Sukkot as a Shivah of Simcha

Sukkot as a Shivah of Simcha Over Sukkot in Waterville, we had the opportunity to learn and celebrate with one of the center’s rabbinical student fellows, Max Edwards. Max is a fourth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Newton, Mass. and is working with Rabbi Isaacs at Beth Israel Congregation in Waterville. We are thrilled to...

Rabbinic Student Fellows Application Information

Rabbinic Student Fellows Application Information Are you an entrepreneurial rabbinical or cantorial student interested in creating vibrant Jewish life? Are you looking for meaningful mentorship from clergy who serve small-town congregations and meaningful relationships with congregants? Would you like to spend seven extended weekends in beautiful Maine over the coming year? If so, please apply...

Joy and Sorrow, Gratitude and Anger

Joy and Sorrow, Gratitude and Anger It’s been almost a week since the Fall Shabbaton. It’s been almost a week since the horrific attack on Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. At the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, we’ve spent the week reflecting on the beauty and success of this past weekend of community,...

2018-2019 Community Conversations Series

Introducing the 2018-2019 Community Conversations Series Community Conversations is a series of three events bringing together Waterville faith and community institutions with Colby faculty and students to consider major issues of common concern. The series brings together thought leaders in our Maine community for a hour-long educational program and then provides an hour for participants...

Grant Award from the Robert and Toni Bader Charitable Foundation 

Grant Award from The Robert and Toni Bader Charitable Foundation The Center for Small Town Jewish Life receives a multi-year grant from the Robert and Toni Bader Charitable Foundation to support Maine Jewish Youth Connection programming It is with great joy and anticipation that we announce the award of a multi-year grant from the Robert...

Knotweed for Schach, Maine Jews and the “Eat Invasives” Movement

Knotweed for Schach Maine Jews and the “Eat Invasives” Movement   I believe that Jewish tradition makes me a better person, and I appreciate the ways it encourages me to engage critically with the world around me. Even the performance of age-old rituals offers small opportunities to make the world a better, sometimes greener, place....

High Holiday Sermons from our Rabbis

High Holiday Sermons from Center for Small Town Jewish Life Rabbis With the end of Simchat Torah earlier this week, we’ve come to the close of another High Holiday season. For some of us who work at synagogues, are lay leaders in our communities, are rabbis or synagogue-goers, this moment brings a sigh of relief....

Rabbi Freidenreich Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon: Ki Tov

Erev Rosh Hashanah 5779: Ki Tov God said, “Let there be light!,” and there was light, and God saw that the light was good. God separated dry land from the sea and saw that this was good—vayar’ elohim ki tov. The earth brought forth vegetation: good. Sun, moon, and stars—vayar’ elohim ki tov. Swarms of...

A Glimpse into Asherah Cinnamon’s Sukkah

A Glimpse into Asherah Cinnamon’s Sukkah at the Maine State Museum   While visiting the Maine State Museum this month, you might be pleasantly surprised to find a beautifully crafted sukkah standing in the atrium of the museum’s entrance. Now, you might be perplexed as to why the sukkah was not constructed outside as you would...