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 an all around meaningful and educational experience. It opened up my eyes to the practical side of Judaism and how it can apply to everyday life. Not to mention the beautiful scenery we were surrounded by in Sedona, Arizona really added to the pleasant atmosphere of the trip.
I really enjoyed my experience with the Heritage Retreats. It was well-organized and had a good balance of education and fun activities. The staff was very nice and helpful. The trip helped me gain better understanding of myself, people around me and the society in general. The lessons were relevant to our daily lives which made them very interesting and engaging. Overall, I had an unforgettable time, made great friends and would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering strengthening their Jewish identity.
Heritage Retreats has the three components of an impactful, educational trip. One, the staff is truly concerned about each and every participant. I was privileged to have deep, meaningful discussions with knowledgable women that have so much wisdom to share. Two, the people that attend Heritage trips are intelligent, mature and are excited about learning more about themselves and the world we all inhabit. This atmosphere is ideal for growth and good ole' fashioned fun. Third, the locations of the trip are just breathtaking! Being able to walk 5 minutes and stumble upon a beautiful mountain overlooking the ocean is a privilege that the trip grants to its participants. Linking beauty and growth is a connection that Heritage does intentionally because you really cannot have one without the other. Heritage Retreats is a very unique program that needs to be cherished and shared with as many people as possible.
Heritage retreats was an amazing experience! It helped really cement my faith in Judaism and have a great time doing it. If any young man has interest in learning more about Judaism and wants to also have a blast with like minded Jews, be should definately come to Heritage Retreats! The rabbis were all amazing and Yosemite was absolutely gorgeous!
Heritage Retreats helped me to, not only learn in-depth about my Judaism, but to come up with more questions for further learning after the trip. The tutors were friendly, informative, helpful, and personable....And who can resist a trip to California?
I really enjoyed being a participant of Heritage Retreats. I learned a lot and met amazing people. It was a very well put together program and I recommend it to many different types of people. I came away with a stronger understanding of myself, both as a Jew and as a person.
My overall experience of Heritage Retreats was a positive one! You can go from living/working/studying in the city, trying to make sense of it all... to a close knit, very unique and special family like environment in the 1st day! Add to that: Beautiful Location(s), Authentic Jewish learning, fun and adventure! They had an overall passion for being "cool", authentic and themselves. The staff went out of their way to be a mentor, friend and family member to ensure everyone was getting what they came for. Very diverse backgrounds of participants as well! Everything from yeshiva students to working class to well established professional. All in all, an unforgettable experience that can truly enrich anyone's life for the better! I came in curious and left with some life long friends, a deeper appreciation and knowledge for my "heritage". This is a worthwhile cause for anyone wanting to give and receive more!
I had a great time at Heritage Retreats. The program was educational and inspirational with pleasant company and adventurous field trips on a daily basis. The teachers were accessible, knowledgeable and supportive. If you are interested in exploring your Jewish roots (at any level) and desire the resources to do so, i would warmly recommend Heritage Retreats. Don't stress, ask questions and enjoy the week.
My experience on Heritage was fantastic! Coming from a very secular home I had no problem with fitting in. The tutors really take the time to listen to you either in a group or one on one. They can answer any question you could possibly have. It was very inspiring and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in going!