Events

 

Sustainable Nation - Online Film Discussion

10/22/2020 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM ET
• Sustainable Nation
Presented by MJFF and the JCA
Online film streaming October 20-22
Followed by a Zoom discussion of the film on October 22 at 3 PM
Register to receive the streaming and Zoom links at www.mjff.org
This film explores how Israeli entrepreneurs are helping partners in Africa, India and the US deal with water shortage/quality problems.

MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

11/07/2020
MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

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MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-15

11/08/2020
MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-15

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MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

11/09/2020
MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

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MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

11/10/2020
MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

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MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

11/11/2020
MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

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MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

11/12/2020
MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

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MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

11/13/2020
MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

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MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

11/14/2020
MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

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MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

11/15/2020
MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

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MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

11/16/2020
MJFF - Maine Jewish Film Festival - Nov. 7-22

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American Jewish History course with Anna Wrobel - Part II

01/06/2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET
AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY CLASS - Part II
A 4-session online course with Anna Wrobel
Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20, 27
10 - 11 AM
Advanced registration required by Weds. Dec. 30th. Registered students will receive the Zoom class link on Monday, January 4th.
Suggested tuition: $50
This course examines American Jewish history in the last hundred years or so. Key themes are historically contextualized including, but not limited to, migration, labor, antisemitism, Israel, the Shoah, and cultural influence.

The class has been adapted to a Zoom format; each session will last one hour, and while Anna will cite primary sources, there will be less focus on in-class analysis of documents. Time is divided between lecture-style presentation and inquiry-based discussion constructed upon the questions and commentaries of the group. Personal and family histories bearing on the discourse are welcome. Past participation in American Jewish History - Part I is not required.

Anna Wrobel is an American historian, teacher, poet, Holocaust Studies educator and daughter of Polish Jewish refugees, a rescue partisan mother and Soviet soldier father. Her poetry and essays appear in Cafe Review, Lilith, Off the Coast and Jewish Currents. Anna has two poetry collections, Marengo Street (2012) and The Arrangement of Things (2018). Her work appeared in HHRC's art and poetry exhibit, Dilemma of Memory and she's presented for the Puffin Foundation on Jewish resistance. Anna is consultant to the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation (JPEF) and an Advanced Studies Lerner Fellow of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR).

Anna's poetry and teaching were featured at the Maine Jewish Museum, Colby College,
UMaine-Augusta, Jewish Community Alliance, USM's OLLI classes and OLLI Sage Lecture series. Poems from the manuscript Sparrow Feathers: Second Generation/First Person are used by teachers in several U.S. states, Poland, Germany and Israel. Anna co-hosted (until Covid) the long-running poetry series, Lowry's Lodge, with musician/writer Jim Donnelly.

American Jewish History course with Anna Wrobel - Part II

01/13/2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET
AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY CLASS - Part II
A 4-session online course with Anna Wrobel
Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20, 27
10 - 11 AM
Advanced registration required by Weds. Dec. 30th. Registered students will receive the Zoom class link on Monday, January 4th.
Suggested tuition: $50
This course examines American Jewish history in the last hundred years or so. Key themes are historically contextualized including, but not limited to, migration, labor, antisemitism, Israel, the Shoah, and cultural influence.

The class has been adapted to a Zoom format; each session will last one hour, and while Anna will cite primary sources, there will be less focus on in-class analysis of documents. Time is divided between lecture-style presentation and inquiry-based discussion constructed upon the questions and commentaries of the group. Personal and family histories bearing on the discourse are welcome. Past participation in American Jewish History - Part I is not required.

Anna Wrobel is an American historian, teacher, poet, Holocaust Studies educator and daughter of Polish Jewish refugees, a rescue partisan mother and Soviet soldier father. Her poetry and essays appear in Cafe Review, Lilith, Off the Coast and Jewish Currents. Anna has two poetry collections, Marengo Street (2012) and The Arrangement of Things (2018). Her work appeared in HHRC's art and poetry exhibit, Dilemma of Memory and she's presented for the Puffin Foundation on Jewish resistance. Anna is consultant to the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation (JPEF) and an Advanced Studies Lerner Fellow of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR).

Anna's poetry and teaching were featured at the Maine Jewish Museum, Colby College,
UMaine-Augusta, Jewish Community Alliance, USM's OLLI classes and OLLI Sage Lecture series. Poems from the manuscript Sparrow Feathers: Second Generation/First Person are used by teachers in several U.S. states, Poland, Germany and Israel. Anna co-hosted (until Covid) the long-running poetry series, Lowry's Lodge, with musician/writer Jim Donnelly.

American Jewish History course with Anna Wrobel - Part II

01/20/2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET
AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY CLASS - Part II
A 4-session online course with Anna Wrobel
Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20, 27
10 - 11 AM
Advanced registration required by Weds. Dec. 30th. Registered students will receive the Zoom class link on Monday, January 4th.
Suggested tuition: $50
This course examines American Jewish history in the last hundred years or so. Key themes are historically contextualized including, but not limited to, migration, labor, antisemitism, Israel, the Shoah, and cultural influence.

The class has been adapted to a Zoom format; each session will last one hour, and while Anna will cite primary sources, there will be less focus on in-class analysis of documents. Time is divided between lecture-style presentation and inquiry-based discussion constructed upon the questions and commentaries of the group. Personal and family histories bearing on the discourse are welcome. Past participation in American Jewish History - Part I is not required.

Anna Wrobel is an American historian, teacher, poet, Holocaust Studies educator and daughter of Polish Jewish refugees, a rescue partisan mother and Soviet soldier father. Her poetry and essays appear in Cafe Review, Lilith, Off the Coast and Jewish Currents. Anna has two poetry collections, Marengo Street (2012) and The Arrangement of Things (2018). Her work appeared in HHRC's art and poetry exhibit, Dilemma of Memory and she's presented for the Puffin Foundation on Jewish resistance. Anna is consultant to the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation (JPEF) and an Advanced Studies Lerner Fellow of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR).

Anna's poetry and teaching were featured at the Maine Jewish Museum, Colby College,
UMaine-Augusta, Jewish Community Alliance, USM's OLLI classes and OLLI Sage Lecture series. Poems from the manuscript Sparrow Feathers: Second Generation/First Person are used by teachers in several U.S. states, Poland, Germany and Israel. Anna co-hosted (until Covid) the long-running poetry series, Lowry's Lodge, with musician/writer Jim Donnelly.

Digital Resources from the USM Judaica Collection - Online Lunch & Learn

01/20/2021 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM ET
Digital Resources from the USM Judaica Collection - Online Lunch & Learn
A free presentation from USM & the JCA
Co-sponsored by Congregation Bet Ha'am, Temple Beth El, Shaarey Tphiloh and the Maine Jewish Museum
Weds. January 20th at 12 noon
Presented by Susie Bock - USM Library Coordinator of Special Collections, Director of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine
Register in advance by Tuesday, Jan. 19 to receive the Zoom link.

American Jewish History course with Anna Wrobel - Part II

01/27/2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET
AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY CLASS - Part II
A 4-session online course with Anna Wrobel
Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20, 27
10 - 11 AM
Advanced registration required by Weds. Dec. 30th. Registered students will receive the Zoom class link on Monday, January 4th.
Suggested tuition: $50
This course examines American Jewish history in the last hundred years or so. Key themes are historically contextualized including, but not limited to, migration, labor, antisemitism, Israel, the Shoah, and cultural influence.

The class has been adapted to a Zoom format; each session will last one hour, and while Anna will cite primary sources, there will be less focus on in-class analysis of documents. Time is divided between lecture-style presentation and inquiry-based discussion constructed upon the questions and commentaries of the group. Personal and family histories bearing on the discourse are welcome. Past participation in American Jewish History - Part I is not required.

Anna Wrobel is an American historian, teacher, poet, Holocaust Studies educator and daughter of Polish Jewish refugees, a rescue partisan mother and Soviet soldier father. Her poetry and essays appear in Cafe Review, Lilith, Off the Coast and Jewish Currents. Anna has two poetry collections, Marengo Street (2012) and The Arrangement of Things (2018). Her work appeared in HHRC's art and poetry exhibit, Dilemma of Memory and she's presented for the Puffin Foundation on Jewish resistance. Anna is consultant to the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation (JPEF) and an Advanced Studies Lerner Fellow of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR).

Anna's poetry and teaching were featured at the Maine Jewish Museum, Colby College,
UMaine-Augusta, Jewish Community Alliance, USM's OLLI classes and OLLI Sage Lecture series. Poems from the manuscript Sparrow Feathers: Second Generation/First Person are used by teachers in several U.S. states, Poland, Germany and Israel. Anna co-hosted (until Covid) the long-running poetry series, Lowry's Lodge, with musician/writer Jim Donnelly.

The State of the Ark - A visual exploration and analysis of Exodus 25:10-22

02/10/2021 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM ET
The State of the Ark - A visual exploration and analysis of Exodus 25:10-22
A free online Lunch & Learn program from USM & the JCA
Co-sponsored by Congregation Bet Ha'am, Temple Beth El, Shaarey Tphiloh, and the Maine Jewish Museum
Weds. February 10th at 12 noon
Presented by photographer Robert Diamante, graduate of the Bangor Theological Seminary
Advanced registration required by Tuesday, Feb. 9th to receive the Zoom link.

'The Book of V.' - Zoom author talk with novelist Anna Solomon

02/18/2021 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM ET
'The Book of V.' - Zoom author talk with novelist Anna Solomon
Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 PM EST
Advanced registration required by Weds. 2/17 at www.mainejewish.org.
Free. Suggested donations of $10/household gratefully accepted.

The Zoom link will be email to registered participants on Weds. afternoon 2/17 and again on Thursday, 2/18 at 4 pm.
The Purim story of Esther is often told as the triumph of a Jewish minority over one man’s blinding hatred, through the courage and selflessness of one woman. Anna Solomon’s The Book of V. challenges this simple narrative — asking, what is Vashti’s story? And how do we choose to represent women’s lives, both in the past and today?

The narrative alternates between the historical Esther’s perspective, Vivian, known as Vee, a 1970s wife of a senator, and Lily, a modern-day Brooklynite, second wife, and mother of two. Each of these women’s lives is constrained by the expectations of a patriarchal society. Vee enjoys her socialite life but is plagued by her husband’s past and her own insecurities when she compares herself to her peers; Lily is haunted by the memory of her husband’s first wife, and cannot relinquish feelings of ineptitude towards her domestic duties and her marriage.

The Book of V. explores the idea of people living on the margins — geographically, socially, and economically, and offers new interpretations of the story of Esther.

The Passover Haggadah: A Biography – A Zoom talk with author Rabbi Vanessa Ochs

03/04/2021 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM ET
The Passover Haggadah: A Biography – A Zoom talk with author Rabbi Vanessa Ochs
Thursday, March 4th at 7:00 PM EST
Advanced registration required by Weds. 3/3.
Free. Suggested donations of $10/household gratefully accepted.
The Zoom link will be email to registered participants on Weds. afternoon 3/3, and again on Thursday, 3/4 at 4 PM.
“And you shall tell your son on that day….” This simple command in Exodus has led to more than five thousand versions of the Passover story. Ochs recounts its life beginning with various mentions in the Bible and ending with the profusion of Haggadot today; these variations reflect the geographical spread of Jewish communities, the diversity of practice, and historic events. For anyone interested in the emergence and complex evolution of the Haggadah, this biography offers a trove of information in engaging and inviting language.

The JCA is a member of the Jewish Book Council network.

Bernstein Memorial Scholar In Residence

03/05/2021 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Details coming in late 2020

The Yellow Bird Sings - Book talk with novelist Jennifer Rosner

04/01/2021 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM ET
The Yellow Bird Sings - Book talk with novelist Jennifer Rosner
Thursday, April 1st at 7:00 PM EST
Advanced registration required by Weds. 3/31.
Free. Suggested donations of $10/household gratefully accepted.
The Zoom link will be email to registered participants on Weds. afternoon 3/31, and again on Thursday, 4/1 at 4 PM.

What did Holocaust survivors go through on a daily basis in order to stay alive, and how did these experiences shape their consciousness? Jennifer Rosner’s debut novel attempts to answer these questions as it follows Roza and her young daughter, Shira, who flee the Nazis during World War II.

The JCA is a member of the Jewish Book Council network.

The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine – A book talk with author Yousef Bashir

05/06/2021 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM ET
The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine – A book talk with author Yousef Bashir
Thursday, May 6th at 7 PM EST
Advanced registration required by Weds. 5/5 at
Free. Suggested donations of $10/household gratefully accepted.
The Zoom link will be email to registered participants on Weds. afternoon 5/4, and again on Thursday, 5/5 at 4 PM.
Bashir offers a powerful memoir of love, growth, survival, and unfashionable generosity of spirit inspired by his father. This is not an exploration of the broader socio-political context, but rather a personal narrative which contains some hints at the larger landscape.

Yousef Bashir is a Palestinian American from the Gaza Strip who made his way to the United States, where he earned a BA in international affairs from Northeastern University and an MA in co-existence and conflict from Brandeis University. Now living in Washington, DC, Bashir has worked on Capitol Hill, and served as a member of the Palestinian Diplomatic Delegation to the United States. Yousef is an accomplished author, a vigorous advocate of Israeli-Palestinian peace, and a much sought-after public speaker.

The book will be available to order from our friends at Longfellow Books.

The JCA is a member of the Jewish Book Council network.

My Year of Kaddish: Mourning, Memory and Meaning - A book talk with author Naomi Baum

06/06/2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM ET
My Year of Kaddish: Mourning, Memory and Meaning - A book talk with author Naomi Baum
Sunday, June 6th at 10:00 AM EST

Advanced registration required by Friday 6/4.
Free. Suggested donations of $10/household gratefully accepted.
The Zoom link will be email to registered participants on Friday afternoon 6/4, and again on Sunday, 6/6 at 9 AM.

In this profoundly honest and revealing memoir, psychologist Dr. Naomi L. Baum invites us to journey with her as she says Kaddish, the traditional Jewish mourner’s prayer, in the year following her mother’s death. When experiencing loss, we are often without words to describe how we are feeling. Finding a place to rest the pain, this book travels through the seasons of grief and will resonate with anyone who has lost someone dear. Dr. Baum, an international consultant on trauma and resilience, draws on both her personal and professional experience to navigate this uncharted territory, as she takes a new look at tradition and discovers both emotional and spiritual sources of comfort in unexpected places.

The book will be available to order from our friends at Longfellow Books.

The JCA is a member of the Jewish Book Council network.
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