Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
Hazon and Isabella Freedman have made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s Passover Retreat in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
We had been pursuing every possible way to offer a healthy and safe experience to our guests and staff for whom this celebration is a highlight each year. As the pandemic has progressed it is clear that the time has come to live out our sacred responsibility of pikuach nefesh, the valuing of human life above all else, by engaging in social distancing and “flattening the curve”.
We will miss you so much this Passover and feel blessed that you are part of our Hazon/Isabella Freedman family.
At the end of the Seder, we will pray as we always do that next year we will be able to return to a rebuilt Jerusalem. We will also be thinking about how wonderful it will be to celebrate together with you again in the majestic foothills of the Berkshires at our beloved Isabella Freedman.
What is Passover? 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 peeking out of the thawed ground, and a roasted egg recalls fertility and rebirth.
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