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Sukkahfest

Oct 13, 2019 - Oct 23, 2019

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

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Sukkahfest is Isabella Freedman’s annual celebration of the harvest festival in a stunning outdoor setting that promotes a deep connection with nature. Sukkahfest celebrates the diversity of Jewish possibility and will manifest several of those beautiful paths throughout the retreat.

Overview

Retreat Highlights:

  • Three minyanim a day: Renewal, Traditional Egalitarian and Orthodox
  • Daily yoga, meditation, chassidut classes, guided hikes, farm tours, etc.
  • Nightly fargbrengens in the Sukkah: songs, Torah, merriment
  • Farm to table feasts featuring Adamah Farm, Grow and Behold Meat, homemade challah, & fine wine
  • Simchat Beit HaShoeivah ritual
  • Awesome “Camp Teva” kids program for ages 5-12
  • Gan Adamah programming for kids ages 2-4

What is Sukkahfest?

Sukkahfest is a singular event – perhaps the most joyous, and almost certainly the most diverse celebration of the holiday of Sukkot on planet Earth. It takes the full spectrum of the community to manifest the joy of Sukkahfest at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Everyone is welcome – all ages, all streams: Ḥasidic, Renewal, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Orthodox, Secular, ‘Just Jewish’ – all colors, all identities – we strive to include all ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations – and people from all financial backgrounds as well.

The many become one as we all come together in our harvest-adorned lakeside and poolside Sukkahs, seating over 200 revelers, singing together and eating amazing farm-to-table feasts featuring our own Adamah Farm veggies and pickled products, Grow & Behold meats, as well as delicious vegetarian offerings, fine kosher wine, and delicious homemade challah.

While we are essentially one, there are so very many beautiful perspectives to learn from. The Sukkahfest program features learning in various modalities from an incredible range of teachers. Text-based learning from Talmudic and Hasidic sources, embodied learning through dance and yoga, experiential learning on the farm and in the forest, interactive group discussions, and more. Jewish outdoor, food, and environmental education (JOFEE) is at the core of our programming, along with engaging our spiritual practices and traditions.

What is “AllStream”?

All Streams of Judaism flow from One Source! “AllStream” is our name for the gathering of diverse Jewish communities at Sukkahfest. AllStream (rather than “Mainstream”) Judaism seeks to validate all streams of Jewish spiritual expression, recognizing that All of the ways of being Jewish flow from and return to One Source.

AllStream—beyond pluralism—is a focus on the unity-in-diversity that is the sign of ecological, social, and spiritual wellness. We are proud of the range of teachings and practice this Sukkot, and we hope the connection to people and the planet expands in our communal celebrations.

Click here to see the 2018 schedule!

 

2018 Teachers

First Days: Sukkot

Bailey Braun
Rabbi Shmuel Braun
Reb Aryeh Bernstein
Rabbi Lauren Tuchman
Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein
Laynie Soloman
Rabbi Jill Hammer
Shoshana Jedwab
Reb Matti Brown
Reb Ezra Weinberg
Shamirah Chandler
Arthur Kurzweil

Shabbat Chol Hamoed, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah

Bailey Braun
Rabbi Shmuel Braun
Reb Aryeh Bernstein
Rabbi Lauren Tuchman
Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein
Reb Matti Brown
Reb Ezra Weinberg
Shamirah Chandler

Camp Teva

Parents, you can relax into the retreat, knowing that your children are playing and learning with exceptional Jewish experiential educators.

We have an engaging, thoughtful, and fun Camp Teva program planned for children ages 5-12.

Gan Adamah is for children ages 2-4. Parents/Guardians can choose to drop off their children or stay with them. Gan Adamah provides a safe and engaging space for toddlers to play, explore, sing, and move. Programming is from 9am – 12pm each morning of the retreat, except arrival and departure days.

When you register kids during your event registration process, they are automatically enrolled in Camp Teva! All-inclusive kids’ rates include Camp Teva programming.

more information about camp teva



Full Stay Option:

register for all of Sukkahfest Sun, Oct 13 – Wed, Oct 23 | ten nights
Dormitory $1130 Basic $1340 Standard $1860
Standard Plus $2470 Camping $870 Commuting $870
Child 5-12 $460 Child 2-4 $270 Child under 2 $0

Partial Stay Options:

Select one of the options below to register for any part of the holiday.

Sukkot First Days

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for
Sukkot
First Days

Sun, Oct 13 – Wed, Oct 16
three nights

Shabbat Chol HaMoed

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Shabbat chol hamoed

Fri, Oct 18 –
Sun, Oct 20
two nights

Shabbat Chol HaMoed & Simchat Torah

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Shabbat & Simchat Torah

Fri, Oct 18 –
Wed, Oct 23
five nights

Simchat Torah

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simchat torah

Sun, Oct 20 –
Wed, Oct 23

three nights

Dormitory $400 $270 $660 $400
Basic $470 $320 $790 $470
Standard $660 $440 $1100 $660
StandardPlus $870 $580 $1450 $870
Camp/Commute $310 $200 $510 $310
Child 5-12 $160 $110 $270 $160
Child 2-4 $60 $30 $120 $60
Child under 2 $0 $0 $0 $0

Prices above are for multiple-occupancy rooms; single-occupancy upgrades are available for Basic and Standard lodging.

Children’s rates apply to children in a room with two adults.

Prices are per person and include all programming and buffet meals featuring ethically sourced and farm-fresh ingredients, healthy snacks, challah, and wine.  All options except camping and commuting include accommodations.,

Through our online registration system, you will be able to choose your lodging, sign up for transportation shuttles and other amenities, and indicate special needs. Before completing your reservation, you will have an opportunity to register additional guests on the same credit card.

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

We strive to make our programs affordable to everyone. Limited scholarships are available, please see the scholarships tab for details.



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