Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services
Special Events

  • 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.

Hanukkah Lights

Monday, October 15 - Sign up to sponsor a family 

Hanukkah Lights matches sponsor families with families in need of winter clothing and holiday gift assistance for their children. This year, KJFS would like to guarantee 150 local kids have all the winter clothes they need to stay warm! Please contact Avery Friend at afriend@mainejewish.org to be matched with a family’s wish list. Or you can donate online at www.mainejewish.org

With PJ Library

Thursday, November 29, 5:30 PM

Join us at the JCA 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!

Loads of activities, opportunities for learning, and a chance to share a meal with your friends and neighbors.

Join us, the Book Fairy Pantry ProjectThe Cedars, Wayside Food Programs and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine!

Please bring a favorite dairy/vegetarian dish to share (no meat please) and snacks to donate to kids need.


Line Dancing Workshop for Beginners
with SAGE and Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services

Every first Thursday of the month, 6:00 - 8:00 PM 

Event is free. $10 suggested donation.

Please join SAGE, Portland's LGBT elders organization, for a monthly line dance workshop an social!

All ages and abilities are welcome to dance with them. The first few sessions will be mostly teaching, so this is a good chance to get in on the ground floor (and dance floor!). All styles of line dancing will be represented: C/W, pop/rock, Latin, waltz, hiphop, etc. Line dancing has been proven to be the perfect activity for boosting the body-brain connection. More important, it's great group fun and you don't need a partner! There will be coffee, tea, and snacks. Note: We suggest wearing sneakers or athletic shoes. Donation are welcome.

Please contact Karli Efron with any questions kefron@mainejewish.org or 207-772-1959

Heart to Heart Support Group

Every forth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM

Free. All are welcome.

Please join Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services and Heart to Heart Peer support for parents grieving the loss of a pregnancy or infant.
This is a safe space for parents at any stage in the grieving process – having lost in the last week, month, year, or decade.

We’ve been through it and we’re here for you.

Please contact Karli Efron with any questions kefron@mainejewish.org or 207-772-1959