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March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

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.

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My Whole Life! I carry all of the things I learned still to this day. That is what the program did- gave women tools to practice Judaism in a positive and nuturing way.

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Have more programs offered all over the country because it is so necessary and vital to the community. We can'y get enough. Now that I am married, I am looking to expand my Jewish education to even greater heights, and waiting for their Couples seminar to reach my state!

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

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!

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being able to better contribute to dialogue/understanding/ and spiritual growth in my home community.

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

find them a few BIG Donors ...Who could help them expand the program and upgrade the "physical" aspects

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

Amazing! They are 100% devoted to the growth and well-being of Jewish women around the world.

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my social and spiritual lives.

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no changes.

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

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.

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Interviewing countless satisfied participants about their "life-changing" experiences at Bais Chana; as a participant in their program

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Add more programs around the world!! Create 'reunion' events at alumna homes

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

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.





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My personal life.

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NOT make any changes!! I would give them unlimited funding so that they can continue their wonderful work!

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

I can think of so many ways to begin this. Some of these ways include Bais Chana is an amazing experience, or Bais Chana is an incredible program, or Bais Chana has really changed the way I look at life. I should probably pick one of these and go on to write the rest of this review. However, the more I ponder and think about what exactly Bais Chana has done for me, the more I realize that none of those beginning sentences would really be correct. Bais Chana isn’t an amazing or incredible experience; it is so much more than that. Bais Chana hasn’t just changed the way I look at life; it has changed my life itself. Bais Chana is my life, or at least a major part of it.

Where do you find a group of teenage girls who stay up late at night learning Torah? Or sitting around talking with the counselors and other campers about different Mitzvos? Where do you find a group of girls who are so eager to know and to learn? Where do you find an environment in which they are able to do so? The answer to all of these is at Bais Chana.

I loved Bais Chana. Loved it. But it wasn’t only that I loved it, I needed it as well. My soul needed it. I had spent so many years of my life just…confused and wanting to understand things that I couldn’t wrap my head around. For so many years of my life, my soul was hurting. It was crying out for the truth. Then, I went to Bais Chana, and questions that had been on my mind for years suddenly got cleared up. Bais Chana gave me answers, and it also gave me the willpower to continue searching. Bais Chana is the kind of experience that you spend the rest of your life living and growing from. Friends made there are friends forever and things learned there remain with you forever. Bais Chana changes lives. While doctors and surgeons revive people physically, Bais Chana revives people spiritually. And this is definitely just as important.

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I think the main thing Bais Chana has done for me is that it gave my life some sort of direction. It made me more aware of where my boundaries are, and it made me appreciate them because for the first time ever, I felt like they were my boundaries. They weren't just things I had to do because my parents said so, they became things that I wanted to do.

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The only thing I can think of is that it may need more money. It's already such an awesome place, now imagine all that and more.

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

My experience with Bais Chana Women International was incredible. I spent a week learning in Key Largo, FL with other young, Jewish women. The classes were more intellectual stimulating than most of my college classes were, and the teachers were phenomenal. They presented age-old information from a fresh perspective and challenged us as students to question and grow. I could sense my own personal growth even during the program and see now, a few months down the line, the profound impact left on me by the Bais Chana trip.

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My spiritual growth as well as perspective on daily life.

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

Create more programs for young professional women (not just once a year)

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March 30, 2011

Bais Chana is, without a doubt, the best place to be. It is a breath of fresh air in this polluted world. It warms your heart, illuminates your mind, and it empowers you to journey down the path of life. There really are no words to describe it. Only an experience at Bais Chana can truly do it justice.

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my life back at home.

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not make changes at all. It is perfect as it is!

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March 30, 2011

Bais Chana is an unbeliveable program which truly gives women the necessary tools to empower their lives and the people close to them.
This program women's empowerment 2011 was truely amazing!!

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In my life, it totally changed my life and made it more meaningful

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

I would try to find more ways to raise money

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March 30, 2011

A much needed retreat for single Jewish moms.....wow! ....no one else had done this before....what an awesome opportunity to get away and recharge your battery! Each one of us who attended felt very blessed to be there. I was looking forward to getting rest, and inspiration. Bais Chana delivered even more! It was a beautiful, and dynamic weekend of learning and fun. As well as our inner souls being touched by intriguing and meaningful lectures, our taste buds were treated to delicious and healthy food. There were deep ,interactive groups that brought out our strengths and accomplishments as well as comic relief from laughter yoga! Each one of us shared and received openly. In my opinion, the most difficult challenge for single moms is the sense of isolation we feel. This weekend retreat helped to remove some of that and we all carried away tremendous energy and support to carry on the holy work of raising Jewish children. What a gift! Thank you Bais Chana and may your wonderful work continue for many years to come!

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many hours of inspiring learning and fun

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

help them fund raise

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