2 Jewish educational institutes are merging

From Times Staff Reports

The University of Judaism, a 250-student institution in Bel-Air, and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, an education and camping organization in Simi Valley, are merging, officials announced Wednesday. The new organization will be called the American Jewish University.

The University of Judaism offers undergraduate and graduate degrees along with a rabbinical studies program affiliated with the Conservative Movement. Brandeis-Bardin is best known in the Jewish community for its nondenominational summer programs for children, teens and young adults.

Robert Wexler, the University of Judaism’s president, will become the executive of the merged organizations.