Featured Events

PJ Library Winter Carnival

Mar 03, 2024 2:00PM—4:00PM

Jewish Community Alliance 1342 Congress St. Portland, ME 04102

Yinyasa Yoga with Rachael Clare

Mar 05, 2024 10:00AM—11:00AM

JCA of Southern Maine

Beginners Mah Jongg Course with Judi Slotsky Session 9

Mar 05, 2024 9:00AM—11:00AM

JCA 1342 Congress St Portland, ME 04102


In times of challenge and conflict, we must stand together

By Ilana Gilg | February 9, 2024 |

Dear JCA Community, For many years, Southern Maine has been a place where Jews of disparate political, cultural, and social backgrounds have come together to work collaboratively, transcending our differences and welcoming unique voices and perspectives. As times and expectations have changed, communal institutions weathered those changes with heart and commitment – sometimes inelegantly, but…

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With Gratitude from Westbrook Middle School

By Jessica Doucette | January 25, 2024 |

Warm winter boots have been identified as a major need among children in Maine. Perhaps no one understands this need better than our local school districts. Since 2019 our friends at Westbrook Middle School (WMS) have been recipients of boots, courtesy of the Joe Bornstein Winter Warmth Drive. When JCA’s Volunteer Manager, Adam Seigel, first…

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An Update For Our Community

By Jessica Doucette | December 19, 2023 |

Dear JCA Community, As you may be aware, email and web-form bomb threats were made today against several Synagogues in Maine. Bomb squads checked the facilities and nothing was found; in addition, State, Federal, and SCN investigations have found the threats not credible. These threats are part of a broader pattern of incidents categorized as…

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Committed to Our Community

By Jessica Doucette | December 6, 2023 |

  Dear JCA Community, This week there was a controversy related to the removal of a Star of David initially included in the holiday light display in Westbrook. The JCA was not consulted regarding the issue, but when I spoke with the Mayor earlier this week, he indicated to me that the city had determined…

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Shabbat Shalom

By Jessica Doucette | December 6, 2023 |

November 17, 2023 This week we entered the month of Kislev, during which many of us will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.  It is difficult to reconcile the sadness and heaviness we feel right now with these holidays of family, togetherness, and joy.   We are reeling from the horror of the attacks on…

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Hanukkah Happenings 2023

By Ilana Gilg | November 28, 2023 |

Happy (almost) Hanukkah everyone! With most events happening in-person again this year (plus some online options), there are many wonderful ways to celebrate together here in Southern Maine. Here are some of the great Hanukkah Happenings to help keep your annual traditions full of life and full of light! For Hanukkah crafts, recipes, music and activities,…

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As a combined Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Center and Jewish Family Services program, the JCA is here to be a resource for the entire Southern Maine community.

Thanks to the dedication of our staff and the unwavering support of our network, the JCA impacts our community in many ways. Working with an array of organizations and local congregations, we function as the hub of Jewish programming in Southern Maine.