Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center and the Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality
Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality


Isabella Freedman rests on 450 acres of forested land and lush meadows in the foothills of the southern Berkshires. Our site is nestled at the base of a beautiful forested ridge, which becomes saturated with golden hues every evening during sunset. There are two lakes for boating, fishing, swimming, or simply for contemplation. Well-groomed trails wind around the lakes and stretch into the adjacent forest, connecting after a short distance with the famous Appalachian Trail, which runs from Maine to Georgia.

Gazebo Lake Synagogue Yurt Dining Hall

Each season, the land seems to reinvent itself in a spectacular display of changing beauty. In the spring, the property blooms with wildflowers and our lakes become a haven for migrating birds. As the days grow longer and warmer, the land abounds with life—from butterflies to flowers and our fragrant herb gardens to waterfowl and rabbits and other friendly animals that share the property with us. The fall foliage season brings its own unparalleled beauty as the mountain ridge blazes with reds, oranges, and yellows in a breathtaking display of nature’s grandeur. And with winter, a quiet falls on the land as the evergreens become dusted with snow and a blanket of soft white covers the earth of our country haven.

Meeting Spaces and Grounds

Dining Room

Isabella Freedman serves a variety of healthy, delicious meals that are prepared only with the highest-quality ingredients. During the harvest season (June-October) much of the produce we use comes from our four-acre organic farm. All meals have a vegetarian option, and all meat served during Elat Chayyim retreats is organic, free-range. Ingredients for all dishes are labeled at each meal for those with food allergies or special needs. If you have any additional questions about your dietary needs, please contact the registrar at (800) 398-2630 x307 well in advance of your retreat. Our dining room is Glatt Kosher.


During your stay you can also enjoy:

Healing and Wellness Center

Throughout your retreat, you can also care for your body in our healing and wellness center. Staff are trained practitioners, offering sessions by appointment. The hot tub is also available as an effective adjunct to all treatments.

Surrounding Area

With its natural beauty, quintessential New England towns, antiques, literary history, and rich cultural life, it’s no wonder the Berkshires continues to attract and inspire so many visitors year after year. Located near the historic town of Falls Village, CT, Isabella Freedman is only a short distance from the world-renowned cultural, historic, and natural attractions of the beautiful Berkshires.

Isabella Freedman's Website

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