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Camp Isabella Freedman (50+)

June 28 July 7

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center

116 Johnson Rd
Falls Village, CT 06031 United States
Isabella Freedman

Summer-filled fun, geared towards adults 50 and older.

Re-experience the delight of summer camp; spend time boating on our lake, swimming in the pool, exploring our nature trails or attending classes. We’ll have arts and crafts, dance and movement, memorable films, talent shows, campfires and lakeside happy hours.

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center has been offering annual summer camp experiences for adults since 1956. We are honored to continue this tradition for adults by providing you with a warm and welcoming atmosphere for one of the best summer vacations you’ll ever have.

Isabella Freedman is Jewish summer camp for adults. What an amazing feeling to have traveled to so far… only to feel like I was arriving home!

Sarah Fife

Retreat Details


Note: Our housing options have been simplified from prior years. Standard rooms have private bathrooms. Basic rooms have a single bathroom shared between two rooms. Dorm rooms have single stall bathrooms and single stall showers in the hallway.

  • Standard double occupancy per adult: Sold out
  • Basic double occupancy per adult: $1695 Limited Availabilty
  • Family Style double occupancy per adult: $1440

Partial Stay Options Available:

June 28-July 3rd and July 3rd-7th

  • Family Style double occupancy per adult: $770

Scholarships: 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 – please apply for a scholarship before registering. The Tamar Fund is in loving memory of Tamar Bittelman z’’l. Scholarships are available for the full stay only.

Cancellation Policy

Program Highlights

See The 2024 Schedule of Activities.

Classes and Activities: Throughout the week, the following types of programs will be offered.

  • Arts & Crafts including beading, fused glass, and painting
  • Evening Entertainment including James Taylor at Tanglewood, July 3 ($120)
  • Lecture series and lively discussion groups on current events
  • Campfires
  • Movement and mindfulness classes such as Tai Chi and hiking
  • Activities unique to Isabella Freedman, including pickling, and farm tours.
  • Pickleball and Team Trivia Challenges

Meals: 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.

Prayer Options: We will be holding spirited Orthodox and Egalitarian Musical services on both Friday nights and Shabbat Mornings.

Health and Safety

Mobility Expectations: Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center is an appropriate environment for physically active older adults. Our expectations for campers include:

  • You’re comfortable on your feet walking around camp for about ¼ mile. Be able to walk up slight inclines, on uneven dirt, grass and paved paths.
  • You can carry or roll your own luggage over uneven pavement to your room.
Guests who need help with the above expectations must bring an able companion to accompany them. This person is entirely responsible for providing assistance. If you have concerns about the physical demands of our camp, please contact us.

COVID: Isabella Freedman is currently a mask optional space. Our specific COVID-related health guidelines will be determined closer to the retreat based on CDC and local health guidance at the time. We ask that everyone abide by these guidelines with regard to testing and mask wearing. Meals will be served from our buffet inside our dining room.

Teachers and Educators

Miki Raver is delighted to be the Director of Camp Isabella Freedman. Miki Raver has been a Jewish communal professional for decades, including as National Membership Manager for Hadassah, Group Leader, 92nd St. Y, Director of Lifelong Learning, Marin Jewish Community Center. She previously served as Director of Senior Programs at Isabella Freedman in 2008-09. Miki is the creator of Shekinah Circles, a gentle and powerful group process that facilitates connection with the voice of Inner Wisdom. She is the author of She is Wisdom: A Celebration of the Feminine Divine and her critically acclaimed book, Listen to Her Voice: Women of the Hebrew Bible, a Jewish bestseller. She graduated from Emerson College.

Evelyn Goldberg graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with a degree in Nursing at hte age of 43. Evelyn has written several articles which have been published in nursing journals, including, “When Your Patient Requires a Kosher Diet.” She has been giving presentations on health topics for 33 years, and enjoys helping people to attain and maintain as high a level of wellness as possible. Before becoming a Registered Nurse, Evelyn taught Sunday school for 28 years. She also taught Arts & Crafts and Woodshop at children’s summer day and sleep-away camps. At 58 years young, Evelyn became a Glassblowing Artist, specializing in Flameworking, Fused Glass, and Stained Glass. Evelyn has been married to Bill for 56 years. They have 5 grandchildren and 2 two great-grandchildren.

Micah Becker-Klein serves as rabbi to the Community Havurah in Delaware and Congregation Beth El Bennington, Vermont. He has served as rabbi at Camp Isabella Freedman beginning in 2015. A multi-instrumentalist, he has solo recordings “Walking Humbly” (2003), “Kosherdawg” (2016), and as an original member of “Shabbat Unplugged,” with Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael, they helped produce the Reconstructionist Passover recording “A Night of Questions” (2001). With a love of roasting great coffee with great standards, he is the founder of “Roasting Rabbi Coffee.” Micah is an expert in the field of Kosher food as a mashgi’ach, and specialist in “micro-shechitah.” He acted as assistant editor for the High Holy Day Prayerbook “Kol Haneshamanh” published by the Reconstructionist Press. He is married to Rachel and is father to Sophie and Reuben. More information is at rabbimicah.com and roastingrabbi.com

Laura Wetzler who will present the multimedia lecture series, Great Music of Hollywood, perform in concert, and screen her award-winning new film, is a recording artist and filmmaker touring internationally in over 150 concerts and lectures each year, singing critically acclaimed Contemporary Folk/Americana originals, World Jewish Roots Music in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino, and the great classics of American songbook. 

Her award-winning indie film, “What Happened at the Veterans Home?” which she wrote, directed, produced, and scored, will have its Connecticut premiere in an exclusive Meet the Filmmaker event at Camp Isabella Freedman. 

Valerie Geffner is a multi-dimensional artist. A Graduate of the Theatre department of The Juilliard School, Valerie has appeared on tv, broadway, many independent films, commercials and voice over work. She is also a performance coach and has taught performance coaching at The Long Island High School of Performing Arts. She is a visual artist , expresses herself with mixed media. She has written and produced her pop opera “antenna” which is on spotify and itunes. Currently working on new music and a theatre piece.

Details About Isabella Freedman

For more information about accommodations, dining, transportation, and campus amenities, please visit our Guest Information and FAQ page.

Isabella Freedman Guest Experience & FAQ
860.824.5991 | freedman@adamah.org
116 Johnson Rd, Falls Village, CT 06031