Shavuot Retreat June 7-11, 2019 | 5779 Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
– FEATURING –
Rebbetzin Eve Ilsen, Art Green, Rabbi Jill Hammer, Shir Yaakov Feit, Basya Schechter, Rabbi Avram Mlotek, Yael Kornfeld-Mlotek, Eden Pearlstein, Shoshana Jedwab & Batya Levine
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HAZON FOOD CONFERENCE AUGUST 14-18, 2019 • 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
Welcome! Beloved Shavuot Community, Welcome to the 12th annual Shavuot retreat at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, the home of Hazon. I want to express my gratitude to each of you for making the pilgrimage to Isabella Freedman in order to experience the transformative power of this retreat. Shavuot at Isabella Freedman honors the living legacy of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, who founded the Jewish Renewal movement and led this retreat for many years. Reb Zalman famously said that “the only way to get it together, is together.” So here we are together: a community in-the-making – coming from across the human spectrum, the Jewish spectrum, the age spectrum, the gender spectrum, the race spectrum, the economic spectrum – the whole rainbow of possibilities, each one essential, gathered here like a sheaf of barley offered at the Temple. Shavuot was a particularly dear holiday to Reb Zalman, and Isabella Freedman was an especially sacred place in his eyes. I never had the zechut (merit) to meet Reb Zalman, but in the years since I’ve arrived at Freedman, I’ve come to know him through the deep imprint he left on this place. He taught that the holiday of Shavuot invites us to receive the Torah as if for the very first time.
A person who knows everything is not able to learn anything new. With this in mind, I am excited to join you all for this year’s Shavuot Retreat at Isabella Freedman and I bless us to take a step beyond the Torah as we have come to know it and experience the ineffable moment of transmission in present time. Now for the thank yous... There are too many people to thank individually by name in this letter. But in particular, I want to express sincere thanks to Rebbetzin Eve Ilsen, Reb Zalman's beloved wife, for joining us and giving her gifts. Reb Zalman's passion was what he called “davenology” – the art and science of prayer – so I want to thank our incredible team of davenologists who will be leading us in song and silence through the liturgy. Our educators are deeply knowledgeable and creative, both in the forest and fields and inside with stories and conversation. Parents, you can relax knowing that your children (ages 5-12) are playing and learning with exceptional Jewish experiential educators at Camp Teva. And the Isabella Freedman staff are here to support your experience however we can. I'm so thankful that we've been given the gift of this time together. May we all experience liberation from our expectations and allow the true gifts of Shavuot to be revealed. With gratitude,
This teaching reminds me of a fundamental principle in Zen Buddhism as taught by Suzuki Roshi who famously said, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” Simply put, beginner's mind refers to the idea of letting go of our preconceptions and having an attitude of openness and radical curiosity in every possible moment.
Jess Berlin Director of Retreats Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Table of Contents Welcome Letter.............................................................................. 3 Orientation Sheet.......................................................................... 4 About Hazon................................................................................... 6 Our Food Values............................................................................. 8 Prayer Service Options..............................................................10 Schedule Friday, June 7........................................................................11 Saturday, June 8...................................................................12 Tikkun Leil Shavuot.............................................................14
Sunday, June 9......................................................................16 Monday, June 10..................................................................17 Tuesday, June 11..................................................................19 Camp Teva......................................................................................20 Presenter Bios...............................................................................24 Tamar Fund....................................................................................27 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. 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 super-
visors. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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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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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
All of the meat we serve is provided by Grow & Behold Foods, 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 breeds that we source each year by at least 5%. We intend to incrementally move towards improving the welfare of the chickens that produce our meat and eggs, with a vision toward diversified chicken genetics including a variety of heritage breeds. Working with Grow & Behold Foods, Jewish Initiative for Animals, and other allies, we aim to shift the percentage of kosher chicken that is both pasture raised and from a diversified breeding stock, 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 pasture raised chicken from diverse breeds, higher welfare eggs, a diet that includes less meat, and more thoughtful 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 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 old-world 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.
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.
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.
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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Prayer Service Options Open Orthodox Minyan Rabbi Avram Mlotek and Yael Kornfeld-Mlotek will lead a team of inspired daveners in creating a tefillah atmosphere that is firmly rooted in Orthodox halacha, deeply spiritual and inclusive. There will be a trichitza (separate seating for men, women, and a mixed gender section). Partnership minyanim have women leading Kabbalat Shabbat, Pseukei D’Zimra, Hallel, the Torah Service, and Yizkor. Anyone can read Torah, and other than Kohen and Levi aliyot (which must be men), anyone can get an aliyah. Services will meet in the Library. Friday:
6:30 - 6:45 PM Mincha Afternoon Services
5:00 - 7:45 AM Daybreak Shacharit Morning Services
7:00 - 8:15 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv Evening Services
9:30 AM - 12:15 PM Shacharit Morning Services
9:00 - 11:45 AM Shacharit Morning Services and Yizkor Service
Saturday: 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM Shacharit Morning Services
7:30 PM - 7:45 PM Mincha Afternoon Services 9:20 - 9:45 PM Ma’ariv Evening Services
7:30 - 8:00 PM Mincha Afternoon Services and Torah Service
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Hallel as One Library 7:30 - 7:45 PM Mincha Afternoon Services 9:00 - 9:20 PM Ma'ariv Evening Services
9:20 - 9:45 PM Ma’ariv Evening Services Jewish Renewal Minyan Shir Yaakov Feit, Rav Kohenet Jill Hammer, Basya Schechter, Shoshana Jedwab, and Batya Levine will guide participants through prayer services that span the four worlds of body, heart, mind, and spirit. They will employ the use of instrumental music, embodied prayer practices, Hasidic teachings, and contemplative silence to open the gates of revelation. Electronic amplification will be used to increase access for all participants. For over 10 years, Reb Zalman, z"l himself led this minyan with great kavanah and nachas. Services will meet in the Synagogue unless otherwise indicated. Friday:
7:00 - 8:15 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv Evening Services
4:45 - 5:45 AM Avodat Lev: Welcoming the Dawn in Song Firepit
9:00 - 11:45 AM Shacharit Morning Services and Yizkor Service
Saturday: 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM Shacharit Morning Services 9:20 - 9:45 PM Ma’ariv Evening Services
6:00 - 8:00 AM Labyrinth Prayer Journey to the Heart of Revelation Patio 9:20 - 9:45 PM Ma’ariv Evening Services
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11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Hallel as One Library 9:00 - 9:20 PM Ma’ariv Evening Services
Friday, June 7 3:00 - 5:00 PM Check-in Great Hall 3:00 - 5:00 PM Welcome snack Great Hall 3:00 - 5:00 PM JOFEE Fair Great Hall Isabella Freedman Educators Come to the Great Hall to experience Hazon Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education (JOFEE) programs. Make bikkurim (first fruits) smoothies using our bike blender, beautiful signs for the Bikkurim parade, and plant your very own microgreens (that you'll be able to harvest and eat!). 4:00 - 4:20 PM Gender Non-Conforming Mikveh in Lake Miriam Lake Miriam Mikveh: Meet at the boat dock. Immerse in the living waters of Lake Miriam on your own or in a group, as a way to prepare for Shavuot and the experiences ahead. Please respect times reserved below. Bathing suits optional. 4:30 - 5:00 PM Women’s Mikveh in Lake Miriam Lake Miriam Rebbetzin Eve Ilsen Immersing in a natural, clear body of water is the primordial practice by which we change our state, allowing the water to take from us whatever need not accompany us into the sacred space/time of shabbos and yontiff. We remove everything that is not an organic part of our bodies (hair clips, nail polish, jewelry) and return, for a moment, to the primal waters. Mikveh is considered one of the best places to pray for healing for ourselves and others. If possible, leave all behind in your room, come wrapped in a sheet or towel, and have a dry towel for when you emerge unencumbered and renewed, ready to enter shabbat. Please arrive on time. 5:10 - 5:30 PM Men's Mikveh in Lake Miriam Lake Miriam 6:00 - 6:45 PM Kids' Dinner and Mandatory Parent Guardian Orientation Dining Hall 6:45 - 7:45 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts 6:30 - 6:45 PM Mincha Afternoon Services – Open Orthodox Library
6:45 PM Candle Lighting Great Hall Rebbetzin Eve Ilsen will lead us in candle lighting. Together we will ignite the flame that separates the beginning of Shavuot from the rest of the year. (The earliest time for candle lighting is 6:52 PM, the official time is 8:09 PM) 7:00 - 8:15 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma'ariv Evening Services – Renewal Synagogue Rav Kohenet Jill Hammer and Kohenet Shoshana Jedwab will guide participants through prayer services that span the four worlds of body, heart, mind, and spirit. They will employ the use of instrumental music, embodied prayer practices, Hasidic teachings, and contemplative silence to open the gates of revelation. Electronic amplification will be used to increase access for all participants. For over 10 years, Reb Zalman, z”l himself led this minyan with great kavanah and nachas. 7:00 - 8:15 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma'arive Evening Services – Open Orthodox Library Rabbi Avram Mlotek and Yael Kornfeld-Mlotek will lead a team of inspired daveners in creating a tefillah atmosphere that is firmly rooted in Orthodox halacha, deeply spiritual and inclusive. There will be a trichitza (separate seating for men, women, and an mixed gender section). Partnership minyanim have women leading Kabbalat Shabbat, Pseukei D’Zimra, Hallel, the Torah Service, and Yizkor. Anyone can read Torah, and other than the Kohen and Levi aliyot (which will be men), anyone can get an aliyah. 8:30 - 10:00 PM Festive Shabbat Dinner Dining Tent 10:00 - 10:30 PM Dessert Great Hall 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM Tisch Library Batya Levine and Eliana Light The singing of songs has a central place in Jewish Ritual. Gather around to sing, learn, and share songs from all over the Jewish world, some well-known and some obscure.
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Saturday, June 8 8:00 - 9:30 AM Breakfast Dining Hall 8:30 - 9:30 AM Morning Yoga Red Yurt Christine Bloom Gentle yoga to awaken the body, connect to ourselves through breath and movement. Wear comfortable clothes. All levels welcome. 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Gan Adamah Beige Yurt 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Meditation: Entering the Forty-Ninth Day Library Rabbi Art Green We are about to complete the cycle, having come through our seven weeks of wandering through the wilderness, seeking and growing, as we prepare to receive Torah. Come and let us relish this moment of completion together in niggun and silence. 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM Shacharit Morning Services – Renewal Synagogue 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM Shacharit Morning Services – Open Orthodox Library 12:30 - 2:00 PM Festive Holiday Lunch and Dvar Torah Dining Tent Table Talk Option: Those Were the Days - The early days of Elat Chayyim were wild and wooly, and just a little mildewy too. Those of us who were in on the beginnings of the first Jewish Renewal retreat center share our stories for the next generations. There will be a special table designated for these conversations. All are welcome. 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts
2:00 - 3:15 PM Adamah Farm Tour Meet in front of the Gazebo Isabella Freedman Educator Heirloom vegetables, permaculture orchard, compost, and 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. Sturdy closed-toe shoes required. 2:00 - 3:15 PM Hike Meet outside of Arts & Crafts Isabella Freedman Educator Join us as we enter the wilds and hike up to the breathtaking Isabella Freedman Overlook. Trails are steep-sturdy closed-toe shoes are required. 2:00 - 3:15 PM Interactive Tour of Earth Scroll Art Installation Beige Yurt Debra Tyler Join artist Debra Tyler as she gives a guided tour of Earth Scroll is a 50-foot scroll of Hebrew, Greek, and Arabic calligraphy plus block and leaf prints in acrylic paint by Debra Tyler. Inspired by her studies at Hartford Seminary, Earth Scroll chronicles the changing seasons of the year and various corresponding human belief systems. Join her to take a tour of this work of spiritual art and share your own interpretations. 3:30 - 4:45 PM Priestessing on the Edge: Ruth, Tamar, and Revelation Synagogue Kohenet Jill Hammer The stories of Ruth and Tamar both contain veiled encounters between men and women that lead to the kingly line. Both narratives hint at an ancient trope in which kings’ unions with holy women bring fertility to the land and rebirth to human beings. This theme, which is edgy enough that the Torah doesn’t state it explicitly, is encapsulated in the ritual of yibum: the marriage of the levirate widow, which entails resurrection of the seed of life. The unions of Ruth with Boaz and of Tamar with Judah are both a kind of ge’ulah, an intimate act of redemption.. In this session, we’ll explore the intimations of divine creative power that hide within these stories.
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Saturday, June 8 3:30 - 4:45 PM From the Tablets to the Tablet Library Julie Seltzer and Lev Israel Torah has been spoken from mouth to ear, carved into clay, handwritten with ink on papyrus or parchment, printed onto paper with the press, encoded onto magnetic media, and transmitted across the wire. Join a Torah scribe and a Torah technologist in conversation as we explore the ways Torah has been written and read – then and now. How does the medium shape what is written? And how does it shape our experience of it? 5:00 - 6:15 PM Yoga Red Yurt Christine Bloom Gentle yoga to awaken the body, connect to ourselves through breath and movement. Wear comfortable clothes. All levels welcome. 5:00 - 6:15 PM The Power of Ten: Creation, Revelation, Redemption Synagogue Eden Pearlstein Numbers are considered important in Jewish thought and literature, both quantitatively and qualititatively. Certain numbers appear quite often and take on a spiritual energy and narrative all their own. During the holiday of Shavuot we commemorate, among other things, the revelation of the Ten Commandments. Is the number Ten random in this context, or does it have greater significance and deeper meaning? Come explore the role the number 10 plays in the primordial past of Creation, the eternal present of Revelation, and the prophetic future of Redemption.
6:30 - 7:30 PM Dinner/ Seudah Shlishit Dining Tent 7:30 - 8:00 PM Mincha Afternoon Services – Open Orthodox Library 8:00 - 9:15 PM Visioning Hazon and Isabella Freedman Synagogue Hazon CEO Nigel Savage and Isabella Freedman General Manager Adam Segulah Sher Explore Hazon's new strategic plan and how that will inspire a renewed vision of Isabella Freedman. After 9:20 PM Candle Lighting on your own Great Hall 9:20 - 9:45 PM Ma'ariv Evening Services – Renewal Synagogue 9:20 - 9:45 PM Ma'ariv Evening Services – Open Orthodox Library 9:45 - 10:25 PM Kiddush and Cheese(cake) Feast Great Hall We will make kiddush (which includes Havdallah for Shabbat) and motzi for the evening festive meal of the first day of Shavuot.
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Tikkun Leil Shavuot The early sages did not sleep on that night, rather they learned Torah. They said to each other: Come, let us bestow a holy legacy upon us and our children in two worlds. – Zohar 3:98a 10:30 PM - 4:45 AM Ner Tamid: A Sacred Fire: All Night Long Fire Pit (Rain Plan: Red Yurt) Batya Levine Join us for sacred and songful time around the fire. We will be holding a prayerful space for song, silence, and reflection. We will be using these tools as potential openings to experience our own revelation throughout the night. There will be a number of different leaders throughout the night, who each hold this intention, and who will also bring their own flavor to the space. 10:30 - 11:45 PM A Hasidic Master on the Eros of Torah Library Rabbi Art Green Reading aloud of a new translation of a sermon by the Me'or 'Eynayim, the rebbe of Chernobyl. Follow-up with Hevruta study and group conversation. 10:30 - 11:45 PM Open My Heart to Your Torah Synagogue Rebbetzin Eve Ilsen A series of imaginal exercises in the tradition of Mme. Colette Aboulker-Muscat, z’l. Our aim is to enable the deeper listening of the heart, so that the learning of the night of Shavuot take root and bear fruit in our lives. 11:00 - 11:45 PM Butter and Cheese Making Workshop Great Hall Liana Rothman and Eli Weinbach 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. 12:00 - 1:15 AM Origins of Tikkun Layl Shavuot Synagogue Lev Israel Writing about Shavuot in the early 12th century, Abraham Ibn Ezra suggests - "maybe we shouldn't sleep that night." We'll follow the genesis of Tikkun Layl Shavuot starting from that first suggestion, through the original texts and their translations. We'll sit with the Zohar's description of a mystical union, eavesdrop on an early Tikkun where the Mishnah herself came to visit, visit the streets of Safed in its golden age, and ride a wave of coffee into the current day. 12:00 - 1:15 AM HaShem – Wrestling with G!d’s Names in Text Library Eliana Light The Holy One, The Source, The Force, The Great Dude in the Sky- what we call G!D has tremendous power. What are these names, and what happens if we encounter one in Torah or liturgy that we don’t agree with? Together, we’ll explore a text that wrestle with this question, and discuss what G!D means, and could mean, to each of us.
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Tikkun Leil Shavuot 1:30 - 2:45 AM Is Sisterhood Possible? Rachel and Leah Library Tanya Zion Sisterhood, a contested feminist fantasy, has ancient roots. We will delve into the notion of sisterhood by examining the intense drama of Rachel and Leah - both sisters and sister-wives. Through Biblical text, ancient and modern midrash, and poetry we discover the surprising multiple endings of their story. Examining power, emotion and context we learn about their relation to Biblical brothers and to women working for change today. 1:30 - 2:45 AM What’s the Point? Crowns, Dots, and Other Scribal Intrigues Synagogue Julie Seltzer If you look inside a Torah scroll, you may notice certain oddities: small decorative crowns resembling Mastermind pegs atop certain letters; a word with dots above it, as if droplets of ink have spilled; a giant or shrunken letter in the middle of an otherwise unremarkable word. Together, we will open a Torah scroll and search for instances of the strange and unusual. We will learn some midrashim that address these traditions, and ask ourselves the question: what’s the point? Can something as small as a crown contribute to the overall content or ritual experience? Similarly, can we find meaning and purpose in the small details of our everyday lives? 3:00 - 4:15 AM Interactive Tour of Earth Scroll Art Installation Beige Yurt Debra Tyler Join artist Debra Tyler as she gives a guided tour of Earth Scroll is a 50-foot scroll of Hebrew, Greek, and Arabic calligraphy plus block and leaf prints in acrylic paint by Debra Tyler. Inspired by her studies at Hartford Seminary, Earth Scroll chronicles the changing seasons of the year and various corresponding human belief systems. Join her to take a tour of this work of spiritual art and share your own interpretations. 3:00 - 4:15 AM Between Receiving and Learning: A Poetics of Revelation Synagogue Eden Pearlstein What is the difference between 'receiving' Torah and 'learning' it? What does it mean to 'see the sounds' of revelation, and how does this relate to creative process and poetry? What is the 'purpose' of staying up all night, and what does this practice have to do with Shavuot? We will explore these questions and more in this late night jam session of non-linear, free-associative, Torah poetics. 4:00 AM Sunrise Hike Shamu Sadeh Start in darkness and hike silently up the hill for a view of the emerging sunrise.
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Sunday, June 9 4:45 - 5:45 am Avodat Lev: Welcoming the Dawn in Song – Renewal Service Fire Pit Batya Levine We will be doing an interpretive Shacharit service, moving through the flow of the morning prayers, but centered on songs, chants and silence as a way to welcome in the dawn.
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM The Tree of Life Inside Us Red Yurt Rebbetzin Eve Ilsen An introduction to – or deepening understanding of – the Kabbalists’ “Tree of Life” as experienced in our own bodies. Dress comfortably and expect to move, according to your own ability. Note: recorded music will be played.
5:00 - 7:45 AM Daybreak Open Orthodox Shacharit Service (Sunrise is 5:18) Library
12:30 - 2:00 PM Festive Holiday Lunch and Dvar Torah Dining Tent
6:00 - 8:00 AM Labyrinth Prayer Journey to the Heart of Revelation – Renewal Service Patio Rabbi Jill Hammer and Shir Yaakov Feit This creative prayer and revelation journey will weave morning prayers; sections from the Torah on the approach to Sinai and the Ten Sayings; and a labyrinth walk; in order to invite an intimate experience of encounter with the divine. Come in comfortable clothes, prepared to chant, move, learn, and engage in ritual. We will be davening brief sections of the morning prayer service, using multigendered and multi-faceted modes of God language. We will be reading, in creative ways, almost the full parashah for Shavuot morning. 8:00 - 10:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Gan Adamah Beige Yurt 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM Shacharit Morning Services – Open Orthodox Library
2:00 - 6:00 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts 2:15 - 3:30 PM Adamah Farm Tour Meet outside Arts and Crafts Isabella Freedman Educator Heirloom vegetables, permaculture orchard, compost, and 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. Sturdy closed-toe shoes required. 2:15 - 3:30 PM Hike Meet Outside the Gazebo Isabella Freedman Educator Join us as we enter the wilds, connect with nature, and hike up to the breathtaking Isabella Freedman Overlook. Trails are steep at parts, sturdy closed-toe shoes required. 3:45- 5:00 PM Yoga Red Yurt Christine Bloom Gentle yet dynamic yoga flow to limber, strengthen and open ourselves. Wear comfortable clothes. All levels welcome.
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Sunday, June 9 3:45 - 5:00 PM Faith and Food Choices Synagogue Rabbi Art Green, Kohenet Jill Hammer Moderated by Hazon CEO, Nigel Savage We are in a global environmental crisis. Jewish tradition compels us to respond. Join us for a conversation exploring the intersection of spirituality, tradition and our response to the climate crisis through the lens of our food choices. 5:00 - 6:15 PM Crossing the Sea: The Greatest Revelation Synagogue Shoshana Jedwab The rabbis declared the Crossing of the Sea of Reeds to be a greater revelation than the Revelation at Mount Sinai. In this class we will explore how the embodied, egalitarian, and immersive experience of passing through the Sea of Reeds elevated even the maidservant to the level of a prophetess. 5:00 - 6:15 PM HaShem – Wrestling with G!D’s Names in Song Library Eliana Light Using melodies old and new, we’ll move from the brain to the heart, experimenting with calling out to G!D in song using different names. How does it feel within us, and if we all have our own names, how do we pray in community? 6:30 - 7:30 PM Dinner Dining Tent
7:30 - 7:45 PM Mincha Afternoon Services – Open Orthodox Library 7:45 - 9:15 PM Concert: Space, Time, and Soul with Darshan Synagogue Shir Yaakov Feit, Basya Shechter and Eden Pearlstein Come enjoy the soulful music and scintillating poetry of Darshan, a musical-midrash project began by Shir Yaakov and Eden Pearlstein here at Isabella Freedman 10 years ago! Please join us for a special unplugged Kumzitz style concert and creative Torah sharing session — and come ready to sing! After 9:20 PM Candle Lighting on Your Own Great Hall 9:20 - 9:45 PM Ma'ariv Evening Services – Renewal Synagogue 9:20 - 9:45 PM Ma'ariv Evening Services – Open Orthodox Library 9:45 - 10:25 PM Welcoming Shavuot Day Two Kiddish Great Hall We will make kiddush and motzi for the evening festive meal of the second day of Shavuot.
Monday, June 10 8:30 - 9:30 AM Morning Yoga Red Yurt Christine Bloom Gentle yoga to awaken the body, connect to ourselves through breath and movement. Wear comfortable clothes. All levels welcome.
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts
8:00 - 9:30 AM Farm-to-Table Breakfast Dining Hall Kitchen Team
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM Shacharit Morning Services – Open Orthodox Library
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Gan Adamah Beige Yurt
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Monday, June 10 9:00 - 11:45 AM Shacharit Morning Services – Renewal Synagogue The two morning services will begin independently, and each will read the Book of Ruth before Torah reading, and recite Yizkor after Torah reading. At the conclusion of each service, the two will join together in the Library for Hallel as One.
4:00 - 5:00 PM Yoga Red Yurt Christine Bloom Gentle yet dynamic yoga flow to limber, strengthen and open ourselves. Wear comfortable clothes. All levels welcome.
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Hallel as One Library The Renewal and Open Orthodox minyanim will join together for a joyful Hallel service.
4:00 - 5:15 PM Queering a Forefather: Joseph (w)as a Woman Synagogue Tanya Zion We will explore the alluring and complex personality that was Joseph: his gender-bending character as beloved son of Jacob and Rachel, hated haughty brother, charismatic beauty, sexual assault victim, dreamer, and Pharaoh’s (un/fortunate) Hand. We will examine Joseph’s tale of mis/adventures through art, modern Israeli poetry, midrash and our own interpretations and imaginations. Though text-based, no prior knowledge is necessary.
12:30 - 1:00 PM Bikkurim Parade with Goats Meet at Barnyard Kohanot Jill Hammer and Shoshana Jedwab The most joyous and creative moment in our retreat! Renew and re-enact the ancient procession to the Temple for Shavuot with our First Fruits Offerings (Bikkurim). Ritual craft by Rav Kohenet Rabbi Jill Hammer. 1:00 - 2:30 PM First Fruits Kiddush Reception and Lunch Dining tent 2:30 - 6:30 PM Camp Teva Arts & Crafts 2:30 - 3:30 PM Barnyard Visit - Meet the Goats Barnyard Isabella Freedman Educator Visit our goats and play with the recently born kids. You might get a chance to help bring the goats freshwater, or to fluff up their hay! Please note that all goat sessions are subject to cancellation if any of the goats need medical attention. 2:30 - 3:45 PM Hike Meet in front of the Gazebo Isabella Freedman Educator Join us as we enter the wilds and hike up to the breathtaking Isabella Freedman Overlook. Trails are steep at parts, sturdy closed-toe shoes required.
4:00 - 5:15 PM Ecology Walk Meet outside of Arts and Crafts Arielle Aronoff Spring is in full swing and summer is just around the bend. Join our walk around campus through the forest and fields to see what is growing in New England. We will learn about native edible and medicinal plants, how to identify a few select trees, and most importantly spend time appreciating the world around us. 5:15 - 6:15 PM Revelations in The Three Realms: Space, Time, and Person in Sefer Yetzirah Library Kohenet Jill Hammer The ancient work of mysticism, magic, and contemplative practice known as Sefer Yetzirah, the Book of Creation, has a particular view of the cosmos as existing in three dimensions: space, time, and person. All earthly experience unfolds between these three realms. In this session, we’ll look at Sefer Yetzirah’s texts about space, time, and person and consider how our own revelations manifest in the world, in the seasons of our lives, and in our body/spirit experience. We’ll engage in meditation in order to try to access our own wisdom in these three realms.
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Monday, June 10 5:15 - 6:15 PM Contemplating the Colors and Textures of Time Synagogue Shir Yaakov Feit Using song, silence, stillness, and sources from the Zohar and an excerpt of an essay by Reb Zalman called “For Students of the Tree of Life of Sacred Time,” we will experience revelation as a continual process and share with each other how we yearn to deploy our attention in the coming year. 6:30 - 7:30 PM Dinner Dining Tent 7:30 - 7:45 PM Mincha Afternoon Service – Open Orthodox Library 7:45 - 8:45 PM My Favorite Page of Talmud Library Rabbi Art Green Legends on the giving of Torah from Masekhet Shabbat. Text in Hebrew, translation and discussion in English.
7:45 - 8:45 PM Leaving the Mountain, Continuing the Journey Synagogue Rebbetzin Eve Ilsen What do we take away from an encounter, great or small, with the Source, so that it may take root and grown in us, and not dissipate? Contemplation, story, imaginal exercises, niggunim. 9:00 - 9:20 PM Maariv Evening Service – Renewal Synagogue 9:00 - 9:20 PM Maariv Evening Service – Open Orthodox Library 9:20 - 9:45 PM Havdalah (9:20 PM) and Closing Ceremony Great Hall 9:45 - 10:45 PM Adamah Farmers Market Great Hall Sample some delectable organic preserves from Adamah farm.
Tuesday, June 11 7:30 - 8:30 AM Morning Yoga Red Yurt Christine Bloom Gentle yoga to awaken the body, connect to ourselves through breath and movement. Wear comfortable clothes. All levels welcome. 8:00 - 10:00 AM Farm-to-Table Breakfast Dining Hall
9:15 AM Shuttle to Train (train leaves at 10:25) Great Hall Please be ready with all of your belongings outside of the Main Building at 9:15am. 10:00 AM Check out of rooms and departure from site We are so happy you joined us at Isabella Freedman for Shavuot. Please be sure that you and all of your belongings are out of your room by 10am or a $50 late fee will be applied to your card.
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Welcome to Shavuot at Isabella Freedman! Parents/guardians, you can relax into the retreat, knowing that your children are playing and learning with exceptional Jewish experiential educators. Camp Teva is for children ages 5-12. We have an engaging, thoughtful, and fun Shavuot Camp Teva program planned.Everything from making edible Torahs 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 off their children or stay with them. Gan Adamah is located in the Beige Yurt. Please see the schedule below for times.
IMPORTANT -Please come to the first night’s kids’ dinner to learn more about our program and important policies that we will 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, Camp Teva Manager. Please remember to dress for the weather! We will be outside in the rain, in mud, etc. You are welcome to leave an extra change of socks, etc. in Arts and Crafts for your child(ren)
Friday, June 7 3:00–5:00 PM Wonderful Wands, Magical Masks & Head Garlands at the JOFEE Fair Great Hall Get ready for the Bikkurim Parade on Sunday where we will march with the goats and parade the first fruits from the farm. We will be making wands, masks, and head garlands to dress up for the occasion. 6:00-6:45 PM Kids’ Dinner and Mandatory Parent/Guardian Orientation Dining Hall Parents/guardians, please join us for an orientation to the Camp Teva program.
6:45 - 7:45 PM DIY Crafts: Shabbat Candles Arts & Crafts Make your own candles to light for Shabbat or Chag. You will learn how to dip candles and make your own candlestick holder from clay. 7:45 - 8:15 PM Welcoming Shabbat Arts & Crafts We will light the candles we created and start the Chag and bring in Shabbat together with song. 8:30 - 10:00 PM Dinner Dining Tent
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Saturday, June 8 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Gan Adamah | Ages 2 - 4 Beige Yurt Parents can drop their toddlers off in the beige yurt where we will have movement, toys, and fun Shabbat activities, including a visit to play with the baby goats. 9:30 – 10:00 AM Good Morning Shabbat Arts and Crafts Start your day with song, stories and celebration of Shabbat. 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Hitbodedut Forest Hike and Pray | 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, games and prayer. 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Goats and Forest Exploration Meet our furry friends and say hay! Get to know all sorts of life forms big and small on our farm and forest. 12:30 - 2:00 PM Lunch Dining Tent 2:00 - 2:30 PM Games Galore Arts and Crafts Board games, field games, card games, block games, improv games. We’ve got ideas for all the games and I’m sure you do too!
2:30 - 3:30 PM Salad Bar Fixins’ Arts and Crafts Make scrumptious dressings and jazzy salads for our Shabbat afternoon snack. 3:30 - 4:30 PM It's All About Love: The Story of Ruth Arts & Crafts Prize-winning Jewish educator and recording artist, Shoshana Jedwab, will tell the story of Ruth the Moabite, the ancestor of King David, in embodied and musical ways. Ruth's story, say the rabbis, is all about love. 4:30 - 6:30 PM Challenge and Discovery | Ages 9+ Meet at Arts and Crafts Challenge yourself, build agility, have fun, and work together. Our afternoon will be filled with challenges to get your brain and body working together. 4:30 - 6:30 PM Compost, Chickens, and Cabbage Meet at Arts and Crafts Explore the farm, see where all of our food scraps go to be composted and play with the chickens. 6:30 - 7:30 PM Dinner Dining Tent
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Sunday, June 9 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Gan Adamah | Ages 2 - 4 Beige Yurt Parents can drop their toddlers off in the beige yurt where we will have movement, toys, and fun Shabbat activities. 9:30 - 10:00 AM Wake Up and Stretch Arts and Crafts We will start each morning with wake up games and Yoga. 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Ancient Burping Yeast/Sourdough Pita & DIY Butter and Cob Oven Baking Arts and Crafts Learn about sourdough and mix up pita dough. We will go out to the cob oven to add wood to keep the fire hot. Make butter to have on your pita. Roll out the dough we made earlier and bake it in the cob oven. 12:30 - 2:00 PM Lunch Dining Tent
2:00 - 3:30 PM Hike to the Overlook and Forest Games Meet at Arts and Crafts Hike the Red Trail to the majestic Isabella Freedman Overlook. Call out to the birds flying below and play games on the way. 3:30 - 4:30 PM Storytime & Puppet Show Arts & Crafts Gather around for story time and a puppet show. 3:30 - 4:30 PM The Illustrated Pirkei Avot: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics | Ages 9+ Shavuot celebrates God giving us the Torah. Come learn about the Jewish tradition through a graphic novel that is at once entertaining and informative. 4:30 - 6:00 PM Topsy Turvy Bus Tour & Visit the Goats Is that bus Topsy or is it Turvy?!?! Find out all about it and hear stories about the time educators lived on the bus for three summers. And say hello to our furry friends - let’s see who can remember all their names! 6:00 - 7:00 PM Dinner Dining Tent
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Monday, June 10 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Gan Adamah | Ages 2 - 4 Beige Yurt Parents can drop their toddlers off in the beige yurt where we will have movement, toys, and fun Shabbat activities. 9:00–9:30 AM Wake Up and Stretch Arts and Crafts We will start each morning with wake up games and Yoga. 9:30–10:30 AM Edible Torahs Arts and Crafts Build an edible torah. Bring it on the parade or enjoy it on the spot! 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM Nature Art Meet at Arts and Crafts Don’t forget your imagination! We will create art with found objects in the forest. 12:30 - 1:00 PM Bikkurim Parade with Goats Parade through camp with your magical masks and wonderful wands in hand and the goats at your side.
1:00 - 2:30 PM Lunch Dining Tent 2:30 - 4:30 PM Spring Discovery Hike Meet at Arts and Crafts There are so many wonderful things to see in spring. We will be hiking, exploring, and searching for the hidden wonders that exist all around us. 2:30 - 4:30 PM Cave Exploration | Ages 9+ Meet at Arts and Crafts 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. 4:30 - 6:30 PM Field Games Field outside Arts and Crafts Bear, Salmon, Mosquito. Everybody is It. Elbow Tag. Alaskan Baseball. We have so many games that we’d love to teach you and we want to learn more from you too. 6:30 - 7:30 PM Dinner Dining Tent
Tuesday, June 11 Please note there is no Camp Teva or Gan Admah today. Thank you 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. Jess Berlin is the Director of Retreats at Isabella Freedman. She leads the talented team who produce and host over 70 events each year. Jess is a strong believer in the power of multi-day immersive experiences as a tool for creating long-lasting positive change in a person’s life. She has a lifelong passion for Judaism and spirituality, having spent four years studying and teaching in Israel as well several months studying meditation in India. After graduating from Queens College, with a degree in Urban Planning, she served as a key administrator at American Jewish World Service and AVODAH and a farm educator at Eden Village Camp. Jess enjoys being part of two meditation communities, practicing and teaching visualization techniques, rockhounding, and caring for her cast iron cookware. Christine Bloom discovered yoga haphazardly, but davka just at a time when she needed it most! She finds that each journey on the yoga mat – connecting breath, body and spirit, brings joy to her life and a chance to reboot her system. A regular participant of Isabella Freedman retreats, she loves her wholesome community and always looks forward to nature-filled Holiday celebrations. Shavuot-infused yoga classes will be gentle in the morning and a bit more vigorous in the afternoon. She invites everyone to participate, explore how the qualities of the poses seep in and be open to receive. Christine Bloom is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher (YTT200). She is also a landscape and floral designer in Stamford, CT. Shir Yaakov Feit is a singer, composer, designer, producer, teacher and Aba. He, his partner Emily, and their two daughters live in New York’s Hudson Valley, where they are helping to weave the Kol Hai community. Shir Yaakov has recorded and released four albums of original music and co-founded and performs with The Darshan Project. His song “Broken-hearted” recently won the Jewish Daily Forward’s 2016 Soundtrack of Our Spirit songwriting contest. Professionally, Shir Yaakov has served as Creative and Music Director for Romemu, New York City’s largest Renewal synagogue; Director of Engagement at ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal; ritual consultant for Eden Village Camp; and visiting faculty at Hebrew College and the Academy for Jewish Religion-NY. He is a student in the Rabbinic and Spiritual Direction tracks of the ALEPH Ordination Program, a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and serves as a Spirit Holder on the Zen Peacemakers’ Bearing Witness Retreats in Auschwitz-Birkenau. shiryaakov.com
Avraham Yizhak (Arthur) Green was the founding dean and is currently rector of the Rabbinical School and Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion at Hebrew College. He is Professor Emeritus at Brandeis University, where he occupied the distinguished Philip W. Lown Professorship of Jewish Thought. He is both a historian of Jewish religion and a theologian. He defines himself as a Neo-Hasidic Jew and studied with Alexander Altmann, Nahum N. Glatzer, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, of blessed memory. He has taught Jewish mysticism, Hasidism, and theology at the University of Pennsylvania, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Brandeis, and now at Hebrew College. He and his wife Kathy z”l were active in the founding of Havurat Shalom in Somerville, Massachusetts in 1968, and he remains associated with the Havurah movement. A prolific author, Dr. Green has published “Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition” (Yale University, 2010) “Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow” (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002) and “A Guide to the Zohar” (Stanford University, 2003). Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD is an author, educator, midrashist, myth-weaver and ritualist. She is the co-founder of Kohenet: The Hebrew Priestess Institute. She is also the Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic Jewish seminary. Rabbi Hammer is the author of The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons, and the co-author of The Hebrew Priestess and Siddur HaKohanot: A Hebrew Priestess Prayerbook. Rabbi Hammer conducts workshops on ancient and contemporary midrash, bibliodrama, creative ritual, kabbalah, Jewish dreamwork, and Jewish cycles of time. She was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary and holds a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Connecticut. Rebbetzin Eve Ilsen is a psychotherapist, teacher, storyteller and singer. She has studied closely with mythologist Joseph Campbell, Eutonia bodywork founder Gerda Alexander, and trained for years in Jerusalem in waking dream and the therapeutic use of imagery with Mme. Colette Aboulker-Muscat. Since returning to the United states in 1986, Ms. Ilsen has also worked in tandem with her husband of blessed memory, Rabbi Zalman SchachterShalomi, co-creating the Wisdom School, co-leading workshops and partnering at holy day retreats. In 2008, she was ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor. These days, Eve is invoking transformative states by performing in concert, as a singer and a storyteller. Lev Israel is Chief Data Officer at Sefaria. He was an early user, volunteer, and then employee of the project, and has worked to develop this intersection of Torah, Free Culture, and New Media over the past five years. Somewhere in there, he received Rabbinic ordination in the pioneering cohort of Bet Midrash Har-El. Previous to all of that, he oscillated among various Israeli hi-tech outfits, yeshivot, and social ventures. You can find Lev and his partner, Stephanie Pell, chasing around their three children, Meira, Eden, and Daniel.
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As a child Shoshana Jedwab would drum on parked cars, plates, tables, books and other people’s bodies. Hailing from a family of rabbis and community leaders decimated by the Holocaust, Shoshana became a prize-winning Jewish Studies Day School teacher, and the Jewish Life Coordinator at the A.J. Heschel Middle School. Shoshana Jedwab is one of Jewish Rock Radio’s Jewish Women Who Rock the Worship World. The original songs of Shoshana’s July 2016 album, “I Remember”, and viral single, “Where You Go”, are being sung in synagogues, weddings, churches, and marches across the country. www.shoshanajedwab.com Batya Levine is a Jewish educator, ritual leader, facilitator, and musician. She leads spirited prayer and song in a variety of communities, including Isabella Freedman, Linke Fligl, SVARA, and Kavod Boston. She is a co-founder and organizer of Let My People Sing!, a national gathering which brings together a diversity of Jewish cultural and ethnic music for the sake of learning, sharing and creating liberatory singing space. Batya writes original music and her songs have traveled across prayer spaces and street protests, connecting people to themselves, each other, and spirit. Coming from a lineage of Jewish musicians, she has learned to use music as a powerful tool for healing and transformation. Batya is dedicated to carrying this practice forward, building resilience and interconnection on individual and communal levels. Eliana Light works with Jewish communities worldwide to unlock the wonders of our sacred heritage through meaningful music, powerful prayer, excellent education, and creative consulting. She is the author of Hebrew in Harmony, a curriculum published by Behrman House that teaches prayer and Hebrew through music, and the founder and director of the G!D Project, an educational initiative focused on accessible, meaningful conversations about G!D and spirituality through ritual, text, and creative expression. Eliana received her Masters in Jewish Experiential Education from the Davidson School at JTS in 2016. Rabbi Avram Mlotek is the co-founder of Base Hillel and serves as rabbi for its DWTN location. Mlotek graduated cum laude from Brandeis University and has studied at Sarah Lawrence College, Yeshiva University’s Cantorial School, Jewish Theological Seminary, and City College’s Educational Theatre department. A native Yiddish speaker, Mlotek’s Yiddish cultural work has brought him to China, Ethiopia, Israel, Sweden and Australia. Prior to joining Base, Avram served as a rabbi in training at The Carlebach Shul, The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, and Hunter College Hillel. Mlotek’s writing has appeared in The Forward, Tablet, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week, The Huffington Post and Kveller, among other blogs. The NY Jewish Week selected him as a “leading innovator in Jewish life today” as part of their “36 Under 36”, and he was listed as one of America’s “Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Jewish Daily Forward. He is blessedly married to Yael Kornfeld, a geriatric social worker, and proud Tati to Revaya and Hillel Yosl.
Yael Kornfeld-Mlotek works as the Synagogue Outreach Social Worker at DOROT, where they are partnered with nine different synagogues on the Upper East and West Sides of Manhattan, advocating and serving older adults. Yael received her BA in Judaic Studies from Rutgers University where she wrote an honors thesis on “Who studies Yiddish Today and Why.” Before starting her MSW program at Hunter College School of Social Work, Yael was an Avodah Service Corps Fellow in Washington, DC. A co-founder of Base Hillel, which empowers rabbinic couples’ homes to serve as convening points for Jewish life, Yael and her partner, Rabbi Avram Mlotek live in downtown Manhattan with their two delicious children, Ravi and Hillel. Eden Pearlstein (aka ePRHYME) is a recording, performing and ritual artist, author, and educator. As a founding member of The Darshan Project, along with Reb Shir Yaakov and Basya Schechter (Pharaoh’s Daughter), Eden’s work weaves together deep Jewish teaching and tradition with creative process in a form of musical midrash and contemporary pietistic poetry. Eden holds 2 Master’s Degrees from JTS, one in Experiential Education and the other in Jewish Thought and Philosophy. Nigel Savage founded Hazon, the Jewish lab for sustainability, in 2000. In 2015 Nigel was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has twice been named a member of the Forward 50, the annual list of the 50 most influential Jewish people in the United States. He is a recipient of the Bernard Reisman Award, and has given Commencement speeches at Wagner (NYU, in 2011), at Hornstein (Brandeis, in 2014) and at Spertus (in Chicago, in 2018). Before founding Hazon, Nigel was a professional fund manager in London, where he worked for NM Rothschild and was co-head of UK Equities at Govett. He has an MA in History from Georgetown, and has learned at Pardes, Yakar, and the Hebrew University. He was a founder of Limmud NY, and serves on the board of Romemu. Nigel executive produced the British independent movies Solitaire For 2 and Stiff Upper Lips and had an acclaimed cameo appearance in the cult Anglo-Jewish comic movie, Leon The Pig Farmer. He is believed to be the first English Jew to have cycled across South Dakota on a recumbent bike. Basya Schechter is best known for her group, Pharaoh’s Daughter, a 7-piece world music ensemble that travels effortlessly through continents, key signatures, and languages with a genre-bending sound. Basya’s earthy, soulful voice rings out over textured instrumentation that forms a vibrant collage of East and West, providing the soundtrack for a harmonious vision of creative peace and vibrant diversity. She is also the Hazzan and musical director of Romemu, a fast growing, progressive, spiritually adventurous community on New York’s Upper West Side, as well as the the spiritual leader of the Romemu Brooklyn Satellite Community. Basya’s most recent creative work is with Darshan, a musical midrash project in collaboration with esoteric indie rapper/poet Eden Pearlstein (aka ePRHYME). In 2017 Darshan released Raza, a radical reimagining of the traditional prayers and mystical poetry recited on Friday night to welcome the Sabbath bride.
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Presenter Bios Julie Seltzer has been a Torah scribe since 2009, when she was Scribe-in-Residence at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, CA. Before learning the scribal arts, Julie worked as the baker at Isabella Freedman, creating weekly Torah-themed challah art. She is currently working on her fourth Torah and writing a memoir that chronicles her journey. She lives in the Hudson Valley, NY with her Negev Desert mutt, Shusha. You can see Julie’s writing on the Sefaria homepage. julieseltzer.net Deb Tyler: farmer, artist, earth-justice advocate; Debra Tyler lives in Cornwall, CT where she raises Miniature Jersey cows and teaches homesteading workshops. She is the founding director of Motherhouse, Inc.; a non-profit dedicated to nurturing Self, Family, Community, and our Mother Earth. Inspired by her studies at Hartford Seminary, Debra created a 50-foot Earth Scroll which chronicles the changing seasons of the year and various corresponding human belief systems. Her work is displayed in the Beige Yurt.
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. Dr. Tanya Zion-Waldoks is a gender scholar, feminist activist and mother of four – intertwined callings. Her research interests include the intersection of religion, gender, and politics, with a focus on diverse religious women’s social movements in Israel. She is a lecturer at Hebrew University’s School of Education and visiting postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of religion. Edited an anthology on Genesis and directed national Israeli campaigns on religious LGBT, human trafficking, Agunot, and community-based social justice. Active in partnership-minyanim (Shira-Hadasha Jerusalem, Be’erot BeerSheva) and innovator of Jewish life-cycle rituals, she is a Jerusalem native who is now a proud resident of the Negev.
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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 email@example.com to make a gift. You can also visit the donation box outside of the bookstore. Thank you!
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