Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
Welcome in the new year at Isabella Freedman
Rosh Hashanah (September 20 – 24) includes lively prayer services, deep teachings, immersion in a relaxing wooded venue, tashlich in our stream, community celebrations, and fabulous farm-to-table feasting.
Yom Kippur (September 29 – October 1) includes quiet, contemplative time and meaningful shared experiences, whether you’re walking along the lake, praying in the glass-walled synagogue, visiting the goats or helping us build our community sukkah after a bountiful break-fast meal.
- 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
- Camp Teva for Kids – Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Fun
- Enjoy the majestic beauty of fall at Isabella Freedman
- Morning meditation and yoga
- Beautiful Havdalah and closing ceremonies
Please check back soon for more information.
We recognize and honor the fact that there are as many ways to be present to the Divine presence as there are people in the world. Wherever you identify yourself on the spectrum of Jewish customs and denominations, we hope to offer a connection-point for you here.
It is our intention to provide an opportunity for a diverse community to participate in prayer services that meet their needs and nourish their souls. To that end we offer two complementary options for prayer, not unlike the way in which we offer options for learning sessions and other activities during the retreat. Rather than divide the community, the different opportunities allow for greater connection, learning, encounter, and expression of uniqueness.
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
|Child under 5||Free||Free||Free|
*Single-occupancy upgrades are available for Basic, Standard, and Standard Plus lodging.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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.