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.
Great experience at Heritage Retreat! Highly recommend this trip!
Heritage retreats is a labor of love facilitated by a wonderful staff of caring administrators and volunteers. The program connects people from all walks of life through intellectual discussion and spiritual exploration. Though the program is merely a week, the lessons, friendship and memories linger on.
I went on a whim and was extremely surprised. I have never made good friends so easily in my life. I connected with a number of very cool young women. I had never studied Torah before, but the high quality of the program design allowed me to learn more Torah in a short period of time than I could have imagined, yet there was also a good amount of time for fun and socializing. Another great thing about the program- the food was great. I encourage anyone with any interest in Judaism to go.
Definitely a must for college students and young professionals who are looking to expand and strengthen their own jewish roots.
My experience with the Heritage Retreats was the most rewarding one. Thanks to this society, I lead a Kosher home, raise a child in a very Jewish way and most importantly, lead a Kosher married life with my woderful husband. THANKS Heritage Retreats!
I went to this retreat sort of at the last minuite, and to this day I am glad that I did. Not only were the staff superb in terms of their knowledge, but their interest in each atendee was genuine, and lasted long after the one week we spent together. The tutors were fantastic, as were _all_ the girls on the trip. We bonded, exchanged ideas, learnt about ourselves and each other, and got some of the best Jewish education, some in the classroom, most of it outside the classroom.
Heritage Retreats is an experience which can benefit Jews of all levels of religious observence. On my retreat were a few very secular Jews, a number of very religious Jews and - like me - many in the middle. The program is very respectful of everyone's preferences while maintaining the traditions such as shabbat and Kosher. It was a very educational experience which - most importantly - taught me a lot about myself and my short, medium and longer term spiritual goals. What made it easy for me to learn and absorb was that it was put out there for me to digest and not forced down my throat. Lastly (and importantly) it was a fun time playing sports, taking trips, socializing and just having some leisure away from my busy schedule as a lawyer.
This was one of the most memorable and meaningful experiences of my life. Connecting with other Jewish professionals in a posh, comfortable, environment which provided exhilerating physical and intellectual stimulation created a unique experience I will never forget. All supervising Rabbis are excellent and knowledgeable teachers, and the physical activity was extremely enjoyable but never too intense. Even the food was excellent.
I had an amazing experience with Heritage Retreats in Santa Barbara, California. The educators are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. The lectures were terrific and have positively impacted my outlook on life. I am a much happier person now. I try to maximize the value out of every moment of my existence. Thank you very much and I wish you all continued success!