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Connection, Community & Engagement

JFamily is a JCA program bringing families and children together around Jewish values, holidays and culture. We offer a warm welcome for families looking to connect. Our programs provide opportunities to socialize, explore, celebrate and create community.


  • Programs are subject to change. See our website and announcements for the latest information.
  • All programs are held at the JCA, unless otherwise noted.
  • JCA closures will be announced via WCSH, WGME, WMTW, and on www.mainejewish.org and the JCA’s voicemail at (207) 772-1959.

Family-Friendly Purim Events 2019

Sunday, March 17th - Friday, March 22nd

From Epic Purim Rap Battles to Fantastic Queens And Where to Find Them, we've compiled a list of all the best local Purim events for you and your kids to attend this year. Click here for the full list and Chag Purim Sameach!

Kids Art Supplies

Mitzvah Team Donation Drive - we want your kids' stuff!

Through March 15th

Looking for an opportunity to declutter your kids’ space and share the joy of their toys with other kids? PJ Library and Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services want your kids’ stuff! Donations of new or gently used SMALL toys (Legos, cars, puzzles …), card games, books and art supplies (drawing and construction paper, pompoms, safety scissors, googly eyes …) are needed for the creation of Vacation Week Activity Bags to be distributed through the KJFS food pantry.


Donations accepted at the JCA by March 15thNo stuffed animals please.  Join us on March 28 (see below) to help assemble the bags and enjoy a potluck dinner!


Play with PJ!

Fridays, 10:45 - 11:45 AM

Celebrate seasons, holidays and friendship with free weekly PJ Library play dates! We welcome 0-3 year-olds and their caregivers to join us for free play in our community hall followed by stories and songs in the library. Families are welcome to bring a lunch or snack and hang out after play time, then join in for Shabbat with the Goldman Family Preschool at 12:15 PM.

Mitzvah Team

Mitzvah Team Giving Night

Thursday, March 28, 5:00 - 6:30 PM

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

What would you want and need for a vacation week at home with your family? Join PJ Library and Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services to assemble Vacation Week Activity bags to be distributed to Portland-area families through the KJFS Food Pantry. We will share a potluck dinner, decorate and assemble bags with snacks and activities, and talk about kindness and other ways of helping. Please bring a favorite dairy/vegetarian dish to share at our potluck dinner (no meat please).


Donations of new or gently used books, small toys (no stuffed animals), puzzles, games and art supplies will be accepted at the JCA until March 15.