Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
All rooms are sold out for Rosh Hashanah. We still have camping and commuter space, and rooms available for the preceding Shabbat.
Extend your stay and join us for Shabbat Elul too!
Welcome in the new year at Isabella Freedman
- 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
- Traditional Egalitarian and Orthodox Minyanim (prayer services)
- Communal Tashlich overlooking Lake Miriam
- Camp Teva programming for kids ages 5-12 – Jewish, Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Fun
- Gan Adamah every morning for children ages 2-5
- Guided farm tours, barnyard visits, pickling activities, apple and honey sampling, and hiking to a tranquil vista
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 Egalitarian – 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.
Exuberant Chasidic davenning, teachings and meditations.
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 worldwide, leading Shabbatons, giving classes, performing music, and serving as scholars-in-residence.
Rabbi Avram Mlotek is the co-founder of Base Hillel and serves as rabbi for its DWTN location. Mlotek graduated cum laude from Brandeis University and has studied at Sarah Lawrence College, Yeshiva University’s Cantorial School, Jewish Theological Seminary, and City College’s Educational Theatre department. A native Yiddish speaker, Mlotek’s Yiddish cultural work has brought him to China, Ethiopia, Israel, Sweden and Australia. Prior to joining Base, Avram served as a rabbi in training at The Carlebach Shul, The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, and Hunter College Hillel. Mlotek’s writing has appeared in The Forward, Tablet, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week, The Huffington Post and Kveller, among other blogs. The NY Jewish Week selected him as a “leading innovator in Jewish life today” as part of their “36 Under 36”, and he was listed as one of America’s “Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Jewish Daily Forward. He is blessedly married to Yael Kornfeld, a geriatric social worker, and proud Tati to Revaya and Hillel Yosl.
Yael Kornfeld-Mlotek works as the Synagogue Outreach Social Worker at DOROT, where they are partnered with nine different synagogues on the Upper East and West Sides of Manhattan, advocating and serving older adults. Yael received her BA in Judaic Studies from Rutgers University where she wrote an honors thesis on “Who studies Yiddish Today and Why.” Before starting her MSW program at Hunter College School of Social Work, Yael was an Avodah Service Corps Fellow in Washington, DC. A co-founder of Base Hillel, which empowers rabbinic couples’ homes to serve as convening points for Jewish life, Yael and her partner, Rabbi Avram Mlotek live in downtown Manhattan with their two delicious children, Ravi and Hillel.
Traditional Egalitarian Minyan
Simcha Halpert-Hanson is a Jewish teacher, song-facilitator, drummer and ritual leader. Simcha has led tefillah workshops, klaf (holy parchment) production workshops, text study and facilitated rhythmic and songful prayer experiences in many communities including Adamah Farm and Fellowship, Kol Tzedek of Philadelphia, First Friday Northampton, Kavod House Boston, BASE Manhattan, Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Connecticut, Nariya of Boston, Kolot Chayeinu of Brooklyn and Fort Tryon Jewish Center of Washington Heights. They founded Avodas Lev Northampton, a project based on Avodat Lev- a chant-based prayer practice that originated at Adamah Farm and Fellowship. Avodas Lev centers the impact of secularization, white supremacy and assimilation as forces that alienate many Jews, especially those societally marginalized, from connecting to Jewish prayer and Jewish spaces. Simcha also helped to found Nishmat Shoom, a minyan creating prayer spaces that center disabled, trans, Jews of color, queer, women and other marginalized identities. Simcha is currently in their first year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College.
Talia Laster is studying for rabbinic ordination at Hebrew College, expecting to graduate in 2022. Talia grew up attending Fabrangen Havurah in Washington, D.C., and is a lifelong member-leader in the National Havurah Committee. She has learned at Yeshivat Hadar and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Informed by each of these experiences and more, Talia is stubbornly and enthusiastically committed to building vibrant, singing, traditionally-oriented Jewish communities.
Parents, you can relax into the retreat, knowing that your children are playing and learning with exceptional Jewish experiential educators.
We have an engaging, thoughtful, and fun Camp Teva program planned for children ages 5-12.
Gan Adamah is for children ages 2-4. Parents/Guardians can choose to drop off their children or stay with them. Gan Adamah provides a safe and engaging space for toddlers to play, explore, sing, and move. Programming is from 9am – 12pm each morning of the retreat, except arrival and departure days.
When you register kids during your event registration process, they are automatically enrolled in Camp Teva! All-inclusive kids’ rates include Camp Teva programming.
Rates and Registration
Friday – Sunday
$225 – Camp/commute
$300 – Dormitory
$340 – Basic*
$420 – Standard*
$535 – Standard Plus*
Sept 29 – Oct 2
Sunday – Wednesday
$360 – Camp/commute
$580 – Dormitory
$580 – Basic*
$720 – Standard*
$900 – Standard Plus*
register for Shabbat
and Rosh Hashanah
Sept 27 – Oct 2
Friday – Wednesday
$685 – Camp/commute
$910 – Dormitory
$1100 – Basic*
$1370 – Standard*
$1710 – Standard Plus*
*Single-occupancy upgrades are available for Basic, Standard, and Standard Plus lodging.
You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered. If you do not receive the confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 824-5991 ext. 0.
We strive to make our programs affordable to everyone. Limited scholarships are available, please see the scholarships tab for details.
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. The Tamar Fund is in loving memory of Tamar Bittelman z’’l.
Please be sure to read the application guidelines in the form below
Arrival & Departure
Check-in is from 3 to 5 pm on Sunday, September 29. If you are arriving on another day, you may check in anytime after 3 pm. 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 last day of your stay if you are staying in a guest room.
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.
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 from and to the Wassaic station at the following times:
- 4:15 pm on Friday, September 27 from Wassaic Train Station to IF (for Shabbat Elul)
- 3:50 pm on Sunday, September 29 from Wassaic Train Station to IF
- 9:15 am on Wednesday, October 2 from IF to Wassaic Train Station
Advance reservation is required for shuttles. The shuttle fee is $20 per person each way. If you have not already reserved shuttle service during registration, please contract us at email@example.com or (860) 824-5991 ext. 0 at least a week before the start date of the retreat to reserve your spot; space is limited.
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 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.
You may want to bring:
- Personal medications, including over-the-counter
- Chargers for electronic devices
- A water bottle and/or travel mug for use outside of dining spaces
- Ritual wear
- Comfortable clothes for yoga
- Hiking boots or sneakers to enjoy our hiking trails
- Lots of layers for variable weather
- A rain coat
- Camping gear, including your own tent, sleeping bag, pillow, and towel, if you are camping
- Extra kippot and 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.