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Sukkahfest

Oct 9, 2022 - Oct 19, 2022

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

Sukkahfest: Harvest Festival Celebration at Isabella Freedman

 

We are able to welcome guests to Isabella Freedman in a thoughtful, socially-distancing manner. Our team of prayer leaders and educators headline our various classes, and we will have various prayer options throughout Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Other highlights include:

  • Guided farm tours, barnyard visits, pickling activities, apple and honey sampling, yoga, and hiking to a tranquil vista
  • Nightly fargbrengens in the Sukkah with songs, Torah, and merriment
  • Farm to table feasts with Adamah Farm and Grow and Behold products in our large sukkot
  • Kids program for ages  2-4 and 5-12
See below for Registration OptionsRetreat ProgrammingFAQs

Registration Options

Registration rates are the same for both parts of the holiday. Please register under each event to join us for both.

Sukkot Rates

October 9-12, 3 nights, Sun-Wed

Standard lodging: $1040 per adult 13+ ($1660 for single occupancy)
Basic lodging: $770 per adult ($990 for single occupancy)
Dormitory lodging: $620 per adult
Commuting: $410 per adult
Children: $215 (ages 5-12)

Toddlers: $105 (ages 2-4)

Infants: $0 (ages 0-2)

Register for Sukkot

Simchat Torah Rates

October 16-19, 3 nights, Sun-Wed

Standard lodging: $1040 per adult 16+ ($1660 for single occupancy)
Basic lodging: $770 per adult ($990 for single occupancy)
Dormitory lodging: $620 per adult
Commuting: $410 per adult
Children: $215 (ages 5-15)

Toddlers: $105 (ages 2-4)

Infants: $0 (ages 0-2)

Register for Simchat Torah

Click here for details about our lodging options

Lodging: Isabella Freedman offers a range of lodging options. Each lodging type has various room set ups to accommodate solo guests, couples, friends, and families.

  • Our Standard rooms all have private room entrances and private bathrooms.
  • Basic rooms are set up as two-room suites which share an entrance and bathroom.
  • Dormitory buildings have shared bathrooms down an internal hallway.

For families, children under the age of 16 who register at the reduced price will be housed in the same room as their parents. If you would like your children to have a separate room, they must be registered as adults. Please indicate your child’s age on their registration.

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 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

Retreat Programming

Classes and Activities

Our various educators lead a series of outdoor classes throughout the holiday, as well as yoga, tours of our organic farm, and guided hikes on our trails. While many of our activities are family friendly, there will also be some dedicated programs for kids. These will make use of our farm and the natural environment of the retreat center.

The Food We Serve

We will serve three meals each full day of your stay. Only dinner will be provided on your arrival day and breakfast on your departure day. Our kitchen and dining room are glatt kosher under supervision of the Hartford Kashrut Commission. Please indicate any special dietary needs when you register. We can provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or dairy free options and we will do our best to accommodate all your food allergies or other dietary needs. Each Basic and Standard room is equipped with a mini-fridge. We ask though that guests limit the amount of food eaten in your rooms and to be mindful of trash, given the area wildlife in our remote location.

Prayer Options

We are still solidifying our line up, stay tuned! We will be offering two prayer options for each part of the holiday. Our prayer options will take place under tents outdoors.

Sukkot will feature a liberal Orthodox (“Partnership Minyan”) and a Renewal service.  Simchat Torah will feature a orthodox and traditional egalitarian options.

FAQs

Excited? Us too! Have questions? Email registrar@hazon.org!

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.

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.


What are the COVID-19 precautions?

Guest Conduct: Each guest will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to your arrival regardless of vaccination status.  We will also be asking all guests to sign a waiver and questionnaire regarding our COVID-19 practices and your potential exposure or recent symptoms. We ask that everyone acknowledge a set of guidelines, including keeping a 6′ distance between guests not in your group and being masked indoors, other than when actively eating in our dining spaces.


Is my room safe and clean?

All rooms will have been thoroughly cleaned before your arrival, and will have been vacant for at least 48 hours in between guests.


Do you have a medical personal on staff?

No. For non-COVID-19-related problems you can visit Sharon Hospital Emergency department (24 hr) or Torrington Urgent Care Center (8-8 weekdays / 9-5 weekends).

If you think you have been exposed to COVID‑19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your primary care provider for medical advice, and please let our lead staff know.


Is Isabella Freedman definitely running this retreat?

We’ve learned that nothing is certain right now. We also know that even though current guidelines allow us to open for this style of retreat, those guidelines may change or there may be other reasons that preclude us from being able to run. See our Cancellation Policy below for more details.


Do you provide transportation / pick up / drop off service?

You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements. Our local taxi service is Watson Livery, 845-464-8178, which can pick up from the Wassaic Train Station. More information.


Is housekeeping included? Can I request housekeeping service?

Given the short nature of the program, we do not provide housekeeping. If something small is needed, upon request we can arrange a time that works so that there is a gap between staff in your room.


How do I communicate with your staff?

We will provide a phone number upon arrival which you can use to contact our staff on duty. In the event of a medical emergency, please call 911 from your cell phone, OR 9-911 from any landline phone on campus. After calling 911, please contact a retreat manager as well.


What if I get sick or do not feel well?

If you or any member of your family / group gets sick, you have to return to your home immediately. We cannot allow guests to be quarantined on our site. Being near your primary care doctor is best.


What's the Cancellation Policy?

If Hazon cancels for any reason we will refund your money in full. If you get sick and are unable to attend we will refund your money in full.

You are able to cancel your reservation until Sep 25 without penalty. If you cancel within 14 days of Sukkot the fee is non-refundable. If you have to leave early or arrive late, there are no refunds.