Shalom Maine Adult Jewish Learning

Classes with skilled educators on traditional texts, art, literature, history and current affairs.

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A 6-week online course offered through YI-Jewish – A division of Yiddishkayt Initiative 

Wednesdays, 7 – 8 PM
March 31; April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5 

This hands-on course emphasizes the humor and depth of the Yiddish culture and encourages course participants to personally engage in the materials, utilizing the curricula and materials developed by Columbia University professor Miriam Hoffman, under the guidance of her son, renowned actor and course instructor Avi Hoffman. We will connect the academic roots of the Yiddish language with its incredible contributions to mainstream modern culture. 

Tuition: $60.  A portion of the proceeds benefits the JCA when you register.



Empowering Worship Service Leaders

With Cantor Sheila Nesis 

Made possible by the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, the Messerschmidt Memorial Fund at the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, and the Covenant Foundation 

Monthly classes on Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Starting Tuesday, May 25 

This yearlong experience is designed to empower individuals to lead worship services, shiva minyans, singing circles, etc. within their own communities. Through once-monthly online classes and individual coaching sessions with Cantor Sheila Nesis, participants will build the skills they need to succeed as prayer leaders. Enrollment will be limited.   

Application deadline: Friday April 23. Applicants will be notified of acceptance to the program by Friday, May 7.
Questions? Please contact Liz Snider at  

Torah Study Genesis Into the Light Yoram Raanan

Torah Conversations

An online study group facilitated by Ellie Miller 

Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:00 AM 
*Please note - there will be no sessions on March 25 and April 1

We will not be able to admit late arrivals to the meetings. 

To join the study group email list and receive the Zoom link, weekly readings and schedule updates, contact Diane Newman at