Life at Ohel Chana.
Supporting our students and providing emotional and spiritual guidance throughout their time at Ohel Chana is a key component of our program. Individual student wellbeing is our primary consideration in the planning of staffing and weekly acitives. To ensure student’s needs are being met, there are many provisions for support, including:
Regular individual meetings with Hanhala members to chart progress and strategies for growth
Dorm supervisors who look after welfare and wellbeing
Program director who organises and facilitates regular extra curriculum programs in the dormitory
Dorm mother who oversees all aspects of dormitory life and assists with personal, medical and other needs
Opportunities for interaction and friendships with many families and girls in our community
Regular weekly Farbrengens to inspire growth and progress
Life coach lessons
Guest speakers with diverse professional backgrounds to inform and guide students in many life skill areas
Students of Ohel Chana have the privilege of high quality learning and exceptionally comfortable living amenities. The Ohel Chana Werdiger Learning Institute is housed in a magnificent period home which is protected by National Trust. The renovated dormitory now combines old world charm with the latest in modern amenities.
Our students enjoy the comforts of recently built bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, dining facilities, a library, computer room, lounge and recreational areas and beautifully landscaped gardens.
The $2 million facility is one of Chabad’s finest live-in Seminaries.
During the week, 3 meals are provided for the students each day, including a hot lunch and dinner. Snacks are also provided throughout the day.
For Shabbos and Yom Tov the students stay in Ohel Chana and are invited out for the meals by community members.
Once a month, students have an “In-Shabbos” where they prepare their own Shabbos meals and spend Shabbos together.
Twice a semester there is a Shabbaton at an exciting destination.
Living in Melbourne
Melbourne is ranked the top most liveable city in the world! For 6 years in a row, our city tops the list of 140 cities around the world.
Contributing to making Melbourne a beautiful place to live in, is our infrastructure including outstanding healthcare, education, culture and environment. Dubbed the Garden State, there are many parks and open spaces throughout Melbourne, even in the middle of our busy CBD. Our public transportation makes getting around quick and easy.
At Ohel Chana, in addition to our exceptional academic and community involvement programs, students enjoy the benefits of Shabbatons and Retreats in serenely beautiful country Victoria. They also have the opportunity to tour the stunning surrounds of Melbourne Australia. Catching a tram and exploring our city is a fun way to get to know it.
Excursions are organized for our students to some of Australia's tourist highlights such as:
Great Ocean Road
The magnificent Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic and breathtakingly beautiful stretches of coastline in the world.
Visiting Phillip Island is a favourite trip along the southern coast of Australia. Among the highlights there is the parade of little penguins that come ashore every evening at sunset.
Traveling to central Victoria, the students will visit Hanging Rock, which is a distinctive geological formation rising 718m above sea level. The Hanging Rock Reserve is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register as a place of historical, aesthetic and social significance to the state of Victoria.
The Dandenong Ranges
The Dandenong Ranges offer unparalleled beauty and a wonderful opportunity to come face to face with some of Australia’s famed and favourite wildlife. Koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, llamas, and an extensive range of the most beautiful birds will undoubtedly cross your path as you explore any of the small towns, walks and hikes on your visit.
On the Sydney trip, students embark on an unforgettable journey through this stunning Australian city, exploring world-famous landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the historical Rocks area. They also immerse themselves in the captivating natural beauty of the region, from the golden sands of Bondi Beach to the lush Royal Botanic Garden. What makes this experience truly unique is the warm welcome and introduction to the vibrant Chabad community.