Capital Campaign Case Statement
Hazon is the Jewish lab for sustainability. Isabella Freedman, a central hub of Hazon’s work, is a lab for what Jewish life and a Jewish retreat center can, could, and should be.
In a pluralistic Jewish setting, immersive retreat experiences strengthen organizations, solidify networks, support and revitalize families, and transform the lives of individuals. Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center is the foremost Jewish retreat center in the country, with over 100 years of rich history.
Nestled among 400 acres in the lush foothills of the Berkshires, the site is located in northwest Connecticut near the Appalachian Trail, with our own hiking trails, a stunning overlook viewpoint, a beautiful lake for swimming and boating, and an educational organic farm that supplies produce to our farm-to-table kosher dining service. Isabella Freedman is less than a 3-hour drive from the largest Jewish communities in the country from New York to Boston.
Throughout the year, we offer retreats to an incredibly broad spectrum of the Jewish community, from orthodox to renewal, and to those connected with elements of Jewish culture beyond religious practice. Together we are exploring the roles that the Jewish community can and should play in modern culture and society. It is a place to learn, to reflect, to discover, and to connect.
Currently, demand for our programs exceeds our supply. Every year, we must turn away groups eager to attend retreats or to bring their own groups, but are excluded because of the limitations of our facility in terms of space and design. These groups must find an alternative site less suited for their purpose, to the detriment of building strong Jewish communal life. We need to grow our guest capacity to accommodate this demand. We also intend to build new program spaces and make the site more accessible, more inclusive, more comfortable, more modern, and more sustainable than ever before.
Most importantly, if we do not make critical upgrades to the facility, it will cease to exist. The Jewish community has few alternatives elsewhere. We need your support now more than ever.
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