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I hoped to get time to myself to recharge.

The retreat exceeded my expectations, in every way. I learned three very important things: 1, Don’t be a victim of my own guilt; 2, I’ve got to make a life that my children will be jealous of; 3, There are things that I can do in this world that no one else can do.

These five days brought me back to center spiritually. I’m more balanced emotionally through sharing with others in similar situations, and more motivated to grow. This was a group of unexpectedly outstanding, sensitive, accomplished, beautiful women!

It was at times intense, touching uplifting, relaxing and a very well put together program. Thank you to everyone for your hard work. You’re helping moms build stronger, happier Jewish homes. Thank G-d I came. ..

Sarah, New York City, NY
Feb 2011, MN

I hoped to gain direction and clarity, a renewed passion for life - a real meaningful life.

This was more than I imagined it could be. I didn’t expect to actually have my eyes opened like this. I feel VERY LUCKY that I had the opportunity now.

My favorite parts of the retreat were Rabbi Friedman’s and Nachshon Zohari’s sessions. I learned that my choices count but that ultimately I’m not in control of the outcome. The discussion on attachment for positive parenting was very enlightening.

I just want to stay connected. I want to stay plugged into a learning environment and stay this focused. My piece of advice for women considering the retreat: If you’re open, you’ll receive insights and tools to move forward in a more focused and clear way.

Bais Chana is a miracle, a necessity, everyone should come. Bais Chana is not enough. We need this for all adults everywhere all the time.

Itty, New York City, NY
Feb 2011, MN

I wanted to meet other women in my situation and gain more knowledge in Judaism. I had a great time, met awesome people and enjoyed all the workshops. And the food was healthy which was great!

The group discussions were where I gained the most. I learned not to dwell on the negative, and to be assertive and not let others treat you the way you don’t want to be treated. I’ve gained friends, a stronger belief in G-d’s will and so much practical advice on everyday challenges. I really hope to keep the financial advice offered. And not to doubt G-d at times when everything seems to be going wrong…

Bais Chana is an amazing, warm, accepting place. I’d like to thank the donors for this opportunity – I’ve learned so much and it never would have been possible with the grant.

Lir, East Brunswick, NJ
Feb 2011, MN

I originally heard about it from my Chabad Rebbetzin. I was hoping for personal growth, spiritual strengthening, and a network of great teachers and fellow students. This retreat more than exceeded my expectations (including the healthy, nurturing food).

I made a connection to my Judaism through wise and spiritual teachers, and I felt a sense of awe for them and their level of knowledge and depth. All of the classes were excellent in their own way. For instance, the session on striving for intimacy – in a holy sense – made a huge impact on me.

What will I bring home from this? A sense of modesty. I’ll continue to study and maintain a level of Divine awareness to continue living with integrity. You really have to accept your life where you are.

It’s going to be hard to describe to friends what this really did for me – I would keep it simple and state that it was life-changing. It truly was.

Shirley, Cleveland, OH
Feb 2011, MN

When I heard about it from a friend, I thought wow, rest - and clarity. But I didn’t think I’d be able to let myself enjoy the experience without feeling guilty.

What was really amazing was the women, the friendships…the honesty. We were all able to let it all out in a healing, constructive setting. I realized that my family needs me to be the captain – and I need to be the captain. This is my life. I have to take charge.

Thank you, donors. As a single mom, you take moments for everyone else and you forget yourself and it’s very easy to forget to feed your soul. This program allowed me to take time out for me and allowed me to connect to other women in similar situations, grow from them and their stories, as we learned Torah. I never find time for a class, for a friend or for healing because I’m just too busy. This was an opportunity to institute change so I can be a better mom and a better me with a connection to G-d. I see now that the absence of G-d will not allow me to move forward in peace…

I, Miami, FL
Feb 2011, MN

I was able to immerse myself (unlike the usual “come and go” of the summer). I feel that I was pushed/pulled out of my comfort zone in a way that has been mostly positive. I have always tended to distance myself from (other) divorced women especially those who’ve talked openly about physical abuse they suffered. I’ve been able to see myself as one of the group – unusual for me.

My favorite moments were in Nachshon’s workshops, the watercolor sessions, Friday night davening (especially Freidy’s class) and singing. I’m finding out what my “personal genius” is – and that’s good. I should follow what I want to do and feel that I am competent and appreciated in my “work” life as well as the big picture. I have to take charge of the steering wheel of my life and drive the bus.

This is probably too intimate an experience at this stage to talk about it much but I do want to say something to the all the people who made this possible, from Chaya in the kitchen to the all the incredible people who funded this. Thank you, thank you for enabling and empowering this unique group of women to be spiritually and emotionally nourished together.

Chana, St Paul, MN
Feb 2011, MN
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