Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
Dance in the new year at the 2015 Hazon Food Conference! Raise a glass and break (artisanal organic) bread with 200 of your new friends: farmers and rabbis, nutritionists and chefs, vegans and omnivores. Our annual event connects passionate people who are working for sustainable food systems nationally and internationally, in their communities, and in their own lives. This year we’ll explore how our choices – from the grocery aisle to the ballot box – help to build or destroy a healthy climate. We’ll connect the dots between cattle pastures in Brazil, desertification in the Negev, Jewish delis in Brooklyn, and the food in your synagogue’s freezer. And we’ll have a great time! Learn from the experts, gather insights from Jewish texts, and delve into hands-on workshops. You’ll never look at your lunch, your grocery store, or your health the same way again. Help plant the seeds for a sustainable future at the Hazon Food Conference.
Learn, eat, cook, and create with leaders in food and sustainability, including:
- Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and leading climate activist (by video uplink)
- Dean Cycon, founder of Dean’s Beans, a pioneering sustainable coffee company
- Ted Merwin, Ph.D., deli expert and author of “Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli”
- Naftali and Anna Hanau of Grow & Behold, a kosher pasture–raised meat company
- Rabbi Danny Senter, COO of Kof-K kosher supervision and backyard homesteader
- Mirele Goldsmith, Ph.D., environmental psychologist, Green Strides Consulting and director emerita of the Jewish Greening Fellowship
- Robert Friedman, owner of Robariah Farms, a kosher, sustainable Massachusetts poultry farm
- Leah Koenig, author of “Modern Jewish Cooking: Recipes & Customs for Today’s Kitchen”
- and many more!
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.
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.
Camp Teva is for kids ages 5 – 12, and runs simultaneously with retreats geared toward adults. Camp Teva combines the best of Teva’s signature Jewish environmental education with all of the opportunities provided by the Adamah Farm to create a distinctive and creative way for kids to have a fun and safe Jewish outdoor, food, and environmental education experience while their parents are enjoying Hazon’s many retreats, conferences, holidays, and workshops at Isabella Freedman. A transformative experience for the whole family!
When you register kids during your event registration process, they are automatically enrolled in Camp Teva! All-inclusive kids’ rates include Camp Teva programming.
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.
The Food Conference always offers an exciting lineup of presenters. Click here to read last year’s program guide.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
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
- 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…)
- 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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