When and where is the Conference?

When: June 12-14, 2020

Where: Thomas College, Waterville, Maine

Who should I contact with questions?

Melanie Weiss: maweiss@colby.edu

How can I get updates on the conference?

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When is registration?

The best way to register is online! In-person registration is on June 12, 2020 from 3-5:30 p.m. at the student center at Thomas College. You will also be able to register on Sunday. YOU CANNOT REGISTER IN PERSON ON SHABBAT (Saturday).

When is check-out?

Everyone must check out before leaving campus on Sunday.

What will we do for three days?

There will be many ways to access the best of Jewish civilization and central Maine during our three days together. There will be classes, lectures, tours, hikes, bike rides, prayer services, music, dance, panels, and discussions provided during the conference. Participants will also have access to the many facilities at Thomas College, the Quarry Road Recreation Center, and the Alfond Youth Center. Downtown Waterville is also within walking and biking distance.

How much does it cost?

We are offering an early-bird discount! Register before March 31 for a reduced rate. More information is available on the registration page.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. If you are a member of a Maine synagogue, contact your rabbi for the scholarship code. Please contact Rabbi Rachel Isaacs (risaacs@colby.edu) for details if you are not a member of a synagogue in Maine.

Will the food be kosher?

Yes. All food will be kosher, and under the supervision of Rabbi Isaacs. If you have questions about the specific hekhshers accepted, please be in touch in advance of the conference.

Is there an eruv?

No. There are currently no eruvin in the state of Maine.

Are linens provided in the dorms?

Yes, everything other than washcloths are provided by the college. However, we strongly recommend that you bring an extra blanket. Unlike a hotel room, dorm rooms do not provide amenities like cups for toothbrushes, garbage pails, etc. Organizers will send out a suggested packing list to registrants approximately a week before the conference.

What accommodations are available for families?

There are suites in the dorms that can accommodate large families. Please register early to ensure that we can accommodate you.

Do I need to stay at Thomas College? Can I come to part of the conference?

No one needs to stay at Thomas College. Everyone is free to arrange their own accommodations. It is fine to come for part of the conference. Prices are adjusted accordingly.

Will babysitting be available?

Yes. Times for babysitting are noted in the schedule.

How can I help?

Please let us know if you’re interested in volunteering. We often have a few volunteer opportunities, particularly with children, and are happy to reduce registration costs in return for a volunteer shift. We hope to keep costs low with the help of our participants. Please let us know if you can help!