Hazon Food Conference

Dec 28, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

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Digging Deeper into the Jewish Food Movement

Early-bird special! Register before Sukkot (October 16th) for a $100 discount per person. Use code EARLYBIRD100 on registration page.

Explore in-depth the dynamic interplay of food, Jewish tradition, and contemporary life at the only conference in the world where farmers and rabbis, nutritionists and activists, foodies and food producers come together to create a unique and inspiring community.


  • Celebrate Chanukah and Shabbat in a vibrant, pluralistic Jewish community with three flavors of prayer services for Shabbat
  • New Year’s 2017 party with live music and 
mixology workshop
  • Brand new super-fun Kids’ Food Conference (KFC!) 
for ages 5-12
  • An educational schechita (kosher slaughter) demonstration in partnership with the Jewish Initiative For Animals

Hands-on learning with leaders in the fields of:

  • Health, nutrition, and bike-powered kitchens
  • Jewish learning, history and culture
  • Food justice and environmental activism
  • Kosher cooking and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects


I’m so grateful to have gotten to meet like-minded people my age who are also looking to further contribute to the growing Jewish Food Movement. I really enjoyed spending time at the retreat center in general due its natural beauty. I honestly had a good time participating in any and all activities and sessions.
—Danny, Chicago, IL

All-inclusive rates start at $520 per person. Click the “register now” button above for information, rates, and to register online.

Online registration is for full credit card payments only. If you would like to pay in installments, pay by check, or apply approved financial aid, please call 860.824.5991 x0. Please review our lodging options and rates prior to calling. You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered and made a payment online or by phone. If you do not receive the confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, please call us at 860.824.5991 x0.

If you’re new to Isabella Freedman, click here for information about where we’re located, arrival and departure times, what to bring, etc.

Come with the Family to Celebrate Hanukkah and New Year’s at the Hazon Food Conference!

While adults and teens are participating in the Hazon Food Conference, the home of the Jewish food movement, kids ages 5-12 will be having their own memorable experience at the Kids’ Food Conference! The Kids’ Food Conference will give KFC a whole new meaning!

Children will engage with field experts in dynamic and age appropriate ways on the same topics as the adult programming, including:

  • Health and Nutrition
  • Jewish Learning, History, and Culture
  • Food Justice and Values
  • Cooking Demonstrations and DIY Projects

Hazon, means “vision,” and works to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all. In order for this work to succeed, we need young people to become involved in the movement towards a healthier food system. Youth have the power to take our society in a new direction and rethink the world into which they have been born.

It is up to us to make healthy food choices for ourselves, but in many ways our society puts us at a disadvantage. Youth do not have the buying power of adults, yet food advertisements are filled with exciting images of junk food. How do we ingrain the knowledge of healthy snacking into our minds so it is an easy choice to go for carrots and peanut butter instead of potato chips? How do we change the larger system so school food is healthy and tastes good? How can we grow food in our homes and communities? The KFC will address these issues and more in a dynamic, engaging, age-appropriate way.

I am planning to eat fewer processed foods at dinner times – i.e. things that come in a box – and work harder to prepare meals in advance that use whole ingredients instead, so I don’t have to sacrifice the efficiency of having food ready to eat when I get home.
—Maddy, New York, NY

Scholarship applications will open on September 9, 2016.

The Food Conference always offers an exciting lineup of presenters. Click here to read last year’s program guide.


Check-in is from 2 to 5 pm on Wednesday, December 28. If you are arriving on a different day, you may check in with the retreat manager on duty anytime after 4 pm on your arrival day. You must be checked out of your room by 10 am on Sunday, January 1. The retreat will come to an end with brunch on Sunday.


For those coming from the New York City area, we are conveniently located just half an hour from Wassaic Train Station, the last stop on the Harlem Line of the Metro North. We offer a shuttle service at the following times for this retreat:

  • 2:03 pm on Wednesday from Wassaic Train Station to IF
  • 4:03 pm on Wednesday from Wassaic Train Station to IF
  • 11:30 am on Sunday from IF to Wassaic Train Station

You will have the opportunity to reserve this shuttle service during registration. If you have not already reserved shuttle service during registration, please call (860) 824-5991 ext. 0 to reserve your spot.

For more information on getting here, click here.


Help to reduce the environmental impact of car trips to and from Isabella Freedman by checking out our carpool initiative! Upon registering, you will receive a link to a rideshare board so you can connect with fellow retreat participants. Offering a ride in your car will help reduce carbon emissions, cut down gas costs and make new friends! If you are looking for a ride, adding yourself to the wait list (on the right hand side of the page) is the best way to be notified when movements occur.


One of our mashgichim (kosher supervisors) must pre-approve all food items that enter the designated dining spaces. If you plan to supplement our delicious, healthy, farm-to-feast meals, your items must be completely sealed in original packaging. Unapproved food and drinks may be enjoyed anywhere on campus besides our dining spaces.


You may want to bring:

  • Over-the-counter and/or prescription medications
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight
  • Chargers for electronic devices
  • Rain gear (a jacket and/or umbrella)
  • Ritual wear
  • Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes for yoga
  • Closed toe shoes
  • Hiking boots to enjoy our many trails
  • Winter Apparel (gloves, wool socks, long underwear…)

We provide:

  • Toiletries like deodorant and toothpaste for sale in the bookstore
  • Extra kippot and tallitot, in addition to siddurim
  • Yoga mats, blankets, and blocks
  • Heat and A/C in all guest rooms
  • Linens and towels in all guest rooms
  • Alarm clocks in all guest rooms

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