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Heritage Retreats Inc dba University Heritage Society

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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Judaism, Leadership Development, Religion, Special Education, Youth Development - Religious Leadership

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.

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.

Community Stories

125 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 zuckzuck

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Former staff

Rating: 5

I have had the honor to be a chef with this amazing organization. I think the program has been life changing for all people that participate, including myself. You will experience a positive, healthy and meaningful approach to Judaism surrounded by beauty and love. If you have an opportunity be apart of this week long retreat, I promise you won't regret it!

scottsilverstone

Donor

Rating: 5

Heritage Retreats provided me with one of the most powerful, inspiring, and fun times of my life. There are many Jewish kiruv programs, but Heritage connects people like nothing else I've seen. I've never seen so many people change so much over the course of one week. I'm still close with many of the participants from that camping adventure from four years ago.
When I look back today at the speakers provided, and the classes offered, I feel like I didn't even begin to scratch the surface of what was offered in terms of Jewish growth... my rabbis back home wanted to go with me! So many incredible rabbis in one place... half of our group ended up in Yeshiva within a year.
I now donate to Heritage regularly. It had such an impact on my life, and I know how much it's changed the lives of others.

Aleks G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Heritage Retreat was unbelievable. We were surrounded by spectacular views of Yellowstone and really capitalized on the nature around us. Along with the scenic wildlife, we were also surrounded by amazing moral mentors and people who wanted to get to know us so that they could show us how to become better people and better professionals. Heritage Retreat was an amazing week that started off with us camping in the foods and concluded with a magnificent shabbos in Montana. Within a week I was able to meet great people, mentors and animals. After spending a week in a tent and with no phone usage I came out with more questions to ask myself, but also a clearer idea of who I want to become and the person I'm supposed to be when I get back to campus. If you have had some exposure to judaism this is a trip you will not regret.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great experience at Heritage Retreat! Highly recommend this trip!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I've been a guest lecturer at Heritage Retreats for many years, and I've never stopped being amazed by what they do and how they do it! They bring together a group of young Jews from all over the US and for a week provide them with an exhilarating "learn hard-play hard" experience! The participants are given the opportunity to learn from amazing lecturers (not me, the other ones!), who lead great discussions on Jewish Identity and Philosophical fundamentals. This is all done, while hiking and exploring the most beautiful outdoor locations in the US and Canada! The logistics are so well taken care of that no one on the trip ever notices them- a sure sign of their success. By the end of the Heritage Retreats experience, the group leaves feeling an incredible bond between one another as well as feeling empowered Jewishly to step up and step forward in their personal lives and communities

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heritage Retreats is an exceptional organization- professional, experienced, and personally engaging. They help put Jewish college students and young proffesionals in touch with their Heritage and themselves in an enjoyable enviornment, through stimulating classes and discussions as well as great trips and activities.
The organization has a long term impact on the lives of many of its students, and I am honored to be a part of Heritage Reatreats.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing trip to Utah Summer 2015. Explored one of our nations best nature parks.

3 Carol165

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an AMAZING time at the Heritage Retreats in Arizona. We had the MOST inspiring teachers, their intellect astounded me and made me really think about some important concepts, not just in Judaism, but in life. The mentors were also amazing, they were so caring and truly hoped to see everyone see the beauty in Judaism that they saw. This retreat gave me an opportunity I haven't had in a long time, to simply learn beautiful things in a beautiful place with beautiful people. I'm so blessed to have had this opportunity, as are all my other fellow retreaters. Thank you so much for such an amazing and MEANINGFUL experience, I have reflected on my experience and taken so much back with me!

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Client Served

Rating: 5


I am very grateful to have attended the Heritage Retreat Sedona program this past summer. I went not really knowing what to expect and felt a bit out of touch with Judaism. I hoped the experience would give me a better sense of my connection to Judaism and also help me make a decision about the extent to which I wanted to incorporate Judaism into my life. Despite my being unfamiliar with most of the concepts that we discussed, I still found the topics fascinating and easy to follow along with. I found the speakers discussions to be both engaging and very applicable to my life. I took away a great deal from the speakers, the Rabbi, and the other participants of the program. The program would not have been what it was if not for the extremely passionate teachers and tutors, who at any moment were ready to answer my questions, clarify a topic, or even offer me advice.
Heritage Retreats fostered an environment of openness in discussion and sparked my curiosity for Jewish learning. As a result, I decided to become more involved in Jewish life on campus at the University of Georgia. It was a very special experience and I made many new friends through it from all over the country. From Heritage I learned many invaluable lessons and would recommend this program to anyone, no matter their Jewish background or past experiences.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a trip to Poland to better understand what happened during World War Two. I expected some history and perhaps some cultural engagement. What I found instead was an extremely knowledgeable and passionate group of leaders who were able to intellectually emotionally and spiritually connect me to my heritage through Poland. We rejoiced at the life that flourished in Poland as well as carefully delving deep into our emotions that visits to the death camps evoked. In context for both what it meant then as well as a distinct appreciation for what it means for me today, I came away with a new found appreciation for life and my heritage.

1 Jason81

Client Served

Rating: 5

At a time in my life when my medical studies had become my primary pursuit, Heritage Rereats came along to rekindle my Jewish spirit. They taught me how to reincorporate religion into my life, through educating me and encouraging me to make informed choices. I firmly believe that my experience with them this summer will push me to become a holistic physician, providing care for the mind, body, and spirit of my future patients.

Truly inspirational

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an amazing time on my Heritage Retreat in Sedona, AZ in summer 2014. I went already having a strong connection to Judaism based on a love for the Jewish community and an identification with my ancestors. I left having discovered a more personal connection; throughout the week I learned how Judaism can help me be a better person and how I can incorporate it into my daily life. I also saw this firsthand by interacting with the incredibly kind and passionate fellow participants, tutors, and teachers that were on the retreat with me. The teachers took every available moment in the day to talk with me one-on-one, and I have stayed in touch with several of the tutors and teachers. My Heritage Retreat was an invaluable experience that I will always keep with me as I continue exploring my connection to Judaism.

Eilan A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing program! I can safely say that I was blown away from the staff and quality of the program. Highly recommended in every way!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful time on Heritage Retreats and would recommend it to anyone and everyone looking to gain experience and wisdom all while having a great time. Between the activities and the knowledge gained it is the people alongside you that you meet and connect with that really make the program special.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to Banff National Park in Canada with Heritage Retreats. We hiked, camped, white water rafted, and much more. It was honestly one of the best trips/programs I have ever done. The views I have seen will forever be in my mind. Everyday I learned and experienced something new. It is a very open environment with something for everyone. A lot of the wisdom/knowledge that I learned have stuck with me. The program instructors are diverse and offer something for every participant. I recommend this program because of its amazing excursions and educational opportunities that are gained from attending. I hope to participate in more programs in the future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Heritage Retreats was a most incredible experience for me! I went a little nervous, not knowing what to expect, and came back with such fulfillment and gratitude. It was everything I had needed and more! In just one week, I met so many incredible people, teachers and peers, people who I plan to stay in touch with forever. The scenery was breathtakingly beautiful, the activities were really fun, the times we had together were precious, and all of that will remain in my best of memories. But what affects me most perhaps to this day are the lessons we had. They really stimulated my mind and inspired me to think beyond. I gained so much insight in that short time. I gained valuable lessons that I will take with me for life! I would highly recommend this program to anyone who's considering it. It is really worth it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Heritage Retreats was one of the most incredible experiences I've had as a young adult in pursuit of creating a meaningful life. The program is comprised of some of the most kind-hearted, genuine, and beautiful individuals who truly give their all to enrich the lives of others. I learned so much about my heritage, myself as an individuals, and gained values and lessons I plan to carry with me for the rest of my life. I am so thankful for a program like this that has given me the knowledge and insight to become a better person.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heritage Retreats was truly an amazing experience. The friendships and lessons garnered will forever stick with me and I am grateful for going. Aside from the beautfiul locale in Yellowstone National Park, I was able to learn valuable lessons about my heritage and be proud of who I am. Recommend to anyone interested enough to learn more about Judaism!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Heritage Retreats was an incredible program that offered a community of learned teachers and peers to come together in order to grow spiritually. The program was full of life, learning, and adventure that made it unique and life-changing. Heritage Retreats is an amazing program that helped me to believe in myself and pursue my Jewish identity and gain futher knowledge. My time spent in Arizona will forever be imprinted on my heart.

Julie145

Client Served

Rating: 5

Heritage Retreat is an amazing life changing experience for young adults. Finding yourself in a mist of the world is very difficult and programs such as Heritage Retreat make a great effort to help establish oneself and gain confidence while having a wonderful adventure in Arizona. I was lucky to join the program Summer 2013 and absolutely loved it. I learned about my heritage from most kind hearten and caring teachers. I made new friends while experiencing the beautiful sights of Arizona and doing soul searching. I highly recommend this program to everyone eligible to apply.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Heritage Retreats was life changing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Heritage Retreats was a memorable, life-changing experience. An experience that comes once in a lifetime and that you hope to relive again. It was very well coordinated and organized with directors and teachers who not only act as incredible mentors but reach out to you as friends. I went on this retreat this past summer in Sedona, Arizona. My surroundings may have been beautiful, but the beautiful moments I created with the girls I went with surpassed any of my expectations. I went on this trip not knowing anyone and I left with a whole group of girls that I can now call my sisters. If anyone is looking to learn more about themselves; their identity, and the purpose of life, then Heritage Retreats will do just that if not more.

Evan M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Above and beyond my expectations. Their love of service and passion for providing a positive educational experience for its participants was inspiring.

Client Served

Rating: 5

An all-inclusive spiritual experience. Pluralistic learning, brotherly bonding, exceptional mentors, physical adventure, and a good time I'll never forget.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

is a life changing experience.
gather strangers and make them brothers. with a bond that will last a life time.
is hard to describe in words the feeling of the program, we learned so much, we experience so much, having serious subjects, fun subjects, and most important we were able to share it with more people like us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on Heritage Retreats in Arizona this year, and it was a once in a lifetime experience! The women were some of the most kind hearted, genuine people i had ever met. The classes that we had were so invaluable and will stay with me forever. The people made the entire trip; climbing with them in the beautiful mountains in Sedona, was breathtaking. There was so much support from everyone, despite the Jewish background anyone had. I couldn't stop talking about it with friends and family and am so glad that I was a part of something that brings people together for such a meaningful week of compassion and bonding. Sedona will always have a special place in my heart now, because I will always associate it with Heritage.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was an all around glorious experience. Everyone is extremely generous. The trip was definitely an eye opening one. Heritage Retreats made me so intuitive with my personal beliefs and helped clear up any confusions about anything & everything! One of many future experiences!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The location was beautiful! I really enjoyed the day trips and excursions as they helped me feel closer to other participants. The classes were great too, all the teachers were incredibly open minded and knowledgeable. Overall, it was a very spiritually fulfilling and meaningful trip with great activities in between.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Heritage experience was truly an uplifting one where everyone, from students through the staff left inspired and rejuvenated! Kudos to the amazing staff that put the program together so faithfully!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a phenomenal experience and unique opportunity for students to explore their Jewish roots in an accepting and loving atmosphere. Something that made the experience extremely productive to personal spiritual growth is the focus on the student 'as a whole'. The trips, lessons, one-on-one discussions are all geared and specifically directed to each student on a personal level which addresses the student's individual needs, keeping in mind her background, interests, and personality! I think that Heritage's fantastic teachers and the wonderful group of students make Heritage truly an effective and unique experience!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you!!! I was amazed at the care, love, and beauty of Judaism that everyone from Heritage instilled into the hearts of the ladies on the retreat. Every second was worthwhile. The connection to every soul on the retreat was felt and will forever be cherished.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The week spent with Heritage Retreats was one of my most inspiring and memorable experiences in my life. Powered by a very talented staff, Heritage Retreats provided a wide array of opportunities to grow and learn, by scheduling a delicate balance of education and entertainment. The program has had a positive and profound effect on strengthening my Jewish identity, and is a experience which I still reflect upon even many months later.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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?

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heritage Retreats is an amazing and inspiring trip. Each day the participants are excited to be part of the program and eagerly participate in the classes and activities. It is extremely well run and attention is paid to every detail. Lives are changed with new meaning, excitement, pride and passion for being Jewish.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

nava_winkler

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Heritage was an awesome trip that opened my life up to more learning and deeper thinking. I also feel like I have a community of people around me that share something that no one can understand but us. This is why I donate.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Heritage Retreats has shown me a rich wisdom synthesized from thousands of years of scholarship and packed into the Jewish religion inside torah. It has connected me to my culture, community, and I have stayed in touch with new friends. It taught me ethical values, discernment, and decision making, instilled in me a greater love of learning, and found me teachers to help me understand how I can use wisdom to discern the most important ways to make an impact in the world. As a graduate student this program has provided wise paths in my future, and enabled me to better use my knowledge for a greater impact on human welfare. Since this program I continue to study Jewish Wisdom from the teachers of this program and highly recommend it for the 2012 Top Rated Award.

Elina S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was an amazing experience. The people were very nice. The environment was very relaxing and stimulating. The food delicious. I found myself on this trip. I am very greatful for everything they did.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to Heritage retreats to get away from the world, but I ended up finding myself because of it. Heritage retreats teaches an individual how to become a better person. I really appreciate the program for all it has done.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was very impressed by the effectiveness of the program. I attended as a mentor/volunteer. They did not pay for our airfare and instead asked the volunteers to cover that cost to keep as much as possible of the donations entirely devoted to helping the students. - The attendees seemed to feel very enriched and gained a lot from the program. Many committing to furthering their studies in a more formal setting. - It was truly amazing to see how much it affected everyone in a powerful way. - In summary: Well run organization - Amazing results.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

the week that I spent at Heritage Retreats was one of the best weeks of my life. Everything was amazing from the staff to the food to the atmosphere to the activities and the guys. the guys i met at heritage will remain my friends for the rest of my life. heritage feeds you both spiritually and physically. every morning started with interesting and exciting classes from down to earth relate-able teachers who will discuss any topic you might have. the afternoons are filled with all sorts of fun activities from surfing to golf to wine tasting and everything in between. Even though i was a mentor i still gained immensely from the program and had truly life altering changes for the better. i would definitely recommend this program to anyone. they cater to all people, beginner and expert. thank you so much heritage for changing my life

Client Served

Rating: 5

Heritage Retreats is a very well-run program that brings together some of the brightest minds in Judaism with some of the most inquisitive students. It's inspiring to have such special Rabbis and staff give their time. I'm glad to have met everybody involved in the program, from all over the world. A great experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

heritage retreats is an amazing program. i was recruited in my school to go on the trip with these guys. they gave us an experience we will never forget. we got to hear incredibly insightful speeches on topics not usually discussed on a daily basis. they have really smart orators, who are engaging and very approachable so you can hear the speech and see the man in action applying what he teaches. those professionals are around the campus so one can form a lifelong relationship with men much wiser than ourselves. this program is a must for one beginning his search for spirituality. for not only are the speeches so informative but the program is so much fun. getting an education in surfing was exhilarating and professional golf lessons on a gorgeous golf course was awesome. and it doesn't end there, they are constantly making functions throughout the year to keep up the relationships that were formed. it seems as when one program is finished, i get a new email informing me of another! the boys come out of this program spiritually charged and with lives that will never be the same. inspired would be an understatement. i gained immensely as a mentor and would love to be involved with such a program forever. thank you heritage retreats.

Client Served

Rating: 4

As a young college student I found this program very insightful, very pleasant, and very beneficial with regards to my overall education. The speakers and discussions encompassed much more than learning, but rather more exploration, and the basis for becoming wise, which in my opinion is a strong foundation and a wealth of principles.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I attended Heritage Retreats I was hesitant due to past Jewish experiences. Upon the completion of my retreat I had a completely different perspective. I enjoyed the warmth, intention and lessons afforded to me at Heritage and was grateful for the time spent there. The classes were informative, the teachers interesting and the journey important to my personla growth. I would recommend this path to those who want to embrace their jewish identity, those who want inspiration and self actualization and welcome the amazing environment.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had a marvelous experience participating in the Heritage Retreats. It was two weeks of learning and bonding. My connection to Judaism grew and I also saw that the other participants gained tremendous amount as well. In fact, over the years following my experience on Heritage Retreats, I have encountered several other fellow participants. And I was deeply impressed to see how far they have grown as well. It is genuinely inspiring.

This is an organization worth support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I didn't know what to expect. For weeks, I studied the website. Eventually, I decided to apply and prepared myself to spend one, long week in the wilderness with a group of Jewish women.

It wasn't summer camp and it wasn't school. It was a learning opportunity and a place to reset my religious biological clock. Each day, we met with a variety of world renown scholars and teachers, and carefully debated and learned about ideas ranging from sacred text to societal norms. As the week continued, I found myself excited for every class and every moment to interact with women from different backgrounds countries and observance levels.

Heritage Retreats surpassed my expectations. Instead of the traditional classroom/school setting, the teachers provided me with the enough tools for me to make my own decisions. In fact, the week was not long as I originally thought, but rather not long enough. Heritage Retreats gave me more than a weeks worth of memories. The other participants and have a special connection, and I value the contributions to my future as a Jewish woman.

Jesse E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before this trip I was in a bit of an emotional funk. After one week, however, I found my life re-oriented in a far more positive and healthy direction than the one I would have gone down had I missed out. The particpants and instructors were so kind and helpful, and the backdrop so beautiful, that I found it very hard to not take the imparted lessons to heart. I would recommend this potentially life-changing trip to, literally, anyone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program helped me learn more about my religion. Through the classes and activities, I learned ways of incorporating more aspects of Judaism into my life. Also, I learned how to become a better individual through understanding the Torah (holy scrolls). Since this was an all girls' trip, I was able to relate to others and bond with them. I felt like we were able to connect on multiple levels no matter our affiliation within Judaism. It was a wonderful week of developing our inner selves.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Heritage Retreats program was a turning point in my life. The experience opened my eyes to a life that at that moment I realized that I was missing. It was a life of my grandparents, which was taken away from them by the Soviet Kommunist regime. I was introduced to the Jewish tradition of my ancestors. The spiritual fire in my grandparents that was extinguished by the kommunists, has been reignited in me. Heritage Retreats provided a friendly and a loving atmosphere for me to learn and interact with other fellow participants, to learn from them and about them. Through that experience I was able to make new friends and to create a foundation to build the rest of my life upon.

Tyler C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Looking back on the trip, I have nothing but fond memories. The quality of discussions led by the rabbis, the great mixture of guys from various parts of the world really made the trip, and the expeditions through some of the most beautiful landscapes were incredible. Food was great. I really appreciated our ability to explore on our own too.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience at Heritge Retreats was truly amazing. Everyone on the trip came from a different part of the country, yet we all seemed to get to know one another so well and have made friendships that will last. The topics that were taught we not only inspiring, but really touched our hearts. I felt re-connected to my Jewish roots and learned things frrom that basics, to really deep and spriritual subjects. The program was in an setting that made all the girls feel comfortable and relaxed. This created an enviornment that enabled us to be able to really focus on the material we were learning and the people around us we were connecting with. It was really a life changing and touching experience that I will always remember.

Brandon L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was first given the opportunity to attend Heritage Retreats in Santa Barbara, CA in December 2009. A last minute addition to the program, it really blew me away. What I thought was going to be a fun week long vacation in California turned out to be just that, and so much more. It was the perfect balance of fun and learning, but it was the people (both staff and program participants) that really made it amazing. It was so great, I even went back the next year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a part of this program opened up a whole new world to me. I met great people and have been on a path of enriching my life as a result of what I have learned attending Heritage Retreats.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heritage retreats is an ideal setup for young adults to learn about their heritage in a relaxing and non-threatening environment. The teachers and warm and encouraging, the mentors, friendly and fun and the format enjoyable and pleasant. Anyone who experiences this retreat can consider themselves lucky.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heritage Retreats provided me with a phenomenal learning experience that allowed me to grow as an individual while giving of myself to others. The program afforded many college age students to explore their heritage in a non judgmental, relaxing, and stress free environment. The location, directors, teachers, and participants all add to the amazing experience that we all shared.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Rebekah M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.