The Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality, a program of the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, is a living laboratory for the development and renewal of contemporary Jewish spiritual life. Elat Chayyim retreats promote practices that draw on the wisdom of Jewish tradition and reflect the values and consciousness of our ever-evolving modern experience of Judaism. The Center teaches experiential approaches to Jewish learning, ritual and prayer that help participants in their search to cultivate the awareness of the Divine presence in all aspects of life.
Elat Chayyim’s retreats welcome people from all backgrounds, including individuals with limited or no Jewish education, seekers who have walked other spiritual and religious paths and those who are traditionally observant. Our faculty includes today’s most respected and innovative thinkers, authors, teachers, cantors and rabbis from across the Jewish denominational spectrum.
Prayer services at Elat Chayyim programs are designed to provide an experience that opens the heart and facilitates connection to our deepest truths, to community and to the Divine. Prayer sessions generally follow the structure and rhythm of traditional Jewish services and also include chanting, musical instruments and meditation. Translated and transliterated prayer books and chant sheets are provided. This summer, Elat Chayyim programs will also offer daily weekday traditional egalitarian morning services.