Have you ever heard of a Tribute Gift? It’s a traditional Jewish way to mark important dates or milestones in honor or in memory of those we know and love. Just a few examples of when Tribute Gifts are especially popular: birthdays, anniversaries, religious and secular holidays alike, from Rosh Hashanah and Passover to…

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When the JCA closed our doors, we knew that the process of reopening would be complex. Following city and state guidelines, and to support the safety of our community, the JCA facility will remain closed until May 18th. We will continue to carefully monitor changes and developments, and to communicate via our website, social media, and email as…

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This week, April 19 – 25, is National Volunteer Week. Since we can’t thank our volunteers in person while we are sheltering in place, we wanted to thank them virtually and to recognize their incredible efforts today! Thanks to our many volunteers, in 2019 Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services: · Provided assistance to almost 200 families…

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From all of us at the JCA, we wish you a Happy Passover/Chag Pesach Sameach! For more Passover resources and ideas please visit https://www.mainejewish.org/jca-virtual-experience/#VirtualServices

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May 18, 2020 UPDATE: Dear JCA Family, Over the past 9 weeks, we have learned so much about our community and about its resiliency and capacity for change. As difficult as the last two months have been, all of us have proven capable of far more than we might have anticipated when this began. The…

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As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (the novel Coronavirus) in other parts of the country and across the globe, safety and health remain our top priorities at the J. Two weeks ago, our staff met to convene a task force focused on this area of emerging concern, and we have established cleaning…

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Chag Purim Sameach! Time to make masks, dress up, grog your groggers and eat delicious Hamentaschen 🙂 But where? When? How?! Here are 13 great ways to celebrate Purim in Southern Maine this year (2020/5780). Hamantaschen Baking w/ Rabbi Lisa Vinikoor of Beth Israel in Bath Bowdoin Multicultural Center 30 College Street, Brunswick, ME 04011…

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Today, the Portland Press Herald published a letter to the editor from JCA Executive Director Molly Curren Rowles and Portland City Councilor Pious Ali denouncing religious violence and affirming solidarity in the face of last week’s news of a mass stabbing at a Hanukkah gathering in Monsey, New York. Read the full text below or…

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Happy (almost) Hanukkah everyone! Time to spin the dreidel, eat some sufganiyot, stock up on candles, and get ready to make, and eat, a whole lotta latkes. As we prepare to celebrate, here are ten (make that eleven!) great ‘Hanukkah Happenings’ in Southern Maine communities that we’re sure you’ll want to attend. Chabad of Maine…

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Thank you so much to each and every one of you who participated in #GivingTuesday in support of the JCA’s Annual Campaign yesterday! We were fortunate to receive over $5,000 in online donations throughout the day – a really special feat considering that most of us were homebound due to the first major snowfall of…

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