The Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center is home to a unique constellation of Jewish residential communities. Each seeks to embody its own vision of a spiritually vibrant, relevant, and meaningful Jewish life. Interns in spiritual community, environmental educators, and organic farming fellows work hard, learn, eat, and have fun together. We welcome you to join us!
The Teva Learning Center, North America's foremost Jewish Environmental Education Institute, is a non-denominational educational service for participants from throughout the Jewish community. Working with Jewish Day Schools, Congregational Schools, synagogues, camps and youth groups, Teva's programs touch the lives of 2,000 participants annually.
Teva staff is made up of musicians, artists, fire eaters, stilt walkers, jugglers, dancers, performers, athletes, scientists, scholars and lovers of life. Some staff members have pursued advanced degrees in education, environmental studies, and social work, while others have gone on to Rabbinical school and leadership positions within the Jewish community. For more information about Teva, click here.
Teva staff live at the Isabella Freedman Center from September through December.
ADAMAH is a three-month leadership training program for Jewish young adults — ages 20–29 — that integrates organic farming, sustainable living, Jewish learning, teaching, and contemplative spiritual practice. Fellows spend much of their time learning and practicing sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry on the four-acre ADAMAH farm and in small gardens throughout the retreat center. Fellows also participate in leadership training, community living, ecological and Jewish seminars with visiting faculty, and more. Click here for more information.
For those seeking to live in a Jewish community on a short term, temporary basis, some work exchange opportunities are available throughout the year. In exchange for work in areas needed by the retreat center, volunteers receive room and board and can participate in some community events. For work exchange opportunities, please contact us at info [at] elatchayyim [dot] org.