Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
All-Inclusive Berkshires Vacation for Adults and their Families
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!
A Vacation Unlike Any Other
- This all-inclusive vacation (that’s right, your lodging, transportation from Manhattan, and meals 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.
- Arts & Crafts at Camp IF puts a sophisticated twist on camp creativity: enjoy silk painting, fused glass, beading, painting, and collage.
- Movement and mindfulness classes will have you doing yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, and water aerobics.
- We offer lecture series and lively discussion groups on current events.
- And our healthy homemade meals are glatt kosher and farm-to-table fresh.
- Campers can also partake in activities unique to Isabella Freedman, including pickling workshops, tours of edible and medicinal plants, and local trips to Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, Norman Rockwell Museum, the Appalachian Trail, Sharon Playhouse, and more. (The cost for local trips is not included in registration prices.)
- We also offer Egalitarian and Orthodox Shabbat services in our lakeside synagogue.
- Plus, 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.
- 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
- Free round-trip bus transportation from Manhattan
- Delicious glatt kosher farm-to-table meals
Rates and Registration
First, please choose which nights you’d like to stay. On the next step you can choose your lodging.
Monday, July 10 –
Sunday, July 16
Monday, July 17 –
Sunday, July 23
Monday, July 10 –
Sunday, July 23
*Single-occupancy upgrades are available for Basic, Standard, and Standard Plus lodging.
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Rates are per-person and include all lodging, meals, in-camp activities. Prices do not include costs for optional trips to local destinations.
We provide free roundtrip bus services from the Upper West Side of Manhattan at designated times on the first and last day of the program only. Other transportation needs will be at guests’ own expense. You will have the opportunity to sign up for the bus service or airport shuttle when you register.
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.
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 style=”text-align: left;”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.
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.
There will be a bus from NYC to Isabella Freedman on Monday, July 10 and Monday, July 17. You must sign up for the bus in advance; if you did not sign up when you registered, please call us to sign up at (860) 824-5991 ext. 0 at least a week before Camp begins. The bus stop locations and pick-up times are:
Arrival Buses – from NYC to Camp Isabella Freedman
Leaving from JCC of Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Avenue) at 1 pm on Monday, July 10 & Monday, July 17.
As the bus will depart promptly at 1 pm, please plan to arrive by 12:30 pm to load your luggage and choose a seat. Please keep your luggage light. Two small (carry-on size) suitcases are preferable to one very large suitcase that is difficult to carry. No more than two suitcases per person, please.
The bus is equipped with TV monitors, DVD players, and a bathroom. We recommend bringing a snack and water with you on the bus. There will be an arrival snack at check-in.
Departure Buses – from Camp Isabella Freedman to NYC
Leaving from Isabella Freedman at 11 am on Sunday, July 16 and Sunday, July 23
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat is located at 116 Johnson Road in Falls Village, Connecticut 06031. We recommend using a map, WAZE, or Google Maps from your starting point to get accurate directions. If you would like help with directions, feel free to give us a call. There is free parking onsite in one of two lots: near the entrance by the tennis courts and down by the barnyard and Elm building.
From Points South:
Take the Hutchinson River Parkway North to I-684 North. I-684 will end and become Rt 22 North. Continue on Rt 22 for 34 miles to the town of Amenia. Make a right at the traffic light onto Rt 343, go six miles to the stop sign and turn left onto Rt 41. After five miles you will turn right onto Rt 112. Follow Rt 112 until it branches to the left where you will turn onto Rt 7 North. After half a mile you will turn right onto Johnson Rd. The Isabella Freedman entrance will be on your right after about a mile.
Help to reduce the environmental impact of car trips to and from Isabella Freedman by checking out our carpool initiative! You will receive access to the ride share board after you have registered. The link will be sent in the registration confirmation email sent following registration. 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.
For more information on how to get to Isabella Freedman, visit here.
You may want to bring:
- 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 washcloth (we provide liquid soap)
- Tissues and/or handkerchiefs
- Bug spray
- Reusable water bottle
- Over-the-counter and prescription medications
- Charger for electronic devices
- Ritual wear (We have extra kippot and tallitot)
- Festive attire for parties
- Optional: Dressier clothes for Shabbat (many guests and community members like to wear white)
- 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
You will receive your room assignment during check-in from 2 to 5 pm on your arrival day – either Monday, July 10 if you’re coming for the whole time or the first week, or Monday, July 17 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! At that time you will also have the opportunity to sign up for trips out and the daily newspaper. Please check out of your room by 10 am on your departure day — either Sunday, July 16 if you’re coming for the first week, or Sunday, July 23 if you’re coming for the whole time or the second week.
This year we will offer the NY Times and NY Post, every day except Saturday. We accept cash and check payments only for newspapers. You will have the opportunity to sign up for a daily newspaper at check-in.
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 retreat manager on duty if you would like to store any items in the safe.
In addition to our on-site programming, we are also delighted to provide trips to local concerts, museums and scenic areas. These trips 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 sign-up table will be available at check-in. We accept cash and check payments only for trips out.
A nurse will be at camp 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. You will have the opportunity to fill out an optional medical form during check-in.
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.
Our kitchen and dining room are glatt kosher under supervision of the Hartford Kashrut Commission. 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 sealed in their original packaging, bearing the hechsher (kosher agency seal). Unapproved food and drinks may be enjoyed elsewhere on campus outside our dining spaces.
Laundry facilities are available for guest use in the Kaufmann building. There is no fee for using the machines.
|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.