Shabbat Elul

Sep 7, 2018 - Sep 9, 2018

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

Enjoy the the last Shabbat of 5778 as you prepare for Rosh Hashanah with spirited, diverse prayer and deep learning in a beautiful setting

  • Two prayer service options, Traditional Egalitarian and Orthodox
  • Stunning Berkshires retreat center and farm, hikes to our mountaintop overlook, farm tours, boating on Lake Miriam, and more, all yours to deeply enjoy at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
  • Learning Torah of many colors with an amazing line-up of teachers
  • Farm-to-Table feasts featuring Adamah produce, Grow and Behold meat, fresh baked challah, delicious kosher wine, homemade pickles, healthy desserts, etc
  • Scholarships available: See “scholarship” tab below for more details

Rates and Registration

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Dormitory This per-person price is for double or triple-occupancy, meaning you could be sharing a room with up to two other people. Dormitory rooms have twin and/or bunk beds and a shared bathroom in our Kaufmann or Elm buildings. $288
Basic Housing This per-person price is for double-occupancy. Basic rooms have queen or twin-sized beds and a shared bathroom in our Maple, Blue Heron, and Cedar buildings. $330
Standard Housing This per-person price is for double-occupancy . Standard rooms have queen or twin-sized beds and a private bathroom in our Pine and Scheuer buildings. $414
Standard Plus This per-person price is for double-occupancy. Standard Plus rooms have queen beds, a private bathroom, and are located in our Weinberg and May buildings. $522
Camper The camper fee includes all meals, programming, use of the facility, and access to bathrooms and hot showers. Campers must provide their own tent and bedding. Prices are per person. $240
Commuter The commuter fee includes all meals, programming, and use of the facility throughout the retreat. Overnight lodging is not included. Prices are per person. $240
Children Children’s rates apply to children ages 5 -12 staying in the same room as two adults. Children under the age of 5 are free, and teens 13 and up pay adult prices. Prices are per person. Children ages 5-12 will be automatically enrolled in Camp Teva upon registering. $120

You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered. If you do not receive the confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, please contact us at registrar@hazon.org or (860) 824-5991 ext. 0.

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 aspiration possible. Read about more about the Tamar Fund, in loving memory of Tamar Bittelman z’’l.

Application Process

  • 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 registrar@hazon.org or (860) 824-5991 x0.

Arrival and Departure

Check-in is from 2 to 5 pm on Friday, September 7th. 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 lunch on Sunday, September 9th.


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.

For those of you driving, please see our website for directions to IF.


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 a link to a unique ride share 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.

Kashrut Policy

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.

Packing List

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
  • 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.