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.
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!
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.
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.
Great experience at Heritage Retreat! Highly recommend this trip!
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
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.
Amazing trip to Utah Summer 2015. Explored one of our nations best nature parks.
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!
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.