Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
Jewish Summer Camp for Active Adults 55+
Head to the Berkshires to enjoy 400 acres of summer-filled fun. Whether you want to take a boat out on our private lake, go for an afternoon swim in the pool, explore miles of nature trails, or visit the animals (and vegetables) on our farm, Camp Isabella Freedman has something for you! Roast marshmallows at a lakeside campfire, sing and dance your heart out, and enjoy fascinating films.
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center has been offering annual summer camp experiences for adults since 1956. We are honored to continue this tradition for adults and their families by providing you with a warm and welcoming atmosphere for one of the best summer vacations you’ll ever have.
Isabella Freedman is like Jewish summer camp for adults. What an amazing feeling to have traveled to so far… only to feel like I was arriving home!
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A Vacation Unlike Any Other
This all-inclusive vacation (that’s right, your lodging, meals, and programming are all included) offers good ol’ fashioned summer camp fun with amenities adults will love. Our country cabins are air-conditioned and many have private bathrooms. And our healthy homemade meals are glatt kosher and farm-to-table fresh.
- Explora Torah: Bibliodrama, silk painting, music and meditation explore a personal interpretation of the Torah, to deeply connect with one another and create stunning artwork with Elizabeth Yaari
- Neurofitness practicum and lectures on optimizing body brain functionality with Emily Hodos
- Spoken Word workshops with Rachel Kann
- Arts & Crafts include beading, fused glass, collage, outdoor (en plein air) painting, knitting and crocheting circles
- Lecture series and lively discussion groups on current events
- Intro to Bridge
- Campfires and nightly films
- Movement and mindfulness classes will have you doing yoga, Tai Chi, zumba, water aerobics and hiking
- Campers can also partake in activities unique to Isabella Freedman, including pickling, challah baking, farm tours, and intergenerational dialogue with young Adamah farmers
- Local trip to nearby Tanglewood (The cost for local trips is not included in registration prices)
- Musical services with Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein in our lakeside synagogue
Your kids and grandkids are invited to book a visit while you’re here. You and your family will enjoy the warmth of our staff and the friendliness of your fellow campers.
Special programs during Week 1: July 9-15
- “Enacting God’s Dream” interactive lecture series about dream interpretation with Rabbi Avruhm Addison
- July 10 & 11 “Strange Tales of the Conversos” (including Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean) with Andree Brooks
- July 12 & 13 Lectures on Verdi’s Nabucco and Aida with Jane Marsh
Special programs during Week 2: July 16-22
- Torah Yoga with Diane Bloomfield
- Journey through Jewish Music lecture series and Trivia Cafés with Howard Rachelson
Grounds & Amenities
- 400 beautiful acres
- Lake for boating, swimming, fishing
- Spacious dining room
- Recreation hall
- Synagogue with lake view
- Swimming pool
- Tennis court
- Arts & Crafts building
- Well-stocked library
- Lounge with card tables
- Miles of nature trails, from gentle walks to challenging hikes
- Lakeside gazebo
- Delicious glatt kosher farm-to-table meals
Camp Isabella Freedman Staff
Miki Raver and Marty Perlmutter are delighted to be Co-Directors of Camp Isabella Freedman. They have often partnered professionally as well as personally. In the 1980s, Tele-Pros, their production company specialized in corporate and documentary video. In the 1990s, Hook-Up! their executive search firm recruited talent for Internet companies. They both worked for Looksmart, a search engine, and as volunteers in India for American Jewish World Service. Their finest collaboration, daughter Sasha Perl-Raver, is an entertainment reporter and host on FX. Miki and Marty divide their time between Burbank and Tiburon, California.
Miki Raver has been a Jewish communal professional for decades, as National Membership Manager for Hadassah, Group Leader, 92nd St. Y, Director of Lifelong Learning, Marin Jewish Community Center and Director of Lifestyle Services at the Moldaw Residences. She previously served as Director of Senior Programs at Isabella Freedman in 2008-09. Miki is the creator of Shekinah Circles, a gentle and powerful group process that facilitates connection with the voice of Inner Wisdom. Her critically acclaimed gift book, Listen to Her Voice: Women of the Hebrew Bible, is a Jewish bestseller. She graduated from Emerson College.
Marty Perlmutter has worked in media for over four decades, creating award-winning new media products, building exhibits and advising companies. Perlmutter built popular video exhibits at the Boston Museum of Science, Lawrence Hall of Science and New York Hall of Science. He has consulted to HBO, Sony, Xerox, AT&T, MIT, Harvard, NYU, UC, and Mass General Hospital. He taught at Tufts, NYU, San Francisco State and Cogswell College. His writings on new media have been widely published. Since 2012 he has worked on the campaign to save Africa’s elephants using social media to reduce demand for ivory. Marty’s education nonprofit, Multisensory Interactive Learning, develops mobile math games. He is a graduate of Harvard College.
Elizabeth Yaari’s circle gatherings attract people of all ages and abilities to deeply connect with one another, discover the abundant offerings of nature and co-create using painting, movement, rhythm, meditation and creative writing. Yaari co-founded Explora-Torah and guides people on explorations of the Torah through Bibliodrama and the arts.
Dress is very casual. Here is a suggested packing list:
- Comfortable walking/hiking shoes
- Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen)
- Rain gear (raincoat, umbrella)
- Warm jacket (for chilly evenings)
- Sports/outdoors clothing
- Bathing suit(s)
- Comb and brush
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Shampoo, soap, and other preferred toiletries
- Walking stick
- Personal electronic devices and chargers
- Tissues and/or handkerchiefs
- Bug spray
- Reusable water bottle and travel mug
- Over-the-counter and prescription medications
- Ritual wear
- Optional: Dressier clothes for Shabbat (many guests and community members like to wear white)
- 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
- Toiletries like deodorant and toothpaste are for sale in the bookstore.
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center is an appropriate environment for physically active older adults. Our expectations for campers include:
- You’re comfortable on your feet walking around camp for about ¼ mile. Be able to walk up slight inclines, on uneven dirt, grass and paved paths.
- You can carry or roll your own luggage over uneven pavement to your room.
- An able companion must accompany campers requiring help. This person is entirely responsible for providing assistance. If you have concerns about the physical demands of our camp, please contact us.
Rates and Registration
First, please choose which nights you’d like to stay. On the next step you can choose your lodging and register.
Monday, July 9 –
Sunday, July 15
Monday, July 16 –
Sunday, July 22
Monday, July 9 –
Sunday, July 22
*Single-occupancy upgrades are available for Basic, Standard, and Standard Plus lodging.
Rates are per-person and include all lodging, meals, in-camp activities. Prices do not include costs for optional trips to local destinations.
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 contact us at email@example.com or (860) 824-5991 x0.
We strive to make our programs affordable to everyone. Limited scholarships are available; please see the scholarships tab for details.
Tamar Fund Scholarships
We strive to make our retreats affordable to everyone.We believe retreats are important experiences to be shared. Inclusiveness is one of our core values. We strive to ensure that our retreats are as financially accessible as possible. The Tamar fund makes that aspiration possible. Read about more about the Tamar Fund, in loving memory of Tamar Bittelman z’’l.
- Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis and are awarded exclusively for dormitory lodging, camping, and commuting (pending availability).
- Applications must be received at least three weeks in advance of the retreat for which you are applying. Please only register after receiving a response; the scholarship will not be applied retroactively.
- We will respond to Tamar Fund scholarship applications within seven business days of receipt.
- If you are awarded a scholarship, you will have one week to register for the retreat at the reduced rate, after which time the offer will expire.
- A scholarship does not guarantee availability at the time of registration; due to the inherent turnaround time of the application process, we recommend applying as early as possible to secure a spot at the retreat.
- If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 824-5991 x0.
Arrival & Departure
You will receive your room assignment during check-in from 3 to 5 pm on your arrival day – either Monday, July 9 if you’re coming for the whole time or the first week, or Monday, July 16 if you’re coming for the second week. Check-in is located in the big, red building in the middle of camp – you can’t miss it! Please check out of your room by 10 am on your departure day — either Sunday, July 15 if you’re coming for the first week, or Sunday, July 22 if you’re coming for the whole time or the second week.
A round-trip bus will be available from the Upper West Side of Manhattan for $120.
Driving & Parking
Driving directions can be found on our website. If using a navigation system, our address is 116 Johnson Rd, Falls Village CT, 06031.
There are two parking lots: one next to the tennis court by the main entrance, and one by the barnyard on the other end of campus. There is also accessible parking located across from the Main Building. Please do not park on the grass anywhere on campus. Parking in front of guest buildings is not allowed.
Upon registering you will receive access to a virtual rideshare board to help connect you 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.
Anyone wishing to contact you during your stay at Isabella Freedman may call the Guest Services desk at (860) 824-5991 ext. 403. If we are not able to answer your call, please leave a message; messages will be checked daily and relayed to guests. Friends and family may send mail to Attn: [Your Name] 116 Johnson Road in Falls Village, Connecticut 06031.
There are no keys here. Guest rooms lock from the inside but not the outside. This means that if you lock the door when you leave, you will be locked out. We have a safe where you can safely store any valuables. Please ask us at check-in or speak with the Guest Services representative on duty if you would like to store any items in the safe.
Laundry facilities are available for guest use in the Kaufmann building. There is no fee for using the machines.
In addition to our on-site programming, we are also delighted to provide a couple of trips to local concerts. These trips may have an additional fee, depending on the trip. Sign-up for trips is on a first-come, first-served basis, as space is limited.
A nurse will be on site for two hours every day to attend to our guests’ needs. Make sure to bring any prescription or over-the-counter medications that you may need.
|Cancellation Date||Refund Policy|
|Up to 7 days prior to retreat start date||Refundable less $50 per person|
|Between 3-6 days prior||50% refundable|
|48 hours before retreat start date,
if you do not show up, or if you leave early
Hazon reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. In the event of such a cancellation, you will receive a complete refund.
Inclement Weather: Hazon reserves the right to cancel a retreat due to inclement weather if, in its judgment, it will be unable to operate safely. In the event of such a cancellation, a full refund will be issued. In the event that the retreat proceeds as scheduled, no refund will be available.
This cancellation policy applies even if the cancellation is for medical reasons.