#MyJCA Community Art Project

Calling artists of all ages! This September, the JCA will celebrate 5 years on Congress Street, and we invite you to reflect on this milestone by joining in a community-wide art project! We will always be awed by the beauty and functionality of the JCA’s space, AND we know that it is the people in…

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Southern Maine Seders and Passover Programs 2022

Happy Pesach everyone! Time to clean house, stock up on matzah, rid yourself of pesky chametz, and rehearse your Da-Dayenu‘s. As we prepare for Passover, here are 13 great Passover Events to help you celebrate with your community here in Southern Maine. CHOCOLATE SEDER Presented by Etz Chaim, Biddeford Thursday, April 7th | 5:30 –…

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Southern Maine Purim Parties 2022

With many Purim Parties happening in-person again this year, we hope you are excited to get dressed up, grogg your groggers, and nosh some Hamantaschen! Here are 10 great ways to safely celebrate Purim with your community here in Maine. HAMANTASCHEN SALE Presented by Chabad of Maine –  Pick up at Chabad, 11 Pomeroy Street,…

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Siobhan Whalen to join JCA as Refugee Resettlement Manager

The JCA is pleased to announce that Siobhan Whalen will be joining us as Refugee Resettlement Manager in early January 2022! Siobhan is passionate about social, economic, and racial justice, and works to ensure that every newcomer to our community has access to the resources they need to thrive. In her most recent role as…

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Joe Bornstein Winter Warmth Drive 2021 Results Are In

The 2nd annual Joe Bornstein Winter Warmth Drive wrapped up earlier this week and we are so proud to announce that we have met our goal of purchasing 750 pairs of winter boots for Maine kids! The boots are being distributed to 14 Portland-area schools and are going directly to students identified as being in need of…

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Hanukkah Happenings 2021

Happy (almost) Hanukkah everyone! With events happening online, outdoors, and indoors (with some extra precautions), there are so many wonderful ways to celebrate together here in Southern Maine. Here are 14 Hanukkah Happenings to help keep your annual traditions full of life and full of light! For Hanukkah crafts, recipes, music and activities, check out…

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KJFS LAUNCHES 2ND ANNUAL JOE BORNSTEIN WINTER WARMTH DRIVE

Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services aims to honor Joe Bornstein’s legacy by providing winter boots to over 750 area students in need this winter For Immediate Release November 8, 2021 – Portland, ME The 2nd Annual Joe Bornstein Winter Warmth Drive begins today and will run through Dec 7th, 2021!  Warm winter boots are a…

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JCA COVID POLICY UPDATE 11.1.21

PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION & MASKING REQUIREMENT Our commitment to community, and to the safety and well-being of our members, visitors and staff, frames everything we do. We are inspired by the Jewish value of pikuach nefesh (saving of a life) and our tradition that the preservation of human life takes precedence over other practices.…

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JCA Approved as HIAS Refugee Resettlement Partner

Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine Approved as HIAS Refugee Resettlement Partner For Immediate Release October 22, 2021 – Portland, ME Last week, HIAS announced that the Department of State has approved seven new resettlement locations that will be part of HIAS’ national resettlement network to help provide homes and support for refugees when they…

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JCA by the Numbers – September 2020 – August 2021

700,000+ diapers distributed through Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services, $117,000 allocated to local and overseas organizations, 5,256 PJ Library books sent to kids free of charge, 486 pairs of winter boots delivered to kids at six area schools, and so much more! Proud to share our “JCA BY THE NUMBERS” infographic for September 2020 –…

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