I think Heritage Retreats is a train to greatness. I bumped into my first Heritage Retreats opportunity this past summer, and I wish the same bump to anyone who might be deliberating on whether or not to go. DO IT. DO IT. DO IT. It wants you to experience, learn, be challenged and engaged, pushed yet relaxed without any requests or demands, ulterior motives or expectations. It - that is, the diverse rabbinical leadership, guides, volunteers, and all of the age-ranging observancy-varied attendees, were beautifully accepting and interested in one another. I learned that it only takes 36 hours to feel like family, especially in Poland. Warsaw - Lublin - Majdanek - Belzec - Krakow - Auschwitz/Birkenau - Krakow - Wolbrom - Wodzislaw - Lodz The dynamic leadership is scholarly, CAPTIVATING and full of vim. The deep, deep insight to Polish history and Polish/Jewish history put a lens on my mental camera. The cornucopia of kosher foods was tasty and fresh. The countrysides were lush, clean and picturesque. Krakow is magnificent. I had always wanted to go to Poland, to be depressed and uplifted simultaneously. Whoever you are, however your faith, whatever your age, you'll find something you're looking for. Even if it is unknown. To rekindle....you will.
Heritage Retreats was a most incredible experience for me! I went a little nervous, not knowing what to expect, and came back with such fulfillment and gratitude. It was everything I had needed and more! In just one week, I met so many incredible people, teachers and peers, people who I plan to stay in touch with forever. The scenery was breathtakingly beautiful, the activities were really fun, the times we had together were precious, and all of that will remain in my best of memories. But what affects me most perhaps to this day are the lessons we had. They really stimulated my mind and inspired me to think beyond. I gained so much insight in that short time. I gained valuable lessons that I will take with me for life! I would highly recommend this program to anyone who's considering it. It is really worth it.
Heritage Retreats was one of the most incredible experiences I've had as a young adult in pursuit of creating a meaningful life. The program is comprised of some of the most kind-hearted, genuine, and beautiful individuals who truly give their all to enrich the lives of others. I learned so much about my heritage, myself as an individuals, and gained values and lessons I plan to carry with me for the rest of my life. I am so thankful for a program like this that has given me the knowledge and insight to become a better person.
Heritage Retreats was an incredible program that offered a community of learned teachers and peers to come together in order to grow spiritually. The program was full of life, learning, and adventure that made it unique and life-changing. Heritage Retreats is an amazing program that helped me to believe in myself and pursue my Jewish identity and gain futher knowledge. My time spent in Arizona will forever be imprinted on my heart.
Heritage Retreat is an amazing life changing experience for young adults. Finding yourself in a mist of the world is very difficult and programs such as Heritage Retreat make a great effort to help establish oneself and gain confidence while having a wonderful adventure in Arizona. I was lucky to join the program Summer 2013 and absolutely loved it. I learned about my heritage from most kind hearten and caring teachers. I made new friends while experiencing the beautiful sights of Arizona and doing soul searching. I highly recommend this program to everyone eligible to apply.
My experience with Heritage Retreats was life changing.
Heritage Retreats was a memorable, life-changing experience. An experience that comes once in a lifetime and that you hope to relive again. It was very well coordinated and organized with directors and teachers who not only act as incredible mentors but reach out to you as friends. I went on this retreat this past summer in Sedona, Arizona. My surroundings may have been beautiful, but the beautiful moments I created with the girls I went with surpassed any of my expectations. I went on this trip not knowing anyone and I left with a whole group of girls that I can now call my sisters. If anyone is looking to learn more about themselves; their identity, and the purpose of life, then Heritage Retreats will do just that if not more.
Above and beyond my expectations. Their love of service and passion for providing a positive educational experience for its participants was inspiring.
An all-inclusive spiritual experience. Pluralistic learning, brotherly bonding, exceptional mentors, physical adventure, and a good time I'll never forget.
It was an all around glorious experience. Everyone is extremely generous. The trip was definitely an eye opening one. Heritage Retreats made me so intuitive with my personal beliefs and helped clear up any confusions about anything & everything! One of many future experiences!!
The location was beautiful! I really enjoyed the day trips and excursions as they helped me feel closer to other participants. The classes were great too, all the teachers were incredibly open minded and knowledgeable. Overall, it was a very spiritually fulfilling and meaningful trip with great activities in between.