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HAZON FOOD CONFERENCE AUGUST 1-5, 2018 • Isabella Freedman Whether you want to expand your culinary repertoire, experience the pleasure of harvesting your own organic fruits and veggies, unpack the complexities of our global food system, or connect to our ancient food tradition, the Hazon Food Conference proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. • More than 90 hands-on workshops, food demos, and classes with chefs, writers, farmers, activists, and other food industry and sustainability leaders • Delicious kosher, organic, and ethically sourced, farm-to-table cuisine • Huge Outdoor Food Festival featuring signature dishes from expert chefs • One-on-one food industry mentor coaching

• Share the learning and fun with your children ages 5-12 at the specially designed Kids’ Food Conference • Berry picking and veggie harvesting • Swimming, boating, and hiking in a beautiful lakeside setting • Vibrant, pluralistic Jewish community Shabbat with Renewal, Traditional Egalitarian, and Orthodox services

hazon.org/foodconference prices rise June 1


Welcome! Dear Friends, Welcome to Pesach 5779 at Isabella Freedman. We are thrilled and honored to be celebrating this incredible holiday with you. This celebration of freedom wouldn’t have been possible without each and every one of you! Together as a collective community we embark on this journey of redemption and personal exploration. As we come together as a community to retell the maggid (story) of Passover; the notion of uprooting one’s life for a new and unknown world continues to resonate in these modern times. What would it be like if someone said to you, “the time has come, you must leave now!” What would you grab and throw in a single bag? Would you take your jewelry, family photos, ritual objects, electronics, etc.? What irreplaceable possessions matter most to you? Last year in Northern California wildfires spread from house to house forcing people to flee. Memories and possessions were forever lost and so many families were displaced and forced to start over. Similarly, Jews have experienced being expelled from their home countless times, including more recently in our history during the Holocaust when people were gathered together and shuffled off in cattle cars with no idea where they were heading. What would you do if someone said to you that you must flee your circumstances and follow them into the desert and the voice of G-d will protect you? What would it take for you to follow someone into the desert and leave your home behind? The ritual of Bedikat Chametz (the searching for chametz the evening before Pesach) elicits memories for me of hide and seek with a candle, spoon, feather, and paper bag. As a child, this ancient ritual was the highlight of the holiday. One family member would hide bits of bread throughout the house, then turn off the lights, and lead us from room to room searching high and low for the hidden chametz. As an adult, I have questioned what I am hiding in plain sight, and, more importantly, what is hidden in the darkest corners of my mind that prevents me from being free. As all of the bits of chametz are located, we recite the blessing: Any chametz or leaven that is in my possession which I have not seen, have not removed, and have not known about, should be annulled and become ownerless, like dust of the Earth. Just like the stray bits of chametz hiding in plain sight; we do our best to rid ourselves of the proverbial chametz that hides in our everyday lives. And perhaps it is okay to accept and free ourselves of this burden for this time. During your stay at Isabella Freedman this Pesach we invite you to explore new ideas in sessions, new growth on the farm, new life in the barnyard, and new songs around the table. Pesach is the beginning of a new season and there is so much opportunity to grow. We have so many enriching sessions throughout the retreat, so many incredible stories to share with new and familiar faces, and so many opportunities to feel free. Chag kasher v'sameach! In joy and redemption, Ayala Azari Retreat Coordination Manager

Table of Contents Guest Information........................................................................ 4 About Hazon.................................................................................. 7 Our Food Values at Isabella Freedman................................. 8 Pesach at Isabella Freedman..................................................10 Schedule Friday, April 19.....................................................................11 Saturday, April 20...............................................................12 Sunday, April 21..................................................................14 Monday, April 22.................................................................16

Tuesday, April 23.................................................................18 Wednesday, April 24..........................................................20 Thursday, April 25...............................................................22 Friday, April 26.....................................................................25 Saturday, April 27...............................................................27 Sunday, April 28..................................................................30 Camp Teva.....................................................................................31 Presenter Bios..............................................................................39 Map................................................................................. back cover

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Guest Information Please read upon arrival If you need anything during your stay, please contact the Retreat Manager on duty. EMERGENCY CALLS: In the event of a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 from your cell phone, OR: 9-9-1-1 from any land line phone, located in the buildings throughout campus. Please familiarize yourself with the location of the nearest phone to your room. You must dial 9 before making any call on our land line phones. After making a 9-1-1 call, please contact a retreat manager at the IF Emergency #: Dial 860 – 453-3963 from a cell phone. Emergencies only, please. You must dial 9 before making any call on our land line phones. SECURITY: Isabella Freedman is an oasis in a troubled world. And, we are committed to vigilance and preparedness for the unfortunate realities of our society today. Two general guidelines provide the basis for our security program: Please wear your name tags at all times. Our staff need to be aware of who should be on our site. In the event of a campus-wide emergency, you will hear three one-second blasts of a very loud air horn, repeated multiple times. If you hear this, immediately evacuate to the decorative gate at Adamah farm located across the street from the main entrance and remain there until emergency services arrive. Do not use your cellphone or take time to look for others besides children. FIRST AID: First aid materials are located at Guest Services, in the Lounge, Yurts, Arts and Crafts Building, and Pool House. A defibrillator is located in the Lounge. FIRE SAFETY: Please only light candles at group candle lighting in the main building. Camp fires must be approved by the event coordinator in advance and are only allowed at the fire pit by the lake. Camp fires must be put out at the end of the activity. Please see a retreat manager for any questions. SMOKING: Smoking is prohibited in all buildings, and throughout campus. You may smoke only at the fire pit by the lake. Please dispose of cigarette butts in the designated cigarette bin. PARKING: Driving and parking is not allowed on grassy areas. Please only park in the designated parking areas: the lot near the main entrance and the lot near the barnyard. KASHRUT: Our facility is strictly kosher for Passover. Please do not bring any outside food or beverages or personal drinking and eating vessels (including water bottles and travel mugs) into the main building without prior approval from one of our kosher

supervisors. Mugs from our coffee bar can be used throughout the main building only. For to-go coffee and tea please use one of our compostable cups, including usage in the Synagogue. Please do not take our dishes outside of the dining spaces. Food may be brought outside of the dining spaces in compostable to-go ware found at the coffee bar. Any supplemental food you wish to have at a meal must be brought (in original sealed packaging) to be checked by our kosher supervisor. CLEAR YOUR TABLES: Please clear your table after finishing your meal. Bins for compost and dishware are located at the corner of the Dining Hall. CHECK OUT PROCEDURE: On check-out day, you MUST move out of your room by 10 am or a $50 late fee will be applied to your credit card. Kindly strip your bed and place all sheets and towels into the pillowcases. (Please leave mattress pads, blankets and comforters on the beds.) COMPOST & RECYCLING: Around campus you will see containers for compost (green), recycling (blue) and trash (black). Items that are compost: All food including bones, paper napkins, paper towels, to-go ware (hot/cold cups, lids, utensils, containers) tea bags, paper wrappers, corks, and wooden coffee stirrers. We use our compost to fertilize our Adamah Farm! GUEST FRIDGE: You may store personal food items in the fridge located in the Sunroom near Guest Services. (These items do not have to be kosher.) Please label your name on all items. POTABLE TAP WATER: ALL tap water on campus comes directly from a local well source and is potable and delicious! HOT WATER/COFFEE: Due to our kosher policies, on Shabbat we offer coffee and hot water until it runs out. Once Shabbat ends, our staff make fresh batches. We appreciate your understanding, and we strive to provide enough coffee and hot water through the holiday. CHILDREN: Please make sure that your children are supervised at all times, or are participating in children’s programming associated with your retreat. THERMOSTATS: The thermostats in your buildings/rooms are programmed to keep you comfortable. You may adjust the temperature by increasing or decreasing the thermostat one or two degrees.

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GAMES, BOOKS AND MORE: We offer a variety of sport equipment, books, games and toys for your pleasure. Please see a retreat manager to borrow any of these items. Please do not use any bikes located on campus as these belong to Isabella Freedman staff.

Freedman staff member present, and please respect any signage and/or directions given by staff members. Please do not feed the goats or visit when a goat is sick, giving birth or about to give birth. We want to be sure that everyone is safe and healthy!

LAKE AND SWIMMING / BOATING: The pool is closed for the season. Use of the lake is at your own risk – life vests are located in the shed by the dock. Please return the vests and oars to the shed and the boats to the rack after use.

HIKING: Please stay on Isabella Freedman trails when hiking. We advise telling a friend when you go out on a trail and when you return, carrying a cell phone and water bottle, and only hiking during daylight hours. Trail maps are located at Guest Services.

VISITING THE GOATS: During the spring, we welcome the babies of our hardworking mother does! You are encouraged to visit the Adamah barnyard during scheduled goat activities. Please only enter into fenced-in areas with an Isabella

TICKS AND LYME DISEASE: We recommend doing a tick check after spending time outdoors. We have tick removal information available at Guest Services.

We hope you enjoy your stay with us! It’s important to us to know both what you enjoyed and ways we could improve our work here. Please do fill out an evaluation form. If you do not receive one, please email evaluations@hazon.org.

Honoring Native Land At Isabella Freedman, we cultivate the soil to grow food, we climb mountains to gain new perspectives, we mikvah in the lake to mark transitions, and we pray, learn, and engage with our tradition and with the forests and living waters. Long before we started applying our own stories and traditions to this land, it was the sacred home of the Mohican people. For more than five hundred years, Indigenous communities across the Americas have demonstrated resilience and resistance in the face of violent efforts to separate them from their land, culture, and community. Too often their history is erased. As Jews we have experienced exile and persecution, and as part of the larger process of decolonization and reconciliation, we honor the Indigenous People who have stewarded this land for thousands of years. Want to learn more about the history of Indigenous People where you live? Visit native-land.ca

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About Hazon

The word "hazon" means "vision." We're the Jewish lab for sustainability. We work to create a more sustainable Jewish community – and a healthier and more sustainable world for all. We do this through immersive multi-day programs like food conferences, retreats, and bike rides; through thought-leadership (writing, teaching and advocacy); and capacity-building – fostering new experiments in Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education, across the Jewish world.

“The Torah is a commentary on the world and the world is a commentary on the Torah.” Our theme quote reflects our belief that turning Jewish life outwards to address some of the greatest challenges of our time is good not only for the world, but also for the renewal of Jewish life itself.

Our programs are multi-generational and open to people of all religious backgrounds and none. We are based in New York, Detroit, Denver, Boulder, and at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in the Connecticut Berkshires.

Education

We offer Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education (JOFEE), providing thought-leadership and immersive experiences for a spectrum of ages and interests. From institutions and individuals using our wide range of curricula and sourcebooks to kids at our Teva programs weighing their leftovers and young adults living in community and farming with Adamah, Hazon supports learning at the intersection of Jewish life and sustainability.

Action

Hazon participants take action. We compost and pickle. We improve the energy profiles of our Jewish institutions, use our food dollars to support local farms, and meet thousands of our neighbors at regional Jewish Food Festivals. We raise environmental awareness while riding our bikes. We share sustainable Shabbat meals, create gardens at our Jewish institutions, plant seeds for future generations, build intentional communities in North America, and visit our partners in Israel’s environmental sector.

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Advocacy

And in settings from synagogues to community board meetings to global climate marches, we advocate on local and regional projects like bike lanes and family-owned farms, as well as on national issues like climate change and sustainable agriculture. Hazon provides rabbis with sermon materials on climate issues, and training and support for meetings with government representatives. Hazon participants speak up to help make the world we all share healthier and more sustainable for everyone.


Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center: Organizational Retreats & Simchas

With decades of retreat hosting experience, Isabella Freedman is the ideal setting for your organizational retreat or simcha. We offer a unique gathering place for meetings, workshops, and team-building, as well as weddings, b’nai mitzvah, milestone birthdays, and family reunions. Our event coordinators will work with you to design and curate an experience that is perfect for you and your guests. Enjoy a tour of the Adamah farm, Teva nature programs, farm-to-table food education, yoga, meditation, and other on-site amenities and activities.

JOFEE

Because Jewish life is short of acronyms, we’ve added a new one to summarize the fast-growing field that we’re catalyzing: JOFEE, which stands for Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education. Our range of programs has grown steadily since 2000. We offer retreats here at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, plus bike rides, food festivals, curricula resources, mini-grants, and capacity-building. Flagship programs include Adamah, Teva, JOFEE Fellowship, and the Hazon Seal of Sustainability.

Seal of Sustainability

Many Jewish institutions want to engage in healthier, more humane, and more sustainable behaviors, but don’t know where to start or how to keep up the momentum. Through the Hazon Seal of Sustainability, we are providing a solution – a roadmap to advance sustainability-related education, action, and advocacy in the Jewish community. The Hazon Seal will help you improve sustainability and strengthen your institution in three areas and through three audits: sustainable food and animal welfare, renewable energy and facilities, and ecosystems and health. Tap into our expertise, online resources (including our Food Audit), workshops, and field trips, for your Green Team to create a culture of sustainability through signage, educational programming, gardens, green kiddush, green roofs, composting, solar panels, and recycling.

Sustainable Israel Tour

Join community leaders on a one-of-a-kind mission highlighting developments in Israel towards more sustainable food production, healthy living, and social justice.

Adamah

Our flagship farming fellowship, based here at Isabella Freedman, is a three-month leadership training program for Jewish adults ages 20 – 35 that integrates organic agriculture, farm-to-table living, Jewish learning, community building, and spiritual practice. Adamah – a program of extraordinary impact – cultivates the soil and the soul to produce food, to build and transform identities, and to gather a community of people changing the world. We grow vegetables, fruit, herbs, goats, flowers, eggs, and more, using organic and sustainable methods. And we grow people by creating hands-on experiences with ecology, food systems, spiritual practice, a vibrant evolving Judaism, and intentional community. Adamah alumni are fanning out across the American Jewish landscape as educators, rabbis, activists, entrepreneurs – and farmers.

Teva

Teva works to fundamentally transform Jewish education through experiential learning that fosters Jewish, ecological, and food sustainability. Teva was founded in 1994 with the philosophy of immersing young people – children ages 2-17 years old and educators of children – in the natural world and providing structured activities to sensitize participants to nature’s rhythms, help them develop a more meaningful relationship with nature, and deepen their own connection to Jewish practices and traditions. Teva works with day schools, congregations, camps, JCCs, BJEs, youth groups, and other Jewish institutions that cover the spectrum of religious affiliation. Our Teva educators have been inspired by their experiences living and teaching in community to start initiatives that are making real impact in Jewish communities around the world. "Camp Teva" is available for children during most of our retreats at Isabella Freedman.

Hakhel

The word hakhel means "gather the people," or "to create a community.” (It’s from the same root word as kehillah, community.) Hakhel was founded on the premise that communal life is an irreplaceable component in maintaining Jewish identity, and yet existing community models do not resonate with increasing numbers of people. Through Hakhel, we are cultivating the emergence of a range of new experiments in Jewish community by providing matching mini-grants, free professional consulting, and learning trips to Israel for individual communities and community leaders; by networking communities through conferences, peer-learning, trainings and seminars; and by developing content and educational materials to further develop the field and the discourse of Jewish Intentional Communities.

Bike Rides

In 2000, we launched our first Jewish Environmental Bike Ride aimed at raising both environmental awareness and much needed funds to support greening initiatives in the Jewish community. What started as a singular program now includes several supported rides in cities across the United States, as well as a popular series of fun, free community events called Tribe Rides. Thousands of people have participated in our various bike rides which often serve as entry points to organized Jewish life for those who are excited about biking, sustainability, the environment, and/or the outdoors. Our two largest bike rides – the New York Ride & Retreat and the Israel Ride – are powerful immersive experiences, as well as important fundraisers for Hazon and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.

Educational Curricula and Sourcebooks

We have developed a diverse library of curricula and sourcebooks that can be used in the classroom, at home, or as experiential programs. Our tools are geared towards various age groups and are used in synagogues, day schools, JCCs, and camps around the world. Check on the Hazon Store at hazon.org/shop for titles including Food for Thought: Hazon’s Sourcebook on Jews, Food & Contemporary Life, Tu B’Shvat Haggadah: The Hazon Seder & Sourcebook, Sustainable Shabbat Dinner, and more.

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Our Food Values at Isabella Freedman How do we create an American Jewish community that is measurably healthier and more sustainable, demonstrably playing a role in making the world healthier and more sustainable for all? Our food choices impact the earth, animals, indigenous peoples, agricultural workers, local communities, factory workers, and food industry workers. Hazon is working to build connections and relationships between farmers, entrepreneurs, farm workers, consumers, distributors, rabbis, Jewish leaders, business leaders, and other faith leaders, among others. We are supporting farmers, building CSAs, inspiring farmers’ markets at our synagogues and JCCs, and helping to source local food at Jewish institutions. At Isabella Freedman, we are incredibly proud of our kosher farm to table kitchen, which we call Adamah Foods. We strive to achieve the highest standards of sustainability through food sourcing that is seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, and supports animal welfare. Following are some of our guiding principles.

Keeping it Kosher

The question of what is fit to eat is at the root of our kosher tradition – and more relevant than ever in today’s word. At Isabella Freedman, keeping it kosher means following the letter and the spirit of the laws – creating a space where everyone can enjoy food that is truly fit to eat together. We also care very much about making sure that every kosher product we buy is aligned with our food values. At every meal you will find one of our mashgichim (kosher supervisors) in the dining area who will be available to answer your questions about kashrut. Thank you in advance for respecting our kashrut guidelines.

No EGG-ceptions

We buy and serve eggs consciously. Why care about higher welfare eggs? More than 90% of laying hens in the U.S. are packed into tiny cages on factory farms. Barely able to move, they suffer injuries, disease, and extreme distress. Many others endure similar distress in large, overcrowded barns. To support systems where hens can walk, spread their wings, lay eggs in nesting spaces, dust bathe, and perform other natural behaviors, we must support farms that value higher welfare. There’s more we can do for hens, but buying higher welfare eggs is where we start! The eggs we use are Oliver’s organic, free range, pasturefed eggs. We are also very proud to be a founding member of buyingpoultry.com’s Leadership Circle which recognizes organizations for using higher animal welfare poultry and eggs. How can we switch to higher welfare eggs? • Choose products with labels from “Certified Humane,” “Certified Humane + Pasture Raised,” or “Animal Welfare Approved.” These are some of the only labels on egg cartons that are truly meaningful for animal welfare. • Use BuyingPoultry.com to search a list of higher-welfare egg brands and retailers. • Download the new Hazon Food Guide for more information about higher-welfare products. • Contact Jewish Initiative for Animals for support in finding higherwelfare eggs.

Meat

All of the meat we serve is provided by Grow & Behold, a company started by alumni of the Adamah program and former Hazon staff. Grow & Behold's mission is to provide premium Glatt Kosher pastured meats raised on small family-run farms. Pasture-raised meats are better for the environment, for your health, and for the animals you eat. At the Hazon Food Conference in August 2018, we pledged to increase the heritage chicken (as defined by the American Poultry Association) that we source each year by at least 5% and we will no longer serve any conventionally bred turkey. We intend to incrementally move towards improving the welfare of the chickens that produce our meat and eggs, with a vision toward eliminating all conventionally bred chicken from our menu. Working with Grow & Behold and JIFA (Jewish Initiative for Animals) and other allies, we aim to shift the percentage of kosher chicken that is heritage, which is important for public health, the long-term stability of the food supply, and animal welfare. We encourage you to join us and help build the market for heritage poultry, higher welfare eggs, less meat, and better approaches to food purchasing overall. Learn more at hazon.org/higherwelfaremeat Interested in finding kosher, pasture-raised meat in your area? Check out growandbehold.com or kolfoods.com for nationwide delivery and buying club options.

Pickles of All Kinds

The Adamah farmers harvest organic vegetables from our land for seven months of the year, but the bounty of their labor is available every day on our salad bar thanks to oldworld preservation techniques. After harvest, Adamah fellows submerge cucumbers, cabbage, and other fresh veggies in salt water brine. Over the course of a few days or even several months – depending on the vegetable, time of year, and desired result – nutrients inherent to the vegetable are preserved while delicious pickle flavors and additional nutrients are brought out. Eating fermented foods restores beneficial bacteria to your intestinal tract, which aids with digestion and absorption of nutrients.

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“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Michael Pollan's adage expresses our intentions for the Adamah Foods experience. We strive to nourish, accommodating all of our guests' different dietary needs. Please begin your meals with small portions, revisiting the buffet for second helpings so that not too much precious food ends up being wasted. In the interest of our community's health and the sustainability of our planet, we serve balanced meals that center on whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and legumes. During the spring and summer we grow and harvest the majority of our own produce at the Adamah Farm. This includes kale, collards, chard, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower, scallions, garlic, salad greens, spinach, Jerusalem artichoke, turnips, radishes, kohlrabi, jalapeños, dill, parsley, cilantro, sorrel, watermelon, cantaloupe, summer squash, zucchini, winter squash (kabocha, jester, acorn, and delicata), radish, eggplant, cabbage, ginger, and watermelon radish. Interested in reducing your footprint on the environment and feeling healthy? Try eating more vegetables by joining a CSA program, increasing your whole grain and bean intake, and keeping fruit and nuts around for snack time.

Sustainable Fish

As worldwide demand for fish has increased, wild fish populations can't keep up with our appetites and find themselves threatened by overfishing. Certain fish farming practices have very little effect on the environment while others are devastating. We use the Monterrey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch list in determining how to serve ocean friendly fish. How can you make sure you are eating safe and sustainable fish at home? Get the Seafood Watch mobile app at seafoodwatch.org.

Fair Trade

When we buy foods grown far away, like chocolate, tea, and coffee, we make sure they come from Fair Trade sources. We choose reputable certifiers like the worker cooperative Equal Exchange and the indigenous rights and environmental advocates Deans Beans. Our fair trade chocolate costs four times more than most brands, but it is our priority to nourish our guests with food produced in fair and sustainable ways.

Pri Ha’Gafen (Fruit of the Vine)

The Twin Suns wine that we serve is produced with limited chemicals thanks to a farming system called Integrated Pest Management. The grape growers use beneficial insect habitats and predator perches to control insect infestations rather than spraying poisons. They also use a well-designed trellis system that aids production of phenolics and flavonoids – the good stuff in wine! Want to be eco-conscious when organic products aren't available? Look for the IPM label at the grocery store. IPM is a good alternative to organic when you are trying to minimize the amount of chemicals in your food.

Grains & Beans

All of the rice, beans, and other grains we serve are certified organic. We are particularly proud of the corn meal we get from Wild Hive Community Grain Project, a local mill using traditional stone grinding equipment, as well as our tofu which is handmade by a local company called The Bridge from organic soybeans grown in New York state. Does it really matter if I buy organic rather than conventional food? Whenever possible, it is best to know your farmer's growing practices. When you are faced in the grocery store with the decision between organic and unlabeled food, choosing organic is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment, keep your body free of dangerous toxins, and support safer conditions for workers who would otherwise be harmed by dangerous chemicals.

Learn More

Visit us online at hazon.org/jewish-food-movement for our resources on Jews, food & contemporary issues, including sourcebooks, how-to guides, and curricula materials for adults, kids, and families. Please enjoy the abundance, ask lots of questions, demand answers, and challenge the ever-changing thoughts on what it means to eat responsibly. Thank you for being here; we are honored to feed you.

Want to avoid consuming foods produced by slave labor? Choose fair trade in all of your shopping!

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Pesach at Isabella Freedman Welcome to Isabella Freedman. We are incredibly proud of our farm-to-table kitchen. For every meal in every season, we strive to achieve the highest standards of sustainability through food sourcing that is seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, and supports animal welfare. Our chefs cook whole foods that are delicious, healthful, and creative, reflecting the broad spectrum of Jewish, American, and international cuisine. During Pesach, we understand that folks come here with a wide range of observances and traditions, and we strive to make sure that everyone feels comfortable and nourished. The following will give you a brief introduction to our practices for Pesach:

Seder Each seder begins after candle lighting and the evening services. There are two seder options – the communal seder led by Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein and Akedah Eze and semi-private seders led by individual families. Pre-assigned seder selections were collected at registration. Seating charts will be posted at candle lighting in the Great Hall. We advise guests to enjoy a light supper served in the Great Hall as the seder meals will be late both nights. Please reference the retreat schedule for meal times.

Family Hallel For anyone who missed the morning prayers in the synagogue, we will jam with musical instruments and sing the Psalms of the joyful Hallel service together. Kid-friendly!

Pesach Food Gebrokts (matzo that has absorbed liquid) While we do serve gebrokts on Pesach, we respect and are sensitive to the needs of our guests that do not eat gebrokts until the eighth day of Pesach. To that end, we strive to have many non-gebrokts meals, and in the case that we do serve gebrokts, we will always provide a non-gebrokts alternative. Dairy All of our dairy – milk, cheese, and yogurt – is Cholov Yisroel. Kitniyot We do not serve kitniyot during Pesach.

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Friday, April 19 Erev Pesach 3:00-6:00 PM Guest Arrival/Snack Great Hall 6:00-6:30 PM Mandatory Parent/Guardian Orientation Arts & Crafts Parents, please come with your child(ren) to learn about Camp Teva. We will briefly review the schedule and a few important policies. 6:15-7:15 PM Light Supper/ Kids' Dinner Great Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 7:20 PM Candle Lighting (7:21PM) Great Hall Akedah Eze Light is referred to as peace, because it gives us the ability to distinguish between different things, and thus to perceive the uniqueness of every person. Together we will ignite the flame that separates the beginning of Pesach from the rest of the year.

7:20-8:15 PM Evening Meditation and Hallel Red Yurt Rishe Groner On the eve of the Seder, let's start off our chag with mindful intentions and meditative niggunim selections from Kabbalat Shabbat and Hallel, leading into ecstatic joy. Please note this will not include a formal Maariv service. 7:20-8:15 PM Kids' Seder and Welcoming Shabbat Arts & Crafts 7:45-8:15 PM Orthodox Maariv and Hallel Synagogue 8:15 PM Communal Seder Dining Hall Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein and Akedah Eze 8:15 PM Semi-Private Seder Library

7:21 PM Orthodox Mincha Synagogue

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Saturday, April 20 Pesach - Day 1 - Chag 7:00-7:45 AM Silent Meditation with Nature Red Yurt Elizabeth Yaari An experience of renewed awareness of plant behavior. 7:30-8:00 AM Barnyard Visit Barnyard Isabella Freedman Educator Visit our goats and play with the newborn kids! You might get a chance to help bring the goats fresh water or to fluff up their hay. Please note that all goat sessions are subject to be cancelled if any goats need medical attention. 8:00-9:00 AM Vinyasa Yoga Red Yurt Rebecca Bloomfield Care for your body, mind, and spirit through an invigorating and mindful vinyasa yoga practice. All levels welcome. 8:00-10:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall 8:30-9:00 AM Opening the Gates Prayer Synagogue Mattisyahu Brown As our sages "waited" in contemplative preparation before each prayer session, we will gather for a short facilitated gratitude meditation before Shacharit. Come, receive the great merit of being among the first to gather for the minyan — and begin with an open heart! 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Orthodox Shacharit Synagogue Camp Teva Arts & Crafts Gan Adamah Beige Yurt

10:00 AM-11:30 PM Morning Meditation and Hallel Red Yurt Rishe Groner Start off the day with an intentional, egalitarian space for personal prayer, soulful meditation and sweet niggunim of joyous praise. With selections from the morning service and a full Hallel as a community, please feel free to incorporate your own personal prayer or davening practice. 10:00-11:00 AM Bibliodrama – Miriam’s Way Red Yurt Elizabeth Yaari We will explore the story of Miriam by acting out ideas using sounds and rhythms. 12:00-12:45 PM Kiddush Great Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 12:45-2:15 PM Festive Lunch Dining Hall and Library Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 2:30-6:00 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts 2:30-3:45 PM Adamah Farm Tour Meet at Gazebo Isabella Freedman Educator Heirloom vegetables, permaculture orchard, compost, chickens – The Kaplan Family Farm is just a short walk from the Isabella Freedman campus. As you tour our organic fruit orchards, berry hedgerows, vegetable fields, and compost yard chickens, you will see how we are bringing the commandments in Genesis to life as we "till and tend" the land in ways that enable it to flourish for generations to come.

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Saturday, April 20 2:30-3:45 PM Barnyard Visit Barnyard Isabella Freedman Educator Visit our goats and play with the newborn kids! You might get a chance to help bring the goats fresh water or to fluff up their hay. Please note that all goat sessions are subject to be cancelled if any goats need medical attention.

5:15-6:15 PM 2nd Beginning & the Women of the Exodus Synagogue Michal Kohane Mothers, daughters, midwives, leaders - Who are the women of the Exodus and the Torah in general? What is their role? Text based exploration, open to all levels, no previous knowledge of Hebrew needed.

4:00-6:00 PM Guided Long Afternoon Hike Meet at Gazebo Isabella Freedman Educator Hike through fern groves, fallen birch trees, traverse over boulders, and take in the scenery at the top of the Overlook. We will explore the Yellow Trail to the Blue Trail and down the Red Trail. There are several inclines and narrow paths. Closed-toe shoes are required.

Cracking the Seder Code Beige Yurt Dr. Jon Greenberg Come learn about Hillel’s burrito, the real Pesach bunny, the history of matzah, and the theology behind the different types of seder plates, including the vegetarian and New Jersey versions. We'll also learn why people think that we spill drops of wine over the plagues in sympathy for the Egyptians.

4:00-5:15 PM The Thirteen Petalled Rose: An Introduction to Kabbalah Synagogue Arthur Kurzweil Arthur is the author of On the Road With Rabbi Steinsaltz. Using the contemporary classic, The Thirteen Petalled Rose by Rabbi Steinsaltz, we will explore 13 essential ideas at the core of Jewish theology. Arthur has been a close student of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz for almost 40 years.

6:00-7:00 PM Supper/Kids' Dinner Great Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks.

Food of Faith: Eating as Spiritual Practice Beige Yurt Rishe Groner Matzah is called "The Food of Faith", and represents the one mitzvah a year when we eat as a Torah-based commandment. How can we leverage this energy of the Seder night into all our eating throughout the year, transforming this sometimes fraught area of excess into one of intention, sacredness and spiritual nourishment? 5:00-6:00 PM Yoga Red Yurt Rebecca Bloomfield Care for your body, mind, and spirit through an invigorating and mindful vinyasa yoga practice. All levels welcome.

7:00-8:45 PM Kids' Seder Arts & Crafts 7:30-8:15 PM Orthodox Mincha followed by short class Synagogue 8:24 PM Candle lighting Great Hall 8:25 PM-8:55 PM Orthodox Maariv and Hallel Synagogue 9:00 PM Communal Seder Dining Hall Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein and Akedah Eze Semi-Private Seder Library

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Sunday, April 21 Pesach - Day 2 - Chag 7:00-7:45 AM Silent Meditation with Nature Red Yurt Elizabeth Yaari An experience of renewed awareness of tree behavior. 7:30-8:00 AM Barnyard Visit Barnyard Isabella Freedman Educator Visit our goats and play with the newborn kids! You might get a chance to help bring the goats fresh water or to fluff up their hay. Please note that all goat sessions are subject to be cancelled if any goats need medical attention. 8:00-9:00 AM Vinyasa Yoga Red Yurt Rebecca Bloomfield Care for your body, mind, and spirit through an invigorating and mindful vinyasa yoga practice. All levels welcome. 8:00-10:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 8:30-9:00 AM Opening the Gates Prayer Synagogue Mattisyahu Brown As our sages "waited" in contemplative preparation before each prayer session, we will gather for a short facilitated gratitude meditation before Shacharit. Come, receive the great merit of being among the first to gather for the minyan — and begin with an open heart! 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Orthodox Shacharit Synagogue Camp Teva Arts & Crafts Gan Adamah Beige Yurt

10:00 AM-11:30 PM Meditation and Hallel Red Yurt Rishe Groner Start off the day with an intentional, egalitarian space for personal prayer, soulful meditation, and sweet niggunim of joyous praise. With selections from the morning service and a full Hallel as a community, please feel free to incorporate your own personal prayer or davening practice. 12:00-12:45 PM Kiddush Great Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 12:45-2:15 PM Festive Lunch Dining Hall and Library Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 2:30-6:30 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts 2:30-3:45 PM Tree Identification Meet at Gazebo Arielle Aronoff If we take the time to get to know the trees around us, we will always be in good company. Join me to meet a tree, and become aware of the diversity of the land we are on. Barnyard Visit Barnyard Isabella Freedman Educator Visit our goats and play with the newborn kids! You might get a chance to help bring the goats fresh water or to fluff up their hay. Please note that all goat sessions are subject to be cancelled if any goats need medical attention. 2:30-3:45 PM The Hidden Secret of Pesach that Will Change Your Life Synagogue Esther Fink What are you a slave to? We are a slave to our stories. What happens if you give up your ‘story’? This will be an

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Sunday, April 21 interactive class dissecting what slavery is, what freedom is and how to obtain the personal freedom that you never thought possible, on the level of the exodus of Egypt. 2:30-3:45 PM Living a Multi-Faith Life Beige Yurt Laura Evonne Steinman We will circle in and share from our hearts how coming from and/or being in a multi-faith family feels. Laura Evonne Steinman, who comes from a multi-faith family and lives a multi-faith life, will be facilitating this session. 4:00-5:30 PM Guided Afternoon Hike Meet at Gazebo Isabella Freedman Educator We will hike up the Red Trail to the famous Overlook. Learn about the forest and play forest games on the way. Closed to shoes are required 4:00-5:15 PM Making Pesach Personal: Revisiting The Exodus from Egypt in Modern Day Times Synagogue Akedah Eze The Sephardic Haggadah demands that “in each generation, each person is obligated to ”show himself” or herself ”liharot et atzmo”as though he or she personally came forth from Egypt. How do we begin to ”act out” the redemption in these troubling times? 15 Ideas from Kabbalah I Made Sure to Teach My Children Beige Yurt Arthur Kurzweil Arthur is the author of Kabbalah for Dummies and The Torah for Dummies (in the well-known for Dummies series). Holy Ground Red Yurt Elizabeth Yaari Using Bibliodrama, sound, rhythm, and movement we explore what it means to stand on holy ground. 5:30-6:30 PM Tishrei or Nissan? Spring or Fall? Synagogue Michal Kohane The Jewish calendar has more than one beginning and is both sun and moon based. Why and what does this mean to us? Explore some of our calendar's uniqueness. Text based learning, open to all levels, no previous knowledge of Hebrew needed.

5:30-6:30 PM Jeremiah and the Mystery of the Arar Beige Yurt Dr. Jon Greenberg A Biblical Botany Story for Sefirah. Today is the first day of Sefirah, a time of self-examination. Jeremiah compared a person without faith to a plant called arar. To understand Jeremiah’s metaphor and theology, we'll try to identify this plant. Vinyasa Yoga Red Yurt Rebecca Bloomfield Care for your body, mind, and spirit through an invigorating and mindful vinyasa yoga practice. All levels welcome. 6:30-6:45 PM Orthodox Mincha Synagogue 6:30-8:00 PM Dinner Dining Hall and Library Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 8:00-8:30 PM Orthodox Maariv Synagogue 8:30 PM Communal Havdalah Great Hall 9:00-11:00 PM Campfire Firepit Planet Earth II – Film Synagogue In one of the most ambitious landmark series, Planet Earth II allows us to experience the world from the viewpoint of the animals themselves. Traveling through jungles, deserts, mountains, islands, grasslands and cities, this series explores the unique characteristics of Earth's most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them. TV-G

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Monday, April 22 Pesach - Day 3 - Chol Hamoed 7:00-7:45 AM Writing Meditation Red Yurt Elizabeth Yaari Creative writing flow to free our hearts and minds. All materials supplied. No experience necessary. 7:30-8:00 AM Barnyard Visit Barnyard Isabella Freedman Educator Visit our goats and play with the newborn kids! You might get a chance to help bring the goats fresh water or to fluff up their hay. Please note that all goat sessions are subject to be cancelled if any goats need medical attention. 8:00-9:00 AM Vinyasa Yoga Red Yurt Rebecca Bloomfield Care for your body, mind, and spirit through an invigorating and mindful vinyasa yoga practice. All levels welcome. 8:00-10:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 8:30-9:00 AM Opening the Gates Prayer Synagogue Mattisyahu Brown As our sages "waited" in contemplative preparation before each prayer session, we will gather for a short facilitated gratitude meditation before Shacharit. Come, receive the great merit of being among the first to gather for the minyan — and begin with an open heart! 9:00 AM-10:30 AM Orthodox Shacharit Synagogue

9:00 AM-12:00 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts Gan Adamah Beige Yurt 9:15-10:00 AM Soulhacks Red Yurt Rishe Groner Back by popular demand. Embark on this year's Sefirat Haomer journey with daily meditations and practical tips for living with the mystical Sefirot of Kabbalah throughout the 7 weeks to revelation. Rejuvenate yourself this spring with a map to personal transformation that will continue daily this retreat, and via online channels until Shavuot. 10:00 AM Check-out Guest Rooms Please check-out of your guests rooms by 10:00 am. Guests who do not check out by 10:00 am will be charged a $50 late fee. 10:00-11:15 AM Lessons From the Olive Tree for Families, Communities, and Jewish Unity Red Yurt Dr. Jon Greenberg The Talmud, the Book of Maccabees, and the Psalms all use the biology of the olive tree to teach important life lessons. Come learn what they have to say. 11:00-12:00 AM Family Hallel Synagogue Mattisyahu Brown and Rachel Ravitz 12:00-1:30 PM Lunch Dining Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 1:15 PM Shuttle to Wassaic Outside The shuttle to Wassaic will be parked in front of the main building by 1:15 pm. Please make sure to have all of your belongings and be ready to leave by then.

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Monday, April 22 1:30-2:00 PM Orthodox Mincha Synagogue 1:30-6:00 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts 1:30-2:45 PM Macro Photography Gazebo Elizabeth Yaari Close-up photography. Bring your phone or regular camera to explore the narrow places in nature where growth starts Nature Appreciation Walk Meet at Gazebo Shamu Sadeh Let's take a walk outside and see what's happening? Buds? Leaves? Flowers? Birds? We will walk slowly into the forest and discover the miracles of nature. 3:00-4:15 PM Adamah Farm Tour Meet at Gazebo Isabella Freedman Educator Hosting our Adamah heirloom vegetables, a permaculture orchard, chickens, and compost, the Kaplan Family Farm is just a short walk from the Isabella Freedman campus. As you tour our organic fruit orchards, berry hedgerows, vegetable fields, and compost-yard chickens, you will see how we are bringing the commandments in Genesis to life as we “till and tend” the land in ways that enable it to flourish for generations to come. What One Little Jewish Girl Can Do… Synagogue Akedah Eze An in depth study of the audacious Jewish women like Chavah, Sarah, Miriam, Chanah, Ruth And Devorah, who spoke truth to power and paved the way for our peoples redemption. Searching for the Chamatz Within Beige Yurt Rabbi Mike Moskowitz This text based class explores the reasons for searching for chamatz in the medieval rabbinic dispute on the first Mishnah in Pesachim as a way of being more sensitive of the internal work of self development.

4:30-5:45 PM Barnyard Visit Barnyard Isabella Freedman Educator Visit our goats and play with the newborn kids! You might get a chance to help bring the goats fresh water or to fluff up their hay. Please note that all goat sessions are subject to be cancelled if any goats need medical attention. God is Everywhere: Embodying Our Hazon (Vision) Beige Yurt Rishe Groner Scientists and theologians argue about the nature of reality, that it could all be a matter of perception. How does the Divine fill the world, and what is our role in expanding that presence into even the most mundane? We'll explore the Kabbalistic cosmology of the universe, and examine how we can build our own Edenic garden on earth through our own actions. Jewish Engagement in the 21st Century, A Moment or a Movement? Synagogue Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein In the 21st century we have and will continue to see unparalleled events that are affecting our lives as individuals, as communities, and ultimately as denizens of an increasingly fragile planet. As such, the synagogue model for community engagement is on trial by lay-leaders and clergy alike. Is the synagogue enough? What research has been conducted to help us envision a movement for alternative platforms that engage the Jewish future in innovative and meaningful experiences for this generation. Dancing to Freedom with AccepDance Red Yurt Henny Stern Nissan, the month that greets the Spring season, welcomes the expression of freedom. According to somatic psychology, we are only truly free when we pay attention with intention to all the different parts of ourselves. AccepDance is a journey “from self-conscious to breathconscious” allowing all the different parts of self to “be” and express themselves fully, with AccepDance! No prior dance experience is necessary

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Monday, April 22 6:00-7:30 PM Dinner Dining Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 7:00-7:20 PM Orthodox Maariv Synagogue

7:30-10:00 PM Silent Film Event with Live Music Performance and Q & A Great Hall Donald Sosin and Alicia Svigals The Ancient Law (1923, dir. E. A. Dupont, 133 min. ). This stunning silent film from one of the great directors of the Weimar era tells the story of a rabbi’s son who abandons the shtetl to follow his dreams as an actor in Vienna. Live music composed and performed by Alicia Svigals, violin, and Donald Sosin, piano, who have been touring the US and Europe with the film for a year to great acclaim and standing ovations. Sponsored by the Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts.

Tuesday, April 23 Pesach - Day 4 - Chol Hamoed 7:00-7:45 AM Painting Meditation Red Yurt Elizabeth Yaari Paint with flow and ease to free the breath and body. All materials supplied. No experience necessary 7:30-8:00 AM Barnyard Visit Barnyard Isabella Freedman Educator Visit our goats and play with the newborn kids! You might get a chance to help bring the goats fresh water or to fluff up their hay. Please note that all goat sessions are subject to be cancelled if any goats need medical attention. 8:00-9:00 AM Morning Yoga Red Yurt Katja Schultz The morning yoga class will provide the opportunity to wake up the body and mind, and start with an appreciation of each new day. This class is available to all levels and will incorporate a dynamic flow with familiar postures and opportunity to connect the body and breath through movement.

8:00-10:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 8:30-9:00 AM Opening the Gates Prayer Synagogue Mattisyahu Brown As our sages "waited" in contemplative preparation before each prayer session, we will gather for a short facilitated gratitude meditation before Shacharit. Come, receive the great merit of being among the first to gather for the minyan — and begin with an open heart! 9:00-9:45 AM Soulhacks Red Yurt Rishe Groner Back by popular demand. Embark on this year's Sefirat Haomer journey with daily meditations and practical tips for living with the mystical Sefirot of Kabbalah throughout the 7 weeks to revelation. Rejuvenate yourself this spring with a map to personal transformation that will continue daily this retreat, and via online channels until Shavuot.

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Tuesday, April 23 9:00 AM-10:30 AM Orthodox Shacharit Synagogue 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts Gan Adamah Beige Yurt 10:00 AM Check-out Guest Rooms Please check-out of your guests rooms by 10:00 am. Guests who do not check out by 10:00 am will be charged a $50 late fee. 10:00-11:15 AM Building for Pharaoh. Building for G-d Red Yurt Elizabeth Yaari A movement, sound and mask making workshop to explore the abilities of the Hebrews first to build structures for Pharaoh then for G-d. 11:00-12:00 AM Family Hallel Synagogue Mattisyahu Brown and Rachel Ravitz For anyone who missed the morning prayers in the synagogue, we will jam with musical instruments and sing the Psalms of the joyful Hallel service together. Kid-friendly! 12:00-1:30 PM Lunch Dining Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 1:30-2:00 PM Orthodox Mincha Synagogue 1:30-6:00 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts

1:30-2:45 PM Wild Edible Walk Meet at Gazebo Arielle Aronoff Spring is a time of abundant gifts from the land. We will stroll around campus identifying and tasting a selection of the wild edibles found here. Barnyard Visit Barnyard Isabella Freedman Educator Visit our goats and play with the newborn kids! You might get a chance to help bring the goats fresh water or to fluff up their hay. Please note that all goat sessions are subject to be cancelled if any goats need medical attention. Pesach as an All-Gendered Experience Synagogue Rabbi Mike Moskowitz On the nights of the Seder we achieve a reunification of things that have been separated, including gender. This discussion will talk about expanding our capacity to hold identities beyond our own lived experience. 3:00-4:15 PM Butter and Cheese Making Workshop Great Hall Isabella Freedman Educator Learn the intersections between Judaism and dairy as we begin counting the Omer. We will explore how to make butter and cheese using simple ingredients found in your kitchen. Sephardic Pesach Traditions from Around the World Synagogue Akedah Eze According to Midrash, Eliyahu Hanavi is present at every seder table. Join us as we travel to Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Iraq, Morocco, Yemen and Persia to identify family rituals that connect us to the global traditions of our people. Mishpochology 101: How to Climb Your Family Tree Beige Yurt Arthur Kurzweil Arthur is the author of the best selling book, From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy. He'll tell you everything he knows on the subject.

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Tuesday, April 23 4:30-5:45 PM Candle Making Great Hall Isabella Freedman Educator We will be hand dipping candles for Chag and Shabbat. 4:30-5:45 PM Activating Sacred Time: New Moon, New Year Synagogue Rishe Groner The world of Jewish practice is governed by the lunar calendar; and the month of Nissan grants us a fresh start during the spring. How can we explore our complex relationship with time, as humans and as Jewish people, defined by rituals? This immersive experience will combine meditation, visualization, text study and practical applications for managing our time. Reintegration with AccepDance Red Yurt Henny Stern Pesach, a holiday commanding us to tell our story through an immersive experience, teaches us the importance of embodying our narrative. With AccepDance, we will have the opportunity to engage with our stories and narratives by reconnecting to our body through focus on breath, somatic stretching, and embodied dance. No prior dance experience is necessary.

6:00-7:30 PM Dinner Dining Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 7:00-7:20 PM Orthodox Maariv Synagogue 8:00-9:30 PM A Passover Musical with Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein Great Hall @RabbiZayah It all started with Joseph the Dreamer, is what they say, trickling down the generation -- only 70 souls knew of the world in which these shepherds traversed. When Moses saw that burning bush, he had to make a choice of whether he could love enough, believe enough, try enough and listen enough to make the revolution happen. Music and Lyrics Written by Isaiah Rothstein of Zayah. 9:00-11:00 PM Campfire Firepit Isabella Freedman Educator Enjoy the intermittent holiday days around the campfire. Bring your instruments, stories and songs.

Wednesday, April 24 Pesach - Day 5 - Chol Hamoed 7:00-7:45 AM Writing Meditation Red Yurt Elizabeth Yaari Writing Creative writing flow to free our hearts and minds . All materials supplied. No experience necessary. 7:30-8:00 AM Barnyard Visit Barnyard Isabella Freedman Educator Visit our goats and play with the newborn kids! You might get a chance to help bring the goats fresh water or to fluff up their hay. Please note that all goat sessions are subject to be cancelled if any goats need medical attention.

8:00-9:00 AM Morning Yoga Red Yurt Katja Schultz The morning yoga class will provide the opportunity to wake up the body and mind, and start with an appreciation of each new day. This class is available to all levels and will incorporate a dynamic flow with familiar postures and opportunity to connect the body and breath through movement. 8:00-10:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks.

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Wednesday, April 24 8:30-9:00 AM Opening the Gates Prayer Synagogue Mattisyahu Brown As our sages "waited" in contemplative preparation before each prayer session, we will gather for a short facilitated gratitude meditation before Shacharit. Come, receive the great merit of being among the first to gather for the minyan — and begin with an open heart! 9:00-9:45 AM Soulhacks Red Yurt Rishe Groner Back by popular demand. Embark on this year's Sefirat Haomer journey with daily meditations and practical tips for living with the mystical Sefirot of Kabbalah throughout the 7 weeks to revelation. Rejuvenate yourself this spring with a map to personal transformation that will continue daily this retreat, and via online channels until Shavuot. 9:00 AM-10:30 AM Orthodox Shacharit Synagogue 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts Gan Adamah Beige Yurt 10:00 AM Check-out Guest Rooms Please check-out of your guests rooms by 10:00 am. Guests who do not check out by 10:00 am will be charged a $50 late fee. 10:00-11:30 AM Silver and Gold Red Yurt Elizabeth Yaari Using Bibliodrama we explore how silver and gold are acquired before the Exodus. Create jewelry during the dialogue.

11:00-12:00 AM Family Hallel Synagogue Mattisyahu Brown and Rachel Ravitz For anyone who missed the morning prayers in the synagogue, we will jam with musical instruments and sing the Psalms of the joyful Hallel service together. Kid-friendly! 12:00-1:30 PM Lunch Dining Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 1:30-2:00 PM Orthodox Mincha Synagogue 1:30-6:30 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts 2:00-3:15 PM Adamah Farm Tour Meet at Gazebo Isabella Freedman Educator Hosting our Adamah heirloom vegetables, a permaculture orchard, chickens, and compost, the Kaplan Family Farm is just a short walk from the Isabella Freedman campus. As you tour our organic fruit orchards, berry hedgerows, vegetable fields, and compost-yard chickens, you will see how we are bringing the commandments in Genesis to life as we “till and tend” the land in ways that enable it to flourish for generations to come. Degel – What We Stand For (Part 1) Beige Yurt Eli Weinbach Learn about the history of flags and symbols in Jewish Tradition, then make your own flag that represents who you are!

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Wednesday, April 24 3:30-4:45 PM Degel – What We Stand For (Part 2) – Hike Meet at Gazebo Eli Weinbach Bring your flag to the top of the mountain and proudly declare to the world what you stand for! The Birth of a Nation and Maintaining Individuality Synagogue Rabbi Mike Moskowitz Through the exodus of Egypt we became a nation. As we prepare for the giving of the Torah balancing solo and communal contributions can be complicated. This text based study will provide some tools to help navigate the tension. Whittle a Yad Beige Yurt Elizabeth Yaari As we whittle our yad we explore the many times that the word yad (hand) appears in the Exodus story. 5:00-6:00 PM Vinyasa Yoga Red Yurt Rebecca Bloomfield Care for your body, mind, and spirit through an invigorating and mindful vinyasa yoga practice. All levels welcome.

5:00-6:15 PM More Puzzles for Science and Torah, Friends and Enemies Synagogue Dr. Jon Greenberg The struggle to understand Torah as our scientific description of the world evolves leads in some surprising directions. We'll look at the cases of the etrog tree that grew upside down, the problem of baking matzah in the southern hemisphere, how new farming methods raised concerns about kitniyot, and the Achashverosh beetle. Improvisation Beige Yurt Leah Gottfried A combination of improv games, acting techniques and storytelling, this workshop is a space to let loose, laugh and learn new skills. No experience necessary. 6:30-8:00 PM Dinner Dining Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 7:00-7:20 PM Maariv Synagogue 8:30-10:00 PM Searching for God in a Magic Shop Synagogue Arthur Kurzweil "Disguised as a magic show, I will actually be exploring some profound questions of life while performing a bunch of cool magic tricks." –Arthur Kurzweil

Thursday, April 25 Pesach - Day 6 - Chag at Sundown 7:00-7:45 AM Painting Meditation Red Yurt Elizabeth Yaari Paint with flow and ease to free the breath and body.

7:30-8:00 AM Barnyard Visit Barnyard Isabella Freedman Educator Visit our goats and play with the newborn kids! You might get a chance to help bring the goats fresh water or to fluff up their hay. Please note that all goat sessions are subject to be cancelled if any goats need medical attention.

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Thursday, April 25 8:00-9:15 AM Morning Yoga Red Yurt Katja Schultz The morning yoga class will provide the opportunity to wake up the body and mind, and start with an appreciation of each new day. This class is available to all levels and will incorporate a dynamic flow with familiar postures and opportunity to connect the body and breath through movement. 8:00-10:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 8:30-9:00 AM Opening the Gates Prayer Synagogue Mattisyahu Brown As our sages "waited" in contemplative preparation before each prayer session, we will gather for a short facilitated gratitude meditation before Shacharit. Come, receive the great merit of being among the first to gather for the minyan — and begin with an open heart! 9:00 AM-10:30 AM Orthodox Shacharit Synagogue 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts Gan Adamah Beige Yurt 10:00 AM Check-out Guest Rooms Please check-out of your guests rooms by 10:00 am. Guests who do not check out by 10:00 am will be charged a $50 late fee. 10:00-10:45 AM Soulhacks Red Yurt Rishe Groner Back by popular demand. Embark on this year's Sefirat Haomer journey with daily meditations and practical tips for living with the mystical Sefirot of Kabbalah throughout

the 7 weeks to revelation. Rejuvenate yourself this spring with a map to personal transformation that will continue daily this retreat, and via online channels until Shavuot. 11:00-12:00 AM Family Hallel Synagogue Mattisyahu Brown and Rachel Ravitz For anyone who missed the morning prayers in the synagogue, we will jam with musical instruments and sing the Psalms of the joyful Hallel service together. Kid-friendly! 11:15 AM Shuttle to Wassaic Outside The shuttle to Wassaic will be parked in front of the main building by 11:15 am. Please make sure to have all of your belongings and be ready to leave by then. 12:00-1:30 PM Lunch Dining Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 2:00-6:00 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts 2:00-3:15 PM After the Chrain Comes Chayin ‫חן‬ Synagogue Rabbi Mike Moskowitz This conversation will be framed by mystical sources around the attribute of ‫חן‬, grace, as a way of holding a dialogue about toxic masculinity and a Jewish response to it. Liberatory Consciousness and Identity Based Oppression Beige Yurt Janna Siller Twenty first century oppression is often less overt than Pharoah's enslavement of the Jews but it is no less real. In this session we'll discuss the terms oppression, power, privilege, intersectionality, social identity, personal identity, and liberatory consciousness and use real world examples in an effort to exit the narrow place.

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Thursday, April 25 3:00-6:00 PM Guest Arrival Great Hall 3:30-4:45 PM Wild Tea Walk Meet at Gazebo Arielle Aronoff Through song, spirit, and intellect, we will identify the plants that make great tea and enjoy a cup together. Learn about nettles, white pine, field mint, bee balm, and more! Open Beit Midrash: The Jewish Calendar Synagogue Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein This class will explore four different measurements of time within the Jewish tradition: Shabbat, Seasons, Months and Tipping Points in the Year. We will consider how each of these influence us as people: Spiritually, emotionally, physically and religiously. We will mark this special moment with calling out the moment and seizing it for Torah Study. We will break into pairs or small groups, no prior knowledge necessary. 4:45-6:00 PM Matzah Cover Painting Great Hall Elizabeth Yaari Enter the waking dream world and create a community matzah cover. You will each take home a part of the large painting. 5:00-6:00 PM Vinyasa Yoga Red Yurt Rebecca Bloomfield Care for your body, mind, and spirit through an invigorating and mindful vinyasa yoga practice. All levels welcome. 5:00-6:15 PM Pomegranates, Dayenu, the Pesach Sacrifice, and Teshuva Synagogue Dr. Jon Greenberg Confused? What do these things have to do with each other? Come learn a new perspective on Pesach and the purpose of Creation.

5:00-6:15 PM Miriam's Dance Beige Yurt Rishe Groner Miriam’s dance is moment of victory for the Israelites, but what was the significance of her drum – the famous “tof” or timbrel? What was the meaning of all the women following her in song, and what was the subtext of their song? We'll explore the Kabbalistic cosmology of the universe, a proposed paradigm for redemption and liberation, and the themes of dance and drumming in all of our lives as it relates to shifting consciousness. Join us for journey into our own redemption, based on Chassidic wisdom, with storytelling and embodied dance practice. 5:30-6:00 PM Mandatory Parent/ Guardian Orientation Arts & Crafts We will gather in Arts & Crafts to talk about the logistics of the next few days, learn about the amazing programming in store and play a game to get introduce everybody. 6:15-7:15 PM Light Supper/ Kids' Dinner Great Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 7:27 PM Communal Candle Lighting Great Hall 7:30-8:30 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts 7:30-8:30 PM Orthodox Mincha & Maariv Synagogue Traditional Egalitarian Mincha & Maariv Red Yurt Meditation: Dealing With Your Own Personal Mitzrayim Beige Yurt Dan Pelberg The rest of the year we are under the illusion that we have control over everything in our lives. Learn how Pesach comes to teach us the importance of waking up to whatever is happening, and let go of our need to control.

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Thursday, April 25 8:30-10:00 PM Dinner Dining Hall and Library Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 10:00-11:00 PM Night Walk Meet in Sunroom Eli Weinbach Experience an early Spring night as the owls do. Leave your flashlights at home and walk with an experienced guide around the lake trail.

10:00-11:00 PM Songs of Soul and Silence Great Hall Mattisyahu Brown We will simply sit together and sing restful, meditative wordless melodies, listening deeply and harmonizing with each other, contemplating our gratitude for life, and sometimes dipping into silence. Come for an hour of immersion in sacred sound.

Friday, April 26 Pesach - Day 7 - Chag + Shabbat 7:00-7:45 AM Silent Meditation Red Yurt Elizabeth Yaari An experience of renewed awareness of plant behavior. 7:30-8:00 AM Barnyard Visit Barnyard Isabella Freedman Educator Visit our goats and play with the newborn kids! You might get a chance to help bring the goats fresh water or to fluff up their hay. Please note that all goat sessions are subject to be cancelled if any goats need medical attention. 8:00-9:15 AM Morning yoga Red Yurt Katja Schultz The morning yoga class will provide the opportunity to wake up the body and mind, and start with an appreciation of each new day. This class is available to all levels and will incorporate a dynamic flow with familiar postures and opportunity to connect the body and breath through movement.

8:00-10:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 8:30-9:00 AM Soulhacks Red Yurt Rishe Groner Back by popular demand. Embark on this year's Sefirat Haomer journey with daily meditations and practical tips for living with the mystical Sefirot of Kabbalah throughout the 7 weeks to revelation. Rejuvenate yourself this spring with a map to personal transformation that will continue daily this retreat, and via online channels until Shavuot. Opening the Gates Prayer Synagogue Mattisyahu Brown As our sages "waited" in contemplative preparation before each prayer session, we will gather for a short facilitated gratitude meditation before Shacharit. Come, receive the great merit of being among the first to gather for the minyan — and begin with an open heart!

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Friday, April 26 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Orthodox Shacharit Synagogue Traditional Egalitarian Shacharit Red Yurt Camp Teva Arts & Crafts Gan Adamah Beige Yurt 12:00-12:45 PM Kiddush Great Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 12:45-2:15 PM Holiday Lunch Dining Hall and Library Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 2:30-6:00 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts 2:30-3:45 PM Vernal Pools Exploration Hike Meet at Gazebo Arielle Aronoff A vernal pool is a temporary pool of water fed by snowmelt and spring rains. They provide habitat for amphibians to lay their eggs without the fear of predator fish. We will hike to the vernal pools at Isabella Freedman and explore the ecology of these unique ephemeral habitats. String Stories Beige Yurt Elizabeth Yaari Explore a sense of freedom by telling your story using a piece of string. Improvisation Red Yurt Leah Gottfried A combination of improv games, acting techniques and storytelling, this workshop is a space to let loose, laugh and learn new skills. No experience necessary.

4:00-5:15 PM Adamah Farm Tour Meet at Gazebo Isabella Freedman Educator Heirloom vegetables, permaculture orchard, compost, chickens - The Kaplan Family Farm is just a short walk from the Isabella Freedman campus. As you tour our organic fruit orchards, berry hedgerows, vegetable fields, and compost yard chickens, you will see how we are bringing the commandments in Genesis to life as we "till and tend" the land in ways that enable it to flourish for generations to come. Between Purim and Pesach: The Many Faces of Revelation Synagogue Rabbi Dr. Erin Leib Smokler Rabbi Yitzchak Hutner (1906-1980), in his book Pachad Yitzchak, explored the connection between Purim and Pesach. Come learn what joins these holidays and why we might need many different ways to access the Divine. A Passover of Multiple Realities: Historic and Agricultural Beige Yurt Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein This class will explore how Passover is both a agricultural holiday wrapped up in biblical and geographical relevance and a historic event commemorating the Exodus from Egypt. We will consider how their might be a fusion that exists in Passover as we know it today due to the urbanization of the large majority of Jews around the world in modern times. We will also discuss how we might utilize the pilgrimage holidays as a voice for living sustainably in the 21st Century. 5:30-6:30 PM Adam and Adamah: Our Origin Story, Dust and Home Synagogue Shamu Sadeh We will explore questions of earth, the place and role of humans, and what home is. Looking at the second chapter of Bereshit and Rashi's commentary we will consider the dust and God's breath that we are made of and what it means for our lives today. The Talmud with Training Wheels: An Introduction to Talmud Study Beige Yurt Arthur Kurzweil No experience necessary. Texts in English will be provided.

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Friday, April 26 5:30-6:30 PM Barnyard Visit Barnyard Isabella Freedman Educator Visit our goats and play with the newborn kids! You might get a chance to help bring the goats fresh water or to fluff up their hay. Please note that all goat sessions are subject to be cancelled if any goats need medical attention. Vinyasa Yoga Red Yurt Rebecca Bloomfield Care for your body, mind, and spirit through an invigorating and mindful vinyasa yoga practice. All levels welcome. 6:00-7:00 PM Supper/Kids’ Dinner Great Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 7:15- 8:30 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts

7:20-8:15 PM Orthodox Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Synagogue Traditional Egalitarian Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Red Yurt 7:28 PM Candle Lighting Great Hall 8:30-10:00 PM Holiday Dinner Dining Hall and Library Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 10:00-11:00 PM Tisch Great Hall Together we will share joyful songs of shabbat and storytelling.

Saturday, April 27 Pesach - Day 8 - Shabbat 7:00-7:45 AM Meditation with Nature Red Yurt Elizabeth Yaari An experience of renewed awareness of water. 7:30-8:00 AM Barnyard Visit Barnyard Isabella Freedman Educator Visit our goats and play with the newborn kids! You might get a chance to help bring the goats fresh water or to fluff up their hay. Please note that all goat sessions are subject to be cancelled if any goats need medical attention.

8:00-9:00 AM Vinyasa Yoga Red Yurt Rebecca Bloomfield Care for your body, mind, and spirit through an invigorating and mindful vinyasa yoga practice. All levels welcome. 8:00-10:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks.

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Saturday, April 27 8:15-8:45 AM Soulhacks Beige Yurt Rishe Groner Back by popular demand. Embark on this year's Sefirat Haomer journey with daily meditations and practical tips for living with the mystical Sefirot of Kabbalah throughout the 7 weeks to revelation. Rejuvenate yourself this spring with a map to personal transformation that will continue daily this retreat, and via online channels until Shavuot. Opening the Gates Prayer Synagogue Mattisyahu Brown As our sages "waited" in contemplative preparation before each prayer session, we will gather for a short facilitated gratitude meditation before Shacharit. Come, receive the great merit of being among the first to gather for the minyan — and begin with an open heart! 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Orthodox Shacharit Synagogue Traditional Egalitarian Shacharit Red Yurt Camp Teva Arts & Crafts Gan Adamah Beige Yurt 10:00-11:30 AM Bibliodrama: Twelve Pools and Seventy Palm Trees Gazebo Elizabeth Yaari Discover through Bibliodrama and song the healing powers of Elim with its pools and palm trees. 12:00-12:45 PM Kiddush Great Hall Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks.

12:45-2:15 PM Festive Lunch Dining Hall and Library Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 2:00-2:30PM Orthodox Mincha Synagogue 2:30-7:00 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts 2:30-3:45 PM Adamah Farm Tour Meet at Gazebo Isabella Freedman Educator Heirloom vegetables, permaculture orchard, compost, chickens - The Kaplan Family Farm is just a short walk from the Isabella Freedman campus. As you tour our organic fruit orchards, berry hedgerows, vegetable fields, and compost yard chickens, you will see how we are bringing the commandments in Genesis to life as we "till and tend" the land in ways that enable it to flourish for generations to come. Chassidic Insights into Pesach Synagogue Rabbi Dr. Erin Leib Smokler As we prepare our homes for Pesach, let's make sure to prepare our souls. We'll look to the Chassidic tradition to help us with this internal process. Biblical & Talmudic Botany Greenhouse Tour Beige Yurt Dr. Jon Greenberg This summer’s fresh vegetables and herbs are just getting started now in the greenhouses. Come see what’s growing and learn some great stories about these crops that help to feed the world (and us at Isabella in particular) and their significance in Jewish and world history, from onion worship to the prophet who was also a toxicologist.

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Saturday, April 27 4:00-6:00 PM Guided Long Hike Meet at Gazebo Isabella Freedman Educator Hike through fern groves, fallen birch trees, traverse over boulders, and take in the scenery at the top of the Overlook. We will explore the Yellow Trail to the Blue Trail and down the Red Trail. There are several inclines and narrow paths. Closed-toe shoes are required. 4:00-5:15 PM Reaching for the Garden of Eden Synagogue Rabbi Robert Grosberg We will be exploring the unique relationships that existed in the Garden of Eden and what was lost when man was expelled. We will further discuss the opportunity that G-d gave the Jewish people to reclaim the Garden of Eden and how the love story of Shir Hashirim, which we read on Pesach, serves as a basis for reaching Garden of Eden today. Sex, Lies, and Excommunication in the Talmud Beige Yurt Arthur Kurzweil No experience necessary. Texts in English will be provided. 5:30-6:30 PM Vinyasa Yoga Red Yurt Rebecca Bloomfield Care for your body, mind, and spirit through an invigorating and mindful vinyasa yoga practice. All levels welcome. A Kabbalah of Activism Synagogue Mattisyahu Brown No matter your chosen activism or work in the world, tethering it to the Omnipresent is a means of unlimited empowerment and success. We will meditate with texts on ‘radical gratitude’, a Torah tool that dissolves self-limitation, raises our heart’s vision of Tikkun Olam, and plugs our work into the very Source of justice, environmental healing and global Redemption. The ”Stranger” In Our Father's House Beige Yurt Akedah Eze Together we will explore Tanach's take on inclusion and otherness as it relates to Shabbat, Pesach, Brit Milah and other elements of Jewish identity.

5:30-6:30 PM Barnyard Visit Barnyard Isabella Freedman Educator Visit our goats and play with the newborn kids! You might get a chance to help bring the goats fresh water or to fluff up their hay. Please note that all goat sessions are subject to be cancelled if any goats need medical attention. 7:00-8:20 PM Dinner Dining Hall and Library Please note: All children must be supervised during kiddush and mealtimes. Camp Teva/Gan Adamah educators are not responsible for supervising children during these time blocks. 7:00-8:20 PM Seudah Hamashiach Library At the end of Passover there is a chasidic tradition to have a Seudah Mashiach, or a festive meal to welcome the messiah. As a community we will come together and celebrate the holiday coming to an end and the ideas around the coming of the Mashiach. 8:20-8:35 PM Orthodox Maariv Synagogue 8:35 PM Communal Havdalah Great Hall 9:30-11:00 PM Campfire Firepit 9:30-11:00 PM Soon By You – Episode Screening and Talkback Synagogue Leah Gottfried Soon By You is an award-winning comedic web series about Orthodox Jews dating in NYC. Come watch the brand new season premiere episode, followed by a Q&A with director/writer/actor Leah Gottfried.

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Sunday, April 28 Departure Day 7:00-7:45 AM Painting Meditation Red Yurt Elizabeth Yaari Paint with flow and ease to free the breath and body . 8:00-9:00 AM Vinyasa Yoga Red Yurt Rebecca Bloomfield Care for your body, mind, and spirit through an invigorating and mindful vinyasa yoga practice. All levels welcome. 8:00-8:30 AM Opening the Gates Prayer Synagogue Mattisyahu Brown As our sages "waited" in contemplative preparation before each prayer session, we will gather for a short facilitated gratitude meditation before Shacharit. Come, receive the great merit of being among the first to gather for the minyan — and begin with an open heart!

8:30-9:30 AM Orthodox Shacharit Synagogue 9:00-11:00 AM Brunch Dining Hall 10:00 AM Check-out Guest Rooms Please check-out of your guests rooms by 10:00 am. Guests who do not check out by 10:00 am will be charged a $50 late fee. 11:15 AM Shuttle departure to Wassaic Outside Main Building The shuttle to Wassaic will be parked in front of the main building by 11:15 am. Please make sure to have all of your belongings and be ready to leave by then.

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Parents, and guardians, you can relax into the retreat, knowing that your children are playing and learning with exceptional Jewish experiential educators. We have an engaging, thoughtful, and fun Pesach Camp Teva program planned for children ages 5–12. Everything from seders and morning shacharit to exploring the forest and the farm. Children under the age of 5 are welcome to participate with an adult. Camp Teva Programming runs between breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinner with some evening programming scheduled. Children must be dropped off and picked up by parents/guardians and are required to stay with educators once checked in, unless they are picked up early by parents/guardians. Gan Adamah is for children ages 2–4. Parents/ Guardians can choose to drop their children off or stay with them. Gan Adamah is located in the Beige Yurt. Please see the schedule below for times. We spend most of our time outside, hiking, playing games, visiting the goats in all types of weather. Please wear the appropriate clothing for these activities. Come to the first night’s kids’ dinner to learn more about our program and some important policies that we would like to share with you. All activities meet in Arts and Crafts, unless otherwise noted. From there we will move to other locations on campus. If you have any questions please direct them to Arielle Aronoff, Teva Lead Educator and Camp Teva Manager.

Friday, April 19 3:00–4:30 PM Kids’ Zone at The JOFEE Fair Great Hall Learn how to make origami jumping frogs that we’ll use during our seder tonight. Make charoset on the bike blender! There is fun to be had during check-in for kids and adults alike. 6:00–6:30 PM Mandatory Parent/ Guardian Orientation Arts & Crafts Learn about Camp Teva and Gan Adamah. We will go over program logistics and expectations.

6:30–7:15 PM Kids’ Dinner Great Hall Dinner will be late late late. Have something to eat now in the Great Hall before the seder. 7:20 PM Candle Lighting with Family and Friends Great Hall 7:30–8:15 PM Kids’ 1st Night Seder and Welcoming Shabbat Arts & Crafts Experience a seder like you’ve never experienced before. Travel back in time to Mitzrayim through hands-on interactive activities, games, songs, and more! Please wear your name badge throughout the retreat! • 31


Saturday, April 20 *Remember bring your boots/sneakers and other items to wear for goat walks and into the forest!* 9:00–9:30 AM Good Morning! Wake Up and Stretch Stretch out your bodies with kid-led yoga or field games to get your body moving. Every morning we will begin our day with stretching and a game to shake the sleep away.

2:30–4:00 PM Cave Exploration Discover the magic held within the caves of Isabella Freedman. We will be hiking, exploring, and searching for the hidden wonders that exist all around us.

9:00 AM–12:00 PM Gan Adamah Ages 2-4 Beige Yurt Parents/ Guardians can drop off their toddlers for movement, toys, and fun Shabbat activities.

2:30–4:00 PM Jr. MasterChef – DIY Salad Bar Chop chop chop those veggies. We’ll make our own afternoon salad snack and vote on top tastes, plating, and use of mystery items.

9:30–10:15 AM Goat Morning Shabbat Song, dance, prayer. Lets wake up our bodies for a joyful Shabbat morning as we walk and say hay to the goats! 9:30 AM–12:00 PM Good Morning Shabbat Hike Ages 8+ Have you ever heard of Hitbodedut? It is a radical form of meditative prayer in the forest. This will be a combination of hiking and prayer. 10:15 AM–12:00 PM Goats and Forest Exploration Explore the forest. Maybe we’ll meet some animals and find out what they like to eat. 12:00–12:45 PM KIDdush! It can’t happen unless we are there! Great Hall 12:45–2:15 PM Lunch Dining Hall

4:00–6:00 PM Stories and Games in the Parting of the Sea Relax and play with sand! Create your own desert stories! 4:00–6:00 PM GaGa Ages 8+ Field by the fire pit GaGa, aka the best camp game ever! Come play. 6:00–7:00 PM Kids’ Dinner Great Hall Dinner will be late late late. Join us in the Great Hall for dinner. It’s a good night to be a kid because you will have your own Kids’ Buffet Line! 7:00–8:45 PM Kids’ Pajama 2nd Night Seder id you have fun at last night’s seder? Come do it all again this time in your PJ’s! Travel back in time to Mitzrayim through hands on interactive activities, games, songs, and more!

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Sunday, APril 21 *Remember bring your boots/sneakers and other items to wear for goat walks and into the forest!* 9:00–9:30 AM Goat Morning, Wake Up and Stretch! Stretch out your bodies with kid-led yoga or field games to get your body moving. Every morning we will begin our day with stretching and a game to shake the sleep away. 9:00 AM–12:00 PM Gan Adamah Ages 2-4 Beige Yurt Parents/ Guardians can drop off their toddlers for movement, toys, and fun chag activities. 9:30 –11:00 AM Sweet Potato Pancakes Latkes don’t have to be just for Hanukkah. We can make them for Pesach too! 11:00 AM–12:00 PM Kickball! The title speaks for itself! Come play kickball with Camp Teva

2:30–4:00 PM Signs of Spring Hike Wander through the wilderness of Isabella Freedman’s forests and look for signs of spring and celebrate the awakening of the plants from the winter. We might find edible plants, we might find frog eggs, maybe a frog and salamander will greet us on the trail. 3:30–5:00 PM Tear Soup Fire Pit by the lake Join us around the campfire to make soup. We will read the book Tear Soup and follow her recipe. To season her soup Grandy adds memories like the good times and the bad times, the silly and the sad times. 5:00–6:30 PM Topsy Turvy Bus Tour and Energy Games Have you seen that crazy bus parked on the edge of camp? What’s that all about? Find out in this super fun Topsy Turvy Bus tour.

12:00–12:45 PM KIDdush Great Hall 12:45–2:15 PM Lunch Dining Hall 2:30–3:30 PM Theater 101 Arts and Crafts will transform into a theater as we move through improv games and create skits. Are you Moses speaking to the burning bush? Miriam leading the Israelites with dance and song? Or are you Pharaoh, stubborn and mighty in your palace?

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Monday, April 22 9:00–9:30 AM Goat Morning, Wake Up and Stretch! Stretch out your bodies with kid-led yoga or field games to get your body moving. Every morning we will begin our day with stretching and a game to shake the sleep away. 9:00 AM–12:00 PM Gan Adamah Ages 2-4 Beige Yurt Parents/ Guardians can drop off their toddlers for movement, toys, and fun activities. 9:30 AM–12:00 PM DIY Cup of Elijah or Miriam Make your own Kiddush cup out of recycled wine bottles. You will get to pick your bottle, cut it with a special glass cutter, sand it, and etch in a design of your choosing. This activity will be modified for age level. If you have really great fine motor skills, then you’ll be able to cut your own bottle and sand it. For those with little hands, we will cut the bottle for you and you’ll design it! 11:00 AM–12:00 PM Musical Hallel Synagogue There will be dancing, singing and great celebration for the Passover holiday!

12:00–1:30 PM Lunch 1:30–4:00 PM Building the Mishkan (Shelter Building) After wandering in the desert for 40 years, the Israelites got really good at shelter building. Join us to learn how to build a debris shelter from sticks and leaves to add to your own wilderness survival skills. 1:30–4:00 PM Zine Making Create your own zine. Use your voice through art. What message do you want to publish? 4:00–5:00 PM Wild Tea It’s beginning to feel a lot like Spring. Explore camp to find out what we can eat and what we can make into tea even in the earliest days of Spring. 5:00–6:00 PM Growing Gardens Arts & Crafts We will plant seeds in the garden behind Arts and Crafts. These will be some of the first seeds in the ground!

Tuesday, April 23 9:00–9:30 AM Goat Morning, Wake Up and Stretch! Stretch out your bodies with kid-led yoga or field games to get your body moving. Every morning we will begin our day with stretching and a game to shake the sleep away.

9:30–11:00 AM Circus Arts Become a clown, learn to juggle, practice on the pogo stick and hula hoops. We’ll become a travelling circus troupe, entertaining all who dare to watch!

9:00 AM–12:00 PM Gan Adamah Ages 2-4 Beige Yurt Parents/ Guardians can drop off their toddlers for movement, toys, and fun activities.

9:30–11:00 AM Whittling Wands and Yads Ages 8+ Learn to use a knife to whittle a yad or a wand. We will go over safety and proper use of knives as tools.

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Tuesday, April 23 11:00 AM–12:00 PM Musical Hallel Synagogue There will be dancing, singing and great celebration for the Passover holiday!

3:00–4:00 PM Candle Making Great Hall Learn to make your own candles. You can use them for this Shabbat and chag!

12:00–1:30 PM Lunch

4:00–5:00 PM “The Pesach Time Tunnel” with Mr. Shabbos Rabbi Josh Alpert aka Mr. Shabbos presents "The Pesach Time Tunnel”. Join Mr. Shabbos on an interactive musical journey back to Egypt as we experience the exodus together. Puppets, live musical accompaniment, singing, dancing, and lots of laughs will round out this journey through time.

1:30–3:00 PM Pond Probe Pond front by the Firepit The pond is brimming with amazing macro and micro invertebrates. Come find out who they are and use science to test the health of Lake Miriam. *Remember bring your boots/sneakers and other items to wear for pond probe and into the forest!*

5:00–6:00 PM Say Hay to the Goats Let’s say hi to the baby goats.

Wednesday, April 24 9:00–9:30 AM Goat Morning, Wake Up and Stretch! Stretch out your bodies with kid-led yoga or field games to get your body moving. Every morning we will begin our day with stretching and a game to shake the sleep away. 9:00 AM–12:00 PM Gan Adamah Ages 2-4 Beige Yurt Parents/ Guardians can drop off their toddlers for movement, toys, and fun activities. 9:30–11:00 AM Making Puppets We will create puppet Passover characters. Do you want to transform into Mr. or Ms. Matzo, Moses, Miriam, Aaron, AfikoMan, Pharaoh, Egyptian princess Batya, Four Children, Darkness, Frogs, Hail? We will act out our characters. 11:00 AM–12:00 PM Musical Hallel Synagogue Bring your clown selves to the Synagogue! There will be dancing, singing and great celebration for the Passover holiday!

12:00–1:30 PM Lunch 1:30–4:30 PM Hike to the Overlook The hike to the overlook is filled with cool games and adventures on the way. Join us as we walk up the mountain, learn to play camouflage (rated best forest game 10 years running), and learn about the plants and animals that live in this forest. 1:30–2:30 PM Where Our Feelings Live Sometimes we feel sad, sometimes we feel happy. We feel angry, loving, disappointed and frustrated, among so many emotions – and it can be challenging to feel them all in our bodies! We'll do some interactive art, draw our bodies and dance around to learn how we can feel our feelings. Bonus dance party included! 2:30–6:30 PM Open Studio! Come to Arts and Crafts where we will have lots of options for you to make matzah covers, bird feeders, pine cone fairies, and just about anything you can imagine!

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Thursday, april 25 9:00–9:30 AM Goat Morning, Wake Up and Stretch! Stretch out your bodies with kid-led yoga or field games to get your body moving. Every morning we will begin our day with stretching and a game to shake the sleep away. 9:00 AM–12:00 PM Gan Adamah Ages 2-4 Beige Yurt Parents/ Guardians can drop off their toddlers for movement, toys, and fun activities. 9:00 –10:30 AM Plush Adamah Pickles Create your very own plush dill pickle and name it! 10:30 AM–12:30 PM DIY Eco-Friendly Matzah Home Make your own house with matzah walls and other yummy treats for decoration. Share a story about your creation.

3:30–5:30 PM Field Games and Arts & Crafts It’s been a busy week! Let’s unwind with some open craft time. You can work on anything you haven’t had a chance to finish or start a new project. If you prefer to run around outside, we have lots of amazing games to play! 5:30–6:00 PM Mandatory Parent/ Guardian Orientation Learn about Camp Teva and Gan Adamah. We will go over program logistics and expectations. 6:15–7:15 PM Kids' Dinner 7:15–8:30 PM Matzah S’Mores and Campfire Join us around the campfire after dinner for dessert. We’ll make matzah s’mores, sing songs, and tell stories.

11:00 AM–12:00 PM Musical Hallel Synagogue There will be dancing, singing and great celebration for the Passover holiday! 12:00–1:30 PM Lunch 2:00–3:30 PM Mad Science Experiments We have some amazing science experiments in store for you! By playing with food and mixing ordinary ingredients, we will all turn into chemists, make a big mess, and have a lot of fun!

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Friday, April 26 9:00–9:30 AM Goat Morning, Wake Up and Stretch! Stretch out your bodies with kid-led yoga or field games to get your body moving. Every morning we will begin our day with stretching and a game to shake the sleep away.

*Remember to dress for getting messy this afternoon!*

9:00 AM–12:00 PM Gan Adamah Ages 2-4 Beige Yurt Parents/ Guardians can drop off their toddlers for movement, toys, and fun chag activities.

3:30–4:30 PM Games Galore Join us for games! Board games, tag games, story games…

9:30–10:30 AM DIY Cheese and Butter Learn how to make your own cheese and butter. We’ll make some of each and get to snack on tam tams and veggies. 10:30 AM–12:00 PM Meet the Goats and Chickens Now that we know how to make cheese, let’s meet some of the animals that give us milk. The goats and their babies love visitors and we love to visit them! After the goats, we walk to the farm to meet the chickens. 12:00–12:45 PM Kiddush Great Hall 12:45–2:15 PM Lunch Dining Hall

2:30–3:30 PM Bubble Bash Come join us for bubble fun outside.

3:30–4:30 PM Forest Exploration Join us to explore the forest. We’ll meet the trees and find hiding spots that only the squirrels know. Gather pine and lavender for havdalah! 4:30- 6:00 PM Let’s Make Dessert Tonight is Shabbat so let’s make a special dessert to have after dinner, before Kabbalat Shabbat. 6:00–7:00 PM Kids' Dinner Great Hall 7:15–8:30 PM Welcoming Shabbat Shabbat is here! We will dance and sing to greet the Shabbat Queen. Bring your favorite Shabbat songs and your dancing shoes (or you can take off your shoes!) Remember that dessert we made earlier? We get to eat it now!

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Saturday, April 27 *Remember bring your boots/sneakers and other items to wear for goat walks and into the forest!* 9:00–9:30 AM Goat Morning, Wake Up and Stretch! Stretch out your bodies with kid-led yoga or field games to get your body moving. Every morning we will begin our day with stretching and a game to shake the sleep away. 9:00 AM–12:00 PM Gan Adamah Ages 2-4 Beige Yurt Parents/ Guardians can drop off their toddlers for movement, toys, and fun Shabbat activities. 9:30–10:15 AM Good Morning Shabbat Song, dance, prayer. Lets wake up our bodies for a joyful Shabbat morning. 10:15 AM–12:00 PM Goats and Forest Exploration Say hay to the goats and explore the forest. Maybe we’ll meet some animals and find out what they like to eat. 9:30 AM–12:00 PM Good Morning Shabbat Hike Ages 9+ Have you ever heard of Hitbodedut? It is a radical form of meditative prayer in the forest. This will be a combination of hiking and prayer.

12:45–2:15 PM Lunch Dining Hall 2:30–4:00 PM The Exodus – A Play Create your own rendition of the exodus and act it out. We can even perform it for your parents tonight! 2:30–4:00 PM Challenge and Discovery Meet Outside of Arts & Crafts Ages 9+ Challenge yourself, build agility, have fun, and work together. Our afternoon will be filled with challenges to get your brain and body working together. 4:00–5:30 PM Crossing the Sea Lake Miriam is named for the woman who led us to the sea dancing and singing. Come to the lake and see what is in store for us today! 5:30–7:00 PM Camp Teva Hangout and Play Practice Outdoor games, indoor games, we know all of the games, and we bet you know some too! We’ll also practice our play to present tonight.

12:00–12:45 PM Kiddush Great Hall

Sunday, APril 28 Please note, there is no Camp Teva programming today. Thanks for playing and learning with us. See you next time!

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Presenter Bios Arielle Aronoff manages the children’s programming during retreats at Isabella Freedman. She supports and trains seasonal Teva educators and leads immersive, experiential education programs for youth and adults alike in the forests and fields of Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Before coming to Hazon, Arielle worked as a baker, outdoor educator, farmer, healthy school food advocate, and youth job training mentor. Arielle is a current participant in the Kohenet Priestess Training Institute, and an alumna of Kibbutz Lotan: Center for Creative Ecology. Rebecca Bloomfield is the Director of Adamah. She recruits, teaches, and mentors Adamah fellows. Since being an Adamah fellow herself in the Fall of 2005, Rebecca has taught at The Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, California, managed the Organic Farmer Training Program at Michigan State University, and operated her own small farm business, Bloomfield Farm, in Ottawa, Canada. Her values of good food, strong community, and the connection to something-greater has brought her back to Adamah. She loves yoga, coffee shops, walking in the woods, and any time spent at her family cottage in Temagami, Ontario. Before throwing himself headlong into the ocean of Torah, Mattisyahu (Matti) Brown sought an experience of the oneness underlying the world’s wisdom traditions. A mentorship with Rav DovBer Pinson helped him focus and resolve this search, which in turn led him to Jerusalem to complete rabbinic ordination. As a meditator and certified somatics practitioner, Matti turns Torah teachings into penetrating questions for selfinvestigation, insight and embodiment. As a prayer-leader and songwriter, Matti has helped fill liturgy with ecstatic song. He is a professional editor of Jewish books, and lives in Jerusalem with his wife Rachel Ravitz and their twin daughters. As a wild, frum from birth, African American girl growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on the very block where the Crown Heights riots began, Akedah Eze attended Yeshivah University and Chabad Lubavitch’s Beth Rivkah School For Girls. Like most girls her age, she yearned to “see herself” in her learning but rarely saw her own image or that of girls like her depicted in Jewish books, Jewish art, or history. Eager to give her own daughters, nieces, and nephews the opportunity to see themselves in Torah and to address the void of multi-cultural media within Orthodox Jewish spaces, Akedah created and founded “Eze Yoffi”, (translation “How Beautiful”, and a play on her own Igbo Jewish last name), as a way for Jewish artists of various backgrounds to seek, question, affirm, and explore the beautiful, divine, and glorious in themselves and “others.” An audacious truth teller, professional counselor, poet, spoken word artist, and Torah educator, Akedah brings her love of Orthodox Torah to life on the public stage. From Jerusalem, Israel to Enugu, Nigeria, from Brooklyn to Baltimore, and now Birmingham, Alabama, Akedah speaks her spiritual truth from

a place of Jewish experience like few can. Lecturing around the world about the dangers of “a single Jewish story”, she invites Jews of all backgrounds to reserve a special seat for “others” at Torah’s Table. An urban farmer with a penchant for cultural kosher cuisine, she grows organic food at home and serves up healthy doses of Torah truth that feed the mind and nourish the Jewish soul. Esther Fink is a life and business strategist who digests difficult and complex theories and principles, helping clients convert their goals into clear and actionable results quickly. She studied women’s empowerment in NYC extensively and is currently on track for an MS in Organizational Psychology at The University of Hartford. She led addiction and recovery groups at Eva’s Village in Paterson, NJ and coaches individuals and business executives on self-development and marketing strategies. Her writing has won awards and appears on blogs, websites and news sites. She has 3 children and lives in Clifton, NJ. Leah Gottfried is an award-winning director, writer, producer and actor, and founder of the production company Dignity Entertainment - a full-service production company dedicated to creating meaningful visual content. She is the creator of the hit comedic web series Soon By You, which centers on young Orthodox Jews dating in NYC and currently has over 900K views on YouTube. Her short film The Setup won Best Short Film at the Washington Jewish Film Festival 2016 and has screened in numerous film festivals all around the world. Leah teaches acting, improvisation and public speaking to teens and adults. Dr. Jon Greenberg received his Doctorate in agronomy from Cornell University. He has also studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar and conducted plant research at Cornell, the US Department of Agriculture, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Cancer Research. Dr. Greenberg was Senior Editor of science textbooks at Prentice Hall Publishing Co. Previously on the faculty of Yeshivas Ohr Yosef, the School of Education at Indiana University, and the University of Phoenix, he has taught at the Heschel School since 2008. He is a frequent speaker at synagogues, schools, and botanical gardens. Dr. Greenberg can be contacted at jon@torahflora.org. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Rishe Groner is the founder of The Gene-Sis, a movement embodying the Jewish mystical experience. As a Jewish spiritual educator for almost two decades, Rishe now presents at retreats, conferences, and artsand-music festivals, from Limmud to Burning Man, focusing on ancient and innovative spiritual practices that incorporate body and soul, especially Chassidic traditions of niggun, dance and immersive ritual. Rishe also produces embodied Shabbat experiences in Brooklyn, and shares teachings that empower feminist spirituality on Jewish websites as well as www.thegenesis.com. She currently studying for Rabbinic ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

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Presenter Bios Rabbi Robert Grosberg received S'micha from Yeshiva University's Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Theological Seminary, While working in Corporate America for many decades, Rabbi Grosberg has continually given weekly shiurim in Talmud and Halachah to community members, and has delivered topical and unique lectures covering all aspects of Judaism for many years. Michal Kohane, born and raised in Israel, is currently the Rosh Kehila of the Prospect Heights Shul in Brooklyn, a regular scholar in residence in Oakland CA, and a student at Maharat. She has been a leader and educator in the Jewish Community of Northern California for over twenty five years, serving as acting rabbi, a day-school educator, federation executive director and more. Michal is passionate about Jewish text learning and building community. She holds a BA in Studies of Israel and Education, an M.S. in Jewish Studies, an MA in Clinical Psychology, and is pursuing a PsyD in organizational psychology. She is an avid writer: her first novel, Hachug ("Extracurricular") was published in Israel by Steimatzky in 2016, and her weekly blog can be found at www.miko284.com. Arthur Kurzweil is a writer, teacher, publisher, and magician. He has been a member of the Society of American Magicians for almost 25 years. Rabbi Dr. Erin Leib Smokler is the Director of Spiritual Development at Yeshivat Maharat, where she teaches Chassidut and Pastoral Torah. She is also a faculty fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She earned her PhD and MA from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought and her BA from Harvard University. Rabbi Dr. Leib Smokler previously served as Assistant Literary Editor of The New Republic magazine, and her writing has appeared there, as well as in The New York Times Book Review, The Jerusalem Report, and The Jewish Week. Rabbi Mike Moskowitz is the Scholar-in-Residence for Trans and Queer Jewish Studies at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York, NY. He is a deeply traditional and radically progressive advocate for trans rights and a vocal ally for LGBTQ inclusivity. Rabbi Moskowitz received three Ultra-Orthodox ordinations while learning in the Mir in Jerusalem and in Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ. Dan Pelberg has taught meditation in a variety of Jewish settings, from college campuses to young Jewish social groups, to organizational and family retreats. He has significant silent retreat experience and learned with rabbis and teachers in Israel, India, and the United States. Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein serves as the Rabbi-in-residence for Hazon. Growing up in a multi-racial Chabad family in Monsey, NY, Isaiah is pulled towards building platforms for Jews of all backgrounds to celebrate their identities and affinities – together – with the rest of community. Isaiah received rabbinic ordination and master of social work from Yeshiva University’s RIETS and Wurzweiler School of Social Work. During his spare

time, Isaiah is a Jewish Engagement and Diversity Consultant with his organization, the Union Street Sanctuary, and plays music with his band Zayah. Isaiah currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Shamu Fenyvesi Sadeh is the co-founder and director of Adamah, and prior to that he worked as the Director of Teva. He teaches Judaism and ecology, turns the compost piles, maintains the orchards, and supervises and mentors staff and Adamah Fellows. His wife Jaimie and kids Yonah, Ibby and Lev keep the bees, help harvest and pickle, and DJ staff dance parties. Katja Schultz RYT-200, has been practicing yoga in the Hudson Valley for the past 16 years. Yoga has been an ongoing source of learning and exploration of life. Katja completed her teacher training at Satya Yoga Center, and teaches weekly at Buddhi Tribe in Millerton. Katja gratefully enjoys her family time with two engaging children, passionate work in health care, and daily practice in yoga study. She loves being a student and teacher everyday, and opens her life up to opportunities to work with everyone from birth to death. Exploring the chance to cultivate grace, humility, and fun every step of the way. Janna Siller leads the Adamah crew in growing organic vegetables for CSA distribution, value-added production, Isabella Freedman food service, and donations, while maintaining the fields as resonant learning space for fellows and visitors. She teaches classes on practical farming and gardening skills as well as classes that explore the big picture systems, policies and issues that shape what we eat and how it is grown. Janna lives in Falls Village with her daughter Tzuf and their cats. Henny Stern, LCSW is passionate about creating opportunities for healing for both the individual and the collective. She works as a trauma informed psychotherapist in her private practice in Brooklyn, NY. Henny also integrated her work as a therapist, somatic-body practitioner, and embodied dancer to create AccepDance- a practice that offers healing through dance and movement. Henny believes that when we reconnect with our body, we begin to heal both personal and collective traumas. When she isn't dancing, working, or talking about how to stop intergenerational trauma, Henny can be found laughing with friends over nourishing food! Eliezer Weinbach is the Retreat Coordinator at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Prior to joining Hazon, he worked as a Research Associate for Haskins Laboratories, a research institution affiliated with Yale University. He attended Yeshiva University where he studied Psychology. In his spare time Eli enjoys reading, listening to music, and adventuring. Elizabeth Yaari is an artist and co-founder of Explora-Torah. For the last 11 years, she has used Bibliodrama and art to engage workshop participants in authentic storytelling, self-expression, co-creativity, and deep mutual understanding of themselves, the Bible, and nature. She is a graduate of The Institute of Circlework.

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you make it possible. THE TAMAR FUND Retreats have the power to change lives. At Isabella Freedman, we have a commitment to making Jewish retreats financially accessible. 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. It costs about $150 per person per day for most of our retreats at Isabella Freedman. For some members of our community, especially young adults, that fee 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 $450 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 experiences at Isabella Freedman.

"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."

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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.” Your gift to the Tamar Fund, in any amount, opens our programs to those who might not otherwise be able to participate. Please contact Morgan Dorsch, Development Associate Director, at morgan.dorsch@hazon.org to make a gift. You can also visit the donation box outside of the bookstore. Thank you!

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