Maine Conference for Jewish Life - Center for Small Town Jewish Life

JUNE 9-11, 2023 In Waterville, Maine

The Maine Conference for Jewish Life is a pluralistic opportunity for superior Jewish learning and joyous celebration in central Maine. Living far from America’s major urban centers (and from one another), Jews in northern New England rarely gain access to the Jewish world’s finest scholars and cultural innovators, or the experience of being surrounded by a critical mass of other Jews. This conference brings Jews from across the region together in order to gain familiarity with the jewels of Jewish civilization, convene with other Jews from around the state, exchange best practices for crafting successful rural Jewish lives, experience the benefits and challenges of celebrating in a pluralistic environment, and revel in Torah learning.

2022 Conference Wrap-Up

Thank you so much to the many participants, presenters, and fabulous staff who made the 2022 conference so amazing! More information about our 2023 conference (June 9-11 in Waterville) will be posted in January. Please contact Mel Weiss at [email protected] with any questions before then!



When is the conference?
The 2023 conference will be held June 9-11, 2023, in Waterville.

What programs are planned?
Updates will start to become available in January. Check back here often for updates on speakers, classes, and programs.

Who should I contact with questions?
Melanie Weiss: [email protected]

How can I get updates on the conference?
Like us on Facebook! You can also scroll to the bottom of this page and register for our monthly newsletter for program information.

Housing and Transportation

Housing Information:

Dorm rooms at Colby College are available for the entire weekend. If you would prefer to stay off campus, please make a reservation at one of Waterville’s hotels or B&Bs.

Other Hotels Include:

Please Note: 

If coming by bus, Concord Coach does not run to Waterville over the summer. Only Greyhound provides direct service. However, Concord Coach does stop in Augusta year-round, and one can order a taxi from Augusta to Waterville.

Local Information

Colby is located on Mayflower Hill, overlooking the small city of Waterville, Maine, just 15 minutes north of Maine’s capital, Augusta. Waterville is home to 15,000 residents and boasts a downtown district that features a municipal auditorium (the Waterville Opera House), one of America’s great independent cinemas (three screens), and many locally owned businesses including restaurants, bakeries, retail stores, and a brewery. Visitors will also find a half-dozen hotels, two hospitals, a multiplex movie theater, and nationally recognized businesses—Starbucks, Home Depot, and many fast food chains—within city limits.