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Bais Chana Women International Inc

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Causes: Adult Education, Children & Youth, Education, Judaism, Religion, Women, Womens Studies, Youth Development Programs

Mission: We provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment for Jewish girls and women to explore the Jewish teachings and traditions that are their rightful inheritance; we educate them in their search for a positive, compelling image of womanhood; and help them confront the spiritual and moral challenges in their lives. They do so, both personally and collectively, with the assistance of gifted educators and mentors, and a powerful network of their peers.

Target demographics: Jewish women of all ages - from adolescents, college students, single moms and women of all ages to grandmothers.

Geographic areas served: Internationally.

Programs: educational programs, resources, support and guidance from educators and experts, in person and online.

Community Stories

349 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although I have not been the best participant, I do pay attention to the upcoming classes and events. I have a sincere love for this organization and certain members. This is mainly due to the sincere kindness of the women who work & teach for Bais Chana. I know that if my life is disrupted or things come up, I am still welcome here. I was so struck by someone wanting to actually know me, that I kind of froze up. However, I do feel very comfortable and I have committed to attending more classes. I have decided to start truly joining in because I feel that I am accepted here. Bais Chana has given me the strength to try and reach my full potential. I feel like this organization has empowered me to become my true self again. Sometimes it is the smallest things which change our entire perspective.

Mary Enid P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love Bais Chana's online classes and being part of an international community of like minded women, I learn so much and the classes are very accessible even if you don't have a lot of background in the topic.

Client Served

Rating: 5


I have been going to Torah classes for many
years and am so gratefulto have discovered
Bais Chana!! Their teachers are knowledge,
inspiring and they create a safe space for
women of all ages and backgrounds to ask
questions and learn together.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This Nonprofit org. is providing so much information and spiritual strength to many who are living alone or medically challenged. Certainly Beis Chana alleviate their loneliness and keep the mind busy with very interesting true stories and lectures. Thank you for the outstanding job and keep it up.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bais Chana has always had a special place in my life---from my teenage years, being enlightened by Rabbi Friedman and Rabbi Feller over several Shabbatons, to my adult years, attending several events, including day events with inspirational speakers, or weekly Torah classes and other Shabbatons. These have been so influential in my decisions to understand and perform mitzvos and connect to Hashem in ways I may not have had an opportunity. Thank you Bais Chana!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing program! Deep learning, intellectually stimulating, warm community feeling, soul sisters and new friends for life! Amazing food, comfortable accommodations and fantastic experience.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thirty years ago I went for a week to Minnesota.
I stayed two weeks and left blue jeans that never fit well with a kid.
Changes of such magnitude at a cost which refined all my relationships except the one with myself.

Went back a few times and always gained great learning, wonderful environments of people in organically beautiful places and came back better.

I’ve sent people and I’ve met people who sent people.
The place grows and steps up to needs one doesn’t know they need.

Your labeling of such a place only means you haven’t gone yet!
I can’t wait to hopefully someday send my niece.
Impossibility?
I don’t think so after all I’ve seen Bais Chana accomplish.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FROM SHERRY SILK: I discovered Bais Chana almost a year ago, shortly after my mother died. I attended their Zoom conference, and was embraced by Hinda Leah, Itty, Fraidy, and the women who were also in attendance. Even though I was so tired and deeply grieving, I found the classes so stimulating, inspiring, and timely. After the conference, I began taking some of the classes they offer. I have found Rabbi Manis Friedman, Hinda Leah, and all the teachers at Bais Chana to be so devoted to G-d and to one another, accepting each of us as we are, and inspiring us to grow, grow closer to G-d, and fulfill our individual and collective purpose. When I have needed prayer, Bais Chana has risen up to pray and encourage me. While I now live physically alone, I am not alone ... Bais Chana is my family, made up of the most beautiful, caring, dedicated, and loving women.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My first retreat, in Utah, was a very enlightening experience.I appreciate Bais Chana’s efforts in providing an environment that is both educational and supports Jewish women and our culture.I was very pleased with the knowledge and kindness of Rabbi Manis Frieman and the entire stuff and I am very grateful to have been included in this special event

Client Served

Rating: 5

This amazing organization gave me back my life. You truly know how to create a solid excepting and strong values community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have never met a place where I can be so open and also feal that I belong and it's not just for a weekend it's a place you hold in your heart as long as you live.

Samantha Advah A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended Beis Chana 3 times.
I am looking forward to even more times.
I came for Manis Friedman, I have been following all his materials since 1994!
Thank you, Samantha

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bais Chana retreats and online classes are an amazing and much needed resource for Jewish women of all ages and backgrounds. I have personally had great experiences at two retreats and stay connected with online classes. I’ve also made wonderful friends through Bais Chana that I would never had the chance to meet! Rabbi Friedman, Itty Kay and the amazing staff of teachers and leaders are superb—and the learning is incredible! K.S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5


How can we survive or maybe flourish in this crazy world? G-d gave us life, but are we loosing the battle to remain spiritually alive? That's what I thought reading FB's plans to offer virtual spaces where people could "mingle," remotely and "get to know one another." (I am so old that I was an adult before "screens" stopped meaning movie theater. In those days, airplane passengers had actual conversations with strangers seated beside them.
Today? What Covid failed to accomplish in isolating us, may be completed by techno geniuses. Yet even the science tells us that devices are not a substitute for other people and there is an epidemic of loneliness.
Thousands of years of civilizations across the world instruct us that humans need each other to become more fully human, in their own cultural path. Some technologies we embrace or are forced upon us are subtracting from who we are and diminishing the nuance of human response to joystick options.
After years of practicing psychiatry, Bais Chana workshops and retreats exposed me to Torah teachings. Unlike Science, Torah teaches we have Souls. Unlike Social Media, Torah teaches our Body is not how we appear to others, but a garment for our Soul. On earth, our Soul is woven into our Body to grant us the choice to rise to the best of our thoughts and and actions. Only then can we elevate ourselves and others to lives worthy of this Creation. Making it to the moon is not a substitute for elevating our Souls.
I learned this at Bais Chana. At first these were words and concepts. Then they took root in me because I was taught and learned in a community of like-minded women who already lived them. True learning is one that shapes who we are while also teaching us to become our own sculptors. Our challenges are Biblical . How can we navigate this life and raise children in a world mostly purged of humanity and humility?
As a psychiatrist, it sickens me that we have purged what's spiritual from medicine and most other arenas where we live and our children play.
There is no "I" solution, here, but one that involves "We." I found that at Bais Chana.
Peggy Finston MD

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an amazing experience on Sun And Study. Even though I come from an Orthodox background, I’m always looking for new ways to find inspiration. I met some of the sweetest, most open minded and growth oriented people I’ve ever met. I walked away from it feeling inspired and making life long connections.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The girls from our university who have attended the Bais Chana programs have ALL had positive experiences, empowering them in their journeys as Jewish women

Client Served

Rating: 5

Straight forward fromthe heart!Bais Chana does make a difference in girls and womens lives,by providing a non-judgemental support environment for jewish maidales in order to explore jewish teachings and traditions that are our inheritance.
I have participated in their programs since 2006,online classes,women retreats,women 55+,trips to israel.usa.
And the gifted educators,mentors and organizators teach the yidishkeit we lived in our homes andthats invaluable!
Thank you Bais Chana

Client Served

Rating: 5

The women at Bais Chana are incredibly knowledgeable and endlessly patient.

They serve Jewish women with joy, and a clarity of purpose that makes you comfortable wherever you are on your journey. It's immediately clear that they love what they do.

I attended a retreat, went away for a while and then came back. Now, I'm in the frame of mind to take advantage of the vast and rare opportunity they offer.

If you are a Jewish woman who longs to learn, I can't recommend them highly enough. They're the real deal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazingly wonderful in every aspect. Organized, intellectual discussion, warm people, nice accommodations, great food, Rabbi Freidman is the super star.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beis Channa is truly One- Of- A-Kind experience.

Bais Chana offered me the most nurturing environment to explore myself and life in a way I never have before. No other program I went on was this supportive and I really felt like I was able to discover my deeper identity and connect with life in a more meaningful way. The staff was Beyond Incredible and are there for you every step of the way- even after you leave!! They stay in touch with you as if you are family. They offered me life tools that I still implement today.
I only look back at Bais Chana Summer with the BEST memories and friendships. Even the food was really good!!
Though no words can truly explain the incredible Bais Chana vibe. Spiritual, Fun, Open, Deep, Heart warming…. All of that and rlly so much more.
Every woman needs to experience it for themselves. It’s truly a magical place to be that will open your heart, mind, soul and help you become more of what you want to be.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bai's Chana is a fantastic organization that I've grown to really admire and care about. Their classes that I've taken have been very informative, the teachers and the other classmates are kind, friendly, extremely knowledgeable. Tysm

Client Served

Rating: 5

For the past 25 years (yes! It gets better and better) Bais-Chana is my go to spiritual/g-dly vacation :-) The experience is so fascinating that I get friends to come along and now -
B”H the second generation is following! If it happened that we missed a retreat, it’s simply unforgivable :-) we highly recommend! You’ll never regret! Keep climbing! MOSHIACH NOW!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing amazing programs!!!! All classes are fantastic. Teachers are very easy to speak to and non judgemental. Def one of my favorite organizations

Ora Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated of the Passover series this year with Freidy - it was a very enlightening and made this Passover more meaningful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I live in a small community where Jewish educational resources are limited. Bais Chana has been instrumental in my continued learning and growing.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bais Chana is an amazing place to connect to other women while learning about our amazing culture and history of Judaism. I have been a part of their online classes and in person retreats. It's an organization that's for everyone!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having attended 15 Bais Chana Women's retreats in the past, flying long distance to attend, I can tell you first hand that this is the GREATEST organization for women out there! Each year I have seen how this organization has transformed lives of people from all walks of life, for the better! At least tens of thousands of women, as a result of this great organization, has gone on to lead very productive lives because of this great organization! To the people who run this great organization, great job & like so many thousands of others, I wish to express my deepest gratitude to you! P.S. Their retreats, besides being inspiring - are so much fun too! And the food they have provided has been so great too!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In August I went on the women’s retreat in Utah. To be honest I was mainly going to be in Utah but I figured I would go with an open mind once I was there.
I was skeptical about going on a “religious” retreat and wasn’t sure that I would fit in and that I would enjoy it.
Well, this retreat made a huge impact on me. The classes with Rabbi Friedman were eye opening. They gave me a brand new lens in which to look at Judaism and our religion.
The women who ran the program did a great job. The food was incredible. Love and good energy was put into every detail. The women in the retreat were very welcoming and made me feel comfortable.
I had an incredible time and would certainly go on another retreat or event that Beis Chana would create.
I am so grateful that I attended this retreat. It has forever changed my life.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They provided me an amazing experience as an undergraduate in FL and wonderful Zoom opportunities during the pandemic!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bais Chana is that place where women of all ages and stages, from a myriad of backgrounds can go to find acceptance, love, support and emotional and cognitive nurture.
Through the classes, extra curricular activities, seminars, weekends and week long retreats, Bais Chanah has emerged as the leading oasis for women who are looking to change course and turn their lives around or just plan live more deeply and joyously.
The attention to every detail-- accommodations, food, faculty and recreational activities -- has enriched the lives of tens of thousands of participants and an unknown number of individuals who depend on these participants for their support and direction.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went on a trip with to Israel with eight other women. Sponsored by Bais Chana Women International.


We traveled all over Israel and heard many interesting women speak about life in Israel and the spiritual nature of Judaism. I specifically remember visiting a couple who lived on property where the grew most of their food. They were so inspiring.

I was with women from all over the country with different backgrounds and experiences.
Very eye opening.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am new to Bais Chana online but I recently joined the zoom class on Tanya with Itty Kay. I love the material, I love Itty’s patient, clear, straight talking approach, and I love listening to the comments from the other women in the group. And everyone is so open! You can just talk about G-d, or comment on how a lesson relates to your life, or share a personal struggle. It is all very refreshing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bais Chana Women International Inc helped me to get back, to restore my Jewish identity.
I was born and raised in former Soviet Union (Ukraine) where being a Jew meant being bad, second rate citizen, greedy and not loyal. The antisemitism was embedded in all aspects of people life. I just new how bad is to be a Jew - not only from the Holocaust history that affected not only my family, but each Jewish family in Eastern Europe but also in the every day of so called "normal life". I had a famous line #5 in the passport with the "Jew" identification without knowing anything about Jewish more than 2000 years history and Judaism. Bais Chana opened was and is my eyes opener. They accepted me without any judgement and prejudice, with love and opened heart. I participate in many educational classes and events and the feeling of the belonging came to me. I am a proud Jewish woman and part of the big loving family. I am learning from best educators, thanks to wonderful Hinda Leah, who is leading the organization, and also made friends. First time in my life I don't feel alone.
Thank you, Hinda Leah and all Bais Chana educators and students!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bais Chana is to every Jewish women a haven.
To me personally, a connection true and real with G-d and other like minded and not so like minded women of all walks that stimulates life and nurturing relationships. Worth mentioning is the absolute positive influence of Rabbi Manis Friedman and his team in my life that makes you feel welcome and part of a big healthy family.

Mertha M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They take you at whatever level you are and help you grow from there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bais Chana is an oasis in a fast-paced, hectic world. Its nonjudgmental and warm atmosphere is unlike anywhere else and gives women and girls the space to be themselves and think.

Malka F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bais Chana Women's International has been a steady stream of light for me, particularly during the "darK" times of this seemingly endless corona pandemic. I had certainly been acquainted with their amazing work for years, but for the past year and a half...WOW! So many online opportunities for learning, inspiration, and bonding with fellow like-minded Jewish women. They are seemingly tireless.....adding more classes and programs all the time! Check it out, really!! If they have changed my life for the better, and continue to do so....what are YOU waiting for?!?!?

Donor

Rating: 5

The Bais Chana International Chabad organization provides Jewish women of all age groups with the education, guidance, and support sought after during these spiritually and morally challenged times. Bais Chana Int. offers retreats and online classes throughout the year, and the organization is renowned for its educators who connect with Jewish women on many levels of interests and Torah concepts through the lens of Chassidic philosophy — applying these teachings to everyday life experience. I have personally learned from these Chabad teachers through online lectures (www.chabad.org); they have made a profound influence on my own journey studying Judaism and Chabad thought. I am fortunate to have opportunity to contribute back; thereby, I am grateful to help support Bais Chana Women International in its cause. A special thank you to the executive director of Bais Chana Women International, Hinda Leah Sharfstein, for organizing this great endeavor of empowering Jewish women to fruition, and for always being there to answer my questions and concerns…or just simply to say hello and talk.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a homebound senior (soon to be 90). Since Covid I am most appreciative of the zoom classes of Bais Chana. I feel privileged to be a part of a sisterhood of such highly intelligent, educated and eloquent women from all over the world. Thank you Bais Chana for all you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known for many years that Torah is our guidebook for Life. Bais Chana illuminates the path of Torah and its many intricacies and deeper layers of meaning. Bais Chana has shown me while at some point we sought "self-actualization" that the most important things in life are learning Torah, doing Mitzvoth, and understanding how the mind rules over the emotions. Every Class is another journey through Torah and Tanya and thought provoking stories from Torah and Chassidus. The classes have a deeply mystical aspect although it is profoundly applicable to our everyday lives. I love the sense of community and friendship which bridges ages, backgrounds and distance, that is unique to Bais Chana. The two main leaders, Itty and Hinda Leah, are thoroughly devoted to providing the most qualified lessons as well as speakers for special topics.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love these classes. Such a blessing every week. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful Organization for Jewish women! The teachers are great, the students are fascinating, and the materials are fantastic! It is a wonderful School for Jews of any age, background, and education level.

Andreadepalma

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bais Chana nourishes my soul! The content, the teachers, the depth the practical applications... first rate! I'm so grateful for Bais Chana and the brilliant women who teach, support and take these classes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in the Women's retreat in CT in 2011 and 2012 and the single jewish mothers in 2012.

I am now remarried and with four beautiful children and I believe I Beis Chana, (Rabbi Friedman and other speakers) really helped me achieve this great merit (with the help of HBH).

I recommend this program to whoever is looking for real healing, real growth, real judaism, real chassidus and real kabbalah.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Learned with the incredible educators of this program. Transformative, applicable to daily life, and beyond; extremelly competent, intellingent, and genuine people. I am very grateful to have benefinited from what Bais Chana provides and to continue to be a part of this program.

It makes me understand and remember why it is an honour to be a Jewish woman.

Ednah-Sarah R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been happily traveling to learn at Bais Chana for many years; recently the zoom learning opportunities were brought to my attention and I am even more thrilled to enjoy these lessons in the comfort of my own home! I am loving it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This Jewish organization offers Women of all ages a venue to learn about Judaism and to explore their spiritual selves. The classes that are offered are designed to create a non-judgemental, supportive community .

Brochie K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bais Chana is one of the best life experiences i have ever had. It is a space where you can be real, learn about what matters, get honest answers, know you're never judged, and all while connecting to the coolest people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When asked to describe my experiences with Bais Chana, it is always difficult for me articulate. I simply say, "It is a magical place."
The accepting, non judgmental environment facilitates new lifetime friendships. The classes with open forums allows one to take an honest look at life and choices, and create new possibilities. Authenticity, connection and introspection is experienced and transformation takes place.
Bais Chana International is a unique gift to Jewish women worldwide.

1 yyjulie

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best! I’ve benefited from R Manis Friedman’s knowledge greatly over the years

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Bais Chana for the first time in Israel, and I thought the concept itself was fantastic! Just women, of all ages and different backgrounds learning and bonding together in a very relaxed and pleasant athmosphere. Rabbi Manis Friedman is one of the most special educators out there - he has a unique approach to Judaism and relates to each student on an individual level and that is not an easy task to fulfill. I've been involved with different organizations throughout the years and had very different experiences with Jewish educators - Bais Chana is by far on top of the list with the efficiency and depth of learning and really touching the lives of their students.

1 Mati J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It’s a very inspiring experience for every women regardless of age or level of observance

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are a great organization!!!! Get in touch with them, you'll be happy you did!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great classes!
Wonderful, helpful staff!
A pleasure to work with them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best program out there so welcoming warm you feel apart of the bais chana family right away no matter your background:))

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve attended several Bais Chana programs and can say very honestly: Bais Chana is a family. The vision and inspiration of director Hinda Leah fuels the organization, from the carefully curated program schedules to the all-star locations to the diverse and fantastic staff.

Women from every corner of the globe, with life experiences of all types, have come to Bais Chana and exhaled — “I’m accepted here. I belong here.”

Bais Chana is as authentic as it gets. The goal is very simple - real Jewish learning, real Jewish connections, real Jewish sisterhood.

Women who have never learned the Hebrew letter Aleph, and women who have studied deep Jewish texts for years, sit side by side and learn from one another. The teachers are so talented that they can simultaneously teach both sides of that spectrum, and everywhere in between. Every participant leaves class feeling like they just viewed that topic in a completely new light.

Questions and even challenging are welcomed and encouraged.

Also — the food and amenities are always top-notch. Lots of snacks and tea available throughout classes as well - some good nosh fuels good learning.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bais chana is a beautiful organization with tons of awesome programs for Jewish women. I attended the UnCamp program for Jewish teen girls and it was amazing. They care so much about the growth of each camper and everyone connects to Judaism. 10000000/10 !!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Bais Chana is an amazing organization that helps Jewish women of all ages with learning and understanding of Judaism and Chaddisus. They really do guide and make this world a better place!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Itty Kaye is an amazing teacher. She has a broad range of knowledge that she is able give over to women of all ages and levels of experience, from the novice to advanced. She welcomes and relates to girls and women, no matter their background because, speaking for myself, we each come from unique and varied backgrounds, united by our Jewishness and our souls thirst for knowledge and connectedness.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Inspiring. Bais Chana gives me and my new sisters tools to feel uplifted and ready to be a part of Tikun Olam. We learn about our purpose in life and how our good actions help others to make this world a dwelling place for G-d

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bais Chana is a beautiful community of Jewish women and scholars. I have come away from retreats with inspiration, friendship, and a deeper connection to my judaism.

Chaya-Bracha R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Incredible organization changing the Jewish world one memorable program at a time!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Their unique programming for both single moms and anti-ageist measures helping women ages 55+ is innovative and designed to assist these too-often-ignored populations

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bais Chana empowers women of all ages to be their best.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a truly wonderful and meaningful experience at Bais Chana. Director Hinda Leah Scharfstein went out of her way to insure I was able to attend. She and Rabbi Friedman, Itty Kay, Freidy Yanover and the other teachers are magnificent. I met phenomenal women and made at least one good friend. I would highly recommend this experience. I believe it is life changing, and maybe even lifesaving

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of doing two programs with Bais Chana, and absolutely loved both of them!! Bais Chana has so many scholarships available for its participants, which makes it easy to attend. Bais Chana has provided me so many wonderful lessons.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bais Chana changed my life! I learned so much at Snorkel and Study, and came back 2 years later as a madricha. This year I plan to go back again as a madricha, and I now also have the zchus of doing other work for Bais Chana. I’m also in touch with so many girls whose lives have been changed and enriched in so many ways by their experience at Bais Chana!