We enhance and promote Jewish Life and continuity locally, in Israel & throughout the world by providing & supporting diverse programs & services


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Hanukkah Lights 2018

Last year, Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services reached over 140 children through our Hanukkah Lights program. This year, we set a more ambitious goal of providing 150 local children with warm winter gear and gifts. We’re delighted to announce that we reached our goal, and were able to provide for 151 children across 46 families. Thanks…

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Tzedakah Celebration!

Our Tzedakah Celebration last night was so much fun! It was a beautiful evening of friendship, fun, food and of course a visit from Elsa and Anna! Thank you to all who came and thank you to our community partners for bringing wonderful activities and sharing information about their volunteer opportunities. If you were unable…

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Member Chanuk-appreciation Raffle

JCA members make our wide array of programming possible, and we are grateful for their support. To show our appreciation, we will randomly select members to win prizes on each of the eight days of Chanukah. New and current members are eligible to win.  Thank you to our generous raffle sponsors who have donated the…

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Mainers Send Messages of Support to Pittsburgh

In response to the shooting at the Tree of Life/Or L’Simcha synagogue in Pittsburgh – the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in American history, southern Maine’s Jewish community gathered on Tuesday evening, October 30th for a community vigil attended by over 1,500 people of all faiths and backgrounds, who came together to express their collective grief,…

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Solidarity Shabbat

Last Shabbat, we witnessed the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in North American history — the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. This Shabbat, we are responding with our greatest show of solidarity. A continental Solidarity Shabbat with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. At synagogues, community centers and homes across North America, we…

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Community Vigil Honors the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting Victims

Maine is an amazing place. In times of tragedy we come together to support and find comfort with each other. Last night’s Community Vigil for those slain at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh was so full of warmth, love and compassion. Thank you to all who came and stood in solidarity against hatred.…

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As a combined Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Center and Jewish Family Services program, we are here to be a resource to the entire southern Maine community. Thanks to the dedication of our staff, the unwavering support of our network, and our beautiful new facilities the JCA impacts Southern Maine in many ways. Here are a few highlights from June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018 that illustrate just some of the ways we enhance life in our community. View our Annual Report to learn more.