About

Welcome to the Frozen Chosen, a blog from North Haven island. I’ve lived here for almost twelve years, even though I swore I’d never move back to Maine.  I teach music, theater, and English at our tiny K-12 school, volunteer as an EMT, lead a Pilates class, direct plays, and formerly ran a tiny bakery and breakfast restaurant.

Courtney Naliboff

Courtney Naliboff

It wasn’t easy growing up as one of the only Jewish kids in Central Maine, and I’m navigating some of the same challenges raising my daughter out here on the island. The Frozen Chosen will look at some of those challenges, as well as the joys of island living, from gardening to stacking wood and swimming in the ocean.

In addition to this blog, I’m a contributing writer to kveller.com, a Jewish parenting site, a blogger and book reviewer for reformjudaism.org, and the author of Salt Water Cure, a column in Working Waterfront. I report news from North Haven for Working Waterfront and Island Journal, and was a speaker at the Maine Conference for Jewish Life in 2015.