Isabella Freedman ignites Jewish passion and enables people to authentically connect to their Jewish roots
Welcome! Thank you for choosing to spend time at Isabella Freedman
Here you will find details about your stay. Take a few minutes to look over the information – especially what to pack, how to get here, and what you can expect when you arrive.
If you have questions that aren’t answered here, or you just want to hear a friendly voice, we would love to hear from you! Reach our main office at (860) 824-5991 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Press “0” for our operator.
Isabella Freedman is located at 116 Johnson Road, Falls Village, CT, 06031.
By car: approximately two hours from New York City, three hours from Boston. There is free parking on site.
By train: from New York City – take MetroNorth’s Harlem line to the Wassaic train station (a 2-hour trip). Shuttles or taxis can be arranged in advance for the 30-minute ride from the train station stretch to campus.
By air: the closest airport is Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT, approximately 50 miles away. Rental cars are available, and taxis can be arranged in advance (about $100 each way).
We invite you to enjoy the simplicity, comfort, and charm of our country lodging. Each of our nine lodges has its own unique character. Our accommodations are air-conditioned during the summer months and heated throughout the winter. Some buildings have rooms with private baths; others offer shared bathrooms for two or three rooms. Handicap-accessible rooms are also available upon request.
Standard Rooms include our Weinberg, Scheuer, May, and Pine Buildings. Most rooms have a queen-sized bed and one twin, with a few rooms having just a queen or two twins. These are our most spacious rooms.
Basic Rooms include our Cedar, Blue Heron, and Maple buildings, with each pair of rooms sharing a bathroom down the hall. Most of these rooms have a Queen and a Twin bed, while some only have a Queen or two twins.
Dorm Rooms are in our Elm and Kaufman buildings. These 18 rooms have bathrooms accessed through an interior hallway, and have either two twins or a bunkbed and a twin.
Bed linens & towels are provided. Limited Pack n plays are available by request. WiFi is accessible in the main building and most guest room lodging.
All Standard and Basic rooms are equipped with a mini fridge.
Food & Dining
Our innovative chefs create farm-to-table magic. The ingredients we use reflect our values in the larger world. We purchase organic, local, and fair trade products to promote environmental stewardship, vibrant local economies, good working conditions, and animal welfare. A significant amount of our produce is grown right here on campus and we employ traditional season-extending methods such as greenhouse and hoop-house growing, pickling, freezing, canning, drying, and root cellar-ing to bring farm food to our table year-round.
Our culinary team prepares three meals a day during each retreat (starting with dinner on your arrival day, through breakfast on your departure day). Our staff can accommodate most dietary restrictions and nutritional preferences with enough notice – please be sure to note these requirements on your registration forms. All meals are served buffet-style.
A self-service beverage bar featuring fair-trade organically grown coffee, hot tea, iced tea, and water is always available, along with some snacks.
Our kitchen and dining room are glatt kosher under supervision of the Hartford Kashrut Commission.
As such, outside food is not allowed in the main building (but is allowed in your rooms). Water bottles are allowed in the main building but not in the dining room. if you would like to bring any kosher mevushal wine or other kosher alcohol to enjoy at our meals or otherwise, they must be checked in by our Mashgiach (kosher supervisor) upon your arrival.
The Adamah Farm employs traditional season-extending methods such as greenhouse and hoop-house growing, lacto-fermentation pickling, cheese making, freezing, curing, canning and drying to bring farm food to the table year-round. Our kitchen purchases local, organic, and fair trade products to promote environmental stewardship, vibrant local economies, good working conditions, and animal welfare. We source pasture-raised meats and poultry from Grow and Behold foods. Our ocean bounty is sourced using guidelines and recommendations set forth by the Blue Ocean Institute.
All guests are welcome to explore our 400 acres campus. There are various benches and picnic tables near the lake and guest lodges.
Our lake is available for seasonal boating and swimming (no lifeguard provided).
Over 4 miles of marked trails meander through our dense forest, including a ½ mile uphill trail to an overlook of the surrounding Berkshire Hills.
Visitors are welcome to tour our 20-acre organic farm, including green houses, row crops, berry bushes, bee hives, our composting center with hens, and goat barns. Official tours can be arranged ahead of time with our farming fellows.
- Linens, towels, and soap in all guest rooms with extra blankets and towels available upon request
- Various siddurim and chumashim of all denominations – bring your own if you prefer
- Yoga mats, blankets, and blocks
- Comfortable clothing to wear throughout the retreat – in general, our retreats are not formal!
- Lots of layers for variable temperatures
- Closed toed shoes for walking around our farms and campus trails
- Rain gear
- Personal supplies
- Over the counter and/or prescription medications
- Sunblock, bug spray, sunglasses, and a hat
- Retreat & travel items
- Flashlights or headlamps for exploring campus at night
- Chargers for electric devices
- Water bottle (ideally labeled – especially for kids)
- Your own ritual wear (talit, tefillin) and/or prayer book
- Your personal yoga mat and/or props
Details for a particular retreat can be found on the page for that event – see calendar below.
General mealtimes are as follows – adjustments are made for holiday services and candle lighting times:
- Breakfast at 8:00 am ET
- Lunch at 12:00 pm ET
- Dinner at 6:00 pm ET or 7:30 pm ET on Fridays and Holidays
Prayer Services and Activities
Holiday and Shabbat retreats offer various prayer options each morning.
Educators and staff lead classes and activities throughout the day, with age-appropriate programming for kids.
The weather in Falls Village, CT (06031) can fluctuate widely throughout the day – brisk mornings followed by warm and sunny afternoons.
In the event of inclement weather, outdoor activities may be rescheduled or canceled. Many outdoor activities go on as planned even if the weather isn’t ideal. Please check the forecast before coming on a retreat and pack accordingly!
Trained service animals and emotional support animals are allowed. All animals are required to behave in public and follow the directions of the handler. The handler must clean up after their service animals.
Pets and other animals are NOT permitted. We recommend Sand Road Animal Hospital, located six miles away, offers pet boarding.
Wi-Fi internet is free and accessible in all buildings. We do not have any computers available for guest use; you may bring your own laptop or personal device and connect to the Wi-Fi.
Cell phone reception with Verizon tends to be excellent, and AT&T is also reliable. Coverage with Sprint and T Mobile is spotty.
The health and safety of all people remains our top priority. We review COVID policies periodically and notify all guests via email if there are any significant changes ahead of a retreat.
- Testing: we strongly encourage a PCR test or at least a rapid antigen test before leaving your home.
- Travel guidance: We recommend wearing a mask at all times during any public transportation or air travel.
- Quarantining: We are unable to accommodate quarantine on site. If you become symptomatic or test positive while at Isabella Freedman, we will do our best to provide a space to isolate until you can leave campus.
- Masks: Isabella Freedman is currently mask optional. We have disposable masks available for those who need. We request that anyone exhibiting symptoms such as sneezing or coughing wear a mask when around others.
There is no refund for arriving late or departing early from any retreat. The refund amount is based on how far in advance we receive the cancelation request prior to the start date. For most retreats at Isabella Freedman, the cancellation policy is:
- 31 days or more – fully refundable less a $75 fee (for Pesach – 60 days prior)
- 15-30 days prior – 50% refundable (for Pesach – 30-59 days prior)
- 14 days or less – not refundable (for Pesach – 29 days or less)
If you are sick with a communicable disease such as Covid-19 and are unable to attend, you may receive a credit (less $75) valid through the end of the of the following calendar year towards a future retreat at either Isabella Freedman or Pearlstone. You must provide medical documentation attesting to your illness in order to receive this credit. We suggest obtaining insurance for such situations.
Isabella Freedman reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. This includes cancellations due to inclement weather if, in our judgment, we are unable to operate safely. In the event of such a cancellation, a full refund will be issued. If the retreat proceeds as scheduled, no refund will be offered.
Upcoming Isabella Freedman Retreats
Pesach at Isabella Freedman
Falls Village, CT | April 5, 2023
Pesach at Isabella Freedman features programs and activities for all ages, daily soulful orthodox davening, and communal seders with semi-private options available. Nourishing farm-to-table kosher-for-Passover meals featuring cholov yisroel dairy products, ethically-sourced glatt kosher meat; vegan, vegetarian, and non-gebrochts options….
Shavuot at Isabella Freedman
Falls Village, CT | May 25, 2023
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 Retreat Details…
Falls Village, CT | June 1, 2023
Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and into the serenity and playfulness of a weekend in the woods. Featuring programs such has hands-on food demonstrations, forest ecology walks, and more…
Camp Isabella Freedman (50+)
Falls Village, CT | June 29, 2023
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…
Let My People Sing!
Falls Village, CT | August 24, 2023
The Let My People Sing! Summer Retreat is a four-day gathering centered on Jewish communal singing for healing and liberation. It is structured around Shabbat and will include multiple prayer…
Sukkahfest at Isabella Freedman
Falls Village, CT | September 29, 2023
Celebrate the harvest! Sukkahfest is perhaps the most joyous, and most diverse celebration of the holiday of Sukkot you will find. It takes the full spectrum of the community to manifest the joy of Sukkahfest at Isabella Freedman. Everyone is welcome – all ages, all streams, all colors, all identities….