Update June 17, 2020
On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Connecticut entered Phase 2 of its reopening plan, allowing us to operate at 50% capacity. While we are not currently running our regularly scheduled retreats, we will be offering 5- and 12-night stays at Isabella Freedman – in a thoughtful, socially-distant manner. We are still reviewing the feasibility of in-person programs such as Adamah, Teva and private rentals. We will provide updates as we have them.
Update May 26, 2020
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center is currently closed and has cancelled all retreats through the end of 2020. We are still reviewing the feasibility of programs such as Adamah, Teva and private rentals. We will provide updates as we have them. Read the announcement.
Update May 5, 2020
The State of CT “Stay Safe, Stay at Home” campaign remains in effect. Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center is currently closed and has cancelled all retreats through May 31, 2020.
Updated April 1, 2020
Isabella Freedman will be temporarily closed through May 27th. We look forward to providing you with an update about our retreats after April 22nd as health guidance around the COVID-19 coronavirus becomes clearer.
Updated March 20, 2020
On March 20th, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed an executive order as part of a new campaign called “Stay Safe, Stay at Home” that will require non-essential businesses to close on Monday, March 23 through Wednesday, April 22, 2020. In accordance with this order, Isabella Freedman will be temporarily closed through April 22, 2020.
Updated March 12, 2020
At Isabella Freedman, we hold ourselves to the highest standards in relation to health and safety.
We are constantly evaluating and monitoring the fast-evolving situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus, and are in touch with our local Department of Health and the CDC for guidance and recommendations. We will share pertinent information as it becomes available. Feel free to check this page regularly for updates.
At this point, there are no confirmed or presumptive cases on-site at Isabella Freedman.
Below you’ll find guidelines that everyone here, staff and guests, are expected to follow.
If you believe that you may have the COVID-19 coronavirus,
or if you have been exposed to anybody who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus,
or if you have travelled to a place with a Level 2 Alert or Level 3 Warning in the past 14 days,
we ask you to follow the CDC guidelines for self-isolation and that you do not visit Isabella Freedman for an absolute minimum of 14 days.
The health of our community depends on each of our own individual health and preventative measures.
Here’s what we’re doing:
- We have implemented a staff policy designed to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests.
- We have added to our already comprehensive cleaning procedures based on CDC guidelines.
- We have hand sanitizer stations throughout the retreat center. All participants are expected to use them and/or to wash their hands before entering the Dining Room and throughout the day.
- Our staff are taking precautions in sanitizing surfaces with greater frequency, and as always, adhering strictly to best practices in food handling safety.
Here’s what you can do:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Limit physical contact with others and consider alternatives to handshakes.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- To the extent you can, take extra good care of yourselves and your loved ones.
- Review the CDC’s suggested prevention tips.
- You may want to consider travel insurance.