Elat Chayyim

Renewing Jewish Spiritual Practices for Sustainable Futures

Elat Chayyim was founded in 1992 in Accord, NY, where spiritual seekers from the entire spectrum of Jewish practice participated in weekend and week-long retreats. Elat Chayyim programs encouraged intellectual and spiritual exploration and offered an amazing array of Jewish spiritual study.

Hazon’s vision for a healthier and more sustainable community in the Jewish world and beyond requires engagement with spiritual practices such as prayer, text study, yoga, meditation, social action, and deep ecumenism. The values of Elat Chayyim strengthen the connection between sustainability and spiritual practice, and help make our shared vision possible.

Elat Chayyim opened my mind to what healthy, vibrant, connected, spiritual Jewish community can look like. It made me hopeful about my own life, spiritually and otherwise.
—Elat Chayyim retreat participant

Elat Chayyim was created to:

  • Promote the value of spiritual retreats as an essential building block towards a vibrant and engaged Judaism.
  • Engage body, heart, mind, and soul through transformative experiences within a diverse community.
  • Function as a research and development branch of a renewed Judaism, prioritizing creativity and innovative perspectives.
  • Collaborate with creative leadership and build new partnerships to explore the possibilities of Jewish spiritual practice.
  • Encourage meaningful spiritual innovations to become new traditions, and old traditions to become more relevant.
  • Model “Allstream” Judaism’s vision of an inclusive and pluralistic community in the context of a variety of unique events, each with its own particular flavors of spiritual practice.