The Center for Small Town Jewish Life cultivates transformational learning and vibrant Jewish community rooted in the state of Maine.


We envision a socially equitable, multigenerational, and geographically diverse Jewish world sustained by intentional collaboration.



Student Jewish Leadership Fellows

Meet the 2021-2022 Jewish Leadership Fellows

The Jewish leadership fellowship is open to students of all backgrounds to exercise leadership in our community in accordance with the wisdom, cultural riches, and values embodied in the Jewish tradition. This fellowship integrates service to the Colby, Waterville, and statewide community with rigorous Jewish learning and mentorship.

Advisory Board

Our advisory board is comprised of Jewish leaders and thinkers who bring valuable wisdom and experience to the Center. Rabbis,  academics, entrepreneurs, trailblazers—each member of our cohort of advisors has at least one trait in common: an unwavering passion for growing Jewish life, and making it accessible in all communities, regardless of size, location, demographic, and financial capacity.

Rabbinical Student Fellows

The Center’s rabbinical student fellowship program offers a unique twist on the classic small-town student pulpit. Each fellow works in a diverse and vibrant community large enough to support its own clergy but small enough to crave the energy and excitement for building Jewish life that rabbinical and cantorial students bring.