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Shavuot Retreat

Jun 3, 2022 - Jun 7, 2022

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

Shavuot is the time when the community gathers around the mountain, and makes pilgrimage to a holy place, for the ultimate transformative experience. 
—Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi זצ׳ל
 

Celebrate Shavuot in the beautiful foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. Join us for an inclusive celebration of revelation that includes delicious farm-to-table foods, all-night learning concluding with a sunrise hike to the top of the mountain, a pilgrimage parade featuring goats, fruits, and more. Our schedule is packed with activities for the whole family. Nourish your mind, body, and soul this Shavuot.

Retreat Overview

Registration Rates (4 nights, Friday-Tuesday)

We are fully Sold Out for Shavuot. We would love to see you at a future retreat–we will be opening registration for Rosh Hashana and Sukkahfest very soon.

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 Highlights

Davening and Ritual:

Davening: We will have two davening options: a Partnership Orthodox Minyan and a Renewal Minyan.

Partnership Minyan (Liberal / Open Orthodox): These services follow a traditional Orthodox format, with a mechitza, while including women and gender-non-conforming people in ritual leadership roles to the fullest extent possible. These include reading from the Torah (including chanting and receiving aliyot other than the Cohen and the Levi) and leading parts of the prayer service such as Pesukei D’zimrah, Kabbalat Shabbat, Yizkor, and Hallel. Men always lead Shacharit, Musaf, Mincha, and Maariv.

Renewal Minyan (Egalitarian): The Renewal service uses a “four worlds” model of prayer, engaging body, heart, mind, and spirit. The service focuses deeply on core phrases and themes from the traditional service rather than using the entire liturgy. The Torah service provides spiritual intentions for each of the aliyot that are read, inviting anyone who wishes to express an intention.

Pluralism: We will come together as a community for  a daily festive kiddush, our bikkurim parade and rituals at meals. We ask that retreat guests maintain a shabbos / chag friendly atmosphere and that you refrain from using electronic devices in public spaces. The Renewal Minyan tent will be designated for instrumental music. We ask that instruments not be played outside of that space on shabbos and chag days.

Mikveh (Ritual Immersion): We have an exciting Partnership with Mayimm Hayyim to provide Mikveh education and ritual guidance for mikveh at the retreat. Mikveh education and immersion will start at 3:30 PM. Immersion will be done in group slots by gender-identity unless a private slot is requested which can be coordinated with the Mayyim Hayyim Mikveh educator on sight.

Adult Activities:

Torah Classes: Throughout the weekend, we will have over twenty Torah classes and text study opportunities on a variety of topics presented by renowned teachers and scholars, including an all-night Tikkun Leil Shavuot (torah learning in honor of shavuot).

Other Activities: We will offer nature walks, guided hikes on our trails, twice-a-day yoga, adult sport options, song circles, tours of our organic farm and barnyard, and more.

Kids Programming

Kids programming will be outdoors as much as possible, including in the rain; a raincoat, rain boots, hiking boots or sneakers, and a labeled water bottle are required.

  • Gan Shoreshim; Toddler/ Preschool: Ages 2-5. Parents/Guardians can choose to drop off their children or stay with them. Gan Shoreshim provides a safe and engaging space to play, explore, sing, and move. Children younger than two may attend, but parents/ guardians must stay. Programming is from 9am to 12pm/12:30pm each morning of the retreat, except for arrival and departure days.

  • Camp Ilanot; School-Aged: Ages 5-12. Camp provides many hands-on and nature-based experiential activities. Some examples include hikes, outdoor games, drama/improv, and learning about farming on the Adamah farm. Programming is generally from 9am to 12pm and 2:00pm and 5:00pm/5:30pm each day of the retreat except on arrival and departure days. The afternoon session is divided into separate divisions: Nitzanim – Ages 5-8 and Alim – Ages 9-12.

Evening Family Programming will be offered every evening. These family-friendly offerings include chassidic tales around the bonfire, parent-child Shavuot learning, a family nature walk, and a farm tour.

Leaders and Teachers


Rabbi David Ingber (Retreat Spiritual Leader and Renewal Minyan Rabbi) is the founder and Senior Rabbi at Romemu, a Renewal community in Manhattan. He promotes a renewed Jewish mysticism that integrates meditative mindfulness and physical awareness into mainstream, post-modern Judaism. Rabbi David studied at several yeshivot in Jerusalem and New York and studied philosophy, psychology and religion at New York University. Prior to founding Romemu, Rabbi David was Rabbi-in-Residence at Elat Chayyim Retreat Center.

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz (Retreat Spiritual Leader and Liberal Orthodox Minyan Rabbi) is currently the Chair of the Department of Talmud at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. He received ordination in 1986 from Rabbi Roth, dayan of UTA Satmer. Rabbi Katz studied in Brisk and in Yeshivat Beis Yosef, Navaradok for over ten years. A graduate of the HaSha’ar Program for Jewish Educators, Rabbi Katz has taught at the Ma’ayanot High School for Girls and SAR High School. Rabbi Katz was appointed as Rabbi of the Prospect Heights Shul in Brooklyn, NY and currently holds several positions including Director of the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies and Educational Director of Judaic Studies at Luria Academy in Brooklyn, NY.

R’ Tanya Farber, (Retreat Teacher, Spiritual Leader and Baalas Kore – Liberal Orthodox Minyan) a 2021 graduate of Yeshivat Maharat, serves as  Talmud faculty and as the sho’el u’mayshiv support for Halacha at Yeshivat Maharat and is the 2022 Clergy Fellow at the Beis Community in Washington Heights, NYC. Prior to her rabbinic studies, R’ Tanya  taught Judaic studies in both elementary grades and yeshiva high schools in NY and NJ for many years. Her classroom pedagogy  integrates text study with improv and other creative modalities, and Tefillah (liturgy) with mindfulness and movement. R’ Tanya also worked for a decade with Jewish adults with developmental disabilities, and remains committed to accessibility and inclusion in religious communities. Whether teaching adults or young children, R’ Tanya’s teaching fuses Torah and spiritual relevance, with the ethical call to action and service.

Rabbi Scott Perlo, (Renewal Minyan Leader, Spiritual Leader and Retreat Teacher) is a leader in the field of Jewish open outreach. He’s taught Torah to thousands of unaffiliated Jews, their partners and those interested in Jewish life of any background. For the last ten years, Scott has worked primarily with Millennials, addressing the specific needs of the next generation of Jewish life. Rabbi Perlo was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2008, and is pursuing a doctorate in Jewish Thought. He is a veteran of multiple cutting-edge Jewish communities, having served as a rabbi at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, rabbi-in-residence at Moishe House and The Professional Leaders Project, and intern at IKAR in Los Angeles. Scott leads trips for Honeymoon Israel, was a founding member of the Jewish Emergent Network and is a Wexner Field Fellow. A regular writer, Rabbi Perlo has been published in The Washington Post, The Forward and The Huffington Post, among other publications. A California native, he gets back to his beloved Pacific Ocean to surf and to dive whenever he can. He lives in New York with his partner, Yael, a Constitutional Lawyer, and two sons.

Dr. Sharon Flatto (Scholar in Residence) is a professor of Judaic Studies and the Director of the Judaic Studies Graduate Program at Brooklyn College, she received her Ph.D. in Jewish history from Yale University, her B.A. from Barnard College, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University. Specializing in early modern Jewish history and Kabbalah, Professor Flatto has taught at a broad range of educational institutions, including Yale, Queens College and Brown, and at numerous adult education programs. She has received multiple awards and grants, and is the author of “The Kabbalistic Culture of Eighteenth-Century Prague: Ezekiel Landau (the ‘Noda Biyehudah’) and his Contemporaries” (Littman Press, 2010) and various scholarly articles.

Shalhevet ‘Sarah’ Robinson (Scholar in Residence and Baalas Tefilla – Liberal orthodox Minyan) teaches Talmud and Halacha at Manhattan Day School and serves as Community Scholar at Beth Jacob Congregation in Oakland, California. She has taught Torah in over 40 synagogues and campuses across the United States. Shalhevet is active in Millennial/Gen Z leadership and has staffed Birthright trips and hosts shabbos meals and other community initiatives through OneTable and Moishe House. Shalhevet previously studied at Maimonides School, Migdal Oz, Stern College for women, and Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies (GPATS).

Sarah Chandler, (Renewal Minyan Co-Coordinator, Retreat Ritual Coordinator, and Retreat Teacher) aka Kohenet Shamirah, is the founder and CEO of Shamir Collective, which works to renew the Jewish relationship with the earth through creative ritual, mindfulness, and transformative experiential learning. Kohenet Shamirah is is a Brooklyn-based Jewish educator, ritualist, artist, activist, and poet. Currently, she serves as the program director of Romemu Yeshiva and a garden educator with Grow Torah. A trainer with Taamod, she supports Jewish nonprofits in harassment prevention, through designing and maintaining respectful workplaces. She teaches, writes, and consults on issues related to Jewish earth-based spiritual practice, farming, and mindfulness. She studies as a shamanic healer apprentice at the Wisdom School of S.O.P.H.I.A., and additionally, studies Kabbalistic imaginal dream work at the School of Images.

Rabbi Ezra Weinberg (Renewal Minyan Co-Coordinator, Retreat Teacher, and Adult Sports Coordinator) is a wearer of many hats. He’s a community builder, camp professional, teacher of multi-faith education, and innovator of Jewish ritual. Ezra recently moved to Philadelphia. Ordained through the Reconstructionist movement, Ezra is at home in a variety of Jewish settings, from traditional to secular.

 

Deborah Anstandig (Baalas Tefilla and Gabbanit Liberal Orthodox Minyan and Retreat Teacher) is a second year rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Boston. Deborah formerly taught Jewish Studies and served as a teacher mentor at The Heschel School in New York City and at SAR High School in Riverdale. Deborah is a graduate of Stern College, Harvard Grad School of Education, and Pardes. Deborah loves to learn and teach Torah, bike, swim, (try to) nurture plants, sing, and speak with anyone who is willing in Hebrew.

Dvir Cahana (Baal Tefilla and GabbaiLiberal Orthodox Minyan and Retreat Teacher) was born in Goteborg, Sweden, and grew up in Canada. he received a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Israel Studies from Concordia University. He earned his M.A. in Jewish Studies from McGill University and was the McGill representative of the East Coast Consortium of Graduate Students in Jewish Studies. He spent 2 years teaching at the Satmar elementary school, Yeshivat Toras Moishe and a decade as a congregational Torah Reader. Dvir founded the Moishe House in Montreal, and currently sits on the regional advisory board as a resident at the Moishe House in Harlem. Dvir benefitted from the formative training provided in the Bronfman, Drisha, LABA, iEngage, Join for Justice, Meorot, CRI (re)Design Lab and LTI Fellowships. He interned at Sheirith Israel (Nashville, TN) and  is currently the rabbinic intern at Kehillat Pardes (Rockville, MD). Dvir received Jewish Week’s 36 under 36 recognition for launching The Amen Institute, where artists and rabbis come together to inspire the creation of sermons and art work. Dvir graduated from YCT-YM’s Beit Midrash Program in 2020 & is currently enrolled in YCT’s rabbinical school program and the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Yehuda Witt (Youth Rabbi/ Family Torah Educator) is an inclusive, committed, Israeli orthodox rabbi and passionate educator dedicated to supporting and inspiring Jews of all ages and backgrounds through learner-centered and community-focused programming. Yehuda is a Montessori trained Educator and received rabbinic ordination (semicha) from Rabbi Riskin at The Straus Rabbinical Seminary in Israel, in addition to receiving an additional certificate in Diaspora Leadership. Yehuda is currently a Head Teacher and Rebbi at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy and a Rabbi in residence at Congregation Beth Israel in Schenectady, NY. Yehuda served as the Orthodox Rabbi at Boston University Hillel, the Co-director of the JLIC program at Boston University, and was on the faculty of the Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo semicha program. Yehuda has taught extensively throughout Israel and the US. Yehuda is passionate about sharing Judaism, both the traditional canon as well the richness of its cultural traditions.

Annie Cohen (Retreat Teacher) is a second year PhD student in Modern Jewish Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, focusing on the history of the Jewish left. She is originally from the UK, where she completed her BA and Masters in History, looking at Jewish volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. Before moving to New York to undertake her PhD, Annie spent two years in Paris conducting research and studying at the Paris Yiddish Center, on their Immersive Yiddish language and literature program. It was there that she started working on her first translations relating to feldmestn and other women’s rituals, having learned about them on a retreat with the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. Since 2019 Annie has been teaching Yiddish for the London-based minority-language school Babel’s Blessing, and last summer she taught Yiddish language at Yiddish Summer Weimar, and has recently been invited to be a Freed Fellow at this year’s KlezKanada digital intensive. She writes a blog where she publishes her translations of texts relating to women’s ritual, www.pullingatthreads.com.

Josh Weinstein (Retreat Teacher, Baal KoreLiberal Orthodox and Renewal Minyans) can often be found in New Haven, CT, where he lives with his 10.5 year old dog Yogurt, frequently getting lost together in local parks.  He works as an affordability engineer at a major technology manufacturer, presently pushing his company to prioritize ecological justice and integrate Design for Climate Change thinking into the full lifecycle of its products.  Over the last few years, he has dipped his toes in community organizing within the New Haven Jewish community, working closely with Hazon & JIFA, and has co-led the establishment of a Green Team at a local synagogue, organized bike rides for the community and his company, worked with Yale Hillel’s dining to commit to higher welfare animal sourcing, and has taught two classes at the local Modern Orthodox synagogue on the power of Jewish prayer to transform the pervading separateness of our moment & restore our relationship with the world and with each other by emulating God.  He is currently just short of obsessed with exploring the meaning and wisdom latent within Barchi Nafshi (Psalm 104) to heal the world — but really within Perek Shira! He completed Adamah at Home in January 2021 and is excited for the opportunity to develop his Torah reading skills for Shavuot.

Pinny Huberman (Baal Kore and Baal Tefila – Liberal Orthodox Minyan) led lively and musical minyanim in Toronto for several years before moving to Connecticut in 2020. With a passion for nusach and nigunim, he seeks to bring a traditional Hasidic tone into diverse davening spaces. Pinny is currently a doctoral student at Yale Law School, writing his dissertation in constitutional theory.

 

Rishe Groner (Renewal Minyan Support) is the founder of TheGene-Sis.com, a movement for ecstatic, embodied Jewish experience. She is a writer, educator, strategist and (spi)ritualist of the Chabad-Chassidic lineage. Rishe is currently the Director of Education at the Beacon Hebrew Alliance in the Hudson Valley, NY. She is studying for rabbinic ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

 

Eli Elias (Retreat Teacher, Renewal Minyan Support) was born in Boro Park, grew up in Midwood, and still calls Brooklyn home. Eli loves finding things in life that bring him joy and celebrating and sharing them with friends and community.  Judaism.  Yoga.  Singing.  Biking.  Wild Birds and other living things. Before taking an extended leave of absence earlier this year to travel and deepen his yoga practice, Eli was a corporate attorney in DC and NY where he advised financial technology companies on legal and regulatory matters. Eli has previously attended Isabella Freedman retreats for Sukkot and Simchat Torah and is very jazzed to be making the pilgrimage with you this year for Shavuot.

Lisë Stern (Retreat Teacher, Renewal Minyan Support) is a yoga enthusiast who has been practicing daily since 2014. She’s in rabbinical school at Hebrew College and is the author of How to Keep Kosher and Culinary Tea.

 

 

Arielle Aronoff (Retreat Teacher) is the former Director of Teva, the outdoor education program of Hazon at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. A graduate of Kibbutz Lotan’s Green Apprenticeship Program, Arielle brings knowledge of the intersections of Judaism and ecology in education and seeks to create a learning environment in which children’s natural inclination for play, exploration, and curiosity can be engaged while they develop a meaningful relationship to Jewish tradition and the land.

 

Elana Pollack (Mayim Hayyim Mikveh Educator) is the Program Manager of Immersions and Education at Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh. Elana’s love of building Jewish community was sparked at an early age by attending and working at Jewish summer camps for years. She is a graduate of the Pardes Educators Program and has a Masters’ degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College with an additional Certificate in Experiential Education. Elana comes to Mayyim Hayyim after three years of classroom teaching, most recently at Luria Academy of Brooklyn, where she taught 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades. Elana lives in Cambridge, MA with her wife, Sarah, and is passionate about co-creating open, warm and welcoming Jewish spaces.

Kinneret Dubowitz (Yoga and Movement Teacher) began teaching yoga in 1996 and taught ongoing classes ever since. In 1999 she received her master’s degree in dance movement therapy. In 2004 she began her first Yoga Retreat and has been running them yearly since. In 2007 KinneretYoga began training teachers to teach yoga in the world’s 1st YTT program designed for Jewish women.

 

 

Gan Shorishim/ Camp Ilanot

Ruthie Hollander (Co-Camp Director) was born in Germany, grew up in Michigan, and has spent the last six years in the tri-state area. She has worked in Jewish school settings for the last five years and is very passionate about educational accessibility and equality. Ruthie loves inventing new recipes, doing yoga late at night, and finding old bookstores to explore. She lives in New Jersey with her husband Max, her dog Momo, and lots of plants.

 

Max Hollander (Co-Camp Director) is a New Jersey-based semikha student and Jewish non-profit marketing professional. Max is driven by a love of Torah and a desire to share ideas that he finds powerful and meaningful with others, as well as a passion for learning and knowledge. Max lives in Passaic with his wife Ruthie and his puppy Momo, and attends classes at RIETS and Bernard Revel Graduate School of Judaic Studies.

 

Arielle Aronoff (Nature-Based Program Camp Director) is the former Director of Teva, the outdoor education program of Hazon at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. A graduate of Kibbutz Lotan’s Green Apprenticeship Program, Arielle brings knowledge of the intersections of Judaism and ecology in education and seeks to create a learning environment in which children’s natural inclination for play, exploration, and curiosity can be engaged while they develop a meaningful relationship to Jewish tradition and the land.

 

Matthew Feiler (Camp Ilanot Lead Educator) lives in River Vale, NJ. He currently works as an Associate Judaics Teacher at The Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, in New Milford, NJ. In this academic setting, he teaches 3rd and 4th graders Humash, Parsha, and Safa. He has been working with younger individuals in different capacities for 9 years now. Throughout these 9 years he has worked as a teacher, camp counselor, and Jewish Youth Advisor. On Sundays, Matt hosts a weekly radio show called The Jewish Music Show with the goal of highlighting songs and musical artists whose work centers around representing Judaism and celebrates its very existence. Matt is super stoked to meet the kids participating in the kids activities this Shavuot and helping to provide them with an enjoyable filled chag experience.

Sarah Kusnitz (Gan Shorishim Specialist) has been working at the Nativ College Leadership Program for the past year and a half and earning a Masters in Jewish Education at Hebrew University. She currently lives in Jerusalem, loves nature, and exploring. Sarah is especially excited for her first experience at Isabella Freedman.

 

 

Meir Sommer (Camp Ilanot and Gan Shorishim Specialist) grew up in many different cities but now calls Passaic, NJ home. A nursing student with significant childcare experience, he looks forward to leading camp activities indoors and outdoors. Meir’s most recent travels include a trip to Colorado, where he trekked in the wilderness for days. He’s excited to join the Shavuot programming!

 

 

Adamah Staff

Shamu Sadeh (Managing Director of Education, Isabella Freedman) is the Managing Director of Education at Isabella Freedman. He is the co-founder and former director of Adamah, and prior to that he worked as the Director of Teva, and now he leads our efforts to educate all Isabella Freedman guests. He teaches Judaism and ecology, turns the compost piles, maintains the orchards, and supervises and mentors staff and Adamah Fellows. His wife Jaimie and kids Yonah, Ibby, and Lev help harvest and pickle, and DJ staff dance parties.

Janna Siller (Farm Director and Advocacy Coordinator) wears a few hats at Hazon. As the Adamah Farm Director, Janna leads apprentices, residential fellows, and volunteers in growing organic vegetables for the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, local customers, and food banks while maintaining the fields as resonant learning space. She teaches about growing food, climate change, policy, food systems, and Jewish tradition. As Hazon’s advocacy coordinator, Janna leads grassroots efforts to raise Jewish voices on behalf of a more just and regenerative food system. Janna has been farming since 2005 and has been at Adamah since 2011. Physical work with community and in the soil informs and inspires her approach as an advocate and educator.

Eli Steinberg (Adamah Apprentice) is an Adamah apprentice, from Memphis Tennessee, who has an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from Warren Wilson College in Asheville North Carolina, a work college where he also worked as a garden educator, waste/recycling worker, vegan chef, and daycare teacher.  In college, he spent a semester abroad studying food security comparing and contrasting the food systems of Tanzania, India, and Italy. Eli has worked and volunteered on a number of farms across the country and is very passionate about regenerative agriculture, ecological land management, food, food/climate justice and education. Besides food and agriculture, Eli loves live music, outdoor recreation, his family and friends, Memphis basketball, and wild animals.

Hannah Fine (Adamah Apprentice) is an Adamah Apprentice and is excited to get her hands dirty, reestablish a physical connection to the earth, and continue exploring the intersections of food, justice, and Judaism. Hannah comes to the apprenticeship after 3+ years on the Hazon Detroit team where she also served as a JOFEE (Jewish, Outdoor, Food, Farming, and Environmental Education) Fellow. A transplant to Detroit from the suburbs, Hannah is energized and inspired by the city’s deep sense of community, especially as it relates to building resilience around food and land. She is excited to bring that with her to Adamah. Hannah enjoys wandering, pondering, and incomplete rhyme schemes.

Luna Manela (Adamah Apprentice) is an Adamah Apprentice and is excited to get her hands dirty working the land, expand her knowledge on social justice, and more deeply explore her Jewish identity. After graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in musical theater, she decided to pull a 180° and learn about organic agriculture and permaculture, living communally at Hava ve Adam Eco-Educational Farm in Israel. She is a book nerd, a shruti box enthusiast, and loves cooking up a storm while simultaneously busting out her ever growing repertoire of kitchen dance moves.

 

Retreat Staff

Sarah Zell Young (Retreat Programming Director – Adult and Kids Programs) is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Interim Director of Retreats at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Sarah comes to Hazon with over a decade of educational and nonprofit management experience. She most recently was the Director of Finance at a flagship Jewish day school and a co-director of the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Boston University partnering with Hillel. While living In Israel, she earned a certificate in educational and spiritual leadership at the Claudia Cohen Women’s Educators Institute, was an inaugural art fellow at Pardes, and a Dorot Fellow. Sarah is also a certified Urban Zen Integrative Therapist and an award-winning visual artist. She is excited to be bringing her creativity to an organization that shares her values of learning from the wisdom of Jewish tradition to create a sustainable world for all.

Simone Stallman (Managing Director of Hospitality) is the Managing Director of Hospitality at Isabella Freedman. She comes to Hazon with extensive experience in hospitality management, event planning, and catering, and has had various roles at Isabella Freedman since 2017. A native New Yorker, Simone spends her time both at Isabella Freedman and in the East Village in New York City. She studied fashion and art at Syracuse University and enjoys going to see live music, snowboarding, cooking, and spending time with her pup, Magenta.

 

The Food We Serve

Our kitchen and dining room are glatt kosher under the supervision of the Hartford Kashrut Commission. We serve farm-to-table cuisine using many products from our own Adamah farm. We strive to be plant-based as much as possible but will supplement some meals with organic dairy and will offer pastured meats raised on small family-run farms at our holiday meals. On Shabbos Shavuot we will have meat and vegan options. On Shavuot, we will have dairy and Vegan options.  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.  Please indicate any special dietary needs when you register.

FAQs

Is it safe for me to come?

We are committed to obeying the current rules of the Connecticut reopening plan and taking additional precautions. Our goal is not only to open safely, but to create confidence in our entire community of guests, employees, vendors, and contractors. We have strict cleaning and disinfection protocols in place.


Is my room safe and clean?

All rooms will have been thoroughly cleaned before your arrival.


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.


How do I get to Isabella Freedman?

For detailed directions, please click here.

We will provide an arrival shuttle from the Metro North Wassaic train station to Isabella freedman on June 3 and a departure shuttle from Isabella Freedman to the Wassaic train station on June 7. Shuttles will only be provided if two or more people sign up. Please let us know at least a week in advance if you need the shuttle. An additional $25 charge will be added per ride per person.

If you are arriving at a different time than our scheduled shuttles, 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's the cancellation policy?

If Hazon cancels for any reason we will refund your money in full.

If you cancel before May 20, we will give a 50% refund. If you cancel within 14 days of Shavuot the fee is non-refundable, unless you get sick and are unable to attend, in which case we will refund your money in full. If you have to leave early or arrive late, there are no refunds.

Are you excited? We are! Have friends that will be excited? Let them know about this opportunity! Questions? Email the Registrar at registrar@hazon.org or call 212-644-2332 ext. 305 for more information.