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La Leche League - Weekly meeting (breastfeeding/parenting support)

11/18/2019 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM ET
La Leche League offers parents in our community free breastfeeding and parenting information. Our meetings are facilitated by an accredited leader. Join us as we build community and share information about breastfeeding/chestfeeding and providing human milk to our babies and children. The meeting are open to all expectant parents, parents, their babies & children, and support folks.

Family Dynamics in Genesis – From Abraham to Joseph [A Shalom Maine Course] with Ellie Miller

11/18/2019 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM ET
Family Dynamics in Genesis – From Abraham to Joseph
With Ellie Miller
Monday evenings, Nov. 18, 25; Dec. 2, 9, 16
6:00 - 7:30 PM
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $60
Registration deadline: Nov. 8
Free childcare available for ages 3+ with advanced registration only.
What kind of parents were the patriarchs and matriarchs? Can we learn from their mistakes? While all are welcome, this class is particularly focused on facilitating conversations among parents raising young children. Please bring an English edition of the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible). 5 sessions.

From Tribes to Nation – The Significance of the Davidic Monarchy - Part I [A Shalom Maine course]

11/19/2019 09:30 AM ET
From Tribes to Nation – The Significance of the Davidic Monarchy - Part I
A Shalom Maine course With Ellie Miller
Tuesday mornings, Nov. 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17; Jan. 7, 14
(Skip Dec. 24, 31)
9:30 - 11:00 AM
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $96
Registration deadline: Nov. 1
Why did biblical Israel need a monarchy? This course will explore the failures of earlier systems including the Judges and Saul’s kingship, and the subsequent success of King David and his son Solomon in establishing a dynasty that united the people of Israel and created an enduring common memory for the Jewish people. The course will focus on texts from the Books of Judges, Samuel, and Kings.
Please bring an English translation or Hebrew/English edition of the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible). 8 sessions.

(Part II will be offered in Spring 2020, focusing on the split of the kingdom into Israel and Judah, the kingdoms’ subsequent monarchs and the ultimate end of both kingdoms at the hands of the Assyrians and Babylonians)

Holy Words for Anxious Times: A Study of Psalms, with Rabbi Alice Goldfinger

11/19/2019 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM ET
For millennia, Jews have recited Tehillim (Psalms) in response to joy, stress, ennui—and every other feeling that reflects human experience and emotion. In this class, we will look closely at three Psalms and read comparative literature on three themes: fear, alienation, and hope. We will explore how the Psalms may give us—as they have given others—inspiration, courage, and a sense of God’s presence in our daily lives. Three Tuesdays: November 19, December 3, December 10 Rabbi Alice Goldfinger was the spiritual leader of Congregation Bet Ha’am from 2000 to 2010. Before coming to Maine, she served as the associate director of the URJ Pacific Southwest Council in Los Angeles and was the associate rabbi at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco. Rabbi Goldfinger was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 1992. She holds a BA in French literature from Boston University and an MA in Hebrew literature from HUC-JIR. She resides in Falmouth, Maine.

Mindful Flow Yoga

11/19/2019 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

11/19/2019 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part II With Melanie Weiss

11/19/2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part II

With Melanie Weiss - Director of Summer Programs, The Center for Small Town Jewish Life and Director of Education, Beth Israel Congregation, Waterville
Tuesday evenings, 6:00 - 8:00 PM 
Six sessions: October 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3 


JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland 

Part II of Jewish Values and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict, 6 sessions of a 12-session course developed by the Shalom Hartman Institute, explores one of the most divisive issues affecting the Jewish people today. 

Through the study of Jewish narratives about Israel and the unpacking of the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, participants are invited to explore the ideas and values that animate different attitudes toward the conflict and how these values shape their own political understandings. Though a common political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differences. 

The class will be facilitated by Melanie Weiss - Director of Summer Programs, The Center for Small Town Jewish Life and Director of Education, Beth Israel Congregation - Waterville, and includes readings, group discussion and video clips of lectures and interviews of prominent thinkers, scholars and public figures. 

Advanced registration required.  Finances should not be a barrier to participation. Please contact Deena at dschoenfeld@mainejewish.org or 772-1959 to inquire about subsidized tuition.  

Nia Fitness Class with Erin Curren

11/20/2019 12:15 PM - 01:00 PM ET
Nia Fitness Class with Erin Curren
Wednesdays, 12:15 – 1:00 PM (Weekly, beginning October 16, 2019)
See JCA calendar and announcements for cancellations and closures.
Join Nia Black Belt Teacher, Erin Curren, for joyful fitness following the design of the body. Non-impact, expressive, fun, and healing, Nia ("nee-ah") is the original fusion fitness class and first came on the scene in 1983. Nia blends the power and precision of the martial arts with the expressiveness of dance and the mindfulness of the healing arts. It provides a cardio workout while being easy on the joints and enlivening for the whole person, body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Classes are equally suitable for self-described couch potatoes and highly fit athletes as Nia is a practice that can be adapted through conscious movement choices for greater or lesser intensity.

10 Class Fitness Passes available at www.mainejewish.org or at the JCA front desk. Attend 10 fitness classes, and your 11th class is free!
$100 - JCA members, $120 - general public

Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+

11/20/2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Weekly, starting Oct. 23rd through March 2020*
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5 for the general public, $40 for a ten-session pass that does not expire.
*Pending sufficient attendance. See JCA calendar at www.mainejewish.org and email announcements for the latest schedule.
Players should bring indoor sneakers to change into, and their own rackets and balls.

Mindful Flow Yoga

11/21/2019 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Teaching Jewish Values through Film - A Shalom Maine course

11/21/2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Teaching Jewish Values through Film - A Shalom Maine course
With Barbara Merson
Thursdays - Oct. 17, 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14, 21 ▪ 6:00 - 8:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $86 ▪ Registration deadline: Oct. 11

Play with PJ – Open playdate

11/22/2019 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM ET
Play with PJ – Open playdate
Fridays, twice monthly September-May, 10:45-11:45 AM:
September 13, 27
October 11, 25
November 8, 22
December 6, 20
January 10, 24
February 14, 28
March 13, 27
April 3, 17
May 8, 22
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Celebrate seasons, holidays and friendship with free PJ Library play dates! We welcome 0-3-year-olds and their caregivers to join us for free play in our Community Hall followed by stories and songs. Families are welcome to bring a lunch or snack and hang out after play time, then join in for Shabbat with the Goldman Family Preschool at 12:15 PM.

Shabbat Service with Talk by Susan Kaplan Carlton

11/22/2019 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM ET
Join us as for a Shabbat worship service that will include a talk by Susan Kaplan Carlton, author of In The Neighborhood of True. The book, which is a great read for teens and adults, describes a young girl's exploration of her Jewish identity in a society that marginalizes Jews. "In the sticky summer of 1958, Ruth Robb and her family move to Atlanta, the land of sweet tea, debutante dances, and the Ku Klux Klan. To fit in with the popular pastel posse, Ruth keeps the fact that she’s Jewish to herself—and soon she’s knocking back Coca-Colas with dreamy Davis at the country club. But a heartbreaking night brings Ruth’s two worlds into conflict, and she’s forced to choose between standing up for what she believes and losing everything she’s come to love about her new life." Read more about Susan Kaplan Carlton here: http://susankaplancarlton.com/

Book Talk with Susan Kaplan Carlton

11/22/2019 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM ET
Susan Kaplan Carlton, author of In the Neighborhood of True, will join us for Shabbat and a book talk. Carlton's novel centers on sixteen-year-old Ruth Robb, who hides her Jewish identity when she moves from New York City to Atlanta, so that she can fit into her school's social scene. Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author, says, "The story may be set in the past, but it couldn’t be a more timely reminder that courage comes not from fitting in but from purposefully standing out."

La Leche League - Weekly meeting (breastfeeding/parenting support)

11/25/2019 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM ET
La Leche League offers parents in our community free breastfeeding and parenting information. Our meetings are facilitated by an accredited leader. Join us as we build community and share information about breastfeeding/chestfeeding and providing human milk to our babies and children. The meeting are open to all expectant parents, parents, their babies & children, and support folks.

Family Dynamics in Genesis – From Abraham to Joseph [A Shalom Maine Course] with Ellie Miller

11/25/2019 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM ET
Family Dynamics in Genesis – From Abraham to Joseph
With Ellie Miller
Monday evenings, Nov. 18, 25; Dec. 2, 9, 16
6:00 - 7:30 PM
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $60
Registration deadline: Nov. 8
Free childcare available for ages 3+ with advanced registration only.
What kind of parents were the patriarchs and matriarchs? Can we learn from their mistakes? While all are welcome, this class is particularly focused on facilitating conversations among parents raising young children. Please bring an English edition of the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible). 5 sessions.

From Tribes to Nation – The Significance of the Davidic Monarchy - Part I [A Shalom Maine course]

11/26/2019 09:30 AM ET
From Tribes to Nation – The Significance of the Davidic Monarchy - Part I
A Shalom Maine course With Ellie Miller
Tuesday mornings, Nov. 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17; Jan. 7, 14
(Skip Dec. 24, 31)
9:30 - 11:00 AM
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $96
Registration deadline: Nov. 1
Why did biblical Israel need a monarchy? This course will explore the failures of earlier systems including the Judges and Saul’s kingship, and the subsequent success of King David and his son Solomon in establishing a dynasty that united the people of Israel and created an enduring common memory for the Jewish people. The course will focus on texts from the Books of Judges, Samuel, and Kings.
Please bring an English translation or Hebrew/English edition of the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible). 8 sessions.

(Part II will be offered in Spring 2020, focusing on the split of the kingdom into Israel and Judah, the kingdoms’ subsequent monarchs and the ultimate end of both kingdoms at the hands of the Assyrians and Babylonians)

Mindful Flow Yoga

11/26/2019 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

11/26/2019 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part II With Melanie Weiss

11/26/2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part II

With Melanie Weiss - Director of Summer Programs, The Center for Small Town Jewish Life and Director of Education, Beth Israel Congregation, Waterville
Tuesday evenings, 6:00 - 8:00 PM 
Six sessions: October 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3 


JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland 

Part II of Jewish Values and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict, 6 sessions of a 12-session course developed by the Shalom Hartman Institute, explores one of the most divisive issues affecting the Jewish people today. 

Through the study of Jewish narratives about Israel and the unpacking of the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, participants are invited to explore the ideas and values that animate different attitudes toward the conflict and how these values shape their own political understandings. Though a common political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differences. 

The class will be facilitated by Melanie Weiss - Director of Summer Programs, The Center for Small Town Jewish Life and Director of Education, Beth Israel Congregation - Waterville, and includes readings, group discussion and video clips of lectures and interviews of prominent thinkers, scholars and public figures. 

Advanced registration required.  Finances should not be a barrier to participation. Please contact Deena at dschoenfeld@mainejewish.org or 772-1959 to inquire about subsidized tuition.  

Nia Fitness Class with Erin Curren

11/27/2019 12:15 PM - 01:00 PM ET
Nia Fitness Class with Erin Curren
Wednesdays, 12:15 – 1:00 PM (Weekly, beginning October 16, 2019)
See JCA calendar and announcements for cancellations and closures.
Join Nia Black Belt Teacher, Erin Curren, for joyful fitness following the design of the body. Non-impact, expressive, fun, and healing, Nia ("nee-ah") is the original fusion fitness class and first came on the scene in 1983. Nia blends the power and precision of the martial arts with the expressiveness of dance and the mindfulness of the healing arts. It provides a cardio workout while being easy on the joints and enlivening for the whole person, body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Classes are equally suitable for self-described couch potatoes and highly fit athletes as Nia is a practice that can be adapted through conscious movement choices for greater or lesser intensity.

10 Class Fitness Passes available at www.mainejewish.org or at the JCA front desk. Attend 10 fitness classes, and your 11th class is free!
$100 - JCA members, $120 - general public

Family Oula Fitness with Karli Efron

12/01/2019 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM ET
Family Oula with Karli Efron
Sundays, Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Jan. 12.
10:15 – 11:00 AM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
$10/family for JCA members; $12/family for general public
Advance registration required before noon on the preceding Thursday at www.mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959
ONLY ONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED PER FAMILY.
Oula is a high-energy, easy to learn, crazy-fun dance workout to top 40 hits! Family Oula provides age appropriate music and moves for you and your child to enjoy together. Classes are 45 minutes of joy, inspiration, and togetherness. Music and moves are geared toward families with children ages five and under. If your child is older than five and you would like to attend, please contact us to determine whether the class is appropriate for your child.

La Leche League - Weekly meeting (breastfeeding/parenting support)

12/02/2019 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM ET
La Leche League offers parents in our community free breastfeeding and parenting information. Our meetings are facilitated by an accredited leader. Join us as we build community and share information about breastfeeding/chestfeeding and providing human milk to our babies and children. The meeting are open to all expectant parents, parents, their babies & children, and support folks.

Family Dynamics in Genesis – From Abraham to Joseph [A Shalom Maine Course] with Ellie Miller

12/02/2019 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM ET
Family Dynamics in Genesis – From Abraham to Joseph
With Ellie Miller
Monday evenings, Nov. 18, 25; Dec. 2, 9, 16
6:00 - 7:30 PM
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $60
Registration deadline: Nov. 8
Free childcare available for ages 3+ with advanced registration only.
What kind of parents were the patriarchs and matriarchs? Can we learn from their mistakes? While all are welcome, this class is particularly focused on facilitating conversations among parents raising young children. Please bring an English edition of the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible). 5 sessions.

From Tribes to Nation – The Significance of the Davidic Monarchy - Part I [A Shalom Maine course]

12/03/2019 09:30 AM ET
From Tribes to Nation – The Significance of the Davidic Monarchy - Part I
A Shalom Maine course With Ellie Miller
Tuesday mornings, Nov. 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17; Jan. 7, 14
(Skip Dec. 24, 31)
9:30 - 11:00 AM
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $96
Registration deadline: Nov. 1
Why did biblical Israel need a monarchy? This course will explore the failures of earlier systems including the Judges and Saul’s kingship, and the subsequent success of King David and his son Solomon in establishing a dynasty that united the people of Israel and created an enduring common memory for the Jewish people. The course will focus on texts from the Books of Judges, Samuel, and Kings.
Please bring an English translation or Hebrew/English edition of the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible). 8 sessions.

(Part II will be offered in Spring 2020, focusing on the split of the kingdom into Israel and Judah, the kingdoms’ subsequent monarchs and the ultimate end of both kingdoms at the hands of the Assyrians and Babylonians)

Holy Words for Anxious Times: A Study of Psalms, with Rabbi Alice Goldfinger

12/03/2019 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM ET
For millennia, Jews have recited Tehillim (Psalms) in response to joy, stress, ennui—and every other feeling that reflects human experience and emotion. In this class, we will look closely at three Psalms and read comparative literature on three themes: fear, alienation, and hope. We will explore how the Psalms may give us—as they have given others—inspiration, courage, and a sense of God’s presence in our daily lives. Three Tuesdays: November 19, December 3, December 10 Rabbi Alice Goldfinger was the spiritual leader of Congregation Bet Ha’am from 2000 to 2010. Before coming to Maine, she served as the associate director of the URJ Pacific Southwest Council in Los Angeles and was the associate rabbi at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco. Rabbi Goldfinger was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 1992. She holds a BA in French literature from Boston University and an MA in Hebrew literature from HUC-JIR. She resides in Falmouth, Maine.

Mindful Flow Yoga

12/03/2019 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

12/03/2019 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part II With Melanie Weiss

12/03/2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part II

With Melanie Weiss - Director of Summer Programs, The Center for Small Town Jewish Life and Director of Education, Beth Israel Congregation, Waterville
Tuesday evenings, 6:00 - 8:00 PM 
Six sessions: October 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3 


JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland 

Part II of Jewish Values and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict, 6 sessions of a 12-session course developed by the Shalom Hartman Institute, explores one of the most divisive issues affecting the Jewish people today. 

Through the study of Jewish narratives about Israel and the unpacking of the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, participants are invited to explore the ideas and values that animate different attitudes toward the conflict and how these values shape their own political understandings. Though a common political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differences. 

The class will be facilitated by Melanie Weiss - Director of Summer Programs, The Center for Small Town Jewish Life and Director of Education, Beth Israel Congregation - Waterville, and includes readings, group discussion and video clips of lectures and interviews of prominent thinkers, scholars and public figures. 

Advanced registration required.  Finances should not be a barrier to participation. Please contact Deena at dschoenfeld@mainejewish.org or 772-1959 to inquire about subsidized tuition.  

Nia Fitness Class with Erin Curren

12/04/2019 12:15 PM - 01:00 PM ET
Nia Fitness Class with Erin Curren
Wednesdays, 12:15 – 1:00 PM (Weekly, beginning October 16, 2019)
See JCA calendar and announcements for cancellations and closures.
Join Nia Black Belt Teacher, Erin Curren, for joyful fitness following the design of the body. Non-impact, expressive, fun, and healing, Nia ("nee-ah") is the original fusion fitness class and first came on the scene in 1983. Nia blends the power and precision of the martial arts with the expressiveness of dance and the mindfulness of the healing arts. It provides a cardio workout while being easy on the joints and enlivening for the whole person, body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Classes are equally suitable for self-described couch potatoes and highly fit athletes as Nia is a practice that can be adapted through conscious movement choices for greater or lesser intensity.

10 Class Fitness Passes available at www.mainejewish.org or at the JCA front desk. Attend 10 fitness classes, and your 11th class is free!
$100 - JCA members, $120 - general public

Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+

12/04/2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Weekly, starting Oct. 23rd through March 2020*
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5 for the general public, $40 for a ten-session pass that does not expire.
*Pending sufficient attendance. See JCA calendar at www.mainejewish.org and email announcements for the latest schedule.
Players should bring indoor sneakers to change into, and their own rackets and balls.

Mindful Flow Yoga

12/05/2019 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Play with PJ – Open playdate

12/06/2019 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM ET
Play with PJ – Open playdate
Fridays, twice monthly September-May, 10:45-11:45 AM:
September 13, 27
October 11, 25
November 8, 22
December 6, 20
January 10, 24
February 14, 28
March 13, 27
April 3, 17
May 8, 22
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Celebrate seasons, holidays and friendship with free PJ Library play dates! We welcome 0-3-year-olds and their caregivers to join us for free play in our Community Hall followed by stories and songs. Families are welcome to bring a lunch or snack and hang out after play time, then join in for Shabbat with the Goldman Family Preschool at 12:15 PM.

Maine Jewish Film Festival Movie/Music Event

12/07/2019 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM ET
The Maine Jewish Film Festival presents the film Horn from the Heart: The Story of the Butterfield Band, followed by a discussion and concert by well known blues musicians Jim Kweskin and Geoff Mudaur.

$45/ticket - Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of October.

La Leche League - Weekly meeting (breastfeeding/parenting support)

12/09/2019 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM ET
La Leche League offers parents in our community free breastfeeding and parenting information. Our meetings are facilitated by an accredited leader. Join us as we build community and share information about breastfeeding/chestfeeding and providing human milk to our babies and children. The meeting are open to all expectant parents, parents, their babies & children, and support folks.

Family Dynamics in Genesis – From Abraham to Joseph [A Shalom Maine Course] with Ellie Miller

12/09/2019 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM ET
Family Dynamics in Genesis – From Abraham to Joseph
With Ellie Miller
Monday evenings, Nov. 18, 25; Dec. 2, 9, 16
6:00 - 7:30 PM
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $60
Registration deadline: Nov. 8
Free childcare available for ages 3+ with advanced registration only.
What kind of parents were the patriarchs and matriarchs? Can we learn from their mistakes? While all are welcome, this class is particularly focused on facilitating conversations among parents raising young children. Please bring an English edition of the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible). 5 sessions.

From Tribes to Nation – The Significance of the Davidic Monarchy - Part I [A Shalom Maine course]

12/10/2019 09:30 AM ET
From Tribes to Nation – The Significance of the Davidic Monarchy - Part I
A Shalom Maine course With Ellie Miller
Tuesday mornings, Nov. 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17; Jan. 7, 14
(Skip Dec. 24, 31)
9:30 - 11:00 AM
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $96
Registration deadline: Nov. 1
Why did biblical Israel need a monarchy? This course will explore the failures of earlier systems including the Judges and Saul’s kingship, and the subsequent success of King David and his son Solomon in establishing a dynasty that united the people of Israel and created an enduring common memory for the Jewish people. The course will focus on texts from the Books of Judges, Samuel, and Kings.
Please bring an English translation or Hebrew/English edition of the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible). 8 sessions.

(Part II will be offered in Spring 2020, focusing on the split of the kingdom into Israel and Judah, the kingdoms’ subsequent monarchs and the ultimate end of both kingdoms at the hands of the Assyrians and Babylonians)

Holy Words for Anxious Times: A Study of Psalms, with Rabbi Alice Goldfinger

12/10/2019 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM ET
For millennia, Jews have recited Tehillim (Psalms) in response to joy, stress, ennui—and every other feeling that reflects human experience and emotion. In this class, we will look closely at three Psalms and read comparative literature on three themes: fear, alienation, and hope. We will explore how the Psalms may give us—as they have given others—inspiration, courage, and a sense of God’s presence in our daily lives. Three Tuesdays: November 19, December 3, December 10 Rabbi Alice Goldfinger was the spiritual leader of Congregation Bet Ha’am from 2000 to 2010. Before coming to Maine, she served as the associate director of the URJ Pacific Southwest Council in Los Angeles and was the associate rabbi at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco. Rabbi Goldfinger was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 1992. She holds a BA in French literature from Boston University and an MA in Hebrew literature from HUC-JIR. She resides in Falmouth, Maine.

Mindful Flow Yoga

12/10/2019 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

12/10/2019 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Nia Fitness Class with Erin Curren

12/11/2019 12:15 PM - 01:00 PM ET
Nia Fitness Class with Erin Curren
Wednesdays, 12:15 – 1:00 PM (Weekly, beginning October 16, 2019)
See JCA calendar and announcements for cancellations and closures.
Join Nia Black Belt Teacher, Erin Curren, for joyful fitness following the design of the body. Non-impact, expressive, fun, and healing, Nia ("nee-ah") is the original fusion fitness class and first came on the scene in 1983. Nia blends the power and precision of the martial arts with the expressiveness of dance and the mindfulness of the healing arts. It provides a cardio workout while being easy on the joints and enlivening for the whole person, body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Classes are equally suitable for self-described couch potatoes and highly fit athletes as Nia is a practice that can be adapted through conscious movement choices for greater or lesser intensity.

10 Class Fitness Passes available at www.mainejewish.org or at the JCA front desk. Attend 10 fitness classes, and your 11th class is free!
$100 - JCA members, $120 - general public

Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+

12/11/2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Weekly, starting Oct. 23rd through March 2020*
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5 for the general public, $40 for a ten-session pass that does not expire.
*Pending sufficient attendance. See JCA calendar at www.mainejewish.org and email announcements for the latest schedule.
Players should bring indoor sneakers to change into, and their own rackets and balls.

Mindful Flow Yoga

12/12/2019 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

The New Portland, Maine Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Coast of Maine Book Talk

12/12/2019 06:30 PM ET
The New Portland, Maine Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Coast of Maine
Book Talk with Author Margaret Hathaway & Photographer Karl Schatz
Thursday, December 12th, 6:30 PM
Suggested $5 donation - all proceeds benefit Klahr Jewish Family Services Food Pantry, Diaper Bank, and Period Supplies initiatives.
Maine’s cultural and culinary heart, Portland is a buzzing and energetic food community. Widely considered to have one of the country’s most vibrant food scenes—named “Restaurant City of the Year” by Bon Appetit—the city offers a diverse culinary landscape, from classic seafood to Oaxacan to Korean to Milanese, and its devotion to farm-to-table cuisine and locally sourced ingredients is undeniable given that the Portland Farmers’ Market, the country’s oldest continually operating market of its kind, has thrived here for over 200 years.

With more than 80 recipes from dozens of the city’s most celebrated restaurants, including Drifter's Wife, Rose Foods, and Chaval, and showcasing full-color photos of mouth-watering dishes by James Beard nominated chefs, and lots of local flavor, Portland’s dynamic food scene is celebrated in all its gustatorial glory.

Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz are the husband and wife team behind five books on food and farming, including the memoir The Year of the Goat, the guide Living With Goats, and the two volumes of the Portland, Maine Chef’s Table. Margaret is a writer who has worked in book publishing, corporate communications, and as manager of New York’s Magnolia Bakery. Karl is a photographer who has worked as an editor at Time, Inc., and as director of Aurora Photos. Since 2005, the couple has lived with their daughters on Ten Apple Farm, a homestead in southern Maine, where they raise dairy goats, tend a large garden and small orchard, make cheese, teach workshops, and operate a guest house.

Longfellow Books will be onsite conducting a book sale and signing following the talk.

Chanukah Chappening

12/15/2019 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM ET
Sunday Dec 15 from 4-6 pm at the Lunt Professional Building. 74 Lunt Rd Falmouth. Games, crafts, snacks!
Yankee Swap, Toy Donation.
Adults are invited to mingle and nosh too!
Please bring an WRAPPED gift for each child participating. 15.00 limit Please bring an unwrapped gift for donation.
B’nai Portland students are no charge
Non B’nai Portland students are $5.00 each. Please RSVP by Dec 4 to B’nai.portland@gmail.com Lastly, even though Chanukah starts later in December, please bring a family Chanukiah and 2 candles so we can share some lights of the holiday.
Questions? Rabbi Laura 207-899-2616

La Leche League - Weekly meeting (breastfeeding/parenting support)

12/16/2019 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM ET
La Leche League offers parents in our community free breastfeeding and parenting information. Our meetings are facilitated by an accredited leader. Join us as we build community and share information about breastfeeding/chestfeeding and providing human milk to our babies and children. The meeting are open to all expectant parents, parents, their babies & children, and support folks.

Family Dynamics in Genesis – From Abraham to Joseph [A Shalom Maine Course] with Ellie Miller

12/16/2019 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM ET
Family Dynamics in Genesis – From Abraham to Joseph
With Ellie Miller
Monday evenings, Nov. 18, 25; Dec. 2, 9, 16
6:00 - 7:30 PM
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $60
Registration deadline: Nov. 8
Free childcare available for ages 3+ with advanced registration only.
What kind of parents were the patriarchs and matriarchs? Can we learn from their mistakes? While all are welcome, this class is particularly focused on facilitating conversations among parents raising young children. Please bring an English edition of the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible). 5 sessions.

From Tribes to Nation – The Significance of the Davidic Monarchy - Part I [A Shalom Maine course]

12/17/2019 09:30 AM ET
From Tribes to Nation – The Significance of the Davidic Monarchy - Part I
A Shalom Maine course With Ellie Miller
Tuesday mornings, Nov. 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17; Jan. 7, 14
(Skip Dec. 24, 31)
9:30 - 11:00 AM
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $96
Registration deadline: Nov. 1
Why did biblical Israel need a monarchy? This course will explore the failures of earlier systems including the Judges and Saul’s kingship, and the subsequent success of King David and his son Solomon in establishing a dynasty that united the people of Israel and created an enduring common memory for the Jewish people. The course will focus on texts from the Books of Judges, Samuel, and Kings.
Please bring an English translation or Hebrew/English edition of the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible). 8 sessions.

(Part II will be offered in Spring 2020, focusing on the split of the kingdom into Israel and Judah, the kingdoms’ subsequent monarchs and the ultimate end of both kingdoms at the hands of the Assyrians and Babylonians)

Mindful Flow Yoga

12/17/2019 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

12/17/2019 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Nia Fitness Class with Erin Curren

12/18/2019 12:15 PM - 01:00 PM ET
Nia Fitness Class with Erin Curren
Wednesdays, 12:15 – 1:00 PM (Weekly, beginning October 16, 2019)
See JCA calendar and announcements for cancellations and closures.
Join Nia Black Belt Teacher, Erin Curren, for joyful fitness following the design of the body. Non-impact, expressive, fun, and healing, Nia ("nee-ah") is the original fusion fitness class and first came on the scene in 1983. Nia blends the power and precision of the martial arts with the expressiveness of dance and the mindfulness of the healing arts. It provides a cardio workout while being easy on the joints and enlivening for the whole person, body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Classes are equally suitable for self-described couch potatoes and highly fit athletes as Nia is a practice that can be adapted through conscious movement choices for greater or lesser intensity.

10 Class Fitness Passes available at www.mainejewish.org or at the JCA front desk. Attend 10 fitness classes, and your 11th class is free!
$100 - JCA members, $120 - general public

Tzedakah Celebration with PJ Library and Klahr Jewish Family Services

12/18/2019 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM ET
Tzedakah Celebration with PJ Library & Klahr Jewish Family Services
Wednesday, December 18
5:00 - 6:30 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress Street, Portland
Join us for a potluck dinner and family tzedakah (righteous giving) party celebrating the end of this year's Hanukkah Lights program and the power of giving in our community! We will share dinner and tzedakah-themed activities together. Please bring a favorite dairy/vegetarian dish to share (-no meat please). Donations will also be collected for those who have sponsored a family or child through the KJFS Hanukkah Lights program.

Mindful Flow Yoga

12/19/2019 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Play with PJ – Open playdate

12/20/2019 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM ET
Play with PJ – Open playdate
Fridays, twice monthly September-May, 10:45-11:45 AM:
September 13, 27
October 11, 25
November 8, 22
December 6, 20
January 10, 24
February 14, 28
March 13, 27
April 3, 17
May 8, 22
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Celebrate seasons, holidays and friendship with free PJ Library play dates! We welcome 0-3-year-olds and their caregivers to join us for free play in our Community Hall followed by stories and songs. Families are welcome to bring a lunch or snack and hang out after play time, then join in for Shabbat with the Goldman Family Preschool at 12:15 PM.

Community Chanukah Celebration!

12/22/2019 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Latkes! Soup! Dreidels! The Casco Bay Tummlers! Dancing! Singing! Cookies! This event is truly fun for every age, and as always, completely free and open to all.

La Leche League - Weekly meeting (breastfeeding/parenting support)

12/23/2019 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM ET
La Leche League offers parents in our community free breastfeeding and parenting information. Our meetings are facilitated by an accredited leader. Join us as we build community and share information about breastfeeding/chestfeeding and providing human milk to our babies and children. The meeting are open to all expectant parents, parents, their babies & children, and support folks.

December 25th Family Film & Chinese Food

12/25/2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM ET
December 25th Family Film & Chinese Food
In partnership with the Maine Jewish Film Festival, Congregation Bet Ha’am and Temple Beth El
Wednesday December 25th, 12:00 – 3:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
$5/individual, $10/family.
Register by Thursday 12/19 at www.mainejewish.org so that we have an accurate headcount for the food.
Join us for a family-friendly film, board games and card games for all ages, and Chinese food!

La Leche League - Weekly meeting (breastfeeding/parenting support)

12/30/2019 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM ET
La Leche League offers parents in our community free breastfeeding and parenting information. Our meetings are facilitated by an accredited leader. Join us as we build community and share information about breastfeeding/chestfeeding and providing human milk to our babies and children. The meeting are open to all expectant parents, parents, their babies & children, and support folks.

Mindful Flow Yoga

01/02/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Einstein and Oppenheimer [A Shalom Maine course]

01/05/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM ET
Einstein & Oppenheimer [A Shalom Maine course]
With David Hecht
Sunday mornings Jan. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Temple Beth El – 400 Deering Avenue, Portland
Suggested tuition: $54
Registration deadline: Dec. 23
This course looks at two of the most famous Jewish scientists: Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer. Einstein is perhaps the most well-known scientist in history, and Oppenheimer widespread fame for this role as the “father of the atomic bomb.” Two sessions devoted to each scientist will explore their scientific achievements, political involvement, and cultural legacies. We will also look at the role that Judaism had in each of their lives, as well as the ways that anti-Semitism affected their careers.

La Leche League - Weekly meeting (breastfeeding/parenting support)

01/06/2020 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM ET
La Leche League offers parents in our community free breastfeeding and parenting information. Our meetings are facilitated by an accredited leader. Join us as we build community and share information about breastfeeding/chestfeeding and providing human milk to our babies and children. The meeting are open to all expectant parents, parents, their babies & children, and support folks.

From Tribes to Nation – The Significance of the Davidic Monarchy - Part I [A Shalom Maine course]

01/07/2020 09:30 AM ET
From Tribes to Nation – The Significance of the Davidic Monarchy - Part I
A Shalom Maine course With Ellie Miller
Tuesday mornings, Nov. 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17; Jan. 7, 14
(Skip Dec. 24, 31)
9:30 - 11:00 AM
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $96
Registration deadline: Nov. 1
Why did biblical Israel need a monarchy? This course will explore the failures of earlier systems including the Judges and Saul’s kingship, and the subsequent success of King David and his son Solomon in establishing a dynasty that united the people of Israel and created an enduring common memory for the Jewish people. The course will focus on texts from the Books of Judges, Samuel, and Kings.
Please bring an English translation or Hebrew/English edition of the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible). 8 sessions.

(Part II will be offered in Spring 2020, focusing on the split of the kingdom into Israel and Judah, the kingdoms’ subsequent monarchs and the ultimate end of both kingdoms at the hands of the Assyrians and Babylonians)

Mindful Flow Yoga

01/07/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

01/07/2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+

01/08/2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Weekly, starting Oct. 23rd through March 2020*
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5 for the general public, $40 for a ten-session pass that does not expire.
*Pending sufficient attendance. See JCA calendar at www.mainejewish.org and email announcements for the latest schedule.
Players should bring indoor sneakers to change into, and their own rackets and balls.

Mindful Flow Yoga

01/09/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

The Lost Family - Book Talk with novelist Jenna Blum

01/09/2020 06:30 PM ET
The Lost Family
Book Talk with novelist Jenna Blum
Thursday, January 9th, 6:30 PM
Suggested admission: $10 - JCA members, $12 - general public
The New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us created a vivid portrait of marriage, family and the haunting grief of World War II in this emotionally charged, beautifully rendered story that spans a generation from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Play with PJ – Open playdate

01/10/2020 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM ET
Play with PJ – Open playdate
Fridays, twice monthly September-May, 10:45-11:45 AM:
September 13, 27
October 11, 25
November 8, 22
December 6, 20
January 10, 24
February 14, 28
March 13, 27
April 3, 17
May 8, 22
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Celebrate seasons, holidays and friendship with free PJ Library play dates! We welcome 0-3-year-olds and their caregivers to join us for free play in our Community Hall followed by stories and songs. Families are welcome to bring a lunch or snack and hang out after play time, then join in for Shabbat with the Goldman Family Preschool at 12:15 PM.

Sparkle Havdalah: a Drag Queen Story Hour with PJ Library

01/11/2020 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM ET
Sparkle Havdalah: a Drag Queen Story Hour
Saturday, January 11
5:30 - 7:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress Street, Portland
Co-sponsored by Congregation Bet Ha’am, Temple Beth El and PJ Library
Wear your sparkly best or just come as you are, as we say goodbye to Shabbat and celebrate what makes us each unique and special. We will enjoy a potluck dinner (dairy/vegetarian, no meat please), a story, crafts, music, a costume parade, Havdalah, and fun. This event is FREE, family-friendly and all are welcome.

Einstein and Oppenheimer [A Shalom Maine course]

01/12/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM ET
Einstein & Oppenheimer [A Shalom Maine course]
With David Hecht
Sunday mornings Jan. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Temple Beth El – 400 Deering Avenue, Portland
Suggested tuition: $54
Registration deadline: Dec. 23
This course looks at two of the most famous Jewish scientists: Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer. Einstein is perhaps the most well-known scientist in history, and Oppenheimer widespread fame for this role as the “father of the atomic bomb.” Two sessions devoted to each scientist will explore their scientific achievements, political involvement, and cultural legacies. We will also look at the role that Judaism had in each of their lives, as well as the ways that anti-Semitism affected their careers.

Family Oula Fitness with Karli Efron

01/12/2020 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM ET
Family Oula with Karli Efron
Sundays, Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Jan. 12.
10:15 – 11:00 AM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
$10/family for JCA members; $12/family for general public
Advance registration required before noon on the preceding Thursday at www.mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959
ONLY ONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED PER FAMILY.
Oula is a high-energy, easy to learn, crazy-fun dance workout to top 40 hits! Family Oula provides age appropriate music and moves for you and your child to enjoy together. Classes are 45 minutes of joy, inspiration, and togetherness. Music and moves are geared toward families with children ages five and under. If your child is older than five and you would like to attend, please contact us to determine whether the class is appropriate for your child.

La Leche League - Weekly meeting (breastfeeding/parenting support)

01/13/2020 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM ET
La Leche League offers parents in our community free breastfeeding and parenting information. Our meetings are facilitated by an accredited leader. Join us as we build community and share information about breastfeeding/chestfeeding and providing human milk to our babies and children. The meeting are open to all expectant parents, parents, their babies & children, and support folks.

From Tribes to Nation – The Significance of the Davidic Monarchy - Part I [A Shalom Maine course]

01/14/2020 09:30 AM ET
From Tribes to Nation – The Significance of the Davidic Monarchy - Part I
A Shalom Maine course With Ellie Miller
Tuesday mornings, Nov. 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17; Jan. 7, 14
(Skip Dec. 24, 31)
9:30 - 11:00 AM
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $96
Registration deadline: Nov. 1
Why did biblical Israel need a monarchy? This course will explore the failures of earlier systems including the Judges and Saul’s kingship, and the subsequent success of King David and his son Solomon in establishing a dynasty that united the people of Israel and created an enduring common memory for the Jewish people. The course will focus on texts from the Books of Judges, Samuel, and Kings.
Please bring an English translation or Hebrew/English edition of the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible). 8 sessions.

(Part II will be offered in Spring 2020, focusing on the split of the kingdom into Israel and Judah, the kingdoms’ subsequent monarchs and the ultimate end of both kingdoms at the hands of the Assyrians and Babylonians)

Mindful Flow Yoga

01/14/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

01/14/2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+

01/15/2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Weekly, starting Oct. 23rd through March 2020*
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5 for the general public, $40 for a ten-session pass that does not expire.
*Pending sufficient attendance. See JCA calendar at www.mainejewish.org and email announcements for the latest schedule.
Players should bring indoor sneakers to change into, and their own rackets and balls.

Mindful Flow Yoga

01/16/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Einstein and Oppenheimer [A Shalom Maine course]

01/19/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM ET
Einstein & Oppenheimer [A Shalom Maine course]
With David Hecht
Sunday mornings Jan. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Temple Beth El – 400 Deering Avenue, Portland
Suggested tuition: $54
Registration deadline: Dec. 23
This course looks at two of the most famous Jewish scientists: Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer. Einstein is perhaps the most well-known scientist in history, and Oppenheimer widespread fame for this role as the “father of the atomic bomb.” Two sessions devoted to each scientist will explore their scientific achievements, political involvement, and cultural legacies. We will also look at the role that Judaism had in each of their lives, as well as the ways that anti-Semitism affected their careers.

Mindful Flow Yoga

01/21/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

01/21/2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+

01/22/2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Weekly, starting Oct. 23rd through March 2020*
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5 for the general public, $40 for a ten-session pass that does not expire.
*Pending sufficient attendance. See JCA calendar at www.mainejewish.org and email announcements for the latest schedule.
Players should bring indoor sneakers to change into, and their own rackets and balls.

Mindful Flow Yoga

01/23/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Play with PJ – Open playdate

01/24/2020 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM ET
Play with PJ – Open playdate
Fridays, twice monthly September-May, 10:45-11:45 AM:
September 13, 27
October 11, 25
November 8, 22
December 6, 20
January 10, 24
February 14, 28
March 13, 27
April 3, 17
May 8, 22
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Celebrate seasons, holidays and friendship with free PJ Library play dates! We welcome 0-3-year-olds and their caregivers to join us for free play in our Community Hall followed by stories and songs. Families are welcome to bring a lunch or snack and hang out after play time, then join in for Shabbat with the Goldman Family Preschool at 12:15 PM.

Einstein and Oppenheimer [A Shalom Maine course]

01/26/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM ET
Einstein & Oppenheimer [A Shalom Maine course]
With David Hecht
Sunday mornings Jan. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Temple Beth El – 400 Deering Avenue, Portland
Suggested tuition: $54
Registration deadline: Dec. 23
This course looks at two of the most famous Jewish scientists: Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer. Einstein is perhaps the most well-known scientist in history, and Oppenheimer widespread fame for this role as the “father of the atomic bomb.” Two sessions devoted to each scientist will explore their scientific achievements, political involvement, and cultural legacies. We will also look at the role that Judaism had in each of their lives, as well as the ways that anti-Semitism affected their careers.

Behind the Scenes with MJFF

01/26/2020 03:00 PM ET
Behind the Scenes with MJFF
Sunday, January 26th, 3:00 PM
Free. All are welcome.
Join us for a preview of 2020 Maine Jewish Film Festival selections, and peek behind the curtain at what goes into planning the festival!

Mindful Flow Yoga

01/28/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

01/28/2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+

01/29/2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Weekly, starting Oct. 23rd through March 2020*
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5 for the general public, $40 for a ten-session pass that does not expire.
*Pending sufficient attendance. See JCA calendar at www.mainejewish.org and email announcements for the latest schedule.
Players should bring indoor sneakers to change into, and their own rackets and balls.

Mindful Flow Yoga

01/30/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Mindful Flow Yoga

02/04/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

02/04/2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+

02/05/2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Weekly, starting Oct. 23rd through March 2020*
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5 for the general public, $40 for a ten-session pass that does not expire.
*Pending sufficient attendance. See JCA calendar at www.mainejewish.org and email announcements for the latest schedule.
Players should bring indoor sneakers to change into, and their own rackets and balls.

Mindful Flow Yoga

02/06/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

"It Must Schwing - The Blue Note Story" Documentary Film Screening

02/06/2020 06:00 PM ET
"It Must Schwing - The Blue Note Story" Documentary Film Screening
Presented in partnership with the Maine Jewish Film Festival in honor of Black History Month
Thursday, February 6th, at 6:00 PM
Free, all are welcome.
Director: Eric Friedler | U.S. | 2018 | 1 hour 55 min.
In 1939, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two young émigrés from Berlin, founded the legendary jazz label Blue Note Records in New York. The label dedicated itself exclusively to the recording of American jazz music and developed its own unmistakeable recording style and sound. The film features interviews with several prominent African American musicians.
"A unique and intimate look at the most exciting era in jazz, one that changed the world forever ... impressive!" ~ Rolling Stone

Parent Discussion Group: Finding Family Joy in Shabbat

02/09/2020 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM ET
Following Kol Yeladim a sitter will be on hand to entertain your children so that you, their parent(s), can have an uninterrupted discussion with other parents about how your family can find a greater sense of peace and joy in Shabbat.

Tu B’Shvat Eco-Celebration with PJ Library

02/09/2020 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Tu B’Shvat Eco-Celebration
Sunday, February 9
3:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress Street, Portland
Learn about the importance of caring for the earth, enjoy songs and stories about eco-friendly themes, and create recycled crafts in this celebration of sustainable living! This event is FREE, family-friendly, and all are welcome.

Tu B'Shevat

02/10/2020

Mindful Flow Yoga

02/11/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

02/11/2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+

02/12/2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Weekly, starting Oct. 23rd through March 2020*
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5 for the general public, $40 for a ten-session pass that does not expire.
*Pending sufficient attendance. See JCA calendar at www.mainejewish.org and email announcements for the latest schedule.
Players should bring indoor sneakers to change into, and their own rackets and balls.

Mindful Flow Yoga

02/13/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Play with PJ – Open playdate

02/14/2020 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM ET
Play with PJ – Open playdate
Fridays, twice monthly September-May, 10:45-11:45 AM:
September 13, 27
October 11, 25
November 8, 22
December 6, 20
January 10, 24
February 14, 28
March 13, 27
April 3, 17
May 8, 22
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Celebrate seasons, holidays and friendship with free PJ Library play dates! We welcome 0-3-year-olds and their caregivers to join us for free play in our Community Hall followed by stories and songs. Families are welcome to bring a lunch or snack and hang out after play time, then join in for Shabbat with the Goldman Family Preschool at 12:15 PM.

Mindful Flow Yoga

02/18/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

02/18/2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Portland Ovations presents Mandolinist Avi Avital & Harpist Bridget Kibbey

02/18/2020 07:30 PM ET
Portland Ovations presents Mandolinist Avi Avital & Harpist Bridget Kibbey

Tuesday, February 18th, 7:30 PM

Hannaford Hall, USM Portland Campus

We are pleased to offer a special 10% discount for JCA members for this classical music performance.

Tickets and more info: https://portlandovations.org/event/avi-avital-and-bridget-kibbey/

Called “explosively charismatic” by The New York Times, Avi Avital is considered the driving force behind the reinvigoration of the mandolin repertory. More than 90 contemporary compositions, 15 of them concertos, have been written for this champion of the mandolin, all enhanced by Avi’s infectious spirit of adventure and the warm rapport he fosters with his audience. Avi was born and raised in Israel, and graduated from the Jerusalem Music Academy and the Conservatorio Cesare Pollini in Padua, Italy. He is joined by in-demand harpist Bridget Kibbey in a stunning classical program injected with traditional folk tunes.

Instructions
• Use Promo Code “JCA” when ordering in person at the PortTIX box office (20 Myrtle Street, Portland ME 04101), by the phone at 207-842-0800 or online www.porttix.com and receive 10% off your ticket.
For online orders: enter the Promo Code “JCA” and click "Submit" before selecting your seats. In your Shopping Cart you will see your new total that includes your savings.

Fine print
• Discounts cannot be applied to orders retroactively.
• Cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions.
• Tickets subject to availability at time of purchase.
• Maximum of 6 tickets per customer. Offer valid through February 18, 2020.

Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+

02/19/2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Weekly, starting Oct. 23rd through March 2020*
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5 for the general public, $40 for a ten-session pass that does not expire.
*Pending sufficient attendance. See JCA calendar at www.mainejewish.org and email announcements for the latest schedule.
Players should bring indoor sneakers to change into, and their own rackets and balls.

Mindful Flow Yoga

02/20/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Mindful Flow Yoga

02/25/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

02/25/2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+

02/26/2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Weekly, starting Oct. 23rd through March 2020*
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5 for the general public, $40 for a ten-session pass that does not expire.
*Pending sufficient attendance. See JCA calendar at www.mainejewish.org and email announcements for the latest schedule.
Players should bring indoor sneakers to change into, and their own rackets and balls.

Mindful Flow Yoga

02/27/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Play with PJ – Open playdate

02/28/2020 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM ET
Play with PJ – Open playdate
Fridays, twice monthly September-May, 10:45-11:45 AM:
September 13, 27
October 11, 25
November 8, 22
December 6, 20
January 10, 24
February 14, 28
March 13, 27
April 3, 17
May 8, 22
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Celebrate seasons, holidays and friendship with free PJ Library play dates! We welcome 0-3-year-olds and their caregivers to join us for free play in our Community Hall followed by stories and songs. Families are welcome to bring a lunch or snack and hang out after play time, then join in for Shabbat with the Goldman Family Preschool at 12:15 PM.

Mindful Flow Yoga

03/03/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

03/03/2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+

03/04/2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Weekly, starting Oct. 23rd through March 2020*
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5 for the general public, $40 for a ten-session pass that does not expire.
*Pending sufficient attendance. See JCA calendar at www.mainejewish.org and email announcements for the latest schedule.
Players should bring indoor sneakers to change into, and their own rackets and balls.

Mindful Flow Yoga

03/05/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom - Book Talk with Ariel Burger

03/05/2020 06:30 PM ET
Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom
Book Talk with Ariel Burger
Thursday, March 5th, 6:30 PM
Suggested admission: $10 - JCA members, $12 - general public
Witness opens an intimate window into Elie Wiesel’s classroom, in which conversations about ethics, activism, spirituality, and literature transformed the lives of students from around the world. Burger, one of Wiesel’s closest students, recounts his story of meeting the Nobel laureate at age 15, becoming his student, and then teaching assistant, and eventually a teacher in his own right. Weaving together memoir and stories from the classroom, Burger reflects on how Wiesel’s message might be applied today.

Purim

03/10/2020

Mindful Flow Yoga

03/10/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

03/10/2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+

03/11/2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Weekly, starting Oct. 23rd through March 2020*
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5 for the general public, $40 for a ten-session pass that does not expire.
*Pending sufficient attendance. See JCA calendar at www.mainejewish.org and email announcements for the latest schedule.
Players should bring indoor sneakers to change into, and their own rackets and balls.

Mindful Flow Yoga

03/12/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Play with PJ – Open playdate

03/13/2020 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM ET
Play with PJ – Open playdate
Fridays, twice monthly September-May, 10:45-11:45 AM:
September 13, 27
October 11, 25
November 8, 22
December 6, 20
January 10, 24
February 14, 28
March 13, 27
April 3, 17
May 8, 22
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Celebrate seasons, holidays and friendship with free PJ Library play dates! We welcome 0-3-year-olds and their caregivers to join us for free play in our Community Hall followed by stories and songs. Families are welcome to bring a lunch or snack and hang out after play time, then join in for Shabbat with the Goldman Family Preschool at 12:15 PM.

Mindful Flow Yoga

03/17/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

03/17/2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+

03/18/2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Weekly, starting Oct. 23rd through March 2020*
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5 for the general public, $40 for a ten-session pass that does not expire.
*Pending sufficient attendance. See JCA calendar at www.mainejewish.org and email announcements for the latest schedule.
Players should bring indoor sneakers to change into, and their own rackets and balls.

Mindful Flow Yoga

03/19/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Mindful Flow Yoga

03/24/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

03/24/2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+

03/25/2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Pickleball – Open play for players ranked 3.5+
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Weekly, starting Oct. 23rd through March 2020*
JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5 for the general public, $40 for a ten-session pass that does not expire.
*Pending sufficient attendance. See JCA calendar at www.mainejewish.org and email announcements for the latest schedule.
Players should bring indoor sneakers to change into, and their own rackets and balls.

Mindful Flow Yoga

03/26/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Play with PJ – Open playdate

03/27/2020 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM ET
Play with PJ – Open playdate
Fridays, twice monthly September-May, 10:45-11:45 AM:
September 13, 27
October 11, 25
November 8, 22
December 6, 20
January 10, 24
February 14, 28
March 13, 27
April 3, 17
May 8, 22
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Celebrate seasons, holidays and friendship with free PJ Library play dates! We welcome 0-3-year-olds and their caregivers to join us for free play in our Community Hall followed by stories and songs. Families are welcome to bring a lunch or snack and hang out after play time, then join in for Shabbat with the Goldman Family Preschool at 12:15 PM.

Maine Jewish Film Festival

03/28/2020
Festival dates: March 28 - April 5
Film titles and screening dates TBA. Ticket and more info at www.mjff.org.

Maine Jewish Film Festival

03/29/2020
Festival dates: March 28 - April 5
Film titles and screening dates TBA. Ticket and more info at www.mjff.org.

MJFF Free Family Film - Prince of Egypt, with PJ Library and the JCA

03/29/2020 01:00 PM ET
MJFF Free Family Film - Prince of Egypt, with PJ Library and the JCA

Sunday, March 29, 1:00 PM* *Time to be confirmed

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

The Maine Jewish Film Festival runs March 28 - April 5. For the schedule of films, tickets and more information, please visit www.mjff.org

Maine Jewish Film Festival

03/30/2020
Festival dates: March 28 - April 5
Film titles and screening dates TBA. Ticket and more info at www.mjff.org.

Maine Jewish Film Festival

03/31/2020
Festival dates: March 28 - April 5
Film titles and screening dates TBA. Ticket and more info at www.mjff.org.

Mindful Flow Yoga

03/31/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

03/31/2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Maine Jewish Film Festival

04/01/2020
Festival dates: March 28 - April 5
Film titles and screening dates TBA. Ticket and more info at www.mjff.org.

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/01/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/02/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Maine Jewish Film Festival

04/02/2020
Festival dates: March 28 - April 5
Film titles and screening dates TBA. Ticket and more info at www.mjff.org.

Mindful Flow Yoga

04/02/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Maine Jewish Film Festival

04/03/2020
Festival dates: March 28 - April 5
Film titles and screening dates TBA. Ticket and more info at www.mjff.org.

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/03/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Play with PJ – Open playdate

04/03/2020 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM ET
Play with PJ – Open playdate
Fridays, twice monthly September-May, 10:45-11:45 AM:
September 13, 27
October 11, 25
November 8, 22
December 6, 20
January 10, 24
February 14, 28
March 13, 27
April 3, 17
May 8, 22
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Celebrate seasons, holidays and friendship with free PJ Library play dates! We welcome 0-3-year-olds and their caregivers to join us for free play in our Community Hall followed by stories and songs. Families are welcome to bring a lunch or snack and hang out after play time, then join in for Shabbat with the Goldman Family Preschool at 12:15 PM.

Maine Jewish Film Festival

04/04/2020
Festival dates: March 28 - April 5
Film titles and screening dates TBA. Ticket and more info at www.mjff.org.

Maine Jewish Film Festival

04/05/2020
Festival dates: March 28 - April 5
Film titles and screening dates TBA. Ticket and more info at www.mjff.org.

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/06/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/07/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Mindful Flow Yoga

04/07/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

04/07/2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/08/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/09/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Mindful Flow Yoga

04/09/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Recovery-Oriented Passover Seder at the PRCC

04/09/2020 07:00 PM ET
Recovery-Oriented Passover Seder
Thursday, April 9th, 7:00 PM
Portland Recovery Community Center - 468 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101
Please register by Monday, April 6th.
Free, potluck-style – please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share. All are welcome.
This secular Passover seder will follow the traditional seder meal framework, but with a focus on recovery from substance use disorder and how it relates to the holiday’s themes of liberation and oppression.
For more information, please contact the JCA at programs@mainejewish.org.

Passover

04/10/2020

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/10/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/13/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/14/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Mindful Flow Yoga

04/14/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

04/14/2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/15/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Passover

04/15/2020

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/16/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Passover

04/16/2020

Mindful Flow Yoga

04/16/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/17/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Play with PJ – Open playdate

04/17/2020 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM ET
Play with PJ – Open playdate
Fridays, twice monthly September-May, 10:45-11:45 AM:
September 13, 27
October 11, 25
November 8, 22
December 6, 20
January 10, 24
February 14, 28
March 13, 27
April 3, 17
May 8, 22
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Celebrate seasons, holidays and friendship with free PJ Library play dates! We welcome 0-3-year-olds and their caregivers to join us for free play in our Community Hall followed by stories and songs. Families are welcome to bring a lunch or snack and hang out after play time, then join in for Shabbat with the Goldman Family Preschool at 12:15 PM.

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/20/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/21/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Mindful Flow Yoga

04/21/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

04/21/2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET
Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.
Schedule subject to change. See our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.

In this informal open Torah study group, we conduct an academic line by line reading of the text, currently up to Lech L’cha - Abraham and Sarah’s story. While we make connections among the chapters and it’s preferable to attend on a regular basis, walk-ins are welcome. This group is led by Ellie Miller, a skilled facilitator and veteran Jewish community educator. Please bring an English translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Community Observance & Film

04/21/2020 05:30 PM ET
Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Community Observance & Film
Presented in partnership with the Maine Jewish Film Festival
Tuesday evening, April 21st
Time, program details and film title TBA.
Free, all are welcome.

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/22/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/23/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Mindful Flow Yoga

04/23/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/24/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

AIPAC New England Leadership Dinner

04/26/2020
Please join community leaders, members of Congress, state officials and students for AIPAC’S largest gathering of pro-Israel activists in New England.

Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem

04/27/2020
Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact programs@mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Mindful Flow Yoga

04/28/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Mindful Flow Yoga

04/30/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Yom Ha’atzmaut - Israel Independence Day Community Celebration

05/03/2020 11:00 AM ET
Yom Ha’atzmaut - Israel Independence Day Community Celebration
Sunday, May 3rd, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Free, all are welcome. Food available for purchase.
Kids’ crafts and activities presented in partnership with local congregations and Jewish organizations.

Mindful Flow Yoga

05/05/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Mindful Flow Yoga

05/07/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Play with PJ – Open playdate

05/08/2020 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM ET
Play with PJ – Open playdate
Fridays, twice monthly September-May, 10:45-11:45 AM:
September 13, 27
October 11, 25
November 8, 22
December 6, 20
January 10, 24
February 14, 28
March 13, 27
April 3, 17
May 8, 22
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Celebrate seasons, holidays and friendship with free PJ Library play dates! We welcome 0-3-year-olds and their caregivers to join us for free play in our Community Hall followed by stories and songs. Families are welcome to bring a lunch or snack and hang out after play time, then join in for Shabbat with the Goldman Family Preschool at 12:15 PM.

Lag Ba'Omer

05/12/2020

Mindful Flow Yoga

05/14/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Holy Smokes! Kosher Barbecue

05/17/2020 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Levey Day School's annual community celebration and fundraiser!

Mindful Flow Yoga

05/21/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Play with PJ – Open playdate

05/22/2020 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM ET
Play with PJ – Open playdate
Fridays, twice monthly September-May, 10:45-11:45 AM:
September 13, 27
October 11, 25
November 8, 22
December 6, 20
January 10, 24
February 14, 28
March 13, 27
April 3, 17
May 8, 22
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Celebrate seasons, holidays and friendship with free PJ Library play dates! We welcome 0-3-year-olds and their caregivers to join us for free play in our Community Hall followed by stories and songs. Families are welcome to bring a lunch or snack and hang out after play time, then join in for Shabbat with the Goldman Family Preschool at 12:15 PM.

Eve of Shavuot

05/28/2020

Mindful Flow Yoga

05/28/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Shavuot

05/29/2020

Shavuot

05/30/2020

Mindful Flow Yoga

06/04/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Mindful Flow Yoga

06/11/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Mindful Flow Yoga

06/18/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

The Soul of a Stranger - Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective - Book Talk, Joy Ladin

06/18/2020 06:30 PM ET
The Soul of a Stranger - Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective
Book Talk with Joy Ladin
Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Suggested admission: $10 - JCA members, $12 - general public
Reading some of the best known Torah stories through the lens of transgender experience, Dr. Joy Ladin explores fundamental questions about how religious texts, traditions, and the understanding of God can be enriched by transgender perspectives, and how the Torah and trans lives can illuminate one another.

Mindful Flow Yoga

06/25/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Mindful Flow Yoga

07/02/2020 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM ET
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Tisha B'Av fast

07/30/2020

Eve of Rosh Hashana

09/18/2020

Rosh Hashana

09/19/2020

Rosh Hashana

09/20/2020

Afterschool at the J 2019-2020

09/03/2019 03:00 PM - 06/11/2020 05:30 PM ET
The JCA afterschool program provides a warm, nurturing environment for young children grades K-5, where they have the opportunity to expand the learning of their school day, connect with peers, and build supportive, caring relationships with talented early childhood professionals. In addition to the diverse range of daily classes, specially designed for this unique age range, we offer a curriculum that revolves around exploring the outdoors, long term projects, art, and Jewish values.
NeonCRM by Neon One