The Fall Shabbaton is an annual event that brings together the Maine Jewish community and friends from farther afield for a weekend of Torah study, soulful music, Shabbat meals, and invigorating connection. What started out as  a Friday-night dinner and concert has evolved into a full Shabbat of learning and singing, with intergenerational programs for college students, children and teens, synagogue members from across the state. Past guests have included Nefesh Mountain, Deborah Sacks Mintz, Neshama Carlebach and the Glory to God gospel singers, and Joey Weisenberg, as well as Talmud scholar Ruth Calderon. The Shabbaton has grown into a partner program to the Maine Conference for Jewish Life, sustaining our community with Jewish learning and music as we enter the winter months. 

Fall Shabbaton with Lapidus & Myles

  • Friday, November 3-Saturday, November 4, 2023

We’re thrilled to be welcoming Lapidus & Myles as our musical guests for the 2023 Fall Shabbaton. We hope you’ll join us in person at Colby College for Shabbat services, dinner, learning, a gentle fall hike, classes with our rabbinical apprentices, and more! 



Friday, November 3

5-5:30 p.m.: Arrival and check in | Alumni Center
5:30 p.m.: Shabbat Dinner | Alumni Center
7 p.m.: Kabbalat Shabbat Services with Lapidus & Myles | 
Alumni Center
8:30 p.m.: Community Oneg Shabbat | Alumni Center
8:30-9:30 p.m.: Jewish Values in Balance and in Harmony: A Program for Maine College Students with Lauren Cohen Fisher, Director of Jewish Student Life Parker-Reed Room
8:30-9:30 p.m.: Maine Roots Program 
Saturday, November 4
8:30 a.m.: Bagels and Coffee | Diamond Atrium
9 a.m.: Shabbat Services | Diamond Building
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Children’s Program | Colby Museum of Art
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Study Sessions with Rabbinical Apprentices 
Heather Renetzky 
David Mahfouda
Arielle Stein
12:30 p.m.: Shabbat Lunch prepared by Capital Area New Mainers Project | Alumni Center
2 p.m.: Gentle Shabbat Hike and Song with Lapidus & Myles
2 p.m.: Meditative Minchah with Lorin Troderman
3:30-4:45 p.m.: Maine Rabbis’ Panel: Texts that Challenge. With Rabbi Erica Asch, Rabbi Rachel Isaacs, Rabbi Lisa Vinikoor, Rabbi Sam Weiss.
3:30-4:45 p.m.: Children’s Activity
5 p.m.: Se’udah Shlishit light dinner | Alumni Center
6-6:30 p.m.: Havdalah and Closing with Lapidus & Myles | Alumni Center

About the Artists

Lapidus & Myles

Lapidus & Myles is a collaboration between two faith-based musicians in Atlanta, Georgia. Micah Lapidus is a Reform rabbi and composer-in-residence at The Temple. Melvin Myles is a highly regarded soloist with the choir of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the former pulpit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Their music is evocative of the longstanding ties between the Black and Jewish communities and is infused with a spirit of love, respect, peace, and justice.