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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

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

November 3, 2009

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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

November 3, 2009

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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

November 3, 2009

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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.

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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

November 2, 2009

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November 2, 2009

Very positive. The classes were insightful and detailed. The instructors were warm and caring, and provided a lot of positive motivation.

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

improving my self-confidence

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

offer even more sessions

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

enhancing my spirituality

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

kind, caring, and warm.

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

do even more.

Ways to make it better...

the weather was warmer!

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

funding.

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

it was really worthwhile

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

November 2, 2009

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November 2, 2009

It was a shiduch between Hashem and I - Heritage Retreats made it happen by bringing me to be aware of my creator, allowing me to see my identity as Jew, as a future Jewish mother and wife, as a Jewish soul.

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

Transformational, bringing together the creator and my soul.

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

Have everyone donate.

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

The amazing leaders, teachers, donors and transformational experiences that other colleagues had during my trip.

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

Amazing, wise, patient, the brightest lights encountered in my journey through Judaism and to Hashem.

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

Educate and change the lives of thousands of Jewish men and women in the US (and expand internationally to have a global outreach)to bring them their culture and their history and acquaint them with the fuel needed to make their soul/mind ONE with G-d.

Ways to make it better...

More donations.

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

Growth and stability of donations.

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

This is the best program in my life, nothing has changed me as much as this, not even investment banking!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

November 2, 2009

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November 2, 2009

After dating my fiance for only a few months, it come aparent we had very different religious opinions, outlooks, knowledge, needs and wants. I went on this retreat to help me learn more about Judaism and look deeper inside of me. The retreat was very difficult at times and I even wanted to leave a few times as well. Nevertheless, I stuck through it and left inspired and ready to live up to being Jewish. My fiance and I are now married with two kids,a kosher home and are working hard at becoming fully observant.

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

extremely warm, knowladgeable, and patient. I had many serious and difficult questions and accusations and they helped me get through my rigidness.

Ways to make it better...

If the retreat was longer!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

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