High Holidays: Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

Sep 20, 2017 - Oct 1, 2017

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

Welcome in the new year at Isabella Freedman

  • Orthodox and Renewal minyanim (prayer groups) designed to include and invite diverse, creative Jewish community
  • Kosher farm-to-table holiday feasts featuring Grow and Behold meats, and delicious and plentiful vegetarian delights
  • Enjoy the majestic beauty of fall at Isabella Freedman
  • Morning meditation and yoga
  • Beautiful Havdalah and closing ceremonies

Yom Kippur Retreat: Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1

Orthodox Minyan with Rabbi-Chazan Matti Brown

With exuberant Chasidic davenning, teachings and meditations by Rabbi-Chazan Matti Brown

While Yom Kippur is a day of ‘awe’, it is also the most joyful, restful day of the year! The Torah calls Yom Kippur “Shabbat Shabbaton”, alluding to a double-intensity rest and joy. When Yom Kippur falls out on the Seventh Day of Rest, we enter an experience of triple-deep restfulness, release and delight! The multi-dimensional fast allows us to release completely from our egoic selves and rest into deveykut, oneness with the Divine. To help make this palpable, Rabbi Matti will offer brief contemplative exercises throughout the day, drawn from halacha, Chasidut, and contemporary transpersonal methods. Come, sing your heart and enter spiritual rest with us. The trees of Connecticut will clap their hands to our songs of oneness. During the break, relax in a hammock by the lake or take a meditative walk on the forest path. Dance through the Ne’ilah service, which encloses you within the gate of Divine intimacy. Break your fast with freshly farmed produce, and then sing some more, delighting in sweet community. Yom Kippur this year is Shabbat to the third power!

Rabbi Matti

Before jumping with both feet into the streams of Jewish joy, Rabbi-Chazan Matti Brown passionately sought for an experience of the oneness underlying the world’s wisdom traditions. A mentorship with Rav DovBer Pinson helped him focus and resolve this search, which in turn led him to Jerusalem to study for rabbinic ordination with posek Rav David Fink and educator Reb Sholom Brodt. As a certified life coach and somatics practitioner, Matti loves to turn spiritual teachings of the Torah into penetrating questions for self-investigation, insight and embodiment. As a baal tefillah and songwriter, Matti has helped fill the prayers of hundreds of people with song. He is also an editor of Jewish books, and currently lives in Jerusalem with his wife, the singer and storyteller Rachel Ravitz, and their twin daughters.

 

Renewal Minyan with Kohenet Shamirah Bechirah

Kohenet Shamirah Bechirah will lead the Renewal minyan with Hebrew chant, silent meditation, and space for both personal and communal reflection. Renewal services will include percussion instruments and the liturgy of the services is abbreviated, but follows the arc of a full service. The language of our prayers plays with gender of God/Goddess both in the Hebrew and the English and includes some earth-based imagery. Additional program highlights include a self-forgiveness exercise and “Journeying with Jonah.”

Kohenet Shamirah

Kohenet Shamirah Bechirah, also known as Sarah Chandler, is a Jewish experiential educator, community activist, and earth-based spiritual leader. Her ritual craft and prayer leadership is well-known from the Isabella Freedman Shavuot Goat Parade and Sukkot Water Drawing celebration. In recent years, she lead high holiday services at Bnai Or in St. Croix USVI, as well as West End Synagogue and Altshul Minyan in New York City. Currently, she is the CCO (Chief Compassion Officer) and team leader at JIFA (Jewish Initiative for Animals) where she works to support Jewish institutions to establish meaningful food policies rooted in Jewish ethics and animal welfare. She previously served as the Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practice for Hazon’s Adamah Farm, responsible for Food, Farm and Forest Jewish Educational Programming. She holds a M.A. in Jewish Experiential Education and a M.A. in Hebrew Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Jewish Communal Leadership from Columbia University. She teaches, writes and consults on a national level on issues related to Judaism, earth-based spiritual practice, the environment, mindfulness, food values, and farming.

Kohenet Shamirah Bechirah is a guardian of sacred texts, a weaver of earth-based rituals, and a visionary of modern Judaism. Rooted in tradition, she radically re-ignites the divine relationship for a contemporary integrated Judaism. With compassion for all beings, she renews ancient texts through adventure, spirit, and personal empowerment. Witnessing the source of life as interconnectedness of being, she co-creates, reveals, and enlightens in relationship with all that dances across her path. Whether you ask her for a reading, a blessing, or simply space to listen, her presence will warm your soul and bring you peace.

 

Rakia Chandler

Rakia Chandler is a drummer, singer, and spiritual leader from the Boston area. Her present and grounded style can range from meditative and reflective to inspiration for a wild dance party. She has lead Jewish ritual including her original chants at communities such as Hineini, Ikar, Kohenet, and Temple of SOPHIA. Heavily influenced by hiphop and reggae, Rakia brings a sweet and spicy flavor to prayer.

Rosh Hashanah Retreat – September 20 – 24

Lively prayer services, deep teachings, immersion in a relaxing wooded venue, tashlich in our stream, community celebrations, and fabulous farm-to-table feasting. It is our intention to provide an opportunity for a diverse community to participate in prayer services that meet your needs and nourish your soul. To that end, we offer two complementary options for prayer – Orthodox and Renewal – not unlike the way in which we offer options for learning sessions and other activities during each retreat. The different opportunities allow for greater connection, learning, encounter, and expression of uniqueness. Plus Camp Teva for Kids – Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Fun.

 

Orthodox Minyan with Rabbi Avraham Arieh and Rachel Trugman

Exuberant Chasidic davenning, teachings and meditations.

Rabbi Trugman
Rachel Trugman

 

 

 

 

 

Rabbi Avraham Arieh and Rachel Trugman have 35 years of experience in the field of Jewish education. They were a founding family of Moshav Meor Modiim in 1976, where Rabbi Trugman served several years as the Director of the Center of Jewish Education, which successfully ran programs for over 5,000 participants from over 25 countries. In 1988, the Trugmans took the position of Regional Directors of NCSY in Denver, Colorado. The Trugmans returned to Israel in 1995 and are now the Directors of Ohr Chadash: New Horizons in Jewish Experience, a dynamic program they created that has run programs for tens of thousands participants. Their website, YouTube channel, blog, Twitter and Facebook have received hundreds of thousands of visits. The Trugmans have visited over 40 cities world-wide, leading Shabbatons, giving classes, performing music, and serving as scholars-in-residence.

 

Rabbi Isaiah J. Rothstein

Rabbi Isaiah J. Rothstein is a mixed-raced-rabbi, bridge-builder, song-writer, and spiritual enthusiast.
Isaiah was born and raised in Monsey, NY, and is the youngest of three boys. Isaiah proudly identifies as a Jew of Color, growing up in a mixed-raced Lubavitch family. Currently Rothstein consults with multiple organizations that seek to respond to the needs of the emerging generation within the context of community needs. Rothstein serves as the Rabbi-in-Residence at Be’chol Lashon and Hazon, organizations that celebrate the racial, ethnic and religious diversity within the Jewish community. He is also a Spiritual Leader at Carmel Academy, where he leads the Shul of Rock Community Initiative, as well as The Beis Community, Hazon, and the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

Rothstein lives in Washington Heights, NYC where he spends his “free time” recording music, leading song-gatherings, and participating in deep meaningful conversations (DMCs) concerning the emerging voices in a 21st century Judaism.

Renewal Minyan with Kohenet Shamirah Bechirah

Hebrew chant, silent meditation, and space for both personal and communal reflection. Renewal services will include percussion instruments and the liturgy of the services is abbreviated, but follows the arc of a full service. The language of our prayers plays with gender of God/Goddess both in the Hebrew and the English and includes some earth-based imagery.

Additional program highlights include:

  • Teshuva tunnel – while exploring a cave in the forest, experience an embodied release that will enable you to move toward wholeness in the new year
  • Humane Kapparot – honor our two legged friends through a modernized adaptation of this ritual where no birds will be harmed
Kohenet Shamirah

Kohenet Shamirah Bechirah, also known as Sarah Chandler, is a Jewish experiential educator, community activist, and earth-based spiritual leader. Her ritual craft and prayer leadership is well-known from the Isabella Freedman Shavuot Goat Parade and Sukkot Water Drawing celebration. In recent years, she lead high holiday services at Bnai Or in St. Croix USVI, as well as West End Synagogue and Altshul Minyan in New York City. Currently, she is the CCO (Chief Compassion Officer) and team leader at JIFA (Jewish Initiative for Animals) where she works to support Jewish institutions to establish meaningful food policies rooted in Jewish ethics and animal welfare. She previously served as the Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practice for Hazon’s Adamah Farm, responsible for Food, Farm and Forest Jewish Educational Programming. She holds a M.A. in Jewish Experiential Education and a M.A. in Hebrew Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Jewish Communal Leadership from Columbia University. She teaches, writes and consults on a national level on issues related to Judaism, earth-based spiritual practice, the environment, mindfulness, food values, and farming.

Kohenet Shamirah Bechirah is a guardian of sacred texts, a weaver of earth-based rituals, and a visionary of modern Judaism. Rooted in tradition, she radically re-ignites the divine relationship for a contemporary integrated Judaism. With compassion for all beings, she renews ancient texts through adventure, spirit, and personal empowerment. Witnessing the source of life as interconnectedness of being, she co-creates, reveals, and enlightens in relationship with all that dances across her path. Whether you ask her for a reading, a blessing, or simply space to listen, her presence will warm your soul and bring you peace.

 

Rakia Chandler

Rakia Chandler is a drummer, singer, and spiritual leader from the Boston area. Her present and grounded style can range from meditative and reflective to inspiration for a wild dance party. She has lead Jewish ritual including her original chants at communities such as Hineini, Ikar, Kohenet, and Temple of SOPHIA. Heavily influenced by hiphop and reggae, Rakia brings a sweet and spicy flavor to prayer.

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Arrival Day – Wednesday

2:00-5:00 PM Check-in and Arrival Snack
Round challah braiding
Apple and honey tasting
Simanim coloring sheet
Fruit and Vegetable smoothie
2:00-5:00 PM Bookstore
4:00-4:20 PM Mikvah – non-binary/genderqueer
4:30-4:50 PM Mikvah – Self-identified Women
5:00-5:20 PM Mikvah – Self-identified Men
5:30-6:00PM Camp Teva – Kids’ Dinner and Mandatory Parent/ Guardian Orientation
6:00-8:00 PM Camp Teva
6:00 PM Welcome Reception
6:30 PM Candle Lighting
6:45 PM Rosh Hashanah Mincha & Ma’ariv – Orthodox
7:00 PM Rosh Hashanah Evening Ma’ariv – Renewal
8:00 PM Rosh Hashanah Simanim Seder
8:00 PM Festive Holiday Dinner
9:30 PM Night Hike
9:30 PM Bringing in the New Year with Joyful Singing, Storytelling, and Words of Inspiration

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Thursday

7:30-8:30 AM Vinyasa Yoga
7:30-9:00 AM Farm-to-Table Breakfast
8:00-10:30 AM Camp Teva
8:00-10:30 AM Morning Prayers & Torah Service – Orthodox
9:00-10:15 AM Morning Prayers – Renewal
10:30-11:00 AM Kiddush
11:00 AM-2:00 PM Camp Teva
11:00-2:00 PM Shofar Service & Musaf – Orthodox
11:00-12:45 PM Torah & Shofar Service Renewal
12:45-2:00 PM Autumnal Equinox Ritual- Renewal
2:00-3:15 PM Festive Holiday Lunch
3:30-5:15 PM Camp Teva
3:30-5:00 PM JOFEE Guided Hike
Restorative Yoga
Session
Session
5:15 PM Community Tashlich
6:00 -6:30 PM Kids’ Dinner
6:30 – 8:00 PM Camp Teva
6:15 PM Mincha & Ma’ariv – Orthodox
7:00 PM Ma’ariv – Renewal
8:00 PM Candle Lighting
8:15 PM Festive Holiday Dinner
9:30 PM Session
10:00 PM Bonfire & Kumzitz

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Friday

7:30-8:30 AM Vinyasa Yoga
7:30-9:00 AM Farm-to-Table Breakfast
8:00 – 10:30 AM Camp Teva
8:00-10:30 AM Morning Prayers & Torah Service – Orthodox
9-10:15 AM Morning Prayers & Meditation – Renewal
10:30-11:00 AM Kiddush
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Camp Teva
11:00-2:00 PM Shofar Service & Musaf – Orthodox
11:00-12:00 PM Torah Service – Renewal
12:15-1:45 PM Teshuvah Tunnel – Returning Rocks
12:15-1:45 PM Shofar & Labyrinth
2:00 PM Festive Holiday Lunch
3:30 – 5:30 PM Camp Teva
3:30-4:45 PM JOFEE Guided Hike
Session
Session
5:00-6:15 PM Restorative Yoga
Session
Session
5:30-6:00 PM Kids’ Dinner
6:35 PM Candle Lighting (7:32 PM)
6:45 – 8:00 PM Camp Teva
6:45-8:00 PM Kabbalat Shabbat & Ma’ariv – Orthodox
6:45-7:45 PM Kabbalat Shabbat & Ma’ariv – Renewal
8:00-9:30 PM Festive Holiday Dinner
9:00 PM Friday Night Tisch: Awake My Soul

Shabbat – Saturday

7:30-8:30 AM Vinyasa Yoga
7:30-9:00 AM Farm-to-Table Breakfast
9:00 – 12:00 PM Camp Teva
9:00-12:00 PM Morning Prayers & Torah Service – Orthodox
9:00-12:00 PM Morning Prayers – Renewal
11:00-12:00 PM Torah Service – Renewal
12:00 PM Festive Holiday Lunch
1:30 – 6:00 PM Camp Teva
1:30-2:45 PM JOFEE Guided Hike
Session
Session
Session
3:00-4:15 PM Restorative Yoga
Farm Tour
Session
4:30-5:30 PM Session
Session
5:30-6:00 PM Mincha – Orthodox
6:00-7:30 PM Dinner and Zemirot
7:30-8:00 PM Ma’ariv – Orthodox
7:30-8:00 PM Sunset Releasing – Renewal
8:00 PM Community Havdalah
9:00-11:00 PM JOFEE – DIY Festival
9:00-11:00 PM Movie
9:00-11:00 PM Bookstore Open

Departure Day – Sunday

7:00-7:30 AM Goat Milking Observation
7:30-8:30 AM Vinyasa Yoga
8:00-10:00 AM Brunch
No Camp Teva
8:00-12:00 PM Bookstore open
8:00-8:30 AM Morning Prayers & Torah Service – Orthodox
9:00-10:00 AM Humane Kapparot
10:00 AM Check-out
12:00 PM See you next year!

We have strived to create the most affordable possible rates and provide multiple options for length of stay that will allow for flexible arrival and departure dates.

First, please choose which nights you’d like to stay. On the next step you can choose your lodging.

Holiday Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur
Dates Wed, Sept 20
– Sun Sept 24
Fri, Sept 29
– Sun, Oct 1
Wed, Sept 20 – Sun Sept 24
& Fri, Sept 29 – Sun, Oct 1
Dormitory SOLD OUT $260 SOLD OUT
Basic SOLD OUT $300* SOLD OUT
Standard SOLD OUT $380* SOLD OUT
Standard Plus SOLD OUT $490* SOLD OUT
Camper $480 $210 $600
Commuter $480 $210 $600
Child 5-12 $240 $120 $300
Child under 5 Free Free Free

*Single-occupancy upgrades are available for Basic, Standard, and Standard Plus lodging.

If you’re having trouble seeing the lodging options, try opening the page in a different browser or an incognito window.

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 email registrar@hazon.org.

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.

Application Process

  • 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 registrar@hazon.org or (860) 824-5991 x0.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

Check-in is located in the Main Building — the big red building in the middle of campus. You must be checked out of your room by 10 am on the day your retreat ends.

Rosh Hashanah: Check-in is from 2 to 5 pm on Wednesday, September 20. The retreat will conclude on Sunday, September 24 with brunch.

Yom Kippur: Check-in is from 2 to 5 pm on Friday, September 29. The retreat will conclude on Sunday, October 1 with brunch.

PARKING

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.

TRANSPORTATION

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.

Arrival Shuttles – from Wassaic Train Station to Isabella Freedman:

  • 2:03 pm & 4:03 pm on Wednesday, September 20 & Friday, September 29

Departure Shuttles – from Isabella Freedman to Wassaic Train Station:

  • 11:30 am on Sunday, September 24 & Sunday, October 1

If you have not already reserved shuttle service during registration, please call (860) 824-5991 ext. 0 at least a week before the start date of the retreat to reserve your spot. For those of you driving, please see our website for directions to IF.

For more information on getting here, click here.

RIDESHARE

Help to reduce the environmental impact of car trips to and from Isabella Freedman by checking out our carpool initiative! Upon registering, you will receive acces 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 (right hand side of the page) is the best way to be notified when movements occur.

KASHRUT POLICY

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.

PACKING LIST

You may want to bring:

  • Over-the-counter and/or prescription medications
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight
  • Chargers for electronic devices
  • Sun protection (sunblock, sunglasses, a hat)
  • 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
  • Camping equipment, including a tent, sleeping bag, and towel if you are camping

We provide:

  • 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 you’re new to Isabella Freedman, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

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.

more information about camp teva

 

click here for holiday resources for rosh hashanah  click here for holiday resources for yom kippur
click here for a High Holidays reading list