Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
Where Judaism, food and environmentalism meet up with foodies, farmers, activists, nutritionists, writers, chefs, home cooks, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, educators, rabbis and many more.
The Hazon Food Conference is about collaborating with other food professionals, getting creative in the kitchen and thinking in new, creative ways about traditional foods and the system of which they’re a part.
Whether you want to expand your culinary repertoire, experience the pleasure of harvesting your own organic fruits and veggies, unpack the complexities of our global food system, or connect to our ancient food tradition, there is something for everyone at the Hazon Food Conference.
- Enjoy outdoor wood-fire cooking, berry picking and veggie harvesting, late-night stargazing and bonfires, swimming, boating, hiking, and other summer-fun activities.
- Feast on kosher, organic, and ethically sourced farm-to-table cuisine.
- Develop a deeper relationship with your food and where it comes from.
- Learn with world-class experts, activists, artists, chefs, and community leaders.
- Strengthen your culinary skills with leading chefs.
- Examine issues of food justice and climate change.
- Celebrate Shabbat in a vibrant, pluralistic Jewish community, with three options for prayer services – renewal, traditional egalitarian, and orthodox.
- Young foodies – ages 5-12 – can learn alongside their parents and guardians in our specially designed Kids’ Food Conference. Click the “kids” tab to the right to learn more.
Four tracks will allow you to explore how we relate to food from four different angles:
- Food Justice and Sustainability
- Jewish Learning, History and Culture
- Health and Nutrition
- DIY (Do-It-Yourself) & Cooking Demonstration
Last year we sold out, and this year we are expecting an unprecedented 250 participants at this continuously growing event. Register now!
Registration fees include four-night stays at Isabella Freedman in our comfortable rustic lodging, wonderful, healthy, farm-to-table kosher meals throughout the weekend, and all programming. All prices are per person.
|Standard Plus This per-person price is for double-occupancy. Standard Plus rooms have queen or twin-sized beds, a private bathroom, and are located in our Weinberg and May buildings.||$990|
|Standard Housing This per-person price is for double-occupancy . Standard rooms have queen or twin-sized beds and a private bathroom in our Pine and Scheuer buildings.||$775|
|Basic Housing This per-person price is for double-occupancy. Basic rooms have twin-sized beds (some queen beds are available on a limited basis and are first come, first served) and a shared bathroom in our Maple, Blue Heron, and Cedar buildings.||$610|
|Dormitory This per-person price is for double or triple-occupancy, meaning you could be sharing a room with up to two other people. Dormitory rooms have bunk beds and a shared bathroom in our Kaufmann or Elm buildings.||$530|
|Camper The camper fee includes all meals, programming, use of the facility, and access to bathrooms and hot showers. Campers must provide their own tent and bedding. Prices are per person.||$300|
|Commuter The commuter fee includes all meals, programming, and use of the facility throughout the Conference. Overnight lodging is not included. Prices are per person.||$300|
|Children Children’s rates apply to children ages 5 -12 staying in the same room as two adults. Children under the age of 5 are free, and teens 13 and up pay adult prices. Prices are per person. Children will be automatically enrolled in the Kids’ Food Conference upon registering.||$240|
Single-occupancy upgrades are available for Basic, Standard, and Standard Plus lodging.
Online registration is for full credit card payments only. You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered. If you do not receive the confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, please call us at (860) 824-5991 ext. 0
While adults and teens are participating in the Hazon Food Conference, the home of the Jewish food movement, kids ages 5-12 will be having their own memorable experience at the Kids’ Food Conference! The Kids’ Food Conference will give KFC a whole new meaning!
Children will engage with field experts in dynamic and age appropriate ways on the same topics as the adult programming, including:
- Health and Nutrition
- Jewish Learning, History, and Culture
- Food Justice and Values
- Cooking Demonstrations and DIY Projects
Hazon, means “vision,” and works to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all. In order for this work to succeed, we need young people to become involved in the movement towards a healthier food system. Youth have the power to take our society in a new direction and rethink the world into which they have been born.
It is up to us to make healthy food choices for ourselves, but in many ways our society puts us at a disadvantage. Youth do not have the buying power of adults, yet food advertisements are filled with exciting images of junk food. How do we ingrain the knowledge of healthy snacking into our minds so it is an easy choice to go for carrots and peanut butter instead of potato chips? How do we change the larger system so school food is healthy and tastes good? How can we grow food in our homes and communities? The KFC will address these issues and more in a dynamic, engaging, age-appropriate way.
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.
Lisa Anne Botnick Scholarship for Teens (13-17 years old)
Are you a young foodie? Do you dream about milking cows while in class? Are you interested in learning how to eat more sustainably? Are you curious about how to fight climate change at the grocery store? Then the Hazon Food Conference is for you! Learn, explore, and meet new people who are also excited about food! Bring back new ideas to your school and community. Through the generous support of a donor, Hazon is pleased to offer scholarships to a limited number of teens between the ages of 13 – 17. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Scholarship For Rabbinical Students
Through the generous support of an anonymous donor, Hazon is offering scholarships to rabbinical students. We are especially looking for individuals who are looking to bring back Jewish food education to their communities and their studies. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Tamar Fund Scholarship
Thanks to a generous donation, a select number of individuals will be chosen to pay a discounted registration fee. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tamar Fund is in loving memory of Tamar Bittelman z”l who attended the food conference in Davis, California in 2011. Torah, Jewish community, ecology, and DIY food were values that Tamar held dear in her own life, and she very much appreciated the intersection of these values at the Hazon conference. Sharing a meal with Tamar, particularly a Shabbat or Chag meal, was an experience filled with kedushah, where one was effortlessly and joyfully escorted to “a different place.”
The deadline to apply for a Tamar Fund Scholarship is July 14, 2017.
Denver and Boulder Area Residents Scholarship
Through the generous support of Rose Community Foundation, Oreg Foundation, and 18 Pomegranates, Hazon is pleased to offer Food Conference scholarships for people from the Denver and Boulder areas. We are seeking a diverse group of applicants of all ages and religious backgrounds who want to get inspired by national programs and like-minded leaders so that they can return and continue to make Jewish food and environmental programming a vibrant part of the Colorado Jewish community. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Detroit Residents Scholarship
Hazon Detroit has limited scholarship funding available for participants at the Food Conference. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrival & Departure
Check-in is from 2 to 5 pm on Wednesday, August 9. 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, August 13 or by 10 am on your last day. The Conference 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
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 for the Conference, you will receive access to a virtual rideshare board so you can connect with fellow 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
- Gear for summer weather (sunglasses, swimsuit, hat, sunscreen, water bottle)
- 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
If there are details of your stay or arrival that you still need to share with us here at the retreat center, please email us at email@example.com
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.
At last year’s Food Conference we had an all-star line-up of presenters. You can expect nothing less this year. Stay tuned for more information!
Nigel has spoken, taught, or written for a wide and significant range of audiences. (A selection of his essays are at hazon.org/nigel). He has twice been named a member of the Forward 50, the annual list of the 50 most influential Jewish people in the United States, and is a recipient of the Bernard Reisman Award. He has given Commencement speeches at Wagner (NYU, in 2011) and at Hornstein (Brandeis, in 2014). In 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Before founding Hazon, Nigel was a professional fund manager in London, where he worked for NM Rothschild and was co-head of UK Equities at Govett. He has an MA in History from Georgetown, and has learned at Pardes, Yakar, and the Hebrew University. He was a founder of Limmud NY, and serves on the board of Romemu. He is believed to be the first English Jew to have cycled across South Dakota on a recumbent bike.