Bais Chana is by far the best womans outreach organization I have ever been involved in. From the moment I arrived at my first retreat you are treated very special. All your needs are taken care of, and the learning is amazing. Hinda Leah, the director works hours upon hours to make a difference in womans lives across all generations. Bais Chana is one of the best places in the world. From my Bais Chana experience I grew individually, and as a couple.
There are couple retreats as well.
When I went to Bais Chana my first time I had recently made a big change in my life. I was raised one way, and then as teenagers go, I went down a path opposite from how I was raised. Things came to pass in my life that brought me full circle to realize I had the truth from my family, but I didn't see it for a lot of years.
When I went to Bais Chana, I was new going down this path, and Bais Chans helped to solidify things, and give me the answers I needed to know I was doing the right thing now.
From my personal expereince at Bais Chana I decided to be a donor, so I could be apart of this experience to also help make a difference for other woman as well.
Bais Chana was an unexpected and exceptional gift of education, inspiration, and personal support that began for me in 2005. Following a referral from my Rebbetzin in Seattle, WA, I flew to my first Bais Chana program in Palm Springs, CA, and have since attended additional programs offered in Florida and Connecticut. Bais Chana fulfilled my search for a Jewish Women’s institution that would help further my goals for a greater connection with my heritage and Jewish women; and improve my understanding of the spiritual and practical aspects of observance. I need not be standing physically amongst Bais Chana’s remarkable educators, outstanding staff, or lovely venues to recognize the enormous impact this institution has had upon me nor, I imagine, its many attendees from all over the world.
I have been listening to the Rabbi's lectures on CDs for several years and they have enriched my religious life, relationshps with friends, family and my self-esteem. I attended the retreat for adult women for the first time last summer and it absolutely enhanced my life. I am writing this 10 months later - the experience 'sticks' - it is not like a vacation to a retreat that is wonderful but resolutions end within the week of coming home. That is why I choose to support this organization financially. Rabbi Freidman has brilliant insight with individuals in addition to his reknown knowledge of Torah. He generously spoke with me one-to-one and profoundly changed my life. This is not said trivially. And it was before I made a financial committment to Bais Chana. Hinda Leah, who organizes and runs much of the programming, is one of the most sincere, kind, down to earth, intelligent, strong, competent and loving people I have ever met. She is a role model for women because she is so comfortable in her own skin. Just being around her enabled me to grow. One does NOT need to be observant to learn from her, and observant women can find in her a very strong role model for fulfilling many roles that are self-actualizing at the same time. Between the Rabbi and Hinda Leah - one can only grow in this environment. I also received wonderful warmth and friendship from Chaya Epstein who was teaching at BC last summer. Everyone there - including those not named - have one purpose - to help women self-actualize in a healthy environment. That is why I became a donor and plan to go to their retreats again.