They say Torah is like an oasis, with depths of knowledge, at times clear and other times quite murky; complex and colorful, not unlike snorkeling. As a college student, I wanted to find time to learn more about my heritage, while in a low key environment. So this winter break, I decided to take the plunge. No school, no pressure, no intense studying, just pure learning and discussions.
It can be nerve wracking traveling somewhere new. Before this trip I had never been to the Keys before, despite growing up in Orlando. I also, despite being raised with a strong cultural heritage, only had a very basic Jewish education. But none of that mattered. Bais Chana's Snorkel and Study provided a low key environment, where no competition existed and every level of learning was present. Whether you decide to take part in one of the many diverse classes offered or discuss a topic of your choice poolside with the girls, there's something for everyone. Hearing perspectives on every topic under the sun from girls from all over the world was incredible. When Bais Chana says no question is off limits, they truly mean it.
If you choose to take part in this wonderful opportunity, not only will you learn the beauty of our people, our heritage and faith, but the beauty of the world around us. You'll get to go on a snorkeling trip in the Keys, the diving capital of the world! You'll get to hangout by the pool, the hot tub, all while bonding.
I'll admit I was skeptical at first, listening to the testimonials, how could everyone be so open to meeting new people? But the stories rang true. Maybe it's something in the challah, but whether it was my roommate from Seattle or the girl from France, we all connected through that piece of Jewishness inside us all.
If you're unsure about diving deep, take a deep breath. You'll find home in everyone around you.
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