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September 28, 2011

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September 28, 2011

Before this trip I was in a bit of an emotional funk. After one week, however, I found my life re-oriented in a far more positive and healthy direction than the one I would have gone down had I missed out. The particpants and instructors were so kind and helpful, and the backdrop so beautiful, that I found it very hard to not take the imparted lessons to heart. I would recommend this potentially life-changing trip to, literally, anyone.

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After even the third day on this trip I felt my emotional and spiritual states begin to improve noticeably. These changes have stayed with me for weeks since the trip's conclusion and have come to inform my new and improved worldview.

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

Make it last longer than a week.

September 15, 2011

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October 26, 2009

Heritage Retreats provided me with a phenomenal learning experience that allowed me to grow as an individual while giving of myself to others. The program afforded many college age students to explore... more

September 15, 2011

Heritage retreats is an ideal setup for young adults to learn about their heritage in a relaxing and non-threatening environment. The teachers and warm and encouraging, the mentors, friendly and fun and the format enjoyable and pleasant. Anyone who experiences this retreat can consider themselves lucky.

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

Keeping In touch with students who have personally grown and have experienced the beauty of their heritage that they never had the opportunity to learn about before.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have them more often!!

October 26, 2009

Heritage Retreats provided me with a phenomenal learning experience that allowed me to grow as an individual while giving of myself to others. The program afforded many college age students to explore their heritage in a non judgmental, relaxing, and stress free environment. The location, directors, teachers, and participants all add to the amazing experience that we all shared.

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

Seeing people have the opportunity to learn about their heritage and take steps to change their lives with the help and ongoing support of the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

September 14, 2011

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September 14, 2011

I attended Heritage Retreats six months after 9/11 and in the midst of forming a new company. The two week spiritual retreat was what my soul needed and have become a better person for it. Laughter and finding humor is a Jewish tradition and we exercised this a great deal over the two weeks. Of course enhancing my knoweldge of the Jewish traditions with talmudic study only furthered the experience. Heritage Retreats is one of those little known organizations that makes a great influence on those who attend. Ten years later I am still recalling those lenghty discussions, compelling lectures, and of course all the fun.

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

My everyday life, how I communicate with others, and in my own relationships with colleagues, friends, and family.

Ways to make it better...

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

Try to find a permanent home where the annual retreats take place.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Absolutely: in work and in relationships

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Helped me see we live in a bigger world and we are all interconnected.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002

September 14, 2011

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September 14, 2011

i had the wonderful privelage to be a volunteer on the heritage retreats program in yosemite, ca this summer, and found it to be an incredible, possibly life-changing experience for everyone invloved. the program gave people from all areas of the USA an opportunity to come togethor and connect to their roots, and in the process connect to each other and gain potentially life long relationships. the significance of the heightened connection to our roots that all of us on the program have gained is clear already, and will only become more evident as time goes on, and we are able to find meaning in our lives, and the signifcance of the deep relationships that have been forged will only grow as everyone on the program knows they have a support group to count on moving forward in their lives.

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

the feeling of connecting to a greater whole, and a larger community that has been around for thousands of years has given me a lot of confidence moving forward in my own life.

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

the program needs no changes, just more opportunites to run, mayeb.

September 14, 2011

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September 14, 2011

Heritage Retreats was an amazing opportunity for me to explore my Jewish roots, and learn in a supportive setting of motivated students and exceptional teachers. Camping and hiking while surrounded by the breathtaking scenery at Yosemite National Park provided a positive new experience to many of the students who were city dwellers, and also fostered camaraderie among the group. The wide range of personalities, backgrounds, and origins of the students and staff made for a very memorable experience, and forged friendships across the country. I request that Heritage Retreats is counted in the Education for All campaign.

Sincerely,

Russell Olesh, Educator

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

I give more thought to my Jewish Heritage, and develped a love for hiking.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help to enable them to provide trips of a longer duration.

September 13, 2011

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September 13, 2011

This is a truly wonderful program where Jews of all backgrounds are given the opportunity to learn more about their Jewish heritage.

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

seeing how the participants are mote connected to Judaism.

Ways to make it better...

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

help tell more potential participants about the program.

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

I was not aware of Heritage retreats until I worked for them as a guide on one of their trips. I was totally impressed with their dedication, professionalism and expertise in teaching young jewish adults about their faith and culture. Young men who had never met, had fun, bonded, and learned together, forming what will probably be lifelong relationships with each other and their culture. Rabbi Krietenberg and his staff are truly passionate about what they're doing and it shows.

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

personally witnessing the growth of young adults in a totally positive and professional manner.

Ways to make it better...

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

More funding and more trips to reach even more young people.

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

The comraderie and bonding was incredible.

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

Professional, compassionate, intelligent and fun!

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

Change the world.

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been better.

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

More funding to reach more young people.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope to be a part of some of their future adventures!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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

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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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

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 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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