SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 21-23, 2024 at Thomas College 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.

2024 Conference Plans are Underway!

More information about our 2024 conference—June 21-23 at Thomas College in Waterville—will be posted in January.  Please contact Mel Weiss at [email protected] with any questions!

Preliminary Conference Schedule 

Friday, June 21, 2024


Welcome and Kiddush


Kabbalat Shabbat Services

Keynote Address


Saturday, June 22, 2024


Shabbat Services

Torah Hike


Sunday June 23, 2024


Closing ceremony 



When is the Conference?
The Conference will be held June 21-23, 2024, in Waterville.

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

How can I get updates on the Conference?
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Housing and Transportation

Housing Information:

Dorm rooms at Thomas 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:

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.