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

Rating: 5 stars  

I first began to teach at Bais Chana some sixteen years ago when the program was still located in Minnesota and ran programs for college aged women twice a year, during the Winter Iintersession and during the Summer. I have watched-- with wonder_- as Bais Chana has evolved as an institute, a university without walls -- that offers eclectic and cutting edge programmaing to women of all ages ( and some programs for couples as well) in a variety of destinations. Bais Chana has created a community of women that often spans teengagers and their relatives , mothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, grandmothers etc. It is a place where you find women of every socio-economic strata, every culture, race and professional orientation. It is a place that transcends the general ways in which we divide ourselves. From the first time, I was hooked on the unparalleled experience and have been back, most often twice a year and sometimes thrice, to teach at one of the many programs. I often try, and always fail, to properly encapsualte what it is that gives Bais Chana its unique power. The best I can muster is the fact that Bais Chana creates a crevice in time and space that allows people to learn about themselves, their relationships and their tradition in an environment that is completely non judgemental and totally accepting. It allows each of the women ( and the couples) to find a safe harbor in which they can open up to profound ideas and practical ways to implement them. As an instructor, all I can say is that teaching at Bais Chana is a blessing and a privelege. We all become more porous, more open to each other, we are all teachers and students on these retreats and we emerge not only richer but completely transformed. I know this sounds like hyperbole, but please believe me when I say that this is rather understated!

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

See above

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The programs is perfect, it needs more funding desperately and then it could serve even more women and offer programs even more times a year.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning and growing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

completely dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

profoundly touch so many more lives!

Ways to make it better...

Could not have been better!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding, funding and funding!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Former staff & I have lectured and counseled at scores of Bais Chana Programs and retreats.