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....

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...

Meet Jonathan Posner

Meet Jonathan Posner Here at the Center we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our 2018 Rabbinical Student Fellows. They will be spending extended time learning and working in our Maine Jewish communities. In anticipation of our work together, we asked Jonathan some questions about himself to help you get to know him a little...

Meet Natalie Shribman

Meet Natalie Shribman   Here at the Center we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our 2018 Rabbinical Student Fellows. They will be spending extended time learning and working in our Maine Jewish communities. In anticipation of our work together, we asked Natalie some questions about herself to help you get to know her a...

Meet Lily Solochek

Meet Lily Solochek Here at the Center we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our 2018 Rabbinical Student Fellows. They will be spending extended time learning and working in our Maine Jewish communities. In anticipation of our work together, we asked Lily some questions about themself to help you get to know them a little...

Learning the Ropes in Maine—The 2018 Rabbinical Fellows Program

Learning the Ropes in Maine The 2018 Rabbinical Fellows Program   What happens when top rabbinical students from several of the country’s best seminaries spend extended time working with Maine’s Jewish communities? We’ve just begun to find out… The Center for Small Town Jewish Life recently launched its rabbinical student fellowship program with one summer...