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.
Choose from two prayer minyanim:
Open Orthodox Minyan
Rabbi Avram Mlotek and Yael Kornfeld-Mlotek will lead a team of inspired daveners in creating a tefillah atmosphere that is firmly rooted in Orthodox halacha, deeply spiritual and inclusive. There will be a trichitza (separate seating for men, women, and an egalitarian/mixed gender section). Partnership minyanim have women leading Kabbalat Shabbat, Pseukei D’Zimra, Hallel, the Torah Service, and Yizkor. In many cases, these are specifically done by women and gender non-conforming folks. Anyone can read Torah, and other than Kohen and Levi aliyot (which must be men), anyone can get an aliyah.
Jewish Renewal Minyan
Rabbi David Ingber, Shir Yaakov Feit, Rav Kohenet Jill Hammer and Shoshana Jedwab will guide participants through prayer services that span the four worlds of body, heart, mind, and spirit. They will employ the use of instrumental music, embodied prayer practices, Hasidic teachings, and contemplative silence to open the gates of revelation. Electronic amplification will be used to increase access for all participants. For over 10 years, Reb Zalman, ztz’l himself led this minyan with great kavanah and nachas.
- Celebrate the holiday in a vibrant, pluralistic Jewish community
- Kosher farm-to-table holiday feasts featuring Grow and Behold meats, and delicious and plentiful vegetarian delights
- All-night tikkun leil shavuot vigil with mystical teachings, a bonfire song circle, and a Vision for Black Lives study experience taught by Linke Fligl in partnership with JFREJ, followed by daybreak outdoor morning services
- Bikkurim Parade: The most joyous and creative moment in our retreat! Renew and re-enact the ancient procession to the Temple for Shavuot with our First Fruits Offerings (Bikkurim).
- Camp Teva for Kids – Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming, and Environmental Education fun
- Enjoy the majestic, subtle beauty of spring at Isabella Freedman
- Midnight mystical hike to the top of the mountain, as well as daytime hikes, organic farm tours, and more.
- Kosher artisanal cheese tasting and cheesemaking workshop
- Daily morning meditation and yoga sessions
- Beautiful Havdalah and closing ceremony Monday night
The retreat will end with a closing ceremony on Monday night. Guests are welcome to stay over Monday night at no extra charge. Brunch will be served on Friday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 860.824.5991 x0.
Tamar Fund Scholarships
Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for Shavuot 2018.
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.
- 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 email@example.com or (860) 824-5991 x0.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
Check-in is from 3 to 5 pm on Friday, May 18, 2018, followed by a welcome and orientation. The retreat will come to an end with a closing ceremony after Havdallah on Monday, May 22, 2018. You are welcome to stay over Monday night. Check-out is at 10 am on Tuesday.
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 from and to the Wassaic station at the following times for this retreat:
- 4:15 pm on Friday from Wassaic Train Station to IF
- 9:15 am on Tuesday from IF to Wassaic Train Station
If you have not already reserved shuttle service during registration, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 824-5991 ext. 0 at least a week before the start date of the retreat to reserve your spot; space s limited. 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 acces to a virtual 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 (right hand side of the page) is the best way to be notified when movements occur.
If you plan to supplement our delicious, healthy, farm-to-feast meals, you may bring food, sealed in original packaging, with conventional kosher certifications for your meals in our designated dining spaces. One of our mashgichim (kosher supervisors) must pre-approve all food items that enter the designated dining spaces. You can bring other non-supervised foods/drinks and enjoy them anywhere on campus besides the designated dining spaces.
You may want to bring:
- Over-the-counter and/or prescription medications
- 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
- 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.
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.