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Southern Maine Seders & Passover Parties

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 12 great Passover events and Seder dinners happening in Southern Maine communities that we’re sure you’ll want to attend. B’nai Portland (Unaffiliated) Chocolate Seder – SOLD OUT Lunt Auditorium, 74…

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Portland Purim Parties

Chag Purim Sameach! Time to dress up, shout, boo, and grog your groggers.  But wait, where to go? What to do?  Never fear, the JCA is here with the low-down on all the best Portland Purim Parties happening in and around the Forest City this year, from kid’s events to “Purim for Grown-ups.”    …

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100 Women Who Care

KJFS receives award from Southern Maine Giving Group Feb. 5th, 2019 Last night at their Annual Auction & Meeting, Southern Maine group 100 Women Who Care voted to award Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services approx. $13,000! The group of 100+ women (actually closer to 250 women at this point) meets four times per year, and members…

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Adding Up Impact

Adding Up Impact of Non-profits We are so thrilled to be featured by Maine Association of Nonprofits as a “Story of Impact” in their Adding Up Impact Annual Report. The stories, which highlight the ways in which Non-profits contribute to a strong and healthy economy in Maine, were released on January 17th as part of MANP’s “Nonprofit…

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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. The JCA is delighted to announce that we reached our goal, and were able to provide for 151 children across 46…

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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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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 will…

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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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