Shavuot at Isabella Freedman
May 25 @ 8:00 am – May 28 @ 5:00 pm
Receive the Torah Together
Celebrate Shavuot in the beautiful foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. Join us for an inclusive celebration of revelation that includes delicious farm-to-table foods, all-night learning concluding with a sunrise hike to the top of the mountain, a pilgrimage parade featuring goats, fruits, and more. Our schedule is packed with activities for the whole family. Nourish your mind, body, and soul this Shavuot.
Shavuot is the time when the community gathers around the mountain, and makes pilgrimage to a holy place, for the ultimate transformative experience.Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi זצ׳ל
- Standard Room (Private Bathroom): $995 per adult in double occupancy | $1,595 single occupancy
- Basic Room (Shared full bathroom between two rooms): $770 per adult in double occupancy | $1,230 single occupancy
- Dormitory Style (shared half bathroom between two rooms) multiple occupancy: $655 per adult
- Camper: $415
- Child (5-12): $330
- Toddler (2-4): $150
- Infant (under 2): $0
- Commuter: $415
Davening and Ritual
We will have two davening options: a Modern Orthodox Minyan and a Renewal Minyan.
Modern Orthodox Minyan
Spiritual, meaningful and song-filled services will follow a traditional Orthodox liturgy. Prayer will be supplemented with Kavanot (intentions) and words of Torah from both sides of the mechitzah. All are welcome and may sit in the section that most aligns with one’s gender identity.
Renewal Minyan (Egalitarian)
The Renewal service uses a “four worlds” model of prayer, engaging body, heart, mind, and spirit. The service focuses deeply on core phrases and themes from the traditional service rather than using the entire liturgy. The Torah service provides spiritual intentions for each of the aliyot that are read, inviting anyone who wishes to express an intention.
Planning for the 2023 retreat is underway and we look forward to sharing more details in the early spring. You can anticipate many similarities to the information below from our 2022 retreat.
Torah Classes: Throughout the weekend, we will have over twenty Torah classes and text study opportunities on a variety of topics presented by renowned teachers and scholars, including an all-night Tikkun Leil Shavuot (torah learning in honor of shavuot).
Other Activities: We will offer nature walks, guided hikes on our trails, twice-a-day yoga, adult sport options, song circles, tours of our organic farm and barnyard, and more.
Kids programming will be outdoors as much as possible, including in the rain; a raincoat, rain boots, hiking boots or sneakers, and a labeled water bottle are required.
Gan Adamah; Toddler/ Preschool: Ages 2-5. Parents/Guardians can choose to drop off their children or stay with them. Gan Shoreshim provides a safe and engaging space to play, explore, sing, and move. Children younger than two may attend, but parents/ guardians must stay. Programming is from 9am to 12pm/12:30pm each morning of the retreat, except for arrival and departure days.
Camp Teva; School-Aged: Ages 5-12. Camp provides many hands-on and nature-based experiential activities. Some examples include hikes, outdoor games, drama/improv, and learning about farming on the Adamah farm. Programming is generally from 9am to 12pm and 2:00pm and 5:00pm/5:30pm each day of the retreat except on arrival and departure days. The afternoon session is divided into separate divisions by age.
Evening Family Programming will be offered every evening. These family-friendly offerings include chassidic tales around the bonfire, parent-child Shavuot learning, a family nature walk, and a farm tour.
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