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 Elana Arian

Friday, October 29-Saturday, October 30, 2021

Register Below!

We are delighted to welcome you to the 2021 Fall Shabbaton featuring the music of  Elana Arian, Torah study, and a Middle Eastern meal. Friday night’s Shabbat service will be live streamed for the Maine Jewish community. In-person attendance will be limited to the college community only. Saturday’s programs will take place indoors at Beth El, Augusta. We will enjoy our food outdoors under a tent.

All in-person attendees over 12 must be fully vaccinated. All those younger than 12 must have a negative Covid test within 24 hours of the event (rapid and at-home tests are fine). Masks will be required inside at all times.

Shabbaton Schedule

Friday, Oct. 29 live-streamed for the statewide community

  • 6:30 p.m.: Musical Shabbat Service with Elana Arian and Rabbi Rachel Isaacs, live-streamed 

Saturday, Oct. 30 at Temple Beth El, Augusta

  • 1:30 p.m.: Concert with Elana Arian
  • 3 p.m.: Torah Study
  • 4:30 p.m.: Middle Eastern Meal

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Colby Community Registration

Thank you to our sponsors:

The Covenant Foundation, and the following Colby departments: Center for Arts and Humanities, Jewish Studies, Music, and Religious Studies.

Guest Artist Bio

Elana Arian

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.

CLICK HERE to listen to Koli Ekra and HERE to listen to Yih’yu L’Ratzon by Elana Arian.