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Sukkahfest

Sep 23, 2018 - Oct 3, 2018

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

register for full or partial stay registration rates and scholarship details lodging wait list form

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.

We hope you’ll join us in 5779 for Sukkahfest’s Bnai Mitzvah year!

view photos from Sukkahfest 5778

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 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.

Click here to see the 2018 schedule!

See below for more details about Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

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


Full Stay Option:  SOLD OUT!

register for all of Sukkahfest Sun, Sep 23 – Wed, Oct 3 | ten nights
Dormitory $960 Basic $1150 Standard $1620
Standard Plus $2200 Camping $750 Commuting $750
Child 5-12 $500 Child Under 5 $0

Partial Stay Options:

Select one of the options below to register for any part of the holiday. Indoor lodging options are sold out for parts of the holiday – please see the wait list form below.

Extend your stay for Chol HaMoed! New this year, if you are planning on coming for the first days or Shabbat, you can choose to extend your stay by 1-2 nights to include Chol HaMoed.  You can add Wednesday or Thursday nights of Chol HaMoed on your registration form.

Sukkot First Days SOLD OUT!

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for
Sukkot
First Days

Sun, Sep 23 – Wed, Sep 26
three nights

Shabbat Chol HaMoed

register for
Shabbat chol hamoed

Fri, Sep 28 –
Sun, Sep 30
two nights

Shabbat Chol HaMoed & Simchat Torah

register for
Shabbat & Simchat Torah

Fri, Sep 28 –
Wed, Oct 3
five nights

Simchat Torah

register for
simchat torah

Sun, Sep 30 –
Wed, Oct 3

three nights

Dormitory $390 $260 $650 $390
Basic $465 $310 $775 $465
Standard $645 $430 $1075 $645
StandardPlus $855 $570 $1425 $855
Camp/Commute $300 $200 $500 $300
Child 5-12 $160 $110 $270 $160
Child under 5 $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.


I am filled with gratitude and illumination from my time at Isabella Freedman. I am not sure where the scholarship money came from that allowed me to attend the retreat, but I hope you can share this whomever made it possible.
—Sarah Tasman, Summer 2013
 

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.

Please be sure to read the application guidelines in the form below

 

 

Arrival & Departure
Check-in is from 3 to 5 pm on  each arrival day (9/23, 9/28 & 9/30). If you are arriving on another day, you may check in anytime after 3 pm. Check-in is located in the Main Building — the big red building in the middle of campus. You must be checked out of your room by 10 am on the last day of your stay if you are staying in a guest room.

Driving & Parking
Driving directions can be found on our website. If using a navigation system, our address is 116 Johnson Rd, Falls Village CT, 06031.

There are two parking lots: one next to the tennis court by the main entrance, and one by the barnyard on the other end of campus. There is also accessible parking located across from the Main Building. Please do not park on the grass anywhere on campus. Parking in front of guest buildings is not allowed.

Train Transportation
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:

Arrival Shuttles – from Wassaic Train Station to Isabella Freedman:

  • 1:50 pm & 3:50 pm on Sunday, September 23 from Wassaic Train Station to IF
  • 2:15 pm & 4:15 pm on Friday, September 28 from Wassaic Train Station to IF
  • 2:15 pm & 4:15 pm on Sunday, September 30 from Wassaic Train Station to IF

Departure Shuttles – from Isabella Freedman to Wassaic Train Station:

  • 1:15 pm on Wednesday, September 26 from IF to Wassaic Train Station
  • 1:15 pm on Sunday, September 30 from IF to Wassaic Train Station
  • 1:15 pm on Wednesday, October 3 from IF to Wassaic Train Station

Advance reservation is required for shuttles. The shuttle fee is $20 per person each way. If you have not already reserved shuttle service during registration, please contract us at registrar@hazon.org or (860) 824-5991 ext. 0 at least a week before the start date of the retreat to reserve your spot; space is limited.

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 access 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 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. If you plan to supplement our delicious, healthy, farm-to-feast meals, your items must be completely sealed in original packaging. Unapproved food and drinks may be enjoyed anywhere on campus besides our dining spaces.

Packing List
You may want to bring:

  • Personal medications, including over-the-counter
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight
  • Chargers for electronic devices
  • A water bottle and/or travel mug for use outside of dining spaces
  • Ritual wear
  • Comfortable clothes for yoga
  • Hiking boots or sneakers to enjoy our hiking trails
  • Lots of layers for variable weather
  • A rain coat
  • Camping gear, including your own tent, sleeping bag, pillow, and towel, if you are camping

We provide:

  • 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
  • Toiletries like deodorant and toothpaste for sale in the bookstore

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