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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 and the JCA’s voicemail at (207) 772-1959.
Play with PJ

Play with PJ - open playdate

Fridays, twice monthly September-May
10:45 - 11:45 AM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Celebrate seasons, holidays and friendship with free 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. 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.

Chanukah Songs and Stories for website events

Chanukah Songs and Stories

Sunday, December 15
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
JCA – 1342 Congress Street, Portland

Celebrate Chanukah with books, crafts, and dreidels, plus music with special guest Charlie Miller. This program is best for children ages 5 and younger with their families. Cosponsored by Kadima Beth El, Bet Ha’am Religious School, PJ Library Southern Maine and the Jewish Community Alliance.


Tzedakah Celebration with PJ Library and KJFS

Wednesday, December 18
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
JCA – 1342 Congress Street, Portland

Join us for a potluck dinner and family tzedakah (righteous giving) party celebrating the end of this year's Hanukkah Lights program and the power of giving in our community! We will share dinner and tzedakah-themed activities together. Please bring a favorite dairy/vegetarian dish to share (no meat please).

Levey Sparkle

Sparkle Havdalah: a Drag Queen Story Hour

Co-sponsored by Congregation Bet Ha’am, Temple Beth El and PJ Library

Saturday, January 11
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
JCA – 1342 Congress Street, Portland

Wear your sparkly best or just come as you are, as we say goodbye to Shabbat and celebrate what makes us each unique and special. We will enjoy a potluck dinner (dairy/vegetarian, no meat please), a story, crafts, music, a costume parade, Havdalah, and fun. This event is FREE, family-friendly and all are welcome.