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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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Really educational and uplifting. Gave me a better sense of what being a Jewish young women is.

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Lauren R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization changed my life for the better. It made me a better person and I thank Bais Chana for who I am today. It also helped me meet some of my best friends.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bais Chana is truly an amazing organization. I traveled on a Bais Chana trip about 3 months ago and learned so much about myself. I actually am going another retreat in the summer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bais Chana is a great educational program which brings together women from across the globe. Everyone leaves feeling empowered and energized! It was a great experience for me!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended 2 Bais Chana programs as a volunteer. The days flew by. Everyone involved gained from the program. I feel every minute of the days there are programs I am unable to attend!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been to at least 10 Bais Chana Women International programs. The programs for teens, college students and women are always incredible. I have learned a tremendous amount and consider it a privilege to participate in Bais Chana programs.
Bais Chana Women International is a place where ALL Jewish women can learn, grow, work through real life issues, make friends that last a lifetime and have a great time, in a safe, welcoming and non judgemental environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bais Chana is a place that every jewish girl should get a chance to experience!!!!
Its life changing and empowering!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just returned from Bais Chana Teen Program and I am thoroughly impressed with its unique approach to empowerment by nurturing the key elements of the person. Although there is a structured program each girl is treated sensitively, as an individual. Significantly, the entire staff, under the wise, warm, and capable direction of Mrs. Hinda Leah Scharfstein, is hand-picked---each counselor contributes her special talents, skills, and ability to relate to the girls. There is a refreshing, non-judgmental atmosphere of genuine caring. Rabbi Manis Friedman teaches daily Torah classes which reach beyond the intellect and vitalize the core of the Jewish feminine soul. His nightly question and answer sessions, full of wit, wisdom, humor and personal stories address much that churns and burns in the hearts and minds of the girls. Mr. Yaakov Yitchak Rosenthal, a talented, caring handwriting analyst, physiognomist and life coach who concentrates on the social-emotional issues of teenagers, meets with each girl to point out areas of strengths and challenges in a positive, constructive, encouraging way. Rounding out the program is the art room, directed by Mrs. Aharah Aisman, which provides plenty of opportunity for self-expression, creativity and growth. Bais Chana masterfully nurtures the inner dimensions of the Jewish teenage girl, planting seeds of who she can become.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After becoming frum when I was young and starting a Chabad on Campus program in my non-Jewish school I needed support, I needed to stay connected to the source of my mission: G-d. Bais Chana was my breather, my direct connection to G-d. Thank you Bais Chana for always pushing me to be the best Jew I can be. The Tanya classes, Rabbi Friedman's Question Box sessions and all the guest speakers are only the tip of the summit. The counselors and skill building activities along with the Jewish identity gained through every minute of the program make every moment worth a life time.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

By attending classes and interacting with the other attendees, I was able to learn about healthy relationships and how to develop them. I also began to understand more about who I am and what my role is in the world and how to actualize the good that lies at the essence of each piece of crration.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Three years ago, I came from South Africa, to Bais Chana’s summer program. I was over worked and exhausted, looking for direction and a break. My life has never been the same since. Bais Chana has always been there for me and I see how they are always there for every Jewish Women, every step of the way. Whether it be a teenager searching for answers, an undirected student questioning her own identity and existence, a Professional looking to understand her role as a women, or a Mother wanting to strengthen her knowledge, Bais Chana empowers women to go out into the world with a strong sense of purpose and knowledge of their role as a Jewish women in an every changing world. I have been back to a program ever since, and I always feel that there is so much more to learn and gain, each time I am imparted with more strength and clarity . The organization has provided a continuum of strength and support for women of all ages and backgrounds to further their Jewish education. Whether you are a onetime attendee or come back regularly, you always leave with a life changing experience.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

bs''d Bais Chana is a unique school that helps women of all ages reconnect with the essence of their souls.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bais Chana is a unique organisation, in it's ability to bring together women who are different in almost every way... (age, character, upbringing, nationality and career..) and blend them into one harmonious group, learning from and with one another. A single program which caters to the very individual needs of each participant (some facing serious challenges), is hard to come by. Participants leave changed, always for the better. The directors have worked hard, and succesfully created a haven of physical comfort, spiritual warmth and emotional growth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bais Chana brings together women of all ages and stages of their intellectual, emotional and spiritual development. Through lectures and small group discussion with outstanding lecturers, I have been able to broaden my view of how I look at people and the experiences that occur in my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

after having such a positive experience with my own teenage daughter going to a bais chana retreat we decided to get involved and help. the camaraderie and acceptance of both the counselors and other participants make a world of difference for the teens. i have seen numerous times girls stay up all night talking to help other girls.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was blessed to be a part of this incredible organization for a weekend, as I witnessed the transformation of teenage girls struggling with issues of gender and family, so challenging during these pubescent years. We used dialogue, art and music to help each young girl find her voice as a unique and significant individual, an integral part of the whole: the framework of Jewish Family and Community Culture.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bais Chana is a real eye-opener. People come from all walks of life: Some are searching for meaning and purpose in their lives; some are just curious about Judaism; some are seeking answers to important questions; some are looking to learn about what their own heritage has to offer; some just want to have fun. All gain an experience that is potentially life-altering. In an open and non-judgmental, non-confrontational way, Bais Chana tackles those all-important questions and brings insight into the human existence. The atmosphere is at once intellectual and down-to-earth. You'd be surprised to see every age participating - from 13 until 83 (and probably older!). There are also fun adventures like a snorkel trip, as well as beautiful natural surroundings and accommodations.