October 25-27, 2019 • Waterville, Maine

This all-inclusive retreat is open to Jewish adults, ages 22-33.

Join us for a weekend of connection and reconnection to our roots in the Maine landscape and Jewish community. As young Jewish adults living in Maine and the greater New England area, it can be a little lonely at times. The Maine Roots retreat is an opportunity to connect with our heritage, reinvigorate our Jewish practices, and enjoy being in a dynamic and inclusive community together. Our schedule will weave in and out of programming for the Fall Shabbaton—with dedicated sessions and experiences just for our cohort.


A detailed scheduled will be released in the coming months!

Highlights include:

Friday: Arrive, prepare for Shabbat, and join Fall Shabbaton participants for a big Shabbat dinner.


  • Explore trails in the Colby arboretum on a guided Shabbat hike.
  • Learn with Maine rabbis and the center’s rabbinical student fellows
  • Enjoy a quiet afternoon with time for a nap or personal time.
  • Saturday night we will attend the featured Shabbaton concert with bluegrass/ American roots band, Nefesh Mountain. Afterwards, we’ll have a chance to explore what’s new, and perhaps old, in Waterville’s downtown scene.

Sunday: Eat breakfast, pack lunch, wrap up the weekend, and depart with plenty of time to get home to prepare for the coming week.


We will be staying at the Pleasant Street Inn outside of downtown Waterville. Maine Roots participants will be the only guests at the inn that weekend, and it will be our retreat headquarters. The inn is comfortable, homey, and the perfect setting for us to enjoy an amazing Shabbat together. For a recent feature on the inn and its owner, Billy Dangler, click here.


All meals will be provided as part of the retreat. Friday night dinner will be vegetarian, and Shabbat lunch will be kosher, under the supervision of Rabbi Rachel Isaacs. All other meals will include vegetarian options with an emphasis placed on locally sourced and seasonally available foods. Please indicate food sensitivities or dietary restrictions in your application. Please let us know if you require all fully hekhshered meals at an additional cost.


Participants traveling by car are encouraged to save gas receipts for reimbursement. Unfortunately, we are unable to reimburse receipts for other types of transportation to the retreat. If you need a ride, please email sjrockfo@colby.edu, and we will look into carpool opportunities.

Jewish Enough?

This retreat is designed for people with a diversity of Jewish backgrounds. There is something for everyone, and we want people to see the Maine Roots retreat as an accessible and welcoming space for all.

Apply Now!

Space is limited. Please apply to reserve your spot for the fall retreat! Registration for the entire weekend costs just $18. This retreat is generously supported by Moishe House and the Center for Small Town Jewish Life.

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