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Sukkahfest!

Sep 27, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

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Sukkahfest is Isabella Freedman’s annual celebration of the harvest festival featuring a radically pluralistic and inclusive atmosphere in a stunning outdoor setting that promotes a deep connection with nature.

It takes the full spectrum of the Jewish community to manifest the Joy of Sukkot at Isabella Freedman. Everyone is welcome – all ages, all streams: Ḥasidic, Renewal, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Orthodox, Secular, ‘Just Jewish’ – all colors, all identities – we strive to include all ethnicities, gender and sexual orientations – and people from all financial backgrounds as well.

The many become one as we all come together in our harvest-adorned lakeside Sukkah, seating 200 revelers, singing together and eating amazing farm-to-table feasts featuring our own Adamah Farm veggies and pickled products, Grow & Behold meats, as well as delicious vegetarian offerings, wine, and homemade challah.

While we are essentially one, there are so very many beautiful perspectives to learn from. The Sukkahfest program features learning in various modalities from an incredible range of teachers. Text based learning from Talmudic and Hasidic sources, embodied learning through dance and yoga, experiential learning on the farm and in the forest, interactive group discussions, and more. Jewish outdoor, food, and environmental education (JOFEE) is at the core of our programming, along with engaging our spiritual and textual traditions.

Families, singles, friends, and groups all attend Sukkahfest. We are enthusiastic about supporting families on retreat with our signature Camp Teva kid’s program for ages 5-12.

All Streams of Judaism flow from One Source! “AllStream” is our name for the gathering of diverse Jewish communities at Sukkahfest. AllStream Judaism seeks to validate all streams of Jewish spiritual expression, recognizing that All of the ways of being Jewish flow from and return to One Source.

AllStream—beyond pluralism—is a focus on the unity-in-diversity that is the sign of ecological, social, and spiritual wellness. We are proud of the range of teachings and practice this Sukkot, and we hope the connection to people and planet expands in our communal celebrations.

 

 

Rabbi Abby Sosland

 Rabbi Abby Sosland is the Morah Ruchanit (Spiritual Advisor) of Schechter Westchester, where she teaches Bible, Talmud, prayer and philosophy. She has taught adults in a wide variety of contexts, both nationally and internationally. She runs the original free High Holiday service for downtown New Yorkers at Town and Village Synagogue, featured in New York Magazine and The New York Times. She is a regular contributor to Daily Daf Differently, a Talmud podcast on www.jcastnetwork.org. Check out her blog: Shameless Judaism, at www.abbysosland.com.

 

Check-in is from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday, September 27th. The retreat will end after lunch on Thursday, September 30th.

Click here to see last year’s schedule!

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All-inclusive rates start at $385 per person. Click the “register now” button above for information, room 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, check out our Frequently Asked Questions for information about where we’re located, arrival and departure times, what to bring, etc.

We strive to make our programs affordable to everyone.

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Hazon is committed to making our Transformative Experiences financially accessible to as many people as possible. We believe that participation in these kinds of events are a core feature of a healthy and sustainable Jewish community in the 21st century. Please note that in our efforts to provide access to our events, we must balance our ability to meet individual requests with our ability to spread our resources among as many participants as possible. You can help support us in this endeavor by considering your request carefully.

The deadline to apply for financial aid for Sukkahfest is August 27th, 2015. We will respond to requests for financial aid within seven business days of receipt of the application. If you receive an offer for financial aid, you will have one week to register for the retreat at the discounted rate, after which time the offer will expire. In order to utilize your financial aid, you must register after it is awarded; it cannot be applied retroactively. An offer of financial aid does not guarantee room availability at the time of registration. Due to high demand, we are unable to put rooms on hold; please register promptly.

If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar at registrar@hazon.org or (860) 824-5991 x0.

 

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