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Author: Neil Arnold

High Holiday Sermons from our Rabbis

With the end of Simchat Torah earlier this week, we’ve come to the close of another High Holiday season. For some of us who work at synagogues, are lay leaders in our communities, are rabbis or synagogue-goers, this moment brings a sigh of relief. We’ve crossed the finish line of Judaism’s annual holiday marathon—we have … Continued

Rabbi Freidenreich Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon: Ki Tov

Erev Rosh Hashanah 5779: Ki TovGod said, “Let there be light!,” and there was light, and God saw that the light was good. God separated dry land from the sea and saw that this was good—vayar’ elohim ki tov. The earth brought forth vegetation: good. Sun, moon, and stars—vayar’ elohim ki tov. Swarms of sea … Continued

A Glimpse into Asherah Cinnamon’s Sukkah

While visiting the Maine State Museum this month, you might be pleasantly surprised to find a beautifully crafted sukkah standing in the atrium of the museum’s entrance. Now, you might be perplexed as to why the sukkah was not constructed outside as you would expect, but it is serving a secondary purpose in addition to celebrating … Continued

High Holiday Worship Across Maine 2018

If you’re curious about what all your Maine Jewish neighbors have planned for the High Holidays, or are deciding where you will attend services, look no further. Here, we’ve pulled together a list of High Holiday events and services in every community. Looking at this list, we are reminded of the vibrant, diverse, and colorful … Continued

Meet Jonathan Posner

Here at the Center we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our 2018 Rabbinical Student Fellows. They will be spending extended time learning and working in our Maine Jewish communities. In anticipation of our work together, we asked Jonathan some questions about himself to help you get to know him a little better. Where are … Continued

Meet Natalie Shribman

Here at the Center we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our 2018 Rabbinical Student Fellows. They will be spending extended time learning and working in our Maine Jewish communities. In anticipation of our work together, we asked Natalie some questions about herself to help you get to know her a little better. Where are … Continued

Meet Lily Solochek

Here at the Center we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our 2018 Rabbinical Student Fellows. They will be spending extended time learning and working in our Maine Jewish communities. In anticipation of our work together, we asked Lily some questions about themself to help you get to know them a little better. Where is … Continued

Learning the Ropes in Maine—The 2018 Rabbinical Fellows Program

What happens when top rabbinical students from several of the country’s best seminaries spend extended time working with Maine’s Jewish communities? We’ve just begun to find out… The Center for Small Town Jewish Life recently launched its rabbinical student fellowship program with one summer fellow and two more for the upcoming academic year. Each fellow … Continued

From New York to Maine, Lessons in Small Town Jewish Life

For my first Shabbat at Beth Israel in Waterville, I planned an event: Friday-night dinner, services, and learning. On Friday, my husband and I spent hours making quiche, challah, fresh salad, and cookie-dough brownie bars. An hour before the event started, a breathless congregant whom I had not yet met came in the door apologetically. … Continued