
- Turn right onto Lechusa, which will immediately end at Decker Cyn Rd (23)
- Turn right onto Decker for 3⁄4 mile to Mulholland Hwy (stop sign)
- Turn left onto Mulholland
- Shalom Institute is 2.5 miles from this point on the left side
From Los Angeles
- Take the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) west until it turns into Pacific Coast Hwy (Route1)
- Continue on PCH for 27 miles to Mulholland Hwy (just past Leo Carrillo campgrounds)
- Turn right onto Mulholland Hwy and go 5 miles
- Shalom Institute will be on the right side
Gold Creek Center
Gold Creek Center is the summer home of two of our signature experiences, Camp JCA Shalom and Camp Gesher. It is beautifully tucked away at the foot of the magnificent mountains of the Angeles National Forest, just 20-30 minutes from the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Simi Valley, and Santa Clarita and less than 45 minutes from the Conejo Valley and West Los Angeles. The 270+ acres include a pool, ball fields, basketball courts (indoor and outdoor), and air-conditioned indoor program and living spaces.
The property’s history includes being the former residence of legendary filmmaker, Cecil B. DeMille and the facility is dotted with artifacts from his celebrated career, such as the main gate and the Stone House, the gates were used in DeMille’s masterpiece “The Ten Commandments.”
For more information on Gold Creek Center, click here.
Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue
Following the Woolsey Fire destruction of our Malibu farm and gardens, Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue welcomed in our Shemesh Farms social enterprise to their beautiful campus overlooking the ocean where the Farm Fellows (our Shemesh Farms employees) and volunteers have created a new micro garden, started a hydroponic garden with tower gardens, fulfill orders, and hold their business meetings. Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue is located on Pacific Coast Highway, right next to Pepperdine University. We love our “Shemesh by the Sea”.
For more information on Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue, please click here.
Since the Woolsey Fire, we have partnered with other Southern California retreat and camp centers such as Camp Ramah in Ojai, the American Jewish University’s Brandeis- Bardin Institute to run our programs like Sherut L’Olam and our full-service retreats and family camps for PJ Library, synagogues, and day schools.