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 Update

Stay tuned for more information about MCJL 2022. Check back here regularly, and subscribe to the Center’s newsletter by scrolling to the bottom this page.

If you have questions about the Conference please contact Director of Summer Programs Mel Weiss: [email protected]

Schedule and Program Details to Come

Housing and Transportation

Housing Information:

When the conference returns to being an in-person event, dorm rooms at Thomas College will be 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.

The Best Western reserves a block of rooms for conference participants at a reduced rate. To book, make your reservation by phone and say that you are calling regarding the Maine Conference for Jewish Life.

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.


When is the conference?
This year, the conference will be held online, from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, 2021.

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.