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Review for Bais Chana Women International Inc, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

An acquaintance of mine suggested I attend one of Bais Chana's women retreats, and I admit I was a bit intimidated at the idea of being surrounded by individuals who were more knowledgeable and certainly more Jewish than me. Surprisingly, the experience I had at the retreat was trans-formative and of course everyone was so kind. Most of the women who have attended come back saying how 'amazing' it was and for me that isn't the right word. I'd say it was interesting, expanding, and confusing. I'm a non-Jewish woman who's been exposed to more liberal forms of Judaism and I was a bit scared to be surrounded by an Orthodox group. As much as I found such a strict lifestyle so unappealing, when the reasons why such observance is practiced, things started to make more sense. Plus, the women that attend were at different places with Judaism and there were women who were converting. It was refreshing to have converts there (especially women of color). I found the retreat caused me to expand my mind. I knew as soon as I returned to my 'life' that I wouldn't radically change anything but what I learned there and was exposed to has stayed in my head. I question things like I haven't before and I've started making small changes towards a more fulfilling, spiritually enhanced life. The retreat was definitely an important and life changing step for the beginning of a spiritual awakening.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my everyday life. I've been learning more and applying some of what I've learned and the Bais Chana retreat is what has sparked this desire to continue my studies and application of Judaism.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Client Served & Attend a women's retreat.