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Online Classes & Programs

Online JCA Book Group - Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
Facilitated by Fionna Nilsson

Thursday, June 18th at 7:30 PM

Book group participation is free. Advanced registration required at www.mainejewish.org ***use this link  https://mainejewish.z2systems.com/eventReg.jsp?event=69764 to receive the Zoom session link.
The book is available at local and online booksellers and in hardcopy and electronic download formats.

Join us for a virtual discussion of Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro.

From the acclaimed, best-selling memoirist, novelist—“a writer of rare talent” (Cheryl Strayed)— and  host of the hit podcast Family Secrets, comes a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, and love.

A New York Times, LA Times, Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal bestseller. “Beautifully written and deeply moving—it brought me to tears more than once.”— Ruth Franklin, The New York Times Book Review

Fionna Nilsson has been facilitating Book Groups through the Portland Public Library since August 2019. She and her family have been members of the JCA for close to four years and she is thrilled to be sharing her love of books and reading with this community.

Olympic Pride American Prejudice - Free Film Screening and Conversation

Presented by the Maine Jewish Film Festival

Saturday, June 20 – Sunday June 21

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper  explores the experiences of the 18 African-American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.. Set against the strain and turbulence of a racially divided America, which was also torn between boycotting Hitler’s Olympics or participating in the Third Reich’s grandest affair, the film follows 16 men and 2 women before, during and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin.

The Zoom Conversation with the Director, Deborah Riley Draper will be available on Sunday, June 21 at 7 PM. Information on how to join will be sent with the email with the film link and password. To receive the email please sign up here. If you have questions contact MJFF.

Shalom Maine - Adult Jewish Learning

Ongoing Adult Ed. classes from the JCA and our Community Partners have moved online!

For updated class info, please visit: https://www.mainejewish.org/programs/adult-jewish-learning/

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).

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!

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!

Plus enjoy several free yoga/meditation videos here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ashleyflowersyoga/videos/

Movement Mondays With PJ Library
Aleph Bet Yoga w/ Sarah Spiegel Dunn

June 1, 8, 15, & 22 at 9:30 AM
Start your week off right with Movement Mondays! Take some deep breaths and get your body moving with Aleph Bet Yoga. Join PJ Library Mom and founder of Samudra Studio Yoga Sarah Spiegel Dunn to stretch, breathe and move your bodies into poses inspired by the Hebrew alphabet.
Join us on Facebook each Monday at PJ Library Southern Maine.

JCA Outdoor Oula Fitness classes with Karli Efron

Wednesdays, June 10, 17, 24 | 7:00PM 

JCA Parking Lot – 1342 Congress St., Portland behind the building

$5/person per session

Join Karli Efron for a 45 minutes Oula fitness class – a high-energy, easy to learn, crazy-fun dance workout to top 40 hits!

– Advanced registration is required by Tuesday at 12 noon before the Wednesday evening class

– All participants must complete this health screening prior to registering.

In accordance with state and JCA health and safety directives:

Class size will be limited to 10 participants. Class will be cancelled in the event of rain or temperatures over 82 degrees, or if minimum enrollment is not met. Registered students will be notified if class is cancelled.

**Participants will maintain 6' social distancing, must wear a face mask and bring a water bottle. There will be no access to the JCA facility or restrooms.**

Virtual Services

Online Services

Virtual Services

Congregation Bet Ha'am - Please click here to join them on Facebook Live. You do not need to log into Facebook. Read more about Shabbat services here.

Temple Beth El - Check out their brand new "VirtSHUL" page, an up-to-date guide to all things TBE during the Coronavirus Pandemic including online Shabbat Services, Morning Minyan, KIDdish!, and more.

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!


Kids & Family

PJ Library Resources for Lag B'Omer

In Jewish tradition, we count the 49 days between the second night of Passover and the beginning of Shavuot. This is called S’firat Ha’Omer (“The Counting of the Omer”). On the 33rd day of counting, we celebrate the holiday of Lag B’Omer.

To help celebrate the Holiday, PJ Library has put together some great resources for you and your family:

Video: Lag B'Omer Campfire with PJ Library in Southern Maine

Website: The Lag B’Omer Lowdown: History & Activities

Video: Join Yosemite National Park's own Ranger Kate with a special campfire program!


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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

State of Maine FrontLine WarmLine

Maine launches support line for first responders in coronavirus outbreak. You can call the warmline at 207-221-8196 or 866-367-4440.

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