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Pesach at Isabella Freedman

Mar 30, 2018 - Apr 8, 2018

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

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Once we were slaves in Egypt… and now we are free to celebrate Passover surrounded by the beautiful foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. Celebrate your freedom by bringing your whole family to an enriching, relaxing, and fun-filled Kosher-for-Pesach program in a beautiful country setting with all the amenities of a hotel.

view the 2017 schedule

Pesach at Isabella Freedman is the perfect vacation for the entire family. Past highlights include:

  • Interactive communal and semi-private seder options
  • Eco-conscious festive meals and snacks with Kosher-for-Passover food
  • Guided mountaintop hikes
  • Daily yoga, meditation, and healing movement activities
  • Orthodox prayer services overlooking the campus lake
  • Jewish text studies and personal growth discussions
  • New growth on the farm, greenhouses, and visiting baby goats
  • Camp Teva, an engaging children’s program

For general program inquiries, please contact our Pesach event coordinator, Jacob Weiss.

Camp Teva Passover Program highlights include:

  • Sensory awareness activities to experience the plagues of mitzrayim
  • Interactive and engaging kids’ seder
  • Kids’ yoga
  • Nature arts & crafts
  • Outdoor forest and field games

For information about our children’s program please contact our Camp Teva manager, Arielle Aronoff.

Rabbi Shmuel Braun

Rabbi Shmuel Braun is a teacher, mentor, and lecturer, especially known for his ability to take the loftiest concepts in Jewish mysticism and connect them to everyday life in a way that students from any background and level of knowledge will appreciate. Having grown up Modern Orthodox in Woodmere, Long Island, Rabbi Braun then spent many years studying at the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, in the Brisk Yeshiva in Jerusalem by Reb Meir Soloveitchik, and also in institutions affiliated with Yeshiva University, Munkatch, and Chabad. This, together with his devotion and passion for the humanities, facilitated his developing a unique, progressive, and inclusive style that engages all people with diverse backgrounds and beliefs. Rabbi Braun has been teaching for over twenty years in various synagogues, yeshivas, and seminaries, and has traveled the globe lecturing on topics of Jewish Philosophy, Law, and Mysticism for thousands of people. Today he is also actively engaged in building bridges between different faiths through his organization S.O.U.L (Seekers Of Unity & Love). When he is not lecturing and teaching at Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere and other venues, Rabbi Braun is researching and writing his forthcoming book on Kierkegaard’s Existentialism and Chassidic philosophy.

 

Bailey Braun

Bailey Braun is a passionate school social worker, a Torah teacher, and a beloved mentor and ally to those fighting for a voice and platform. In melding her therapeutic practice with her commitment to Torah values and deep love of textual learning, Bailey has brought her unique perspective as a public speaker to synagogues, college campuses, and Jewish organizations throughout Canada. Her classes focus on and facilitate conversation about women in Jewish history, psychology, social justice, and mysticism.

 

 

Select one of the options below to register.

Registration for First Days opens February 1. Click here to be notified when registration for First Days opens.

Extend your stay for chol hamoed! New this year, if you are planning on coming for either First Days or Second Days, you can choose to extend your stay by 1-3 nights to stay for part or all of chol hamoed at a slightly discounted rate. You can choose these options from the registration page.

 

Full Stay

First Days

Just Chol HaMoed

Second Days

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all of pesach

Fri, Mar 30 –
Sun, Apr 8

Nine nights
opens February 1
Fri, Mar 30 –
Mon, Apr 2

Three nights
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chol hamoed

Mon, Apr 2 –
Thu, Apr 5

Three nights
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second days

Thu, Mar 5 –
Sun, Apr 8

Three nights
Dormitory $1830 $820 $780 $780
Basic $2040 $940 $890 $890
Standard $2600 $1180 $1120 $1120
StandardPlus $2860 $1280 $1220 $1220
Child 5-12 $750 $350 $300 $300
Child under 5 $100 $50 $50 $50

Prices above are for multiple-occupancy rooms; single-occupancy upgrades are available for Basic and Standard lodging.

Children’s rates apply to children in a room with two adults.

Prices are per person and include accommodations, all programming, and buffet meals featuring ethically sourced and farm-fresh ingredients, healthy snacks, matzo, and wine.

Through our online registration system, you will be able to choose your lodging, sign up for transportation shuttles and other amenities, and indicate special needs. Before completing your reservation, you will have an opportunity to register additional guests on the same credit card.

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 contact us at registrar@hazon.org or (860) 824-5991 x0.

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

view the 2017 Camp Teva schedule

Passover is the Jewish tradition’s “eat seasonal” poster child. Also known as “Chag Ha-Matzot” (possibly a holiday celebrating the new barley harvest) and Chag Ha-Aviv (“holiday of spring”), Passover is a time to notice and celebrate the coming of spring. The seder plate abounds with seasonal symbols: the roasted lamb bone celebrates lambs born in spring; karpas (dipped green vegetables) symbolizes the first green sprouts peaking out of the thawed ground; and a roasted egg recalls fertility and rebirth.

Passover offers a perfect opportunity to combine the wisdom of a traditional Jewish holiday with our contemporary desire to live with our health and sustainability in mind. For example, some families put an orange or olive on their seder plate to recognize women’s rights and solidarity with Middle East peace.

Click the button below for Passover resources including ideas for activities and rituals, recipes, and sustainability tips

passover resources