Events

 

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Writing a 'Legacy Letter': Sharing Your Values & Life Lessons with Future Generations with JAY SHER

05/04/2020 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM ET
CONGREGATION BET HA’AM

81 WESTBROOK ST SOUTH PORTLAND

Mondays, May 4, 11, and 18, 5:00-6:30 p.m.


A legacy letter is a written statement that allows you to share your life lessons, express your values, and transmit your blessings to future generations. A legacy letter is an enduring gift for your loved ones.

This three-session course will begin by exploring the rich Jewish tradition around legacy writing. Then, through discussion and brief writing exercises, participants will examine their life histories, explore their values, and capture important insights. Jay will offer advice and a model structure to help everyone complete their own legacy letter.


​​​​​​​Registration required: http://bit.ly/LegacyWriting

Jay Sherwin created the Life Reflections Project to educate people about legacy documents. He has practiced law, given away money for Jewish and secular charitable foundations, and served as a hospital chaplain.

Read more at www.jaysherwin.com.

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.

Writing a 'Legacy Letter': Sharing Your Values & Life Lessons with Future Generations with JAY SHER

05/11/2020 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM ET
CONGREGATION BET HA’AM

81 WESTBROOK ST SOUTH PORTLAND

Mondays, May 4, 11, and 18, 5:00-6:30 p.m.


A legacy letter is a written statement that allows you to share your life lessons, express your values, and transmit your blessings to future generations. A legacy letter is an enduring gift for your loved ones.

This three-session course will begin by exploring the rich Jewish tradition around legacy writing. Then, through discussion and brief writing exercises, participants will examine their life histories, explore their values, and capture important insights. Jay will offer advice and a model structure to help everyone complete their own legacy letter.


​​​​​​​Registration required: http://bit.ly/LegacyWriting

Jay Sherwin created the Life Reflections Project to educate people about legacy documents. He has practiced law, given away money for Jewish and secular charitable foundations, and served as a hospital chaplain.

Read more at www.jaysherwin.com.

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

7th Annual Holy Smokes Kosher BBQ Honoring the JCA

05/17/2020 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Levey Day School is proud to honor the Jewish Community Alliance at this year's Holy Smokes! BBQ.

Holy Smokes! Kosher Barbecue

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

Writing a 'Legacy Letter': Sharing Your Values & Life Lessons with Future Generations with JAY SHER

05/18/2020 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM ET
CONGREGATION BET HA’AM

81 WESTBROOK ST SOUTH PORTLAND

Mondays, May 4, 11, and 18, 5:00-6:30 p.m.


A legacy letter is a written statement that allows you to share your life lessons, express your values, and transmit your blessings to future generations. A legacy letter is an enduring gift for your loved ones.

This three-session course will begin by exploring the rich Jewish tradition around legacy writing. Then, through discussion and brief writing exercises, participants will examine their life histories, explore their values, and capture important insights. Jay will offer advice and a model structure to help everyone complete their own legacy letter.


​​​​​​​Registration required: http://bit.ly/LegacyWriting

Jay Sherwin created the Life Reflections Project to educate people about legacy documents. He has practiced law, given away money for Jewish and secular charitable foundations, and served as a hospital chaplain.

Read more at www.jaysherwin.com.

Mindful Flow Yoga

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

Capturing Culture on Film with Israeli photojournalist Daniel Tchetchik

05/21/2020 06:00 PM ET
Capturing Culture on Film with Israeli photojournalist Daniel Tchetchik
Thursday, May 21, 6:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Co-sponsored by the Maine Jewish Film Festival, Temple Beth El and the JCA
Daniel Tchetchik (Israel, 1975) has been a staff photographer for Ha’aretz newspaper since 2003 and the chief editor of the photography blog at Ha’aretz since 2013. During this time he has displayed his personal works in leading museums and galleries in Israel as well as on international stages in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Hamburg, and India. Tchetchik will be a visiting artist at Colby this spring, with support from the Center for Small Town Jewish Life.

Tchetchik divides his time between personal projects and documentary assignments; many times each approach provides inspiration for the other. His editorial work has appeared on platforms of the New York Times, The New Yorker, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Myself Magazine, and Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Artist's statement:
"Through my practice, photography, I investigate my natural surroundings. It is a search for visual descriptions and reflections of a contemporary emotion in the landscape and people. My work is displayed both as a photographic series as well as published in artist books, the different platforms present the fascinating possibility of changing narratives with the same photographs. I work with film that often has been exposed to radiation and kept in harmful conditions in order to uncover features of both the photographic medium itself and the subjects in the works.

My latest work Sunburn, is a body of work which explores the aftermaths of the warming climate on the human condition. Sunburn approaches the element of light not in a romantic manner, but rather through an approach that aspires to reflect the essence of its source."

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.

Blessing of the pets

05/24/2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM ET
Rabbi Berenson will offer a blessing for any pets that are brought tro the synagogue's garden.

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

American Jewish History Part II with Anna Wrobel

10/07/2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
American Jewish History Part II with Anna Wrobel
Wednesday mornings, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $72
Register by Sept. 25 at www.mainejewish.org.
Advanced registration required.
This 5-session class examines American Jewish life in the 20th century and up to our own time in the 21st,
placing this unique narrative within the American historical context. Primary documents are used to illuminate specific events and persons of significance for Jewish life in America. As we enter the century of our parents, ourselves and our offspring, it is encouraged that we share relevant memoirs of family and personal history. (American Jewish History Part I is not a requirement for this class.)

American Jewish History Part II with Anna Wrobel

10/14/2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
American Jewish History Part II with Anna Wrobel
Wednesday mornings, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $72
Register by Sept. 25 at www.mainejewish.org.
Advanced registration required.
This 5-session class examines American Jewish life in the 20th century and up to our own time in the 21st,
placing this unique narrative within the American historical context. Primary documents are used to illuminate specific events and persons of significance for Jewish life in America. As we enter the century of our parents, ourselves and our offspring, it is encouraged that we share relevant memoirs of family and personal history. (American Jewish History Part I is not a requirement for this class.)

American Jewish History Part II with Anna Wrobel

10/21/2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
American Jewish History Part II with Anna Wrobel
Wednesday mornings, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $72
Register by Sept. 25 at www.mainejewish.org.
Advanced registration required.
This 5-session class examines American Jewish life in the 20th century and up to our own time in the 21st,
placing this unique narrative within the American historical context. Primary documents are used to illuminate specific events and persons of significance for Jewish life in America. As we enter the century of our parents, ourselves and our offspring, it is encouraged that we share relevant memoirs of family and personal history. (American Jewish History Part I is not a requirement for this class.)

American Jewish History Part II with Anna Wrobel

10/28/2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
American Jewish History Part II with Anna Wrobel
Wednesday mornings, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $72
Register by Sept. 25 at www.mainejewish.org.
Advanced registration required.
This 5-session class examines American Jewish life in the 20th century and up to our own time in the 21st,
placing this unique narrative within the American historical context. Primary documents are used to illuminate specific events and persons of significance for Jewish life in America. As we enter the century of our parents, ourselves and our offspring, it is encouraged that we share relevant memoirs of family and personal history. (American Jewish History Part I is not a requirement for this class.)

American Jewish History Part II with Anna Wrobel

11/04/2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
American Jewish History Part II with Anna Wrobel
Wednesday mornings, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Suggested tuition: $72
Register by Sept. 25 at www.mainejewish.org.
Advanced registration required.
This 5-session class examines American Jewish life in the 20th century and up to our own time in the 21st,
placing this unique narrative within the American historical context. Primary documents are used to illuminate specific events and persons of significance for Jewish life in America. As we enter the century of our parents, ourselves and our offspring, it is encouraged that we share relevant memoirs of family and personal history. (American Jewish History Part I is not a requirement for this class.)

Bernstein Memorial Scholar In Residence

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