They offer exceedingly well rounded educations within Judaism to women who may have not had that type of opportunity otherwise. The staff is passion and compassionate. The women they attract are hungry for learning and kind.
This is an amazing organization.
I heard of Bais Chana many years ago and that they organise seminars gathering women from around the globe, from all walks of life and reach out to each and everyone to get reinforced in their religion, learn Torah and reach to new levels of spirituality for all ages! I became exited and absolutely wanted to attend a seminar! A person helped me to connect with Bais Chana and they helped me to go. The seminar is everything that it's reputation says about it and so much more! Since my first seminar 4 years ago i have kept most of the solid friendships made, i got to travel and Tour Israel with Bais Chana and i got to stay and additional 6 month to learn Torah in Israel with referals from Bais Chana.
You should know that when all this started, i was 33 years old, from a completely secular traditional family, i went to a convent high school, being the only jew there, then went to secular college and University, had a glamourous life working on film sets, working as a fashion photographer and having many famous friends from Hollywood. My older brother and sister intermarried assimilated and later at 30 i nearly lost my life from a sever head injury.
So when i went to Bais Chana, i started to let go of my entire past and was ready to rebuild my jewish life which i knew absolutely nothing of. I had a new whole new world to gain. Within a year i learned how to live a spiritual life according to Torah, visited Israel from a full Torah perspective and kevers of Tsadikim. Most of all Bais Chana took our group to Hevron at Maharat Hamachpela and othet sites which has also dramaticaly changed my life. The book of Torah was no longer a book of tales and legends.. Here we were by the caver of Avraham, Isaak, Yaacov aveinou, Sarah, Leah, Rivka imenou, and of Adam Arishon and Chava. No need to be convinced, there is somthing about the land of Hevron which cannot be explained. We must just go with the right people to learn and understand and sense the truth of the Torah. Once in Hevron, one can no longer deny its existence, its absolute truth! From this trip with Bais Chana, i became completely tsniout, shomer negya, and finally got married within the year in Israel! I now live a spiritual life of Torah and mitsvot, have a beautiful baby and am so Thankful , Grateful for Bais Chana to have been such incredible shluchim of Hashem to have paved the way along for me to live a full life! May they continue to do the work they do and get sponsorship to help more people who were so lost as i was. They have educated me and it has saved my life and Barouch Hashem now also brought new Jewish life (our baby)!
Thank You Bais Chana. There are no words i can say that can come to the level of the limitless life you have tought me to live!
AMAZING organization dedicated to embracing our lives as productive women who can and will make a difference in whatever we do.
I participated in the Snorkel and Study program run by Bais Chana in January, 2010. The most memorable aspect of the program was its knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers. The topics were interesting and relevant. Some classes expanded my academic knowledge of my religion, while others helped me contemplate lifestyle choices. I met fellow participants who were also exploring their Judaism, and together we discussed the topics we had been learning about in class. All of the staff at Snorkel and Study were helpful, gracious, and clearly dedicated to making the program as positive an experience as possible.
Bais Chana was an unbelievable experience that taught me how important it is to have a strong jewish foundation and was a candid forum for me to interact with my peers and see their view and relationship with religion
the classroom experiences were amazing, I learned so much and was able to ask an question to the guest speakers and introduced to new concepts, but the most important part of my learning came from the down time I had with my peers and the counselors for the trip.
I learned so much from my counselors and peers. We would stay up late every night and talk about different jewish customs and laws and how others viewed their importance and it was a forum to air grievances about difficulties practicing religion in such a secular society.
Bais Chana was a 24/7 learning opportunity and I met some of my best friends on that trip.
I spent time at the Bais Chana Womens Program almost 4 years ago and then again 3 years ago. I am mentioning this from the very beginning because even though my time there was not recent, I still carry all of the amazing and truly inspirational messgaes that I learned. Most of all I made friends that will last a lifetime and are active people in my life and the community that encourage women's studies and participation. The program changed my view of the Jewish woman as a dated and uneducated stereotype that only has one role in the community. Now I understand and practice myself the TRUE role of a Jewish woman in my daiy life, thanks to Bais Chana.
What an enriching experience Bais Chana Provided!
Meeting so many inspirational woman. engaging in stimulating Learning and discussion.
I walked a way a stronger and smarter woman!
As a young girl, I attended Bais Chana classes with my mother. Even then, I was impacted by the sincerity of the personnel and the quality of the participants. As an adult, I worked for Bais Chana for over 7 years as their media producer. I attended over 10 sessions, interviewed over 100 participants, and recorded over 60 hours of meaningful dialogue, classes, and interactions. Consistently, across all demographics, the women I interviewed shared the same things: The learning is dynamic, insightful and personally meaningful beyond their expectations; the staff is incredibly insightful and supportive; the women who attend are sincere, warm and non-judgmental people with which a sisterhood instantly develops; there is a strong sense of ''coming home'' to a place that welcomes you with open arms and it is "life-changing". Last year, for the first, time, I left my video equipment at home and I came to Bais Chana as a participant. Although I had spent hours over the years talking to so many women about their positive experiences, I was still blown away. It truly was everything described to me- even more! Bais Chana is a unique, valuable, tremendous asset to Jewish women worldwide. It is unparalleled and I feel privileged to be have worked with, and benefited from, this organization.
In Bais Chana, you're given a foundation...a foundation to learn and to grow. Bais Chana isn't just an amazing program, it's so much more than that. Jewish women from all different backgrounds come to Bais Chana to learn, to grow and to connect with Jewish women all around the world. I first came to Bais Chana six years ago, in the summer of 2005 for the teen program and then I returned for a second time in the fall of 2005 for their thanksgiving retreat. Bais Chana gives women the essential tools to empower their lives. Hinda Leah Sharfstein is one of the most dedicated, determined and understanding women that I know—she puts her heart and soul into the program, she makes sure that everyone's needs are met.
The counselors are not randomly chosen. They are specially selected from the camp's amazing director for unique personalities. They are emotionally stable and are there for their girls physically and mentally. They are also there to laugh, cry and joke with them. The atmosphere in Bais Chana is refreshing, it's open and non-judgmental. And, the seminars and workshops are stimulating and full of meaning. Bais Chana offers programs to teens, women and couples.