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JCA Virtual Experience

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Recreation

Recommended by JCA Staff and Members

Yoga & Fitness

Online Yoga Classes with JCA instructor Ashley Flowers

Monday - 5:30 PM Evening Yoga
Tuesday - 11:30 AM Midday Yoga
Wednesday - 9:00 AM Rise & Flow Yoga
Thursday - 10:15 AM Midday Yoga
Friday - 9:00 AM Rise & Flow Yoga

Classes are $5/session, registration is directly through Ashley's website: https://ashleyflowersyoga.as.me/schedule.php

Private sessions are also available. See Ashley's website for details!

Meditation

Free Online Guided Meditations: Looking for ways to cultivate some inner calm? Try these brief guided mindfulness meditations that you can practice on your own. https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/mindful-meditations

Free Online Jewish Meditation Resources: from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. https://www.jewishspirituality.org/get-started/resources-for-challenging-times/

Online Classes & Programs

Hartman iEngage "Together and Apart" Online Class

The Shalom Hartman Institute have offered their iEngage curriculum Together and Apart - The Future of Jewish Peoplehood available for free to communities around the world. This live, 10-session virtual course will take place on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:30 pm EDT for 10 sessions, from April 21–June 23, and will be taught by Rabbi Lauren Berkun - Vice President of the Hartman Institute of North America where she directs Rabbinic Initiatives. Register here: https://hartman.tfaforms.net/4717490

Shalom Maine - Adult Jewish Learning

Both of our ongoing Adult Ed. classes have currently moved online!

  • From Tribes to Nation - The Significance of the Davidic Monarchy - Part II with Ellie Miller
  • Passover Themes and Rituals with Ellie Miller

If you are already enrolled in the class, please check your email for instructions on how to connect with you teacher and classmates via ZOOM (online video conferencing tool).

My Jewish Learning

A great compilation of nondenominational articles and essays on Torah portions, other Jewish texts, holidays, history, Israel, and more! https://www.myjewishlearning.com/category/study/

Mah Jongg

Play for free online against your friends! We have a group that normally meets at the J two days a week to play Mah Jongg, and they were missing their games, so we found a way for them to meet up online. The website is https://myjongg.net. Anyone can create an account for free online, and play up to 8 games a day. If you want to play against your friends, make sure you select "Create private table," and then you can email your friends the code to get into your table! You can also play against bots. And as a bonus: there's a section to "chat," so you can say hi while playing. Enjoy!

Virtual Services

10 Minutes of Torah

Adapting to the moment The Center for Small Town Jewish Life has organized a "10 Minutes of Torah" series from Maine rabbis. Each d'var Torah will be about 10 minutes long, and will be shared on their Facebook page daily. Each session will be posted on their homepage, so just scroll around and click on whichever teaching you are interested in hearing. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/MaineJewishLife/

Kids & Family

Center Day Camp - Weekly Challange & Staff Shout Outs

This week's Center Day Camp challenge is a scavenger hunt! Send photos with the following items to our Instagram or Facebook inbox by Friday, March 27th!  The top 3 campers with the most unique/original submissions will win Center Day Camp swag!

Remember to check out our Staff Shout Out video every Wednesday! Featured this week is camp Director Chris Thurston ☀️

PJ Library Resources for Quarantined and Social Distancing Families

As communities seek to lower the impact of COVID-19, many families are spending a lot of time at home with their kids. One great way to pass time with your little ones is to read PJ Library books! Here are other ideas for ways to stay busy and have fun at home: https://pjlibrary.org/familyactivities

Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine "At Home Together" Series

In order to continue to serve as a resource for parents, families, and the community during a period of time marked by public health curfews and quarantines, the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine launched a series of free, online educational programs yesterday. The Museum & Theatre is temporarily closed during this public health emergency, but its mission continues.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

From our Pre-K Teachers: "We wanted to share a valuable resource we found on talking to your children about the coronavirus. We really liked the way this article broke things down and also that they focused on helping children feel empowered in a time where we all go through some feelings of helplessness."

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus

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Community Resources

Diaper Bank

In-Kind Donations:

In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), KJFS Diaper Bank is limiting in-kind donations from the community. We are still accepting corporate donations and donations from our Amazon Wishlist, but we are suspending in-kind donations including donations of open packages of diapers.  We are working to make sure agencies providing direct services are receiving the supplies they need to keep babies safe, dry and happy.

In Need of Diapers?

While our offices are closed for direct distribution, we are providing supplies to a number of area agencies.  Please call us at (207) 772-1959 and we will return your call with a list of resources.

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Maine Department of Labor

The Bureau of Unemployment Compensation

Mainers Together

Mainers Together is operational and out helping neighbors! They are connecting people with services, delivering groceries and supplies, and providing some financial assistance. If you have a need, please reach out using their confidential form on the website! If you have time or financial stability, you can sign up to volunteer or donate — there are a lot of ways you can help from home. We’ll get through this together. https://mainerstogether.com/

Community Meals and Soup Kitchens Map

Please use this great map to find resources in your community. You can also view it in list form by visiting: https://waysidemaine.org/community-resources