Jewish Studies Retreat for Women
Are you looking for a Jewish milieu that’s intellectually challenging and open? Do you enjoy Jewish teachings and traditions, and want to learn their deeper meaning? Do you need some time away for yourself to gain perspective and insight, and get some clear-headed guidance?
Twin Cities, MN
July 21-August 4, 2013
This summer take time to focus on what’s really important to you. Get away for as long as you can – from a few days to two weeks – to attend a remarkable retreat for Jewish women called Bais Chana. This summer’s retreat runs July 21-August 4, 2013, in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Benefit from brilliant teachers; subject matter that's relevant, thought-provoking and inspirational; the stimulating company of Jewish women from around the world and across the Jewish spectrum; and a personalized tutorial program. If you enjoy the outdoors, go hiking on a path through the woods, take in an afternoon of boating or biking, or check out Mall of America. The opportunities are close by and plentiful.
The Twin Cities retreat is for Jewish women of all ages and backgrounds. There are no prerequisites to attend and the two-week format means you have plenty of flexibility planning your time away. Scroll down to see what’s on the agenda, featured lecturers, a description of accommodations, travel, information for local residents and registration. If you have any questions or need help making plans to come,
or call us 800.473.4801 (outside the US and Canada, 718.604.0088)
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On the Agenda
Find out what Chassidus says about the human psyche, life’s loves and fears, the role of mind and heart, body and soul, male and female; how to define faith, happiness, love and intimacy; how to deal with anger, grief and disappointment; how to develop a healthy self-concept, understand Divine service, and become a better person and a better partner.
The daily schedule includes classes, workshops, tutorials and prayer. Classes reference Torah, Chassidic teachings, Kabbala, prophets, daily prayers, Jewish law, Mishnah, Midrash, Maimonides and more, all with English translation. Use the tutorial (“chevrusa”) program to learn how to read Hebrew, keep kosher, observe Shabbat or pray; tackle classic Biblical texts with the commentaries; or as a Q&A period.
RABBI MANIS FRIEDMAN is a gifted educator, internationally acclaimed lecturer, social philosopher, author and counselor. Using his trademark wit and wisdom, he challenges our assumptions about Judaism, spirituality and G-d, and sheds new light on our most important relationships. Friedman’s compelling worldview comes from Torah, Kabbala and Chassidut, and he is a master at conveying deeply profound concepts in concrete, relevant terms and in putting our Divine mission and purpose within reach. He has over forty years experience in the classroom and on the lecture floor, a profound knowledge of the soul and psyche, and a crystal clear perspective on life today, much of it garnered from the many thousands of women he's counseled at Bais Chana.
Check out Rabbi Friedman's website rabbifriedman.com
Friedman’s speaking tours have taken him to most of the 50 states, as well as Canada, South and Central America, Israel, Europe, South Africa, Australia and Hong Kong. His first book, Doesn’t Anyone Blush Anymore?, was published by Harper San Francisco. He’s been featured in over 200 print articles internationally, and has been interviewed on more than 50 television and radio talk shows. He has appeared on CNN, A&E Reviews, PBS and BBC Worldwide, and has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Guideposts, Insight, Publisher’s Weekly and others.
For CDs and books www.itsgoodtoknow.com
Check out Rabbi Friedman's fan page.
Listen to audio.
Watch Rabbi Friedman respond to questions about parenting, how to acquire wisdom, and the Mumbai tragedy.
Search Manis Friedman for more audio on chabad.org and video on torahcafe.com
FREIDY YANOVER is a brilliant and provocative teacher, not one to shy away from some of the toughest material in the canon of Kabbalistic writings. Yanover taught a weekly class for women in Johannesburg, South Africa when she lived there, and lectures for Jewish organizations all over the US. She trained with the Erickson College School of Education and Coaching. Yanover works with individuals, couples and families who are ready to discover and uncover the skills necessary to live fuller and happier lives through transformative growth and consciously committed relationships.
Watch Yanover give a class called, From Fury to Forgiveness, at a Bais Chana retreat for women in the Berkshire Mountains.
SHIFRA SHARFSTEIN is the Co-Director of Chabad at Georgia Tech and Georgia State Universities, and an experienced and passionate educator. She's taught students of all ages and backgrounds, and from around the world, from Vienna to New York. She's also a talented public speaker and a great cook.
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Accommodations: Lubavitch House, Twin Cities, MN
Lubavitch House is situated on 5 acres of wooded land in suburban West S Paul, and is fully air-conditioned. A newly renovated synagogue and classroom serves as the main meeting space for the group. Overnight rooms are set up dormitory-style as private rooms, double occupancy or triple occupancy rooms, and students’ rooms. A wireless internet connection is available.
For driving directions, please
Book your flight into Minneapolis/St Paul International Airport (airport code MSP). If you’re arriving July 21, make sure to arrive by 5 pm; on that day, dinner is at 6:00 pm and class is at 7:30 pm. For departures on August 4, book your flight after 2 pm to avoid missing the last class of the day. Contact us about arrivals and departures on any other days in order to maximize the number of classes you’ll attend, or book your flights at your convenience.
From the airport, a taxi is the simplest way to get to the above address. Taxi fare is approximately $25.
If you are a local resident and do not need overnight accommodations, classes are $10 per person, lunch is $12 per person and dinner is $18 per person. To make a reservation for babysitting, or for lunch or dinner, call 917.364.2754 or email to
at least two days before.
Rates are based on the room occupancy you choose: private, double or triple. Rates include overnight accommodations, all classes and workshops, and three meals daily. Contact us to arrange childcare.
Application Fee: $50
Double Occupancy: $195 per person/day
Triple or Quad Occupancy: $155 per person/day
Private Room: $235 per person/day
Student Rate: $85 per person/day (bring your own linens and towels)
Childcare is available for children 2 and under, at additional cost.
If you need a handicap accessible room, please indicate that in the comments box when you register.
If you need financial assistance or would like to arrange deferred payment, please contact our New York office at 718.604.0088 or
Click here to register. Please have your credit card ready for payment.
Cancellations received more than 30 days from your date of arrival will be fully refunded. Cancellations received 30 days or less from your date of arrival, will be refunded at 50% of the total fees.