Rosh Hashanah Retreat

Sep 20, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

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I don’t have the strength to leave this beautiful place, so I’ll take it with me
—Arlene Newman

This Rosh Hashanah, treat yourself to the transformative experience of welcoming in the new year with lively, soulful prayer services, deep teachings, immersion in a relaxing wooded venue, tashlich in our stream, community celebrations, and fabulous farm-to-table feasting. Camp Teva children’s program available for kids 5-12 years old.

Rabbi Trugman
Rabbi Avraham Arieh and Rachel Trugman have thirty-five years of experience in Jewish education. They were a founding family of Moshav Modiim (the Carlebach Moshav) in 1976. From 1988-95, they served as Regional Directors of NCSY in Denver, Colorado. Upon returning to Israel they created Ohr Chadash: New Horizons in Jewish Experience, a dynamic educational program centered in Israel, which has run programs for tens of thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Rebbetzin Trugman
Rebbetzin Rachel Trugman has published seven popular books on Jewish spirituality and mysticism and has produced four music discs of original music. Rachel Trugman, along with being an educator, is also a family therapist with a private practice and an artist who has published a coloring book.

More leaders will be announced soon!

All-inclusive rates vary depending on the length of your stay and the type of room you select. Prices include all programming, lodging, and meals. Click the “register now” button above for information, room rates, and to register online.

Online registration is for full credit card payments only. If you would like to pay in installments, pay by check, or apply approved financial aid, please call (860) 824-5991 ext. 0. Please review our lodging options and rates prior to calling. 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 call us at (860) 824-5991 ext. 0.

We strive to make our programs affordable to everyone.

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Thanks to a generous donation, the Tamar Fund was created to allow a select number of individuals to pay a discounted registration fee. The Tamar Fund is in loving memory of Tamar Bittelman z”l who attended the Hazon Food Conference in Davis, California in 2011. Torah, Jewish community, ecology, and DIY food were values that Tamar held dear in her own life, and she very much appreciated the intersection of these values at the Hazon Food Conference. Sharing a meal with Tamar, particularly a Shabbat or Chag meal, was an experience filled with kedushah, where one was effortlessly and joyfully escorted to “a different place.”

Tamar Fund scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. Applications must be received at least three weeks prior to the start date of the retreat. Please only register after receiving a response; the scholarship will not be applied retroactively. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; receiving a scholarship to attend does not guarantee space. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar at or (860) 824-5991 x0.


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Check-in is from 2 to 5 pm on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. 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. The retreat will come to an end with brunch on Sunday, September 24, 2017.


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

Departure Shuttle – from Isabella Freedman to Wassaic Train Station:

  • 11:30 am on Sunday, September 24

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 access to a digital 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:

  • Over-the-counter and/or prescription medications
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight
  • 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
  • Warm clothes and lots of layers for variable fall weather
  • Camping equipment, including a tent, sleeping bag, and towel if you are camping

We provide:

  • 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.