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, and our newest cohort of Maine Roots millennials. 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.
We are delighted to welcome you to the 2020 online Fall Shabbaton featuring music and learning with Deborah Sacks Mintz, Yoshi Silverstein, Daniel Heinrich, and our Maine rabbinical fellows. Though we can’t be together in person, we can still share the joys of Jewish learning, singing, cooking, and community. Come to any or all sessions. We can’t wait to see you in the rich and vibrant online world.
A transformative prayer leader and musician, Deborah Sacks Mintz has served innovative institutions around the country as a teacher of Torah and communal Jewish music. As the Community Singing Consultant of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, Deborah serves as a resource to those seeking to cultivate the grassroots musical and spiritual creativity of the Jewish people. In addition to composing new Jewish music, Deborah can be found regularly performing and recording with a myriad of musicians and ensembles. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, Deborah is pursuing rabbinical ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
CLICK HERE to listen to Min Ha-Meitzar by Deborah Sacks Mintz with the Hadar Ensemble
Yoshi is the founder and executive Director of Mitsui Collective. He serves as a member of the Grants Advisory Group for the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, is an alumnus of Selah and a member of the Selah Advisory Council, was a founding member of the Repair the World NYC Advisory Board, and has been a cast member of Kaleidoscope Project’s “What Does Jewish Look Like to You” monologue series and an ELI Talks speaker. Yoshi holds certificates in spiritual entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, permaculture design, and environmental education. He has a master’s degree in landscape architecture from University of Maryland; in his thesis he explored Jewish concepts of landscape design and outdoor learning. Yoshi lives in the Cleveland area with his wife, daughter, and pup.
Daniel Heinrich is a second-year student at Brandeis University’s Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership on the Social Impact MBA track. Originally from Royal Oak, Michigan, he graduated from Brandeis with a major in Near East and Judaic Studies before launching a career as a chef and baker. In 2015, he moved to Portland, Maine with his wife and was working as the sous chef at EVO Kitchen and Bar when an injury sidelined him. He found work at Temple Beth El, where he spent three years as the administrative coordinator and then assistant director. A dedicated Beth El-nik, Daniel co-chaired TBE’s Keshet committee, baked nearly 2,000 loaves of challah, taught cooking classes, and cooked for community dinners—all while falling in love with the Maine Jewish community. He lives in Waltham, Mass. with his wife, Alex, and their two cats.