Arts & Culture

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

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Hanukkah Film Festival   

Presented by Menemsha Films in partnership with MJFF and the JCA 

November 28th – December 5th, 2021

Celebrate the Hanukkah season with eight nights of exclusive, award-winning new films, available to view from the comfort of home via your TV, computer or mobile devices. 

Tickets: $36 with promo code “MAINE” 

Your ticket purchase provides limited-time access to this series of 11 films, plus exclusive filmmaker discussions and more, with new content added each night of Hanukkah. This series is available throughout North America, in partnership with film festivals, synagogues and Jewish organizations across the U.S. and Canada. Proceeds from your purchase support Jewish cultural programming in our community! 

JFest Hanukkah Festival of Lights Art Performance


Wednesday, December 1st | 6:00 PM ET  

A JFest event presented by the JCCA on the Virtual J platform  

Presented by the JCC Association and JArts Boston 

Join JCC Association with our partners at JArts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as we come together to celebrate Hanukkah. Eight female international Jewish artists, including singer Tair Haim of A-Wa, Italian chef Sylvia Nacamulli, and dancer Rachel Linsky, will share pieces that are inspired by Hanukkiot from the MFA Judaica collection, one of the largest Judaica collections in a major American museum.  It will be an unforgettable evening of performance, learning, and artistic engagement for all ages.  

JFest Hanukkah Concert Mister G


Monday, December 6th | 5:30 PM ET 

A JFest event presented by the JCCA on the Virtual J platform  

Join Latin Grammy Award-winning musician Mister G and his international band of Jewish music-makers from Israel, Mexico, and Argentina for a special family engagement Hanukkah concert, filled with ruach (spirit).  

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UNDER JERUSALEM: The Buried History of the World’s Most Contested City     

A virtual book talk with author Andrew Lawler
Thursday, Dec. 16th | 7:00 PM ET 

Presented by the JCA and Longfellow Books 

Advanced registration required by Thursday 12/16 at 12 pm to receive the Zoom link.

Zoom link will be sent to registered participants on Weds., 12/15 and again on Thursday, 12/16.


In this sweeping account, journalist Andrew Lawler explores the complicated history of archaeological digs in Jerusalem. Ranging from imperialistic expeditions in the 19th century, when explorers competed in a “race to stake a claim to Jerusalem’s past” to the present day, Lawler’s colorful narrative includes aristocrats, scientists, charlatans, and clerics who sought to uncover the remnants of the ancient City of David, and tried to find the Ark of the Covenant, among other archaeological treasures.

The book is available to order from our friends at Longfellow Books:

The Unexpected Spy (1)

Tracy Walder discusses The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists   

Thursday, Jan. 13th | 7:00 PM ET
A virtual author talk presented by the JCA 

Advanced registration required by Jan. 13th at 12 pm to receive the Zoom link. 

A thrilling tale...Walder’s fast-paced and intense narrative opens a window into life in two of America’s major intelligence agencies - Publishers Weekly  

When Tracy Walder enrolled at the University of Southern California, she never thought that one day she would offer her pink beanbag chair in the Delta Gamma house to a CIA recruiter, or that she’d fly to the Middle East under an alias identity. 

The book is available to order from our friends at Longfellow Books:

Rachael Cerrotti (1)

Rachael Cerrotti discusses We Share the Same Sky: A Memoir of Memory and Migration   

Presented in partnership with Longfellow Books and the MainePublishers and Writers Alliance
Thursday, Feb. 10
th | 7:00 PM ET 

Advanced registration required by Feb. 10th at 12 pm to receive the Zoom link. 

In 2009, Rachael Cerrotti, a college student pursuing a career in photojournalism, asked her grandmother, Hana, if she could record her story. Rachael knew that her grandmother was a Holocaust survivor and the only one in her family alive at the end of the war. Rachael also knew that she survived because of the kindness of strangers. Rachael wanted to document it as only a granddaughter could. So Hana talked and Rachael wrote. 

The book is available to order from our friends at Longfellow Books: