Book Talks

Current & Upcoming

THE LIGHT OF DAYS The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos

Feb 28, 2024 7:30PM—9:00PM

Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College

Cost Free

While conducting research at the British Library, author Judy Batalion came across the 1946 book Freuen in di Ghettos (Women in the Ghettos), filled with accounts of young Jewish women who defied the Nazis. These Polish-Jewish “ghetto girls” paid off Gestapo guards, hid revolvers in teddy bears, and flirted with and shot Nazis. They distributed…

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The Wandering Radiance: Selected Poems of Hilde Domin (translated by Mark S. Burrows) – Book Launch

Mar 17, 2024 3:00PM—4:00PM

Maine Jewish Museum 267 Congress St Portland

Cost Free!


Join translator Mark S. Burrows at the Maine Jewish Museum for a fascinating discussion of the recently published The Wandering Radiance: Selected Poems of Hilde Domin. Domin is among the most beloved and widely recognized writers of post-war Germany, though until now she has been relatively unknown among English readers. Because of her Jewish identity,…

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End of Bias with Jessica Nordell: Author Engagement Series

Mar 19, 2024 6:30PM—8:30PM

Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine 1342 Congress St, Portland ME 04102

Cost $9 suggested donation


Join us at 6:30PM for a special talk with moderator Mandy Levine, former employment attorney who is now a DEI consultant and workplace investigator, and  author and journalist Jessica Nordell about practical solutions to address bias in a variety of sectors. Book sales will be available prior to and following the discussion, courtesy of our…

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Longing with Merle Feld: Author Engagement Series

Apr 16, 2024 6:00PM—7:30PM

Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine 1342 Congress St Portland, ME 04102

Cost $9 for in-person / free for virtual talk only


Join us for an in-person poetry reading with Maine Jewish poets and a virtual author talk with poet Merle Feld. Copies of Longing: Poems of a Life will be available for sale after the talk, courtesy of our friends at Longfellow Books. What do we long for as we carry the traumas of our past…

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Past | Archive

The Golem of Brooklyn with Adam Mansbach: JCA Author Engagement Series

Feb 06, 2024 7:00PM—8:00PM

Virtual author talk.

Golem of Brooklyn Pottery Workshop and Dinner

Feb 05, 2024 4:00PM—8:00PM

Portland Pottery, 118 Washington Ave. Portland, ME 04101 JCA, 1342 Congress St., Portland ME 04102

Tree of Life – How a Holocaust Sapling Inspired the World

Jan 21, 2024 2:00PM—3:30PM

Maine Jewish Museum 267 Congress St. Portland, ME

Hotel Cuba with Aaron Hamburger: JCA Author Engagement Series

Dec 06, 2023 4:00PM—8:00PM

JCA of Southern Maine 1342 Congress St, Portland ME 04102

Elusive LInks – From the Spanish Inquisition to 21st century America – Meet The Author

Dec 03, 2023 2:00PM—3:00PM

Maine Jewish Museum 267 Congress Street Portland

The Cost of Free Land with Rebecca Clarren: JCA Author Engagement Series

Nov 16, 2023 6:00PM—7:30PM

JCA 1342 Congress St Portland, ME 04102

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Indoor Walk Jam: Grooving to the Beats!

Feb 26, 2024 8:30AM—9:30AM

JCA of Southern Maine

Klezmer Open Jam Session

Feb 26, 2024 7:00PM—8:30PM

JCA of Southern Maine 1342 Congress St, Portland ME 04102

Chair Yoga with Rachael Clare

Feb 27, 2024 10:00AM—11:00AM

JCA of Southern Maine

Advanced Beginners Pickleball Course, Session 2

Feb 27, 2024 4:00PM—5:00PM

JCA of Southern Maine