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A Rosh Hashanah Message from Rabbi Isaacs

We welcome 5782 with all its complications and promise. As Rabbi Rachel Isaacs, the Center’s executive director says, “In 5782, we need to have the faith to keep on creating, to keep on illustrating, the Jewish life we want and need.” Click here for words of Torah for the new year from Rabbi Isaacs. L’Shanah … Continued

Center Notecards Feature Maine Artists

The works of three Maine Jewish artists adorn our beautiful new Center for Small Town Jewish Life notecards. The cards feature these stunning images (shown above, left to right): Divinity is Everywhere, by Camille Davidson ( Schmita 2020, Five Baskets, by Asherah Cinnamon ( Cold Wind, Warm Sun, Maranacook, by Hélène Farrar (hélène Packets … Continued

A Year in Review

July 2021/Tammuz-Av 5781 Dear Friends of the Center, We are about to enter a shemitah year in the Jewish community, a sabbatical year when we let the land rest and contemplate the limits of our own control and ownership. At the same time, we are emerging from a year that has highlighted our human limitations … Continued

Jewish Youth Connection: Get Crazy!

Join us on Zoom for an evening of fun! We’ll start with some Jewish learning together, and follow it up with interactive games (we’re still putting on the final touches, but will let you know if you need any gear on hand). We had so much fun learning and laughing with you at the last … Continued

Spring Funtensive!

Spring is coming to us in Maine, and we can nearly taste the chance to hang out together in person, safely distanced outside. But…not yet. Luckily, for spring vacation we’re here to offer some fun Jewish learning and to connect with each other over Zoom! We will offer songs, stories, Hebrew games, and crafts, and … Continued

Spring Beit Midrash

Beit Midrash is an annual series that brings together college students and community members for several evenings of study throughout the year. This spring, Beit Midrash is going virtual and is the perfect opportunity to connect after Pesach for some Jewish learning. Jewish texts give us guidance on how we should disagree, but how do … Continued

Shabbat, Together • April Statewide Kabbalat Shabbat

Join Rabbi Erica Asch of Temple Beth El, Augusta, and rabbinical fellow Sara Blumenthal for a celebratory spring Kabbalat Shabbat. Now that the clocks have sprung forward, we’re thrilled to offer Kabbalat Shabbat services through the Center once again. It’s sure to be a beautiful way to welcome in the day of rest as a statewide community. Register below!

Shlichei Tzibur Prayer Leader Training Program

SHLICHEI TZIBUR TRAINING PROGRAM Empowering Worship Service Leaders, with Cantor Sheila Nesis  Monthly classes on Tuesday evenings, 7–8:30 p.m. Beginning Tuesday, May 25  Made possible by the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, the Messerschmidt Memorial Fund at the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, and the Covenant Foundation  This yearlong experience is designed to … Continued

Berger Holocaust Lecture: Jewish Responses to the Rise of Hitler

Join Professor Michael Brenner of American University for the annual Berger Family Holocaust Lecture. The challenges that Jews faced with the rise of the Nazi party in Germany remain relevant today amidst dramatic political and social changes in Europe and the United States. How did German Jews of different political and religious stripes respond to the … Continued

March Havdalah, Together

Our March Havdalah, led by Rabbi Jared Saks of Bet Ha’am, Portland, and Rabbi Lisa Vinikoor of Beth Israel, Bath, comes at the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the pandemic. Grounded in story, reflection, and song, we’ll lift our voices to bring comfort, gratitude, and hope. Join us with your candles, spices, and wine or juice. Please register to receive the Zoom log-in information. Register for Havdalah, Together Here