Bais Chana Jewish Study Retreat for Women

July 23 - August 2, 2017 | Twin Cities, Minnesota

Need a break from your crazy schedule to focus on what’s really important to you?

You’re in the right place.

Bais Chana is part summer camp for adults, part intellectual/spiritual Jewish journey: Full days of classes that you can take at your own pace. Lots of honest conversations about the things that matter most to you. Deep connections with other like-minded women.

And it’s in idyllic Minnesota, where all things Bais Chana began.

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Come this summer if you’re looking for a fresh perspective. If you’re discovering (or rediscovering) Judaism and want to go deeper than you’ve gone in online or weekly classes at home. Or if you’re looking for a mentor or spiritual guide who gets where you’re coming from and knows where you’re going.

Come for as many days as you can – 5 days, a week or the full 10 days – and soak up as much learning, shmoozing, painting, hiking, delicious kosher food and story-telling as you can handle.

No matter what your background or age, whether you’re new to learning or not, if you’re a Jewish woman you’re in the right place.

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Scroll down to find out more about faculty, location, rates and travel.
Read about our last women’s retreat in the Berkshires right here.

No Dogma, No Fluff.

It’s a tall order but we plan to challenge your assumptions about pretty much everything you hold near and dear.

Like true love, loyalty, purpose and womanhood.

Like how to be a better daughter and a better mother, find Mr. Right or improve your marriage.

You’ll learn how to nurture faith, how to recognize true humility, how to retain your dignity no matter what and forgive wholeheartedly.

You’ll find out how to use the mikva, celebrate Shabbat and braid a six-strand challah.

Fundamental stuff you really can’t live without. Hopefully some surprises.

“Every Jewish woman needs to know this.”

Watch these videos of women who’ve attended past Bais Chana study retreats.
Read what women wrote about their experience.
Find out more about Bais Chana Women International
Check out last year’s photo album.

Read about one woman’s experience.

Here’s what we have for college students. Here’s what we have for teenage girls. Here’s what we have for single moms.

Learn Something New Every Day

In daily classes and workshops learn what Torah says about the Jewish psyche, our loves and fears and how to manage them, what masculine and feminine really mean.

You’ll get the advice of the Chassidic Masters on how to deal with anger, selfishness, grief and disappointment.

You’ll discover the power of a simple mitzvah, and learn how to go from good to better.

The afternoon tutorial (chevrusa) program is your chance to learn how to read Hebrew, keep kosher, observe Shabbat or pray, grapple with classic Biblical texts and their commentaries. Or use it as a time for your own personal Q&A. Source materials include Torah, Chassidic teachings, Tanya, daily prayers, the prophets, Midrash, Kabbala, Jewish law, Mishna, Maimonides, and more.

Meet This Summer's A-List Educators.

They’re smart, insightful, funny and only want the best for you. Meet this summer’s staff.

Rabbi Manis Friedman

RABBI MANIS FRIEDMAN is a gifted educator, internationally acclaimed lecturer, social philosopher, author and counselor. Friedman upends our assumptions about spirituality and G-d, and gives participants a deeper perspective on their most important relationships, guiding them to long-term, healthy ones. He is a master at putting our Divine mission and purpose within reach, no matter how challenging the personal circumstances are.

Rabbi Yisroel Bernath

Rabbi Yisroel Bernath is the spiritual director at Chabad of NDG and the Jewish Chaplain at Concordia University. Bernath – also known as Montreal’s Hip Rabbi – is at the center of a growing, vibrant network of students and young professionals in Montreal. In 2012, Rabbi Bernath founded JMatchmaking International, a network of Jewish Dating sites. In 2014, Rabbi Bernath gained media attention for creating the "Quebec Kippa" as a solution for Quebec's proposed Charter of Values. In 2017, Rabbi Bernath starred in the hit CBC Documentary "Kosher Love". At Bais Chana this summer Bernath will be talking about relationships, ethics and values, and mindfulness.

Rochel Holzkenner

ROCHEL HOLZKENNER is a mother of four children and the co-director of Chabad of Las Olas, Florida, serving a community of young professionals. She is a high-school teacher and a freelance writer—and a frequent contributor to She lectures extensively on topics of Kabbalah and feminism, and their application to everyday life. Holzkenner holds an MS in Brain Research from Nova SE University.

Shifra Sharfstein

SHIFRA SHARFSTEIN is the Co-Director of Chabad at Georgia Tech and Georgia State Universities, and an experienced and passionate educator. She’s taught women of all ages and backgrounds, and from around the world, from Vienna to New York. Sharfstein is a talented public speaker and an energetic and unstoppable advocate for Jewish women's education. Her online classes on happiness, prayer and other topics are featured on and have earned her loyal fans. This summer she'll focus on living higher and adding meaning to life's milestones by viewing them through the lens of Kabbalah.

Itty Kay

ITTY KAY the mom of an irrepressible seven year old boy, left a growing career in acupressure to search for the answers to the great mysteries of life. She’s now on a lifelong quest to bring her discoveries to Jewish women the world over. Itty teaches weekly online Chassidus classes to women from across the Jewish spectrum who’ve attended Bais Chana retreats.

Aarah Aizman

AARAH AIZMAN grew up among successful artisans – painters, inventors, musicians, scientists, master gardeners and writers, and feels that artful living is best kept natural, and unschooled if possible. Aizman sets up safe studio environments that ensure a positive and honest encounter in art making. She coaches her students through an art making experience that can awaken an innate sensibility regarding life, relationships and choices. Aizman is on the board of directors for the Minneapolis Jewish Family and Children’s Service, and serves on the advisory committee for the Jewish Domestic Abuse Council.

Your Home Away From Home.

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. Our sunny classroom is a synagogue that serves as our main meeting space.

Meals are prepared fresh daily on the premises and are kosher to Chabad standards. If you have allergies or special dietary needs, make sure to let us know when you sign up.

Overnight rooms are set up dormitory-style, each with its own bathroom. When you sign up, select a private room, double occupancy or triple occupancy room. If you’re a full time student, ask us about students’ rooms. Your room choice determines the daily rate you pay.

If you want to venture out,try hiking on a path through the woods, take in an afternoon of
boating or biking, or visit the museums in Minneapolis. For pretty much everything else,
check out Mall of America.

“I met the most amazing women and each one has a story…”


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: $180 per person/day
Triple or Quad Occupancy: $140 per person/day
Private Room: $220 per person/day
Student Rate: Contact us about our special student rates

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 email us.

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Cancellation Policy

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.


Travel by carBy Car: For driving directions, please contact us.

By Plane: Book your flight into Minneapolis/St Paul International Airport (airport code MSP). If Travel by planeyou’re arriving Sunday, July 23, arrive any time that day; For departures on August 2, book your flight after 2 pm to avoid missing the last class of the day. Arrivals on any other day besides July 23 should be early in the day to catch more of the program; departures on any other day besides Aug 2 should be late in 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.

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Cancellation Policy

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.