Jewish Family Services
Special Events

Mini Challah Baking for Rosh Hashanah Care Packages

Monday, September 18, 10:00 AM

Sheri Fistal will lead a challah baking workshop to make mini-round challahs! Jewish Family Services aims to bake 30 challahs for delivery to members of our senior community living in assisted living and nursing homes. Please join us for an excellent mitzvah (good deed) to start the New Year!

Stuff-A-Truck: Diaper Drive

Sunday, September 24, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Join Jewish Family Services and Two Men And A Truck as we kick off Diaper Need Awareness Week and aim to fill a truck with diapers to be distributed to members of our community. Bring the whole family to enjoy great food, entertainment, and fun activities for all ages!

National Diaper Need Awareness Week

September 25 - October 1

Diaper Need Awareness Week is an initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) created to mobilize efforts to help make a difference in the lives of the nearly 5.2 million babies in the U.S. aged three or younger who live in poor or low-income families. Together, we will wipe out diaper need.

Hanukkah Lights

Jewish Family Services will open this program for sponsorship and support in November.
Gather your friends, family, coworkers, or Havurah group! Help Jewish Family Services (JFS) provide winter clothing and presents to local families during the Hanukkah season. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice tzedakah (righteous giving) at a local level. Last year, over 100 children received gifts and warm clothes through this program.

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day Havdalah Service

Saturday, October 14, 7:30 PM
Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook St. South Portland

Please join the Jewish community as we create a service to give support, love, and remembrance to those who have experienced tragedy during pregnancy or soon thereafter. Families do not have to grieve in silence. Following a brief Havdalah service (a ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat) and candle lighting recognizing family loss, families will have the opportunity to connect, share, and support one another. Child care provided upon request. Contact: