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November 4, 2009

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November 4, 2009

I came as a tutor to the Heritage Retreat and was amazed by what was accomplished there. In just one week 25 Jewish women were given the core principles of Judaism. Classes were given everyday and fun activities were offered where tutors and students were able to get to know eachother, have fun together, and learn from eachother. The teachers on the trip gave over enlightening classes which enabled the students to understand their Judaism on a deeper level. It was truly amazing to see the transformation in the way these women saw their Judaism. I thank the Heritage Retreat staff for being able to be a part of the experienc and hope that more Jewish women will be able to enjoy this opportunity as well.

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

help so many more Jews live their lives knowing what it means to be a Jew.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 4, 2009

This is the number one program for someone looking to explore their jewish heritage. The staff is outstanding and the facilities are beautiful. The students get the opportunity to study about their heritage in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. The result is that all participants leave with a wonderful and positive experience.

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

outstanding!

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

have a tremendous positive impact in the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 3, 2009

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November 3, 2009

Definitely a must for college students and young professionals who are looking to expand and strengthen their own jewish roots.

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

that it is a very open and warm program for Jews of all background levels.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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November 3, 2009

I had a very positive experience on my Heritage Retreats trip in the winter of 2007. It was incredibly worthwhile endeavor in which I gained much wisdom about Judaism from the many talented rabbi's and other participants on the trip. There was a wide range of people on the trip and the activities planned ensured that there would be something of interest for everyone. If you are on an outdoors type of person this is an even better trip as there are many opportunities for great competition on the athletic fields in addition to the great hikes and potential beautiful scenary. Perhaps it is this environment that helps you engage in such meaningful and exciting discussions or perhaps it is the fact that we are taking a break from our busy lives to get together (even as a group of strangers - at first) and talk about things that really matter. This trip will help you find who you are and what it is important to you. This trip is a true get-away, both physically and meta-physically and it will stick with me for the rest of my life.

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

Youthful, passionate, caring, inspiring, friendly, approachable, and the type of people that think creatively and critically.

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There were more people like myself. The group was highly skewed towards the direction of more observant Jews. Diversity is important and while the range of people there was somewhat broad, their religious backgrounds were not as much.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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November 3, 2009

Heritage Retreats had a profound effect on my life as well as the lives of many of my friends. The experience is so powerful that even those of us who were not on the same retreat feel a connection of the experience when we meet. Heritage Retreats is changing lives by helping people live more positively, purposefully, and therefore fulfilled lives.

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

meeting people who were able to express their love for Torah and Judaism.

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The retreat could have been longer and the classes more in depth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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November 3, 2009

I came to Heritage somewhat in turmoil. I had started to wander down a path toward observant Judaism, but I really wondered if it would it be possible to maintain my sense of self and individuality while making a commitment to learn more about my faith and integrate Torah into my life? Could I still be a feminist, a liberal, a social activist AND an observant Jew? Heritage was a wonderful forum to address my questions. The environment really fostered growth and candid discussion. I was able to ask my questions, even those that bordered or crossed clearly over into the heretical, without feeling judged or belittled, and when the answer was not entirely to my liking, I was directed to books and authors who might offer me a different perspective. No, the retreat did not erase every qualm I hold about a Torah-observant lifestyle, but it did fortify my commitment to integrate Torah into my life, introduce me to a wonderful community of people, and give me the spiritual energy to continue to grow, to learn, and to feel wonderfully proud to be a Jew.

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

wonderful and welcoming and have made an effort to stay connected post my time on the retreat.

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I could have spent more time learning! It's not long enough. Two Shabboton would have been really special.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 3, 2009

Heritage Retreats was an amazing experience--for a week of deep connection and learning, exploring Jewish roots and identity from an honest open and supportive place and forging lasting friendships--a summer to remember!

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

the friendships I built

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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November 3, 2009

My experience with the Heritage Retreats was the most rewarding one. Thanks to this society, I lead a Kosher home, raise a child in a very Jewish way and most importantly, lead a Kosher married life with my woderful husband. THANKS Heritage Retreats!

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

leading into a personal and spiritual growth to reach the potential.

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it is great as is...

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

absolutely everything

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

extremely helpful, warm, loving, caring and family like

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it is great as is...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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November 3, 2009

Heritage Retreats was one of the most amazing, inspirational, and growth inspiring experiences. I had the opportunity to learn with very knowledgeable teachers and peers. When I attended, I was trying to grow in my Judaism, and Heritage Retreats provided a safe place for me to ask questions, explore, and really learn. It was incredible!

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

the opportunity I had to learn with such wonderful and knowledgeable individuals. I never expected to lear and connect the way I did, but Heritage retreats brought the opportunity to me. All I had to do was show up.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 2, 2009

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November 2, 2009

Heritage Retreats was a great program that I attended in the summer. They have incredible speakers, fun activities, kind madrichot, and great learning. Women are exposed to Judaism and the many interesting topics encompassed in it. Some of the enjoyable activities we participated in was challah baking, swimming, basketball, and the several captivating shuirs we heard. There were great feelings of repour with the bonding and closeness created with our mentors. We were all girls trying to learn and grow and despite our seemingly differences in location of living we all experienced a oneness as we got to know each other and due to our common goal. We were extremely blessed to have top speakers to hear from and ask questions to. This was a fabulous summer program that I feel that any girl looking for expanding her horizon's on life and forming great friendships would definitely desire to attend.

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

the fabulous speakers that I was privileged to listen to and the closeness that was engendered with the girls.

Ways to make it better...

there was learning at a higher level, ie more halacha, navi, etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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