Bais Chana is a place where all Jewish women can let their hair down and be who they are. Pampering, fun, friendships connections and spiritual growth is what makes it special. It doesn’t matter where you are from or what you have done. It’s all about where you are at and moving forward. At Bais Chana you delve into who you are, what your purpose is and how you can be happy and healthy both physically and spiritually. Everything from the home cooked meals, insightful classes and sing alongs are geared to nourish your body and soul leaving you rejuvenated with a new positive outlook on life. Come once and you’ll want to return year after year. ... Single mom of 4.
Absolute pleasure to be a part of their programs. They help so many young women, and empower the future generations to make an impact in the world.
Beis Chana is a Warm, awesome environment for women to grow, learn and connect with other Jewish women.
Bais Chana definitely deserves every star it can get! They provide so much to everyone that is a part of the program and show so much dedication and commitment to what they do!
Bais Chana is life changing. The learning and atmosphere expands your mind and heart in ways you didn't know were possible. I highly recommend attending any of their spectacular programs, I guarantee that you won't regret it.
Excellent program. Fills a need for companionship among women often isolated in the community. Interesting classes and resources.
As someone who has gone to many Bais chana retreats, I can personally attest to the fact that this organization changes the lives of every girl and woman who attends. The staff are incredible, caring, and knowledgeable people who take personal interest in each individual from before they walk through the doors until long after they leave, creating lifelong connections. Bais Chana is the best.
This organization helped me very much. The knowledge I gained from the classes, the teachers rabbis and mentors influenced me in a positive way and the friendships I made during my time at Bais Chana are life long bonds.
5 STARS for "Bais CHANA WI"
B"H, Last Year, I had the Opportunity to attend a "Retreat" .....
This year, it has not been possible to attend but once again thanks to a marvellous "Sunday Tanya Group" we have kept in contact....B"H may there be many more "Retreats" and classes....Thank you for great orginization skills and dedication....
Bais Chana and the people and program has totally changed my life. I have made new friends, and got a great "shot in the arm" in my Judaic practice and understanding. If there were 10 stars, I'd want to give 11!! The contribution to Judaic society that Bais Chana gives is worth more than can ever be conceived or understood.
The most memorable and life changing summer of my life. I will always be grateful that I had this experience.
If you're a Jewish woman, what are you waiting for?! I literally cannot recommend Bais Chana highly enough. No judgement, no dogma, no fluff, just the most important wisdom no woman should be living without.
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.
The people I met at Bais Chana, the atmosphere, and the learning have changed and improved my life more than anything else... and I know I'm not the only one. Thank you.
Bais Chana was one of the best experiences of my life. It was a warm environment where girls and women of all ages were able to find something in common. After only a few days at bais Chana I felt as if I'd known the women there my whole life, and I still Lee in touch with many of them. Every one of the classes was incredible, and it was always a number one priority for me to get to all of them no matter how late I'd been up the night before.
I went to the Bais chana uncamp in Iowa this summer, and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. It was an amazingly kind, nurturing environment, and the staff was absolutely wonderful. The classes and activities were inspiring and fun, and the relaxed atmosphere made everybody feel comfortable asking any questions. (Side point, the grounds were stunning)Thank-you, bais chana, for a great summer!
I have never gone to any retreates nor was I ever affiliated with lev Chana or any chabbad organizations. I am forever thankful and blessed I was able to join this lev Chana retreat in lakearrowhead it was the best thing I have done for myself in a long long time. I felt so empowered spending a weekend with strong, capable, beautiful single moms. Thank you to everyone involved who made this happen I can't thank you enough.
This retreat helped me to regroup and refocus my mind and energy on Hashem because He is the one who truly runs the world. I went two time and it was absolutely wonderful. The women that I met and bonded with are amazing!!! The atmosphere is relaxing. The food is superb!!! The rooms are glorious!!! The speakers are amazing and insightful. I would definitely recommend this experience to any single mom out there. May they continue to help anyone that needs.
The best non profit for women around. I went to Bais Chana for the first time last summer and it was the best decision I made. I walked in one person and left a week later totally transformed. The staff is incredible, the support and knowledge from everyone is unmeasurable. Whether you go to one of their many retreats they offer or you learn online remotely it all impacts the growth of Jewish women everywhere. Bais Chana does so much for so many women all around the world. Go Bais Chana!
This is an amazing organization .& everyone in the position to help out the reward is big !!!!!
The programming, participants, administrators and presenters were wonderful. Bais Chana is a transformative place and program!!!
Bais Chana Women International is an organization that helps hundreds of women in their self-growth and development. It gives internal strength, independence and a sense of empowerment to its participants.
Bais Chana is amazing. That means the people are exceptional, the teachers are profound, thought-provoking, and make themselves available for hours of personal time with anyone who wants one on one time with them. And the food is delicious and healthy!
It was a cliff hanger as to whetheror not I was going but with the right push - the staff is incredible, the experience was truly beautiful and I want to go back.
Bais Chana is less a "camp" than a warm and inspiring community for Jewish women of all ages and affiliations. The people at Bais Chana are so consistently kind and giving that one feels one has entered a different universe. Although some of the Chabad philosophy taught in the courses was difficult for me to swallow as a very modern Jew, on the whole, Bais Chana provided a uniquely positive experience, and I look forward to returning.
My sister and I signed up for this summer experience not knowing really anything about it. The morning we were scheduled to leave I was hysterical and in tears because I had no clue what to expect and didn't want to be spending my summer in the middle of no where with strangers. Regardless I flew to Minnesota and went on with camp. When we arrived, we were greeted by a very nice and welcoming girl. The driver, girl, my sister and I all drove to the Bais Chana headquarters where we were greeted by more girls who were all very welcoming. By the end of the day almost everyone had got to camp and we were all getting to know each other. By the second day we had all gotten to know each other better and by that time I was becoming more and more comfortable. Little did I know by the end of the summer i was looking at these girls as more then friends, but sisters. The 3 weeks were filled with learning and growing as Jewish women, friendships, trips, and memories that will last a lifetime. My time in Bais Chana really changed my views on life and how I was going to lead mine. By the end of the INDESCRIBABLE 3 weeks I was hysterical yet again to be leaving what I had initially been so scared to come to, and ended up being the best summer of my life. I can't thank the incredible staff enough for the incredible experience I had while with them. I can't wait to continue going to as many Bais Chana programs as possible from now on!!
i can honestly just say i don't have words for such an amazing and wonderful time i had. i met some unique long lasting great friends i will never forget, and learn many things about Judaism that i appreciate much more now!
I honestly did not know what I signed up for when I decided to go to the Bais Chana UnCamp. The 3 week program exceeded any exectations I could have possibly had. Not only did I have an amazing and fun time but I gained so much! The schedule is a perfect balance of learning and engaging activities. The classes are so insightful and make you think like you've never thought before! The activities are so fun and really bring closer to your camp mates. I left this camp with 30 new sisters and a notebook full of new things that I leaned. I would recommend this camp to ALL Jewish high school girls. You will not regret coming here. In fact you will probably return to camp for more than one year as many campers do. I would not change a single thing in the UnCamp program and look forward to attending many more Bais Chana programs!!
Really educational and uplifting. Gave me a better sense of what being a Jewish young women is.
Great Experience! I have gone to the the Bais Chana girl's camp, not once, but 2 times. It really helps people (esp. girls) to get to know what and who they are. They develop a bond with their faith, what it is, and how to express that. If your Jewish, you must look into this. It will recharge you in some way.
Beis Chana's Snorkel and Study program was a life changing experience for me. The classes were phenomenal, providing me a deeper and captivating look in to what's behind our Jewish traditions. Growing up in a conservative Jewish environment, I really appreciated the new perspective that the program gently illustrated. And of course, I made lasting friendships. I did Beis Chana at least three years ago and I just met up in Jerusalem with some friends from the program! Beis Chana attracts girls who really care. Good-hearted people, great classes, and of course, great food! I would recommend, and have recommended, Beis Chana to any and every Jewish woman regardless of their background.
Beis Chana blasted me into a whole new stage of life. For a week I got nothing but star treatment in a gorgeous resort. The many classes on almost every Jewish topic were super informative. Sometimes I came out with a brighter soul, other times I came out confused. But that was the beauty of Beis Chana. In the end, everyone came out a bigger and better person. I remember after a class on the soul I left feeling light as a feather and knew that I would continue my journey in to Judaism forever. I felt as if the Rabbi giving the lecture had picked that class just for me because he knew of my struggles right at that moment in life. I also made friends who I still talk to today, over a year and a half afterwards. I'm from Seattle and I just got back this weekend from my counselor's wedding in New York! Of course it takes a lot of work to remain friends, but it was so easy to make friends on the program because of the friendly and open environment on the program. All of the girls (and I mean all) were friends on that trip. I remember after a long day of classes and snorkeling, me and a bunch of girls stayed up at night on the roof of our condo, looking at the stars and reflecting on our week so far. Some of the girls I hadn't even met before then, yet we were discussing Judaism as if we'd been friends our whole lives. No guards were up, just real talk. All in all Beis Chana's Snorkel and Study was a week of meeting cool new people, snorkeling, and pure adventure into the soul.
I had an incredible experience with Bais Chana. The teachers were knowledgeable and caring, and even when dealing with difficult life issues, were really there for me.
I had a very good experience with this organization. They were very professional and personable and available anytime I had any questions or needed any assistance. I would recommend it to every women interested!
Bais Chana is an unbelievable organization. It allows Jewish women from all over the world to come together for a common cause, explore their personal lives, and learn about our heritage, culture, past, and present. By examining Judaism in depth with world renowned leaders. I was able to explore my personal life with the help of multiple counselors and leaders. They allowed me to be very open, think about all the positives, and ways to change what I wanted to. I have never felt more at home.
One week at Bais Chana was a positive, beautiful, full of inspiration, fun, joyful, life changing experience. It's a week of knowledge that makes you wish you could never leave, this one week trip can not be found anywhere else.
Bais Chana changed my relationship to Torah and my identity as a Jewish woman forever. The teachers, staff, people and place are all 5 stars. All together it is so beyond any kind of star system.
Bais Chana is an incredible organization. Everything about it is centered around helping women and girls feel empowered in all aspects of their lives. It is a warm and caring environment where everyone truly feels like part of a hugely diverse and unique family.
Bais Chana is an amazing place where you can learn and find out anything you ever wanted to find out and gives you the tools to view and live life in its full potential!!
Going to Bais Chana was an amazing experience for me, I had the opportunity to learn more about judaism among a group of very talented people and after I left I felt I had a new kind of energy within my self.
The women I met were always willing to have interesting and challenging conversations, their spirit is nothing like I have ever seen before and I would love to have the chance to go back again to this beautiful place.
Amazing. I had a great experience and learned an incredible amount. Every second was thoroughly planned and used in the best possible way. Not one second went by wasted. There were amazing controversial lectures by talented and brilliant speakers. I was engaged and learned an infinite amount of wisdom that can be applied in every day life.
My week with Bais Chana was fun, positive, friendly, supportive, educational and very memorable. It was great to get some good quality girl time!
Bais Chana is a warm place to come.... when you want to learn, grow, be inspired...and eat well:) With many types of women from many different places, everyone is encouraged on their own journey. In the year that I worked at Bais Chana, I got to see many women and teens make changes and gather the strength to implement those changes back home. Relationships for a lifetime, inspiration for a lifetime, Changes of a lifetime.
Learning in Bais Chana was a wholesome experience for me. It was everything together, the beautiful physical location, deep thought provoking lectures, great food, and meaningful discussions that made it a wonderful place to be.
Discussions and lectures ranged all topics from morality and the purpose of life to mortal man and the finality of death.
I feel like the Bais Chana experience allowed me to walk away a more thoughtful mindful and possibly moral human being.
With the possibility of running on a much larger scale Bais Chana's positive impact can reach that much further and enrich many more.
Bais Chana, specially, the snorkel and study program was one week filled with inspiration, life and beauty. Although it was just one week, it was through this short time which enabled me to not only dive into the sea, but dive into the heart of life, which is Torah.
In an ever changing world, remaining grounded and directed and true to your values and morals is often difficult. Caught between what society dictates and what our values erg us to be, finding peace is often difficult. The world demands so much, who are we, where are we going ? where do we come from , Where do we begin. Our life is a Journey and we are constantly seeking growth. Having been involved with Bais Chana as both a student and a volunteer I personally have been touched by their love and devotion to each individual no matter what their circumstance is in life. Bais Chana, stands strong in encouraging women to be empowered by the values of our Jewish Heritage. Through learning about modesty, the role of a Jewish women , one becomes empowered by the beauty in the responsibility of being a women.
No matter how long you are there for , Bais Chana provides structure and core values in dealing with life's challenges, helping women stay strong and true to their Jewish Values, empowering Jewish Women to build strong and ever lasting connections to Judaism, that inform our every day lives.
For me , there programs were life altering. It gave me the tools to navigate my way through life as a Jewish Women, staying strong to me heritage and my values.
This past summer was my first year as a volunteer at Bais Chana! It has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had! Bais Chana is a warm place with total acceptance! Every person there was so kind, friendly and warm. The learning there was exceptional! Ask any questions and get ready to be blown away! We all walked away inspired, rejuvenated and ready to start the year!
Hinda Leah Scharfstein, the program's director is very caring and makes sure the program is top notch and everyone's need are well taken care of. Rabbi Manis Friedman, the main teacher, is fascinating. His knowledge of the Torah and his delivery is exceptional!
Bais Chana is a place that every person should experience!
Bais Chana is the kind of place we all call home. On my first trip, I was greeted by a group of women and girls of all ages, sizes, and colors sitting around like family. What was most notable about the group was its diversity and acceptance to people of all kinds. We were all there with a common goal: to learn, to understand, to change, to live. Bais Chana was the perfect place for that to happen.
Hinda Leah Sharfstein, the executive and administrator of Bais Chana, as well as the rest of the staff, are fully aware of the importance of one's spiritual health and learning Torah. Hinda Leah does all in her power to ensure that anyone who is remotely interested or open to learning can be a part of the program, regardless of financial woes or what not. She lives as a service to others in need and devotes everything she has to the success of the program. As the voice of the organization, it is her that one can look towards to define what Bais Chana is: a humble place that helps a proud amount of people.
Rabbi Manis Friedman, the heart of the program, teaches in a unique and special way. His unusual wisdom and immense knowledge make the classes stimulating, interesting, and a challenge too. From him, we learn what a Jew is, how to love God, and what it means to have a soul. He also devotes many hours to individually helping his students with his extensive experience as a Rabbi helping people and with his knowledge of homeopathy.
Bais Chana is a program like no other. It offers help, guidance, and love, to women from all walks of life. When we leave Bais Chana, we leave changed. We leave as renewed individuals. We leave with a deeper understanding in life. We leave living. We know what we are doing here, and we know why.
Wow I was amazed at all the learning that took place when I went to a Bais Chana. They helped me so much and I came home and helped my community out after because I was so felled with good infromation and knowlegde of little and big things I could do.
thank you Basi Chana
I currently work with College aged students and have had wonderful experiences sending them to Bais Chana. They return, empowered, excited and stronger in their identity and sense of self. The facilities and accommodation are top notch, the staff is warm and caring.
I really loved Snorkel and Study. It was life altering and all together a positive and challenging experience. I recommend it to anyone who is looking to learn what it means to be a Jewish woman in her twenties.
I went to a Bais Chana program called Snorkel and Study. It really impacted me tremendously and motivated me to eventually study in Israel for several months at a seminary.
Bais Chana was a great program that gave me the space to learn more about my religion and about myself through their Winter Break Workshop. The teachers were some of the best in the world, and they provided a setting for us to get personal help and advice that made us stronger, wiser, and more informed citizens of the world and ourselves.
Bais Chana is a warm home that women from all walks of life can come to to get the spiritual and emotional nurturing they need to face the challenges of the world.
I was introduced to Bais Chana through the Rabbitson at my shul and took a chance and went only a few short weeks after finding out about it. Bais Chana has changed my life in many ways. It's elevated my learning and grounded my existence.
They offer exceedingly well rounded educations within Judaism to women who may have not had that type of opportunity otherwise. The staff is passion and compassionate. The women they attract are hungry for learning and kind.
This is an amazing organization.
I heard of Bais Chana many years ago and that they organise seminars gathering women from around the globe, from all walks of life and reach out to each and everyone to get reinforced in their religion, learn Torah and reach to new levels of spirituality for all ages! I became exited and absolutely wanted to attend a seminar! A person helped me to connect with Bais Chana and they helped me to go. The seminar is everything that it's reputation says about it and so much more! Since my first seminar 4 years ago i have kept most of the solid friendships made, i got to travel and Tour Israel with Bais Chana and i got to stay and additional 6 month to learn Torah in Israel with referals from Bais Chana.
You should know that when all this started, i was 33 years old, from a completely secular traditional family, i went to a convent high school, being the only jew there, then went to secular college and University, had a glamourous life working on film sets, working as a fashion photographer and having many famous friends from Hollywood. My older brother and sister intermarried assimilated and later at 30 i nearly lost my life from a sever head injury.
So when i went to Bais Chana, i started to let go of my entire past and was ready to rebuild my jewish life which i knew absolutely nothing of. I had a new whole new world to gain. Within a year i learned how to live a spiritual life according to Torah, visited Israel from a full Torah perspective and kevers of Tsadikim. Most of all Bais Chana took our group to Hevron at Maharat Hamachpela and othet sites which has also dramaticaly changed my life. The book of Torah was no longer a book of tales and legends.. Here we were by the caver of Avraham, Isaak, Yaacov aveinou, Sarah, Leah, Rivka imenou, and of Adam Arishon and Chava. No need to be convinced, there is somthing about the land of Hevron which cannot be explained. We must just go with the right people to learn and understand and sense the truth of the Torah. Once in Hevron, one can no longer deny its existence, its absolute truth! From this trip with Bais Chana, i became completely tsniout, shomer negya, and finally got married within the year in Israel! I now live a spiritual life of Torah and mitsvot, have a beautiful baby and am so Thankful , Grateful for Bais Chana to have been such incredible shluchim of Hashem to have paved the way along for me to live a full life! May they continue to do the work they do and get sponsorship to help more people who were so lost as i was. They have educated me and it has saved my life and Barouch Hashem now also brought new Jewish life (our baby)!
Thank You Bais Chana. There are no words i can say that can come to the level of the limitless life you have tought me to live!
AMAZING organization dedicated to embracing our lives as productive women who can and will make a difference in whatever we do.
I participated in the Snorkel and Study program run by Bais Chana in January, 2010. The most memorable aspect of the program was its knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers. The topics were interesting and relevant. Some classes expanded my academic knowledge of my religion, while others helped me contemplate lifestyle choices. I met fellow participants who were also exploring their Judaism, and together we discussed the topics we had been learning about in class. All of the staff at Snorkel and Study were helpful, gracious, and clearly dedicated to making the program as positive an experience as possible.
Bais Chana was an unbelievable experience that taught me how important it is to have a strong jewish foundation and was a candid forum for me to interact with my peers and see their view and relationship with religion
the classroom experiences were amazing, I learned so much and was able to ask an question to the guest speakers and introduced to new concepts, but the most important part of my learning came from the down time I had with my peers and the counselors for the trip.
I learned so much from my counselors and peers. We would stay up late every night and talk about different jewish customs and laws and how others viewed their importance and it was a forum to air grievances about difficulties practicing religion in such a secular society.
Bais Chana was a 24/7 learning opportunity and I met some of my best friends on that trip.
I spent time at the Bais Chana Womens Program almost 4 years ago and then again 3 years ago. I am mentioning this from the very beginning because even though my time there was not recent, I still carry all of the amazing and truly inspirational messgaes that I learned. Most of all I made friends that will last a lifetime and are active people in my life and the community that encourage women's studies and participation. The program changed my view of the Jewish woman as a dated and uneducated stereotype that only has one role in the community. Now I understand and practice myself the TRUE role of a Jewish woman in my daiy life, thanks to Bais Chana.
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.
What an enriching experience Bais Chana Provided!
Meeting so many inspirational woman. engaging in stimulating Learning and discussion.
I walked a way a stronger and smarter woman!
Bais Chana helped me when I was in need of guidance and direction. The people there were supportive, insightful, wise, open minded and warm. I was invited to think about things in new ways, and encouraged to grow and become more. I have been part of bais chana for a couple years now, but and i will always consider them my family.
As a young girl, I attended Bais Chana classes with my mother. Even then, I was impacted by the sincerity of the personnel and the quality of the participants. As an adult, I worked for Bais Chana for over 7 years as their media producer. I attended over 10 sessions, interviewed over 100 participants, and recorded over 60 hours of meaningful dialogue, classes, and interactions. Consistently, across all demographics, the women I interviewed shared the same things: The learning is dynamic, insightful and personally meaningful beyond their expectations; the staff is incredibly insightful and supportive; the women who attend are sincere, warm and non-judgmental people with which a sisterhood instantly develops; there is a strong sense of ''coming home'' to a place that welcomes you with open arms and it is "life-changing". Last year, for the first, time, I left my video equipment at home and I came to Bais Chana as a participant. Although I had spent hours over the years talking to so many women about their positive experiences, I was still blown away. It truly was everything described to me- even more! Bais Chana is a unique, valuable, tremendous asset to Jewish women worldwide. It is unparalleled and I feel privileged to be have worked with, and benefited from, this organization.