Crisis in Ukraine – You can make a difference

The strength of our community has been tested over the past several years, but we continue to be resolute in our commitment to building a better, safer, more just world. Since the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, we know many of you are looking for ways to help make a difference.   The Jewish…

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Moving Forward After Colleyville

Once again, our community is reeling from an attack on a synagogue, the latest in a series of antisemitic attacks and incidents that have continued to proliferate over the past several years. Like you, I am grateful that those taken hostage this weekend are safe and unharmed physically. I am also struck by the mental…

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The HIAS resettlement program in Maine has begun!

We were so pleased to welcome the JCA’s first Afghan refugee family through HIAS late last night, just before the snow. We are grateful that they are safe and warm here in Maine, and that we have the opportunity to be here for them in the days and weeks to come.   We know that many of you are…

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A Message from the JCA’s Israel Action Committee

The events of the last two weeks in Israel have cast a pall over the season of Shavuot, traditionally a time to celebrate the “first fruits” of the year and the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Once again, violence erupted, and those of us with family and friends in Israel watched news coverage…

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Shabbat Shalom

Dear JCA Community, As we welcome Shabbat tonight, we know that many are feeling the impact of this week’s events deeply. The use of violence as a political tool is frightening not just because it is unpredictable, but also because it is so dangerous. Some of us understand the contours of that danger academically, through…

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Remembering Joe Bornstein, z”l

Joe Bornstein’s kindness and generosity knew no bounds. His support helped to transform the social services and nonprofit landscape throughout Southern Maine, as the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein provided funds and raised awareness of countless causes and initiatives over the years. As Board President of Jewish Family Services, Joe helped to shape that program…

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