Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
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A Musical Celebration of Revelation
Shavuot is the time when the community gathers around the mountain, and makes pilgrimage to a holy place, for the ultimate transformative experience.
Shavuot is a feast for the senses – remembering the Torah’s story of our experience of Sinai, where we ‘saw the sounds’ of Revelation. Join Reb Zalman, Eve Ilsen, and friends for a holiday retreat unlike any other.
Along with Reb Zalman & Eve Ilsen, featured leaders include:
- Shir Yaakov Feit, Aviva Chernick, & Shoshana Jedwab guiding musical tefillah-prayer
- Rabbi Or Rose & Rabbi Jill Hammer exploring the ‘marriage’ of Humanity with the Divine
- Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman & Soferet Rachama Seltzer celebrating the many Gifts of Torah
- Rabbi Jay Michaelson inviting Revelation through the practice of mindfulness meditation
- Yehudit Goldfarb & Rachel Dewan offering Otiyot Chayyot & Torah Yoga practices
- All-Night Learning – Tikkun Leil Shavuot
- Sunrise Shacharit Morning Prayers, on the misty shores of Lake Miriam
- AdamahFoods “First Fruits” Farm-to-Feast Kiddush – taste the season’s first harvest from our farm!
- Musical, Embodied communal prayer celebrating our experience of revelation, Now.
- Deep teachings from Reb Zalman, focusing on King David’s Psalm-Songs Tehillim
- Midnight Hike to the top of the mountain
- Pilgrimage “Bikkurim” Parade with costumes and goats to “the Temple”
- Kosher Artisanal Cheeses & Cheesecake
- Daily Meditation, Yoga, and Otiyot Hayyot Hebrew Tai Chi
- Camp Teva – Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Fun for Kids!
As always, all meals are strictly kosher and supervised, and our eruv allows for enjoyment of our entire facility in respect for all streams of Jewish observance during Shabbat and Holidays
ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal is the headquarters organization for the Jewish Renewal Movement. Combining ancient and modern Jewish wisdom, integrating our devotional and mystical traditions with a progressive, egalitarian consciousness, Jewish renewal creates a deeply meaningful Jewish way to connect with the Divine through meditation, prayer, music, chant, dance, study and spiritually rooted social action. To support this movement, ALEPH trains, ordains and sustains the professional and lay leaders, scholars and activists of 21st century Judaism, supports 45 affiliated communities around the world, and is home to a seminary with over 85 rabbinic, cantorial, rabbinic pastor and spiritual director students. ALEPH produces the largest Jewish Renewal retreats in the world-the biennial Kallah and Ruach HaAretz. It is home to several two-year training programs including CDEEP’s Kol Zimra, Sageing and the Wisdom School. ALEPH publishes siddurim, CDs, DVDs, books and tracts by Jewish Renewal greats like ALEPH’s founder, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi as well as offering newsletters, email discussion lists and distance learning programs. Finally, ALEPH pursues justice through long term projects and coalitions that promote eco-kashrut, peace in Israel and Palestine, human rights, GLBT rights, interfaith dialogue and celebration and more.
Jewish Renewal practices at Shavuot: Context and Details
We are thrilled to welcome leading renewers of Judaism today to Isabella Freedman for Shavuot. Reb Zalman and his students have worked tirelessly for decades to build a Jewish Renewal movement that:
- infuses ancient Jewish wisdom with a modern socially progressive consciousness;
- is joyous, participatory, spiritually substantial, profound and engaging;
- re-imagines practices such as meditation, sacred chant, embodied prayer, healing services, eco-kashrut, transformative ritual, music, and the renewed study of traditional texts;
- is fiercely and lovingly egalitarian, vigilant in devotion to righteousness in social and political causes, passionate about learning, and holistic in our understanding of the interconnectedness of mind and body, earth ecosystems and human welfare, and the contribution of all religious traditions to gobal well-being;
- embraces the use of instrumental music as a spiritual tool on Shabbat and Holidays;
- employs consistent electronic amplification in order to increase access to prayer for all participants during all services; and
- is committed to holding space for an egalitarian prayer community that includes all genders and often inspiration from the spiritual paths of the rest of our human family while remaining rooted in Jewish tradition and practice.
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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.
Rent a bike for the duration of your stay with us! Great to get around campus or to take advantage of the beauty of spring in the Berkshires. Includes Cypress Giant Hybrid bike, helmet, and maps of local routes. Sign up for a bike through our general registration or click here if you have already registered. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ahhhh…Shavuot. The Jewish holiday that commemorates when Jews received the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The holiday that celebrates the first fruits of the season. And the (only?) Jewish holiday where vegetarians don’t feel marginalized by a table crammed with meat-heavy dishes.
Shavuot also coincides with the annual wheat harvest in Israel, and in the days of the Temple, ancient Jews would bring their first fruits as sacrifices to God. In this time of bounty we are encouraged to give of ourselves and reflect on the gifts that the earth provides.
Click the button below for Shavuot resources including ideas for activities and rituals, recipes, and sustainability tips.