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Rosh Hashanah at Isabella Freedman

Sep 25, 2022 - Sep 28, 2022

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

Welcome in the new year at Isabella Freedman

Register for Rosh HaShanah

To register for our Sukkot retreat, visit the Sukkahfest event page.

Healthy and Sustainable Rosh Hashanah ResourcesWe are able to welcome guests to Isabella Freedman in a thoughtful, socially-distancing manner. Our team of prayer leaders and educators headline our various classes, and we will have Orthodox and Traditional Egalitarian prayer options. Other highlights include:

  • Kosher farm-to-table holiday feasts featuring Grow and Behold meats, and delicious and plentiful vegetarian delights
  • Communal Tashlich at our lake
  • Enjoy the majestic beauty of fall foliage at Isabella Freedman
  • Morning meditation and yoga
  • Kid’s programming for kids ages 2-4 and 5-12 – Jewish, Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Fun
  • Guided farm tours, barnyard visits, pickling activities, apple and honey sampling, and hiking to a tranquil vista

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we will be operating at a slightly reduced capacity, with dining, davening spaces, and most programming occurring outdoors. Details below.

Retreat Overview

Registration Rates (3 nights, Sun-Wed)

Standard lodging: $1040 per adult 13+ ($1660 for single occupancy)
Basic lodging: $770 per adult ($990 for single occupancy)
Dormitory lodging: $620 per adult
Commuting: $410 per adult

Children: $215 (ages 5-12)

Toddlers: $105 (ages 2-4)

Infants: $0 (ages 0-2)

Register for Rosh Hashanah

Click here for details about our lodging options

Lodging: Isabella Freedman offers a range of lodging options. Each lodging type has various room set ups to accommodate solo guests, couples, friends, and families.

  • Our Standard rooms all have private room entrances and private bathrooms.
  • Basic rooms are set up as two-room suites which share an entrance and bathroom.
  • Dormitory buildings have shared bathrooms down an internal hallway.

For families, children 12 years and younger who register at the reduced price will be housed in the same room as their parents. If you would like your children to have a separate room, they must be registered as adults. Please indicate the child’s age on their registration.

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. The Tamar Fund is in loving memory of Tamar Bittelman z’’l.

Please be sure to read the application guidelines in the form below

Programming

Prayer Options

We will be offering two prayer options: an Orthodox Minyan, with a mehitza (separate seating for men and women) and a Traditional Egalitarian Minyan. Both will take place outdoors, under tents in case of rain.

More details coming soon.

The Food We Serve

We will serve three meals each full day of your stay. Only dinner will be provided on your arrival day and breakfast on your departure day. Our kitchen and dining room are glatt kosher under supervision of the Hartford Kashrut Commission. Please indicate any special dietary needs when you register. We can provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or dairy free options and we will do our best to accommodate all your food allergies or other dietary needs. Each Basic and Standard room is equipped with a mini-fridge. We ask though that guests limit the amount of food eaten in your rooms and to be mindful of trash, given the area wildlife in our remote location.

Classes and Activities

We will hold outdoor classes throughout the holiday, as well as yoga, tours of our organic farm, and guided hikes on our trails. Our various educators lead a series of classes throughout the holiday.

Kid’s Activities

While many of our activities are family friendly, there will also be some dedicated programs for kids. These will make use of our farm and the natural environment of the retreat center.

The Food We Serve

We will serve three meals each full day of your stay. Only dinner will be provided on your arrival day and breakfast on your departure day. Our kitchen and dining room are glatt kosher under supervision of the Hartford Kashrut Commission. Please indicate any special dietary needs when you register. We can provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or dairy free options and we will do our best to accommodate all your food allergies or other dietary needs. Each guest room / suite is equipped with a mini-fridge. We ask though that guests limit the amount of food eaten in your rooms and to be mindful of trash, given the area wildlife in our remote location.

COVID-19 Precautions

Guest Conduct:

Arrival:At check-in we will ask everyone to present (2) TWO proofs of negative COVID-19 rapid antigen tests regardless of vaccination status. One taken 48 hours before arrival, and another test taken at home before leaving for arrival day.

We will also be asking all guests to sign a waiver and questionnaire regarding our COVID-19 practices and your potential exposure or recent symptoms. We ask that everyone acknowledge a set of guidelines, including keeping a 6′ distance between guests not in your group and being masked indoors, other than when actively eating in our dining spaces.

A health screening list of questions will be provided for guests to read and verbally respond that they pass during check in.

Health Screening: Using the honor system, all Sukkot attendees will also take the health screening each subsequent morning. Should anyone not pass the health screening they will remain in their lodging room and alert IF for next steps. Attendance at whatever is one’s first session of the day is an acknowledgement that they have taken and passed the daily health test.

COVID-19 travel guidance recommendations: We strongly recommend that those using public transportation, car services, or air travel wear a mask at all times during travel.

Are you excited? We are! Do you have friends that will be excited? Let them know about this opportunity! Do you have questions? Email the Registrar at registrar@hazon.org for more information.

FAQs

Is my room safe and clean?

All rooms will have been thoroughly cleaned before your arrival, and will have been vacant for at least 48 hours in between guests.


Do you have a medical personal on staff?

No. For non-COVID-19-related problems you can visit Sharon Hospital Emergency department (24 hr) or Torrington Urgent Care Center (8-8 weekdays / 9-5 weekends).

If you think you have been exposed to COVID‑19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your primary care provider for medical advice, and please let our lead staff know.


Is Isabella Freedman definitely running this retreat?

We’ve learned that nothing is certain right now. We also know that even though current guidelines allow us to open for this style of retreat, those guidelines may change or there may be other reasons that preclude us from being able to run. See our Cancellation Policy below for more details.


Do you provide transportation / pick up / drop off service?

You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements. Our local taxi service is Watson Livery, 845-464-8178, which can pick up from the Wassaic Train Station. More information.


Is housekeeping included? Can I request housekeeping service?

Given the short nature of the program, we do not provide housekeeping. If something small is needed, upon request we can arrange a time that works so that there is a gap between staff in your room.


How do I communicate with your staff?

We will provide a phone number upon arrival which you can use to contact our staff on duty. In the event of a medical emergency, please call 911 from your cell phone, OR 9-911 from any landline phone on campus. After calling 911, please contact a retreat manager as well.


What if I get sick? Do not feel well?

If you or any member of your family / group gets sick, you have to return to your home immediately. We cannot allow guests to be quarantined on our site. Being near your primary care doctor is best.

Cancellation Policy

If Hazon cancels for any reason we will refund your money in full. If you get sick and are unable to attend we will refund your money in full.

You are able to cancel your reservation until September 11 without penalty. If you cancel within 14 days of Rosh HaShanah the fee is non-refundable. If you have to leave early or arrive late, there are no refunds.