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Jewish Professional Retreat

 Rejuvenate and Prepare for the High Holidays

September 6 @ 2:00 pm September 8 @ 11:00 am

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center

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

A Retreat for Jewish Communal Professionals

Nourish your mind, body, heart & soul. 

Adamah is inviting Jewish communal professionals at no cost to experience the magic of Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in the Berkshires.

Between the pandemic and months of trauma since October 7th, Jewish professionals are burned out. Finding buoyancy and resilience, not to mention hope and inspiration, sometimes feels Sisyphean. Jewish communal professionals devote themselves to creating impactful experiences for others, often at the expense of their own rejuvenation… which is why Adamah is offering this unique experience at no cost (thanks to generous funding).

Isabella Freedman offers farm to table Glatt kosher cuisine, hundreds of acres of farm, forest, trails, and meaningful and restorative programming. It is the ideal place to take a respite from the demands of life and to rest, build community with fellow familiar and new colleagues, and be inspired to continue this important work going forward. The weekend will be anchored in fun and rejuvenation, Jewish and Israel learning, personal growth, and community-building, led by Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Shai Held.

Participants will emerge with a broader network of friends and allies in the field, new Jewish wisdom sources for inspiration, and renewed motivation, passion, and commitment to their work. We will talk, sing, pray, move our bodies indoors and outside, eat delicious food, rest, laugh, and reflect.

Rabbi Shai Held, Scholar in Residence 

Rabbi Shai Held — philosopher, theologian, and Bible scholar — is President and Dean at the Hadar Institute. He received the prestigious Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education and has been named multiple times by Newsweek as one of the fifty most influential rabbis in America and by the Jewish Daily Forward as one of the fifty most prominent Jews in the world. Rabbi Held is the author of Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence (2013), The Heart of Torah (2017), and Judaism is About Love (2024), and he is the host of Hadar’s newest podcast, Answer WithHeld.


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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