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!
- 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
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.
|Dates||Oct 4-8||Oct 11-15||Oct 4-15|
|# of Nights||Four||Four||Eleven|
|Child under 5||Free||Free||Free|
*Single-occupancy upgrades are available for Basic, Standard, and Standard Plus lodging.
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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 style=”text-align: left;”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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Winter Apparel (gloves, wool socks, long underwear…)
- 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.