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Sukkahfest!

Oct 4, 2017 - Oct 15, 2017

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

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.

See the registration tab below for participation options and to register!

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” kid’s program for ages 5-12

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 about kids?

Families, singles, friends, and larger groups all attend Sukkahfest. **We are enthusiastic about supporting families on retreat with our signature Camp Teva kid’s program for ages 5-12, which will run throughout the entire Sukkahfest between breakfast and lunch, and then again between lunch and dinner. Younger children are warmly invited to participate with an accompanying parent/guardian.**

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 planet expands in our communal celebrations.

 

We have strived to create the most affordable possible rates and provide multiple options for length of stay that will allow for flexible arrival and departure dates.

First, please choose which nights you’d like to stay. On the next step you can choose your lodging.

Holiday Sukkot Simchat Torah  Sukkahfest
Days Wed-Sun Wed-Sun Wed-Sun
Dates Oct 4-8 Oct 11-15 Oct 4-15
# of Nights Four Four Eleven
Dormitory  $475  $475  $995
Basic  $550*  $550* $1195*
Standard  $760* $760* $1685*
Standard Plus  $980*  $980* $2280*
Camper  $390 $390 $760
Commuter  $390 $390 $760
Child 5-12  $210 $210 $550
Child under 5  Free Free Free

*Single-occupancy upgrades are available for Basic, Standard, and Standard Plus lodging.

If you’re having trouble seeing the lodging options, try opening the page in a different browser or an incognito window.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

Check-in is from 2 to 5 pm on each arrival day (Sunday 10/4 & Sunday 10/11). If you are arriving on a different day, you may check in after 4 pm. You must be checked out of your room by 10 am on your departure day, but you are encouraged to stay through lunch. Sukkahfest will come to an end after breakfast on Wednesday 10/15.

TRANSPORTATION

For those coming from the New York City area, we offer a shuttle from and to Wassaic Train Station — the last stop on the Harlem Line of the Metro North — on arrival and departure days at the following times:

Arrival Shuttles – from Wassaic Train Station to Isabella Freedman:

  • 2:03 pm & 4:03 pm on Wednesday 10/4
  • 2:03 pm & 4:03 pm on Wednesday 10/11

Departure Shuttles – from Isabella Freedman to Wassaic Train Station:

  • 11:30 am on Sunday 10/8
  • 11:30 am on Sunday 10/15

The shuttle costs $20 each way. If you have not already signed up for the shuttle during registration, please call (860) 824-5991 ext. 0 at least a week before the start date of the retreat to reserve your spot. If you require transportation outside of our designated shuttle times, we recommend the taxi service Taximan – (845) 789-1242. For more information on getting here, click here.

RIDESHARE

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 connect 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, including the sukkahs. If you plan to supplement our delicious, healthy, farm-to-feast meals, your items must be completely sealed in original packaging and have a conventional kosher-for-Passover hechsher. Unapproved food and drinks may be enjoyed anywhere on site 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
  • Winter Apparel (gloves, wool socks, long underwear…)

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.


Can I pay in installments?
Online registration is for full credit card payments only. If you register at least two months in advance, you can set up an installment plan to pay over two or three months. Please call 860.824.5991 x0 to register over the phone and set up your plan. Please review our lodging options and rates prior to calling.
Did my registration go through?
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 email us at registrar@hazon.org.
Can I register for only one or two nights?
We cannot prorate partial stays that different from the registration options. Please select the option that encompasses the dates of your stay.
Is financial aid available?
We strive to make our programs affordable to everyone.
Click here for information about Financial Aid. »

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 first-come, first-served basis. Applications must be received at least three weeks prior to the start date of the retreat. Please only register after receiving a response to your application; scholarships will not be applied retroactively. If you are awarded a scholarship, this does not guarantee availability at the time of registration. We are unable to hold spots; please register promptly after receiving a response.  We will respond to your application via email within seven business days of receipt. Due to high demand and the turnaround time, we highly encourage you to apply for a scholarship well in advance of the retreat. If you receive a scholarship, you will have one week to register for the retreat at the discounted rate, after which time the offer will expire.

If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar at registrar@hazon.org or (860) 824-5991 x0.

apply for a Tamar Scholarship

If you’re new to Isabella Freedman, check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.