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The Tamar Fund

Together, we make it possible.

Retreats have the power to change lives. At Isabella Freedman, we have a commitment to making Jewish retreats financially accessible. Your donation to the Tamar Fund makes it possible.

Throughout my young 20s, as I was exploring the world, Judaism and the expanses of my own identity, Isabella Freedman retreats were my steady anchors. Here, I could let go of the outside world and be present in beautiful land with beautiful people, a place where I could simply be and connect. Isabella Freedman’s generous scholarships made these experiences possible. I thank Isabella Freedman with my full heart.
—Natalie C.

Hazon works to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all. Retreats are at the heart of what we do best. Each year we offer thousands of people the opportunity to immerse themselves in a vibrant and inclusive Jewish community. Through food, the outdoors, and the environment, we reframe and renew Jewish life; we inspire those who are already Jewishly involved and bring new people through the door; and we strengthen institutions and communities.

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, the home of Hazon, is our beautiful campus in the Berkshires – a world away, but just a couple hours from most spots around New York and New England. With a working farm, 400 acres of woods and meadows, and a farm-to-table kosher dining hall, Isabella Freedman is where we live the values and practices essential to building a healthier and more sustainable world.

For some members of our community, especially young adults, registration fees can be a barrier to participating in a program that could change their lives. A $180 scholarship from the Tamar Fund is often enough to make a retreat affordable. Even a small gift goes a long way.

We are committed to making our programs accessible to all interested people to the greatest extent possible, regardless of their ability to pay. Towards that vision, Hazon awards over $110,000 in financial aid each year, much of it unfunded.

The Tamar Fund provides need-based financial aid to ensure that people from across the spectrum of the Jewish community have access to retreat experience at Isabella Freedman.

Your gift to the Tamar Fund, in any amount, opens our programs to those who might not otherwise be able to participate. Please contact Gina Schmeling, Director of Development, at 646.781.7571 or to discuss your gift. Thank you!

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The Tamar Fund is in loving memory of Tamar Bittelman, z”l who attended the Food Conference in Davis, California in 2011. Torah, Jewish community, ecology, and DIY food were values that Tamar held dear in her own life, and she very much appreciated the intersection of these values at the Hazon Food Conference. Sharing a meal with Tamar, particularly a Shabbat or Chag meal, was an experience filled with kedushah, where one was effortlessly and joyfully escorted to “a different place.”