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September 20, 2010
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September 20, 2010
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For the past several years we have been a contributor to Heritage Retreats. I have personally visited their summer program in Southern California several times. I have found it to be an excellent program where the participants, whom I have interacted with, have always told me how much they have learned and the lifelong relationships they have formed have contributed to their lives. I have found Rabbi Kreitenberg to be an excellent teacher and administrator. I fully intend to continue supporting this program.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 17, 2010

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September 17, 2010

Heritage Retreats is a one of a kind organization. It all starts with it's founder, Rabbi Mordechai Kreitenberg, and his incredible devotion for the organization. The organization helps bring young Jews to their roots and to learn the beauty of Judaism. Without Heritage Retreats, many young Jews would be heading in the wrong direction. I give the organization my highest level of respect, not only for the role it played on my life, but for the positive change it has created in each student to have attended.

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a major way and highly recommend it to others.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 17, 2010

Two years ago, I attended a Heritage retreat in Northern California. I did not know what to expect as I am not a religious Jew. From the first moment, I was greeted by a group of staff, fellow attendees and volunteers with respect and understanding. I was not judged and I was not proselytized to. Soon we became friends, immersed in learning about Judaism and the Jewish way of life. I attended classes with teachers who were at once caring and intellectual. I had many questions for them and they patiently took the time to answer. They made me feel welcome. They made we feel as if I was part of a big family. They made me proud to be a Jew. I can not say that I was converted into a religious Jew - I was not. But, I can say that I am proud to have a group of people who are smart and caring and know how to have fun. Many of the relationships that developed at the retreat have continued to develop into lasting friendships.

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

personal growth and development

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

Have more and more frequent venues.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Great friends, great teachers, amazing mentors, lasting friendships

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

smart, friendly, helpful, role models

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide more venues and more retreats and reach out to more people

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been better

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 17, 2010

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September 17, 2010

A splendid Jewish Enlightenment Program for men to return to their roots and understand the meaning of Judaism. Some of the most memorable speakers were R. Keleman, and R.Gershenfeld who were able to connect the secular knowledge and understanding and weave Jewish thought into the minds of so many. The program was nestled in the most serendipitous 100 + acres in Santa Barbara, close to NEVER NEVERLAND of Michael Jackson -- a place where one can be at peace with himself, and focus on the spiritual. Most positive memories.

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

Helping me rediscover my Jewish roots and the meaning behind them.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

The ability to learn and grow in my Jewish heritage along side people with a diverse group of backgrounds who all had a passion to explore within was truly amazing. The comeraderie between all the participants in this short retreat is truly amazing. I would recommend Heritage Retreats to others.

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

Growth, development and character traits, in addition to Torah knowledge

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

September 15, 2010

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September 15, 2010

Heritage Retreat program enriches the lives of the students and gives them meaning to life. They come back with knowledge what Judaism is, combining out door activity with learning.They refer other students because they told me this is the best progrm they attended.One student of many that I talked to said "before coming to this program surfing was my first priority, but now since I attended the Heritage Retreat Judaism is my first priority,learning is second and surfing is last."

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For last ten years I have attended once a year. I had spoken with many students,they were excited to learn so much about Judaism and motivated to continue learning . They said that Heritage Retreat is the best retreat, they have learned so much.

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 15, 2010

Heritage Retreats is one of the most unique and innovative programs for connecting young Jews to their heritage. It provides the ultimate "Learn hard, Play hard" experience by combining great outdoor activities with engaging lectures and group learning. People who never met feel like brothers after a week at Heritage Retreats, and when they leave, they not only bring new friends with them, but a whole new relationship with Judaism and religion in general.

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

I''ve seen so many participants go back home and get more involved in their Judaism, their communities, their soul!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 4, 2009

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November 4, 2009

Heritage Retreats provided me with an incredible opportunity to learn, reflect, create relationships with fantastic, inspired teachers, ask questions, and find truth that really resonated with me. The activities were fantastic, from sea-kayaking, to ropes course, to bicycling on the beach, and afforded the group the opportunity to truly bond. Some of my closest friends today are from Heritage Retreats. The quality people on the program, coupled with extraordinary leadership, made the program one that I enjoy attending at every opportunity. At Heritage Retreats, the program is well-run and organized, and there is tremendous attention to detail and care for each of the participants. From the welcome packages on our beds when we arrived, to the heartfelt goodbyes and Shabbat package takeaways…no small thing was left unnoticed. To date, I’ve attended four Heritage Retreat programs, and am looking forward to the next one.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the impact on my life. As a person, I am a more confident, knowledgeable leader,and have a wonderful support network. My leadership skills were honed at Heritage Retreats, and I've met people who have become friends for life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional, kind, caring and available for questions after the program ended.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 4, 2009

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November 4, 2009

I went on a whim and was extremely surprised. I have never made good friends so easily in my life. I connected with a number of very cool young women. I had never studied Torah before, but the high quality of the program design allowed me to learn more Torah in a short period of time than I could have imagined, yet there was also a good amount of time for fun and socializing. Another great thing about the program- the food was great. I encourage anyone with any interest in Judaism to go.

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An amazing program

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everything was great. no complaints.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

November 4, 2009

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November 4, 2009

Heritage Retreats changed my life! They welcomed me in with open arms and even flew me to california when i could not afford to pay. they did the same for my boyfriend, to attend the mens program, who also could not afford the cost. from the moment i got there the inspiration began. the location in the mountains of california offered a remote place removed from the confusion of secular life. things became clear. the facility was beautiful! i have been to other places, that were run down and without basic plumbing. heritage was like a ski lodge. with beautiful lounges, classrooms, and dorms. and the grounds, with the many fields and trails, lend themselves perfectly to the experience of self evaluation and discovery. but the real jewel at heritage is the community that forms. there are the teachers, the rabbis, and the madrichot all there to impart wisdom and understanding on the students. never have i met a more compassionate and patient group of people who give of themselves and expect nothing in return. the classes are eye opening and changed my view of the world forever. i saw truth and got clarity on the purpose of life. i made life long friends whom i am still in contact with to this day. i have been invited back, and if it were not for the constraints of my job, i would have gone without hesitation. there could be no better charity in my opinion.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be able to sponsor as many people as wanted to attend. the cost of the program and the flight were prohibitive for me at the time. if heritage had 10 million bucks there would be no worry about turning away someone who wanted to learn.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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