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Bais Chana Women International Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Children & Youth, Education, Judaism, Religion, Unknown, 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.

Community Stories

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Fruma W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bais Chana keeps me going :)

The people behind the organization stay true to their very focused goal of reaching out to and empowering women of all ages. There really is no other way to say it. Bais Chana leaves you with a feeling of connection and motivation as well as helps you find the tools you need to accomplish anything.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bais Chana Women International Inc is always my first choice organization to help out as its objectives are meaningful and life changing in the most effective way.

Bais Chana Int'l has a miraculous way of touching lives, not only for the duration of an event, but for a life time! I personally have watched teens, young adults and individuals well into their senior years have their lives transformed through this organization's endless commitment, warmth and sincerity. The testimonies are legendary!

A bold statement, yet no farther from the absolute truth - Bais Chana is magically life-giving and empowering for its participants and their generations to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a very uplifting experience when I attended the Bais Chana shabbaton. It was refreshing to be in a relaxed and non- judgemental environment. I also enjoyed listening to Rabbi Friedmans intelligent and inspiring words. This organization is absolutely amazing and I'm looking forward to more fun filled weekends!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bais Chana is an unusual place that immerses its staff, volunteers and participants in an environment of healthy growth and teaches and inspires all who walk through its door to make positive changes in their lives and to learn how to view the world around them in a healthier fashion.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found the atmosphere at Bais Chana extremely open and refreshing, one in which every individual felt the freedom to express her experiences and perspectives in a completely non-judgmental environment. The scholars and teachers on the staff are professional and helpful, offering classes which cater to both the beginner and the advanced. An extremely high level of education coupled with a warm and vibrant community of women.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bais Chana has provided a place of warmth, friendship, comraderie throughout.
One comes out feeling invigorated, inspired, refreshed & re-energized.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a counselor on multiple Bais Chana programs. On each one of them, I've observed first-hand how the lives of Jewish women transformed for the better.
The lectures and workshops help women of all ages find more meaning in their lives.
The relationships that are built among the participants last way beyond the week that the program runs. They are deep friendships that override age gaps, geographical distance, and time difference.
I think every Jewish woman should have an opportunity at least once in her life to partake in this meaningful and enjoyable program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on Bais Chana's Women's retreat for 2 consecutive summers and have always been impressed. The classes taught by Rabbi Friedman are stimulating and inspiring. Every person feels like they are part of a family of women growing and learning together. It builds this sisterhood in which every woman feels a part of something greater than herself but individualized to her needs. Bais Chana is truly a life altering experience!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everysingle woman and girl in our day and age should have a chance to experience Bais Chana!!!!
Its Major!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have considered myself a part of the Bais Chana Women's International Organization for about five years. I attended summer programs as both a participant, and an adult volunteer. The selflessness and joy with with this program is run, creates an atmosphere unlike any other. This organization has had a huge effect on my life and has helped me achieve many goals and become the person that i am today.

Thank you Bais Chana!

Chavi K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time I attended Bais Chana, was at a recommendation from a friend. I was very reluctant to go. but after some talking to I decided to go. I had the most spiritual and amazing experience in my life. I went once more as an attendee, and twice to volunteer. I love Bais Chana. They really changed my life for the better. I know that if I am struggling with anything there is someone from Bais Chana there on the other line ready to listen. I don't know where I would be today if it wasn't for this organization. I grew spiritually in a way I never thought I could. The classes were amazing and the surroundings were pure. The people there wanted to be there and helped anybody that was struggling. we would stay up all hours of the night talking about the classes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on a winter retreat with Bais Chana for Jewish women for one week in Florida, during the winter and I returned home to Vermont recharged and glowing and it had little to do with the weather. I was empowered by the lectures and the friendships with women that I made there, I came back a fresh inspired woman.

Tzippy S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a Volunteer at Bais Chana. Bais Chana is a place where women of all ages can experience their connection to God and His universe through learning that is extremely stimulating and thought provoking. Another aspect that makes Bais Chana such an amazing organization is that the women that join together bond in a way where no matter how many years later they might meet up they feel so deeply connected.

Devin K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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Bais Chana has changed the way I look at Judaism. Without its skilled staff, excellent programs, and welcoming environment a lot of girls would never have found their Jewish roots. They are more than accomidating even when it means money coming from their own pockets, and that just shouldn't happen to such wonderfully giving people. THey deserve this!

Hindy F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with bais Chana was when I was in 9th grade. I went for about 3 1/2 weeks for the all girls summer program. I thought I would be the only one like me, coming from an observant background but yet filled with many questions about life. Boy was I wrong. It happened to be that my summer most of the girls were from observant backgrounds and going through the same stage in life that I was. I felt a scene of relief, understanding and community, and yet nothing was ever really said about that. It just happened. We just clicked, explored our Judiasim together and had a wonderful summer.
I have gone back a few times as a 'madricha'- consoler for the summer camp "the un-camp''. Because its not really camp- its MUCH MUCH more then that!
Each girl that attends the program is an entire world- a beautiful soul that needs a hug, a good laugh, some art, some educating, some fresh air, but most of all some real honest down to earth friendship. And thats exactly what each person walks away with at the end of the summer. The friends that I have today are the ones I met on the Bais Chana programs- they are really my friends for life. It's something I don't think i will ever understand- I spent a week and half with someone and they are a friend for life?! Find an explanation for that?! 2 words: Bais Chana

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is all about empowering women. I volunteered one winter and was amazing at the impact the friendship and the leadership skills that we were all left with. I thought I was going to help but I really gained more than I could ever have imagined.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bais Chana is a wonderful organizatin and my time volunteering for this program has been the most rewarding experience. Bais Chana is for girls and women of all ages and affiliations. It is a place where people come to explore the significance of who they are and this world that they were born into. Things like life's purpose, a higher power and relationships are just some of the topics discovered. People who come feel at home and comfortable right away. Its a time capsule of magic that can only be understood by those who attend. It is a place of acceptance and growth. It is truly the most amazing experience to be had.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bais Chana is a wonderful, inspiring place to learn more about Judaism and spirituality. The atmosphere is pleasant, the surroundings are beautiful, and the teachers and mentors are very knowledgeable, understanding, and generous with their wisdom and friendship. As a volunteer at a 3 week summer retreat a few years ago, i met many women with whom i built strong, lasting friendships that i treasure.