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. 

Save the Date:
Fall Shabbaton with Batya Levine

Friday, Nov. 4-Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022

We’re thrilled to be welcoming prayer leader Batya Levine as our musical guest for the 2022 Fall Shabbaton. We hope you’ll join us in person at Colby College for Shabbat services, dinner, and learning opportunities. Stay tuned for details and registration this summer.

It was beautiful to welcome Shabbat this past fall with the song and music of Elana Arian. If you’d like to revisit Friday’s Kabbalat Shabbat service, click here for the live stream recording.


Guest Artist Bio

Batya Levine

Batya Levine uses song as a tool for cultivating healing and resilience in their work as a communal song leader, musician, shaliach tzibur (Jewish prayer leader) and cultural organizer. They believe in the liberatory power of song to untie what is bound within us, and sustain us as we build a more just and beautiful world. Batya is a founding core team member of Let My People Sing! and is a Cultural Organizer with Linke Fligl. She offers song, ritual, and workshops in a variety of communities, and composes original music made of Ashkenazi yearning, queer heart-medicine, and emunah (faith/trust).
They are part of a collaborative album released in March 2022 called Shirei Shmita: Songs for Shmita. Shirei Shmita is an offering of original songs by eight friends and musical collaborators exploring themes of shmita: release, trust, redistribution, right relationship with land, and questions of how to engage with this ancestral practice today. This album is a public offering of spiritual nourishment during this pandemic Shmita year, and a redistribution fundraiser to support indigenous sovereignty and black liberation.