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 labor of love facilitated by a wonderful staff of caring administrators and volunteers. The program connects people from all walks of life through intellectual discussion and spiritual exploration. Though the program is merely a week, the lessons, friendship and memories linger on.

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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3 people found this review helpful

I went on a whim and was extremely surprised. I have never made good friends so easily in my life. I connected with a number of very cool young women. I had never studied Torah before, but the high quality of the program design allowed me to learn more Torah in a short period of time than I could have imagined, yet there was also a good amount of time for fun and socializing. Another great thing about the program- the food was great. I encourage anyone with any interest in Judaism to go.

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An amazing program

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everything was great. no complaints.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-8-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Definitely a must for college students and young professionals who are looking to expand and strengthen their own jewish roots.

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

that it is a very open and warm program for Jews of all background levels.

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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8 people found this review helpful

My experience with the Heritage Retreats was the most rewarding one. Thanks to this society, I lead a Kosher home, raise a child in a very Jewish way and most importantly, lead a Kosher married life with my woderful husband. THANKS Heritage Retreats!

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leading into a personal and spiritual growth to reach the potential.

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it is great as is...

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absolutely everything

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extremely helpful, warm, loving, caring and family like

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-7-01

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12 people found this review helpful

I went to this retreat sort of at the last minuite, and to this day I am glad that I did. Not only were the staff superb in terms of their knowledge, but their interest in each atendee was genuine, and lasted long after the one week we spent together. The tutors were fantastic, as were _all_ the girls on the trip. We bonded, exchanged ideas, learnt about ourselves and each other, and got some of the best Jewish education, some in the classroom, most of it outside the classroom.

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

Personable, understanding, friendly, very knowledgeable, and genuine.

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

Set up retreats regionally, creating a southeastern branch, a northeastern branch, a midwestern branch, etc. It would defray the cost for those who have issues with travel expense, and it would make it more accessible since it would be a regional thing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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2 people found this review helpful

Heritage Retreats is an experience which can benefit Jews of all levels of religious observence. On my retreat were a few very secular Jews, a number of very religious Jews and - like me - many in the middle. The program is very respectful of everyone's preferences while maintaining the traditions such as shabbat and Kosher. It was a very educational experience which - most importantly - taught me a lot about myself and my short, medium and longer term spiritual goals. What made it easy for me to learn and absorb was that it was put out there for me to digest and not forced down my throat. Lastly (and importantly) it was a fun time playing sports, taking trips, socializing and just having some leisure away from my busy schedule as a lawyer.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-12-01

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1 person found this review helpful

This was one of the most memorable and meaningful experiences of my life. Connecting with other Jewish professionals in a posh, comfortable, environment which provided exhilerating physical and intellectual stimulation created a unique experience I will never forget. All supervising Rabbis are excellent and knowledgeable teachers, and the physical activity was extremely enjoyable but never too intense. Even the food was excellent.

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

enriching the role of Judaism in my life

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

Provide a scholarship/grant program to cover all tution costs.

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

connecting with other Jewish professionals

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

patient, relateable, extremely knowledgeable and overall excellent teachers.

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

play a similar role in the lives of more jewish professionals in this country and internationally.

Ways to make it better...

I had stayed longer

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

reaching out to completely secularized Jews

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This was an incredible experience

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-7-01

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12 people found this review helpful

I had an amazing experience with Heritage Retreats in Santa Barbara, California. The educators are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. The lectures were terrific and have positively impacted my outlook on life. I am a much happier person now. I try to maximize the value out of every moment of my existence. Thank you very much and I wish you all continued success!

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my time with the organization.

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

the educators, the lectures, and the great people who work at Heritage Retreats.

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

Terrific!

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continue to make the world a better place (re: perfect the world one person at a time)!

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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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