Bais Chana Women International Inc

Rating: 4.97 stars   208 reviews

Address:

383 Kingston Ave Ste 248 Brooklyn NY 11213 USA

Mission:

We provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment for Jewish girls and women to explore the Jewish teachings and traditions that are their rightful inheritance; we educate them in their search for a positive, compelling image of womanhood; and help them confront the spiritual and moral challenges in their lives. They do so, both personally and collectively, with the assistance of gifted educators and mentors, and a powerful network of their peers.

Geographic areas served:

International

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718 604 0088
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Reviews for Bais Chana Women International Inc

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Beis Chana's Snorkel and Study program was a life changing experience for me. The classes were phenomenal, providing me a deeper and captivating look in to what's behind our Jewish traditions. Growing up in a conservative Jewish environment, I really appreciated the new perspective that the program gently illustrated. And of course, I made lasting friendships. I did Beis Chana at least three years ago and I just met up in Jerusalem with some friends from the program! Beis Chana attracts girls who really care. Good-hearted people, great classes, and of course, great food! I would recommend, and have recommended, Beis Chana to any and every Jewish woman regardless of their background.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My entire being. I am more confident in my every day work, my relationships, and even when I'm alone with myself. I feel capable of putting 100% of my efforts in to the things that I do for others and for myself. The power of this program still runs through my veins and fuels my soul to this day! As is evident in that I'm finally continuing on with my Jewish education at Neve Yerushalyim today. Thanks Beis Chana!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing. I really enjoyed the entire thing. It ran smoothly and I felt that people were there to answer my questions whenever I asked.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Beis Chana blasted me into a whole new stage of life. For a week I got nothing but star treatment in a gorgeous resort. The many classes on almost every Jewish topic were super informative. Sometimes I came out with a brighter soul, other times I came out confused. But that was the beauty of Beis Chana. In the end, everyone came out a bigger and better person. I remember after a class on the soul I left feeling light as a feather and knew that I would continue my journey in to Judaism forever. I felt as if the Rabbi giving the lecture had picked that class just for me because he knew of my struggles right at that moment in life. I also made friends who I still talk to today, over a year and a half afterwards. I'm from Seattle and I just got back this weekend from my counselor's wedding in New York! Of course it takes a lot of work to remain friends, but it was so easy to make friends on the program because of the friendly and open environment on the program. All of the girls (and I mean all) were friends on that trip. I remember after a long day of classes and snorkeling, me and a bunch of girls stayed up at night on the roof of our condo, looking at the stars and reflecting on our week so far. Some of the girls I hadn't even met before then, yet we were discussing Judaism as if we'd been friends our whole lives. No guards were up, just real talk. All in all Beis Chana's Snorkel and Study was a week of meeting cool new people, snorkeling, and pure adventure into the soul.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am no longer afraid to seek out a Jewish education. Once I went on this program I realized that it is okay to be a grown Jewish woman who doesn't know the basics of Judaism, and that it is okay to seek out that knowledge.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I had an incredible experience with Bais Chana. The teachers were knowledgeable and caring, and even when dealing with difficult life issues, were really there for me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My personal and professional life. It has helped me to grow as a person, and to let go

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing, it is so well run, there isn't a thing that I would change.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Bais Chana is an unbelievable organization. It allows Jewish women from all over the world to come together for a common cause, explore their personal lives, and learn about our heritage, culture, past, and present. By examining Judaism in depth with world renowned leaders. I was able to explore my personal life with the help of multiple counselors and leaders. They allowed me to be very open, think about all the positives, and ways to change what I wanted to. I have never felt more at home.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My personal life. I have made changes that have made me a happier person, enjoying my religion more as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make the trips longer! :) Everything was fabulous.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Going to Bais Chana was an amazing experience for me, I had the opportunity to learn more about judaism among a group of very talented people and after I left I felt I had a new kind of energy within my self.
The women I met were always willing to have interesting and challenging conversations, their spirit is nothing like I have ever seen before and I would love to have the chance to go back again to this beautiful place.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in all aspects of my daily life

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change anything....

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Amazing. I had a great experience and learned an incredible amount. Every second was thoroughly planned and used in the best possible way. Not one second went by wasted. There were amazing controversial lectures by talented and brilliant speakers. I was engaged and learned an infinite amount of wisdom that can be applied in every day life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have learned to be more patient and understanding, and have applied lessons learned in all aspects of my daily life such as interacting with others.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't! They are unbelievable in everything they do. Very organized and prepared.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

In an ever changing world, remaining grounded and directed and true to your values and morals is often difficult. Caught between what society dictates and what our values erg us to be, finding peace is often difficult. The world demands so much, who are we, where are we going ? where do we come from , Where do we begin. Our life is a Journey and we are constantly seeking growth. Having been involved with Bais Chana as both a student and a volunteer I personally have been touched by their love and devotion to each individual no matter what their circumstance is in life. Bais Chana, stands strong in encouraging women to be empowered by the values of our Jewish Heritage. Through learning about modesty, the role of a Jewish women , one becomes empowered by the beauty in the responsibility of being a women.
No matter how long you are there for , Bais Chana provides structure and core values in dealing with life's challenges, helping women stay strong and true to their Jewish Values, empowering Jewish Women to build strong and ever lasting connections to Judaism, that inform our every day lives.
For me , there programs were life altering. It gave me the tools to navigate my way through life as a Jewish Women, staying strong to me heritage and my values.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In my most challenging times, they have been there for me. They have inspired, grounded and directed me in so many ways.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure that they get huge financial support so that they can continue doing what they do with greater measure and reach more people with more programs. Changing the lives of many women for the good.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Bais Chana is the kind of place we all call home. On my first trip, I was greeted by a group of women and girls of all ages, sizes, and colors sitting around like family. What was most notable about the group was its diversity and acceptance to people of all kinds. We were all there with a common goal: to learn, to understand, to change, to live. Bais Chana was the perfect place for that to happen.
Hinda Leah Sharfstein, the executive and administrator of Bais Chana, as well as the rest of the staff, are fully aware of the importance of one's spiritual health and learning Torah. Hinda Leah does all in her power to ensure that anyone who is remotely interested or open to learning can be a part of the program, regardless of financial woes or what not. She lives as a service to others in need and devotes everything she has to the success of the program. As the voice of the organization, it is her that one can look towards to define what Bais Chana is: a humble place that helps a proud amount of people.
Rabbi Manis Friedman, the heart of the program, teaches in a unique and special way. His unusual wisdom and immense knowledge make the classes stimulating, interesting, and a challenge too. From him, we learn what a Jew is, how to love God, and what it means to have a soul. He also devotes many hours to individually helping his students with his extensive experience as a Rabbi helping people and with his knowledge of homeopathy.
Bais Chana is a program like no other. It offers help, guidance, and love, to women from all walks of life. When we leave Bais Chana, we leave changed. We leave as renewed individuals. We leave with a deeper understanding in life. We leave living. We know what we are doing here, and we know why.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... in every aspect of my life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would spread the word and make sure more people reap the benefits of such a wonderful program. The only other change I'd make would be to pump in some more money because almost everybody comes on the program on a scholarship.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

B"H
I really loved Snorkel and Study. It was life altering and all together a positive and challenging experience. I recommend it to anyone who is looking to learn what it means to be a Jewish woman in her twenties.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

B"H my whole life!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

B"H make it longer!!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to a Bais Chana program called Snorkel and Study. It really impacted me tremendously and motivated me to eventually study in Israel for several months at a seminary.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

snorkel and study

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

publicize it more

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to Bais Chana through the Rabbitson at my shul and took a chance and went only a few short weeks after finding out about it. Bais Chana has changed my life in many ways. It's elevated my learning and grounded my existence.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many facets of my life. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't apply something I learned there to my life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the staff's pay!!

 
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