Arts & Culture

The JCA is proud to present our annual Arts & Culture Series, featuring scholars, authors, films, photography and musical performances.

The 2019-2020 Arts & Culture Series is presented with generous funding from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation, our donors, and community members, whose support makes these special programs possible.


Advanced registration strongly recommended to ensure sufficient seating. Register online at the links below or by calling (207) 772-1959.

Events are subject to change or weather cancellation – please see our e-newsletter and Facebook page for the latest information.

Finances should not be a barrier to participation. Please contact Deena at or (207) 772-1959 for discounted or free event admission.

JCA’s Arts & Culture events are free for students with a valid high school, college or university ID, unless otherwise noted.


Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust - POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT YEAR

A traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

April 1-27, 2020
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.

Exhibit is open during regular building hours. For group visits, contact or call (207) 772-1959.


Ladin Soul-of-the-stranger Book cover

The Soul of a Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective - Book Talk with Joy Ladin

This event has been MOVED ONLINE and will happen Thursday, May 14th at 7PM. Please click here for more info.

Reading some of the best known Torah stories through the lens of transgender experience, Dr. Joy Ladin explores fundamental questions about how religious texts, traditions, and the understanding of God can be enriched by transgender perspectives, and how the Torah and trans lives can illuminate one another.

Code of Conduct

The JCA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all community members, guests, visitors, and staff, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability or financial status. Failure to abide by the Code of Conduct may result in the suspension or revocation of participation in JCA programming.

  • Program participants are committed to maintaining a respectful and pluralistic environment.
  • Harassing, bullying, threatening or proselytizing behavior will not be tolerated, and we reserve the right to remove from the premises any individual acting in an inappropriate manner.
  • Distributing flyers, booklets or other literature is prohibited without prior approval.
  • No one may enter the JCA facility while carrying or concealing weapons.