Center for Small Town Jewish Life




The Center for Small Town Jewish Life at Colby College showcases how academic and community institutions can work together to improve the cultural life of small towns while enriching the education of college students.


Educational and Cultural Programs

Building on collaboration among
Colby’s Jewish Studies Program, Colby Hillel, and Waterville’s Beth Israel Congregation, the center provides inspiring educational and cultural programs to the Waterville community—including Colby students—and to other communities across Maine. It continues to develop exemplary conferences, learning opportunities, leadership development initiatives, and town-gown partnerships that have already garnered Colby national attention. The center will also research and promote best practices in programming, outreach, and leadership so that small towns and colleges across the country can apply Colby’s model to invigorate Jewish life in their own communities.