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.
Friday, Oct. 29 live-streamed for the statewide community
Saturday, Oct. 30 at Temple Beth El, Augusta
The Covenant Foundation, and the following Colby departments: Center for Arts and Humanities, Jewish Studies, Music, and Religious Studies.
Elana Arian is one of the leading voices in contemporary Jewish music. A composer, multi-instrumentalist, prayer leader, and recording artist, Elana inspires communities across the country with her soulful songwriting and spirit. Her work has been published in many transcontinental music collections, and her compositions are sung in synagogues, summer camps, and spiritual communities worldwide. Elana is working on her fourth album of original music, The Other Side of Fear. She has served on the faculty of both Hava Nashira in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, and Shirei Chagiga in London, and she is an Adjunct Professor at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, working as a teaching artist in the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, and perhaps most memorably, five separate appearances at the (Obama) White House. She lives in New York with her wife, Julia, and their two daughters.