The Center for Small Town Jewish Life and the Jewish Community Alliance Present Project Zug: Online Partnership Learning for Maine!


This course will investigate pluralism as a value in Jewish life. We will study various dimensions of pluralism and its limits through both text and case studies, empowering participants to live in communities of diverse multiple Jewish identities.

Together, we’ll ask the questions: How do I live a life of conviction while remaining tolerant of others? How can I emphasize what’s right for one may not be right for another without falling into relativism? How do I cultivate a sense that you don’t have to be wrong for me to be right? How do I satisfy diverging contingents within my community? What are the limits of pluralism?

How this course works: sign up below to gain access to the full course materials when the course launches in January. You’ll learn online with a chevruta—a traditional-style study buddy—and you can either list someone below, or write “Match Me” to have us pair you with another Mainer! We’ll send you updates about the course, but the two of you can work through it at your own pace.

What do you need? You’ll need a computer with internet connectivity (a camera is very helpful, but can be worked around), a chevruta (which we can provide you), and the desire to engage meaningfully with Jewish texts! No prior experience with text study or chevruta learning? No problem! The Project Zug experience ensures that this curated material will be amplified and explained by renowned teachers. This 4-week course can take the 4 weeks allotted—or you and your partner might take a slower pace, to account for your schedules or to spend more time with the texts. How long your study sessions are, whether you prepare individually or work through everything together—the decisions are yours. This is an amazing opportunity to build our Maine Jewish community, and enhance our relationships to one another, through traditional learning—and to do it from the comfort of our own homes!

The Center for Small Town Jewish Life and the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine are thrilled to be partnering with Project Zug to bring the Maine Jewish community an amazing learning opportunity at an incredible price. If you need some tech support, we are here to help! We encourage learners of all backgrounds to dive in.

Questions about this program? We’re happy to talk to you! Email Melanie Weiss at


Interested in learning more about Project Zug and how it works? Click here for a great short video!