Heritage Retreats Inc Dba University Heritage Society

Rating: 4.95 stars   118 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Religion

Location: 557 Fenlon Blvd Clifton NJ 07014 USA

Mission: We seek to revitalize Jewish identity through educational, religious and cultural initiatives that are designed to reach out to all Jews with an emphasis on those that do not strongly identify with Jewish life.
Results: We have developed Jewish outward bound experiences.
Target demographics: Jewish college students and young adults all over North America
Direct beneficiaries per year: 225
Geographic areas served: North America
Programs: Heritage Retreats is a one week immersion experience designed to revitalize Jewish identity among unaffiliated Jewish Youth.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 95-4892649
201-806-9898
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Rating: 5 stars  

Heritage Retreats is a one-of-a-kind program. I attended the program twice and it quite literally changed my life. The activities, the learning, the inspiring lectures - all had a profoundly positive impact on me. I have grown immensely in my own Jewish observance as a result of Heritage Retreats and now speak confidently with family, friends, colleagues, co-workers when they ask me questions about Judaism. Heritage Retreats has given me the gifts of awareness of and pride in my religion, and I am eternally grateful to them.

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in all aspects of my life. I've grown both personally and professionally, become more sensitive and respectful, and have a greater appreciation for what I've been given in life.

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

I would provide more opportunities for Alumni to come back and share their experiences with young adults currently attending the Heritage Retreats programs. Alumni often have full-time careers and families, and would benefit from multiple opportunities to visit the Heritage Retreats programs.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through a local Rabbi in my community.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Described above.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2003

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended Heritage Retreats at the sincere advice of my Rabbi. I come from a Secular/Reform Jewish background and hadn't gotten the complete education I was looking for. So, as I got there, I met all the women who came from different educational and observant backgrounds. I was pleasantly surprised by the sincere acceptance if everyone. We studied Judaism from some of the best teachers I have ever had. I learned about the Book of Ruth, the Book of Shmuel, Breshis, Women's spiritual roles, and a number of other intense and incredible classes. And when our minds were spinning full of fascinating information, we would "take a break" and white water raft on a beautiful river by Lake Tahoe and hike through the beautiful paths. This trip inspired me to never stop learning, and now I'm currently in Israel studying at seminary, all thanks to the inspiration from Heritage Retreats.

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

my everyday life. I have taken the year to continue the religious education I started at Heritage.

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

Advertise more!!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Heritage retreats went above and beyond in many aspects, and provided me with Jewish learning and discovery that would become a springboard for so much more.

First, top teachers from around the country (and the world) dedicated their time and energies to give thought-provoking, inspiring shiurim.

Second, the staff was warm and approachable. They initiated deep conversations, continuing the learning from the shiurim.

Third, the experience was set in a beautiful environment, and sprinkled with fun activities to facilitate meeting the other participants (some of whom I am still in touch with after several years).

The retreat leaders ensured that upon returning to my hometown, I would have contacts to continue my Jewish learning.

The retreat inspired me to spend a year in Israel learning. Since then, I have participated in a one-year, full-time Jewish fellowship, married my wonderful Jewish huband, and we are raising our beautiful baby boy in a vibrant Jewish home.

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

Out of the participants of my retreat, I keep in touch with several, and the retreat was a starting point for all of us to participate in deep Jewish learning, and make real changes in our lives that reflect Judaism as the central identity and value.

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

I wouldn't.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had such a wonderful time at Hertiage. The teachers were phenomenal, and had time for all of our questions, whether in or out of class. Getting other girls who were more experiences to be our tutors and mentors really helped us continue learning, and most of all we had someone back home who we could relate to (since the tutors were generally from our state/area). The activities were also so much fun, and gave us an opportunity to hang out and grow closer. This week was so inspirational, and was definitely a catalyst in my learning and personal growth.

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

A furthering of my growth and learning

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

I think this organization is great as it is.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Via a mentor

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

A general positive direction, motivation for my continued spiritual growth.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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Rating: 5 stars  


If i could pick one experience that boosted my confidence, helped me get in touch with who I really am, inspire others and be inspired by others, it is Heritage Retreats. This program had incredible teachers that were open minded and wanted to help each individual grow. At the end of the program, everyone said what the experience meant to them. There was a person who got up the courage to get out of an abusive relationship she was in because of this program. There were people who felt like they finally knew who they were and what they wanted out of life.
Heritage Retreats changed my life and the lives of many others for the better.

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

my whole life. I came back from Heritage more confident and driven and with much more self knowledge.

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

Make it more well known so that more people can go on these trips!

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a practicing litigation attorney, it was challenging for me to take the time off necessary for me to participate in the Heritage Retreats program. However, I made the necessary arrangements, and can honestly say that it was life changing and one of greatest adventures I have ever been invited to participate in. From an educational aspect, the faculty who staffed the trip I attended were all, literally, leaders and world class experts in their respective fields. I learned a great from the various classes offered, and remain in close contact with many of the teachers to this day, some of whom even made special arrangements to attend my recent wedding. In terms of the excursion, there options sufficient to satisfy even the most adventurous among us. Heritage Retreats is an excellent program administered by a highly trained and experience group of individuals who possess the skill and ability to effectively touch their target audience. As an alumnus, I have become a financial supporter of their efforts, and highly encourages to do so as well.

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

Utilizing the skills, training & insights provided to better connect with my religious heritage.

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

there is nothing I would advise them to change.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Heritage Retreat really gave me an opportunity to connect in a real tangible way to Judaism on a very high level. It also created an amazing bonding and learning experience between girls from all different areas and backgrounds of Judaism. It was a big blast, we were learning but there were enough fun activities that it felt a little like camp. i would highly recommend it.

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

My continued connection to participants from the retreat

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Heritage Retreats is a one of a kind organization. It all starts with it's founder, Rabbi Mordechai Kreitenberg, and his incredible devotion for the organization. The organization helps bring young Jews to their roots and to learn the beauty of Judaism. Without Heritage Retreats, many young Jews would be heading in the wrong direction. I give the organization my highest level of respect, not only for the role it played on my life, but for the positive change it has created in each student to have attended.

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

a major way and highly recommend it to others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Two years ago, I attended a Heritage retreat in Northern California. I did not know what to expect as I am not a religious Jew. From the first moment, I was greeted by a group of staff, fellow attendees and volunteers with respect and understanding. I was not judged and I was not proselytized to. Soon we became friends, immersed in learning about Judaism and the Jewish way of life. I attended classes with teachers who were at once caring and intellectual. I had many questions for them and they patiently took the time to answer. They made me feel welcome. They made we feel as if I was part of a big family. They made me proud to be a Jew. I can not say that I was converted into a religious Jew - I was not. But, I can say that I am proud to have a group of people who are smart and caring and know how to have fun. Many of the relationships that developed at the retreat have continued to develop into lasting friendships.

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

personal growth and development

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

Have more and more frequent venues.

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

Great friends, great teachers, amazing mentors, lasting friendships

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

smart, friendly, helpful, role models

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

provide more venues and more retreats and reach out to more people

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been better

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

funding

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Helping me rediscover my Jewish roots and the meaning behind them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-8-01

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