This year was my second year going to the Bais Chana Retreat, that says something because I can lose interest easily. They know how to reach out to Jewish women of all ages and empower them in their daily undertakings, and whatever we do in our community we do better after being in this retreat. I think I will go every spring to renew my spirit and knowledge.
Because of my family's financial status, I have never attended camp as a camper before. At age 17, Bais Chana gave me the opportunity to experience so much more than camp. Bais Chana opened my eyes to a new perspective on life and taught me so much about Judaism - my religion, that otherwise, I would never have learned. My camp experience was the best that I have ever had. Bais Chana is a life-changing experience. The counselors were a few years older than myself and incredibly thoughtful and attainable. I have had a fairly limited Jewish education and Bais Chana was a completely open and free environment where I felt completely comforetable to ask questions of all sorts. I still keep in touch with many of the counselors who have been eager to help me with various situations that I have had to deal with since camp. They are all so loving, kind, compassionate, deep-thinking individuals. Another thing thats valuable to mention (yet may be considered a little odd), the food I ate at Bais Chana, completely kosher, and probably the most amazing food I've ever eaten. I don't think I ever ate as many consecutavely well-prepared meals. I met girls that I have become very close friends with. Real people that are so unique and genuine - things I've never before had in a friend. It has almost been a year after my Bais Chana experience, and I talk to some girls on a daily basis. Girls that live in Florida, New York, California, Wisconsin - despite geographical differences we all have so much in common and so much to share. During the 3 week experience, a graphologist came to talk to us, individually and analyze our handwriting. I was very intrigued, but honestly not expecting to get much out of my session with the man. I was surprised that he took the time to talk to me for over half an hour discussing and identifying certain issues that I have been having. This experience was very valuable when I went home - it helped me better understand my father and our strained relationship. We stayed close to an Amish community which was picturesque and educational. The outings were wonderful and very thoughtful, including bicycling on a scenic trail, visiting a senior center, recovering a cemetary, and so much more. Bais Chana helped me develop a better relationship with myself, my mother and, and G-d. It's a truely beautiful experience - my statement is hardly giving it justice. Bais Chana also has weekend programs scattered throughout the year - I met amazing girls there aswell and was somehow able to bond intensely with the girls/counselors despite the fact that it was only for a few days. Rabbi Manis Friedman's classes are so refreshing, enlightening, life-changing. I still read my notes that I took from his classes and watch his classes online. He is truly a phenomenal instructor. I am truly privleged to have the chance to see his classes live and be a part of his discussions. He answered anonymous questions we placed in the question box which created a totally free environment to ask anything we want. If I could give this organization 10 stars, I truly would. I don't know who I would be if I hadn't gone to Bais Chana. This program saved my life.
Bais Chana helped me to understand the role of women in Judaism through interactive discussions and engaging lectures. In addition to making new friends and learning, I had the opportunity to go snorkeling in Key Largo, Florida.
I had the privilege to participate in Baud Chana International's Snorkel and Study program this past winter. I was touched by the dedication of volunteers and teachers of the organization. Their unparalleled selflessness and zest for life was contagious and helped catapult me out of a depression that I had suffered from since the sudden tragic death of a close friend of mine. Since his death, I hadnot felt the true ability to open up. This trip harbored an environment where I could not only open up once again; but also felt fully comfortable expressing myself. I feel confident in saying that this organization deserves recognition as one that helps individuals and empowers women from all walks of life.
A few years ago, a friend of mine was attending Bais Chana and she suggested I join her. I have since attended numerous programs. Bais Chana has shown me the absolute beauty that is uncovered in humanity when competition and pettiness are brushed away and are replaced with acceptance, empowerment, spirituality, and growth. Frequently I find myself quoting things I've learnt on a program to friends, family, and co-workers. I highly reccomend Bais Chana to any woman looking for a quality experience! Â
Snorkel and study is a terrific program where young women can discuss ideas, religion, family life, and many more important topics. The faculty were outstanding. They incorporated humor, sincerity, and warmth as they broached a variety of subjects: life, Torah, happiness, marriage, myths, and much more. Staff and faculty were available to teach or counsel students one-on-one.
Attending Bais Chana was an incredibly empowering experience. The program allowed me to have a greater understanding of my Jewish heritage, boost my overall self-awareness, and create meaningful and lasting relationships with other college-aged women. The teachers and educators were both knowledgeable and compassionate role models with strong sense of purpose and commitment. The topics we explored promoted positivity and values. I know that the one weekend I spent on Snorkel & Study will be forever enriching.
I have always had an interesting relationship with my Judaism and sometimes felt like I was clinging to the outskirts of each movement. I was dying for more education and to meet like-minded women. Along came Bais Chana. I am so thankful to have had the experience, which I couldn't have had without their scholarships. It has inspired me and empowered me and now I am pursing more Jewish education in the hopes of becoming an advocate for women in Judaism.
I love Bais Chana. My daughters found Bais Chana when they were in 9th and 10th grade. They have a difficult life as they both have Cystic Fibrosis and although we had been managing up until we found Bais Chana to lead good lives, positive lives, we needed more and we needed more answers. Bais Chana gave our whole family a new perspective, an invigorated perspective to carry on, to gather strength, to forge ahead and know that everything is as it should be and that G-d provides what we need. Since we found Bais Chana, my girls have grown into confident, happy, grounded, focused young women who know what they are supposed to do in life and when they have questions, they know where to find the answers. As a family, they have brought my husband and me along as well, and we have all grown and intensified the good relationship we have always had. We attend as many Bais Chana events as possible and always look forward to the strength and valuable life lessons they teach us. I cannot say enough good things about Bais Chana. Our lives would be completely different withouth this wonderful institution. Thank you G-d for helping us find them!!!!! And thanks for the online resources that we can use everyday!!!!
excellent - the semimar was well organized - great/ inspirational/ nice people / good healthy food Organization that helps women from a variety of Jewish backgrounds. Speakers were varied in style and content - appealing to different people