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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.