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

Rating: 5 stars  

In May of 2008, I was 21 years old and on the brink of divorce, after only five months of marriage with a guy I'd know for almost two years, and whom I believed I'd be married to for the rest of my life. I am very fortunate in that it became poignantly clear so early on that the marriage was not going to work out, however, my life had been turned upside down, and everything I thought I wanted and needed was seemingly being taken away from me against my will and there was nothing I could do to stop it. I was heartbroken, angry, scared, and confused. During those tumultuous months I began to question what was really important to me. Where I wanted to go. What type of life I wanted to lead. I was advised by a Rabbi and mentor of mine to go and learn for a week at a Bais Chana retreat being held in the Berkshires, CT. I was a bit hesitant at first, because I knew that if the experience was a good one, I would likely have to face some harsh realities and make many difficult changes. I was also concerned that perhaps I'd be the only girl at the program in a situation like my own. I remember speaking to Hinda Leah (the program director) on the phone before applying. I gave her a basic run-through of who I was and what I was looking to get from the program, "So you think I should come?," I asked, "It will change your life," she replied. I felt that was a pretty bold statement, and decided to test her theory and go, and I am forever grateful that I did. Once there, I immediately knew it was where I needed to be. The women were warm, the grounds where the retreat was held were breathtakingly beautiful, and the classes were intellectually stimulating and soul-stirring. There was an air of unity and strength amongst the women that was palpable the whole week long. I met so many powerful people, staff and student alike, and made strong connections with many woman, of whom I'm still close with today. My experience at Bais Chana was a turning point for me in my life, and gave me the strength and clarity I needed, not only to move forward and make those changes, but to embrace them.

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

my life as a whole. It gave me the opportunity to learn Torah and Chassidus, connect with my Creator, meet amazing woman, experience a week of zen and inner peace, and channel my inner strength.

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

make it FREE!!! :)

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

Getting the chance to connect with my Creator and learn about my roots in a way that cannot be done with a textbook alone.

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

Warm, enthusiastic about their work, smart, helpful, inspiring, exceedingly giving.

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

Change the lives of many for the better and light up the world.

Ways to make it better...

n/a

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

that it has to be charge so much to cover expenses.

One thing I'd also say is that...

You guys are AWESOME!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Client Served & I came to Bais Chana for a week to learn.