Please email Esther Smigel email@example.com, Retreat and Programs Manager, if you would like to know more about Shabbat observance or kashrut at our retreats, or have any other logistical questions.
Contact & Emergency Numbers
AJU-BBI Main Number (M-TH 8:30-5:30, F 8:30-2:30): 805-582-4450
Institute for Jewish Spirituality cell phone: 917-282-0606
Emergencies evenings/weekends only: William P. 805-404-8974
No room phones
Main Number (8am-8pm): 845-424-4800
Emergency Number: Institute for Jewish Spirituality cell phone 917-282-0606
No room phones
Trinity Retreat Center
Main Number (daytime only): 860-672-1000
Emergency Number (evenings): Institute for Jewish Spirituality cell phone 917-282-0606
Room Number: 860-672-1000 plus room extension
Brandeis-Bardin Institute (January Retreats, Kivvun)
American Jewish University
1101 Peppertree Lane
Brandeis, CA 93064
Directions to the Brandeis Bardin Institute may be found at:
Please note that GPS systems DO NOT WORK to get to the BBI Campus. Please use the directions indicated above (directions will also be sent out in an email pre-retreat.) If you get lost, please call Brandeis-Bardin directly for directions: 805-404-8974 (William)
Check-out is typically between 9am-12pm.
Phone & Computer Access
There is wireless internet in the main building, but not in the guest rooms. Cellphone reception is typically very limited at BBI; AT&T has no service at all in the area. There are no phones in the rooms – if you need to receive a call it must be through the main office; arrangements can be made to make an out-going call on a land-line.
BBI has six wheelchair accessible rooms and the conference center is completely wheelchair accessible. Please indicate on your registration form any mobility or accessibility needs you may have (unable to climb stairs, uses a walker or wheelchair).
Note that if you are chemically-sensitive (allergic to fabric softener, etc) you will need to provide your own linens (towels and double-sized sheets) and soap. Please let us know of any serious chemical sensitivity on your registration form.
Most rooms are furnished with two double beds and private bathrooms with showers. BBI provides sheets, a pillow, a blanket, a bedspread, and a hand and bath towel for each guest. All rooms have air conditioning and heat.
Garrison Institute (JMTT, Silent Winter Retreat)
The Garrison Institute
Rt. 9D at Glenclyffe
Garrison, NY 10524
Maps and directions are at: http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=72&Itemid=75 (click on the second pdf link “Travel and Transportation to Garrison Institute” for full directions)
The Garrison Institute strongly recommends using their travel guidelines, as GPS and online route-finders may send you less desirable ways! If you are lost, please call Garrison directly for directions: 845.424.4800
Check-out is between 9:30am and noon; the exact time will vary between retreats and we will let you know your checkout time upon arrival.
Phone & Computer Access
There are no public computers available, however there is wireless internet in the public spaces.
There are no phones in the rooms at Garrison, however there are public phones. Long-distance calls require a calling card (available for purchase from the Garrison Institute). If you need to receive a (non-emergency) message, you can give the main number for Garrison and messages will be checked during the day and left for you on the bulletin board.
Garrison has two rooms specifically for those who require handicapped-accessible rooms. Please indicate on your registration form any mobility or accessibility needs (unable to climb stairs, uses a walker or wheelchair). Most participants will be housed on the second floor of the retreat center and participants should expect to climb one set of stairs to reach their room.
Note that if you are chemically-sensitive (allergic to fabric softener, etc) you are advised to bring your own sheets (twin-sized) and soap. Garrison Institute is not able to provide chemical/scent-free linens. You may also wish to bring your own towel. Please let us know of any serious chemical sensitivity in your registration form.
All rooms are furnished with twin beds–including rooms for couples–the Garrison Institute provides sheets, a pillow, a blanket, a bedspread, and a hand and bath towel for each guest.
Trinity Conference Center (July Retreats, Kivvun)
Trinity Conference Center
79 Lower River Road
West Cornwall, CT 06796
By Car: Driving directions are online at: http://center.trinitywallstreet.org/directions.php
Trinity strongly recommends using their travel guidelines, as GPS and online route-finders may send you less desirable ways! If you are lost on your way to a retreat, please call Trinity directly for directions: Main Number (daytime only): 860-672-1000.
By Public Transit:
From New York City: Take the MetroNorth train from Grand Central Station to the Wassaic stop on the Harlem Line. Please reference the train schedule at: http://as0.mta.info/mnr/schedules/sched_form.cfm. Please note that the July 2012 schedule is not online yet, but the MTA has confirmed that it will follow very closely to the current schedule (maybe off by a minute or two). This means that trains up to Wassaic leave Grand Central Station in NYC at 11:48am and 1:28pm to arrive at 2:05pm and 4:05pm — trains back to NYC leave Wassaic at 12:26pm and 2:24pm to arrive at 2:41pm and 4:41pm. From the Wassaic train station you will take a 30-minute cab to West Cornwall, CT. We frequently work with Lakeville Taxi Company, 860-435-8000, which works by reservation only. Please note that taxis must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance.
From Western MA: There are twice-a-day Greyhound buses that serve the Berkshire area. Please reference the bus schedule at: https://www.greyhound.com/farefinder. The closest stop to the conference center is Canaan, CT, which is an approximately 15 minute cab ride down Route 7 to the retreat center. We frequently work with Lakeville Taxi Company, 860-435-8000, which works by reservation only. Please note that taxis must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance.
Most people fly into Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, CT and either rent a car or arrange for a shuttle to the center. The travel time from Bradley is 1 hour and 15 minutes. Shuttles need to be reserved well in advance of your arrival. We have made arrangements through Lakeville Taxi (860-435-8000) in past years. A sedan costs $160 one way (includes tip) and can hold up to three passengers. If people are willing to wait for others at the airport, a van costs $240 one way (includes tip) and can hold up to 8 people with luggage. Vanpooling reduces the cost of ground transportation and is recommended for those of you willing and able to wait for others in order to travel together. There is a 24 hour cancellation policy. Credit cards and cash will be accepted.
Check-out time is 9am on the day you leave the retreat. There will be a designated area for luggage storage.
Phone & Computer Access
There are 1-2 public computers (with printer and internet access) available, and there is also wireless internet in the main building and some of adjacent cottages (if you bring a laptop with you). Be aware that cellphone reception may be very limited at Trinity, this varies according to the weather and your wireless provider. There are phones in every room – you’ll find your extension # posted on your room phone. Phone cards are available for purchase if you need to make an outgoing long-distance call from your room phone.
There are phones in the rooms at Trinity–we recommend that you share your room extension number with your loved ones upon arriving at the retreat. Messages may be left on this phone–because of the nature of our programming, participants are typically out of their rooms for most of the day, 7am–9pm. Participants may be reached through the main Trinity phone number or the IJS cell phone during those times.
Trinity Conference Center has several rooms specifically for those who require accessible rooms. Please indicate for us on your registration form any mobility or accessibility needs (unable to climb stairs, uses a walker or wheelchair).
Note that if you are chemically-sensitive (allergic to fabric softener, etc) you will need to provide your own soap and tell us of your sensitivity prior to arrival at the retreat center so that Trinity can provide you with the proper linens. Please let us know of any serious chemical sensitivity on your registration form.
All rooms are furnished with twin or king beds. Trinity Conference Center provides sheets, a pillow, a blanket, a bedspread, and a hand and bath towel for each guest. All rooms are air conditioned and also have fans available.
Trinity is kashered specifically for our retreats, under the supervision of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Rabbi Jonathan Slater.