Arts & Culture
Series

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

  • 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.
  • Admission to the JCA’s Arts & Culture events is free for students with a valid high school, college or university ID, unless otherwise noted.
Paddington Movie for website

MJFF Free Family Film - Paddington

Presented in partnership with the Maine Jewish Film Festival, Levey Day School, and PJ Library

Sunday, March 10, 12:30 - 3:00 PM

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Join us for a free film, pizza & snacks, and children's activities with PJ Library!

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond, Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Rated PG. 1 hour, 35 minutes.

Visit www.mjff.org for tickets and more information.

Shockwaves MJFF film poster

MJFF Screening - Shockwaves

Presented in partnership with the Maine Jewish Film Festival

Monday, March 11, 6:00 PM

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Tickets: $8/$10 at www.mjff.org

Gut wrenching and captivating, this film follows three Israeli families, with a member who has been physically or psychologically wounded through combat or terror. It is impossible to turn away as so much is revealed about the struggles of survivors as well as those who live with and care for them. Spouses, children, parents and grandparents cope with drastic changes in their loved ones in innocent, tender, and sometimes conflicted ways; and we learn how they, too, are indelibly altered. The filmmaker, inspired by her own experience as a child of a wounded war veteran, sends a powerful and relevant message about the trans-generational and societal consequences of war. Dr. David Fagin and Dr. Josh Schoenfeld, experts on post-traumatic stress, will lead a discussion after the film discussion.

Visit www.mjff.org for tickets and more information.

Life In Stills Film Poster 2

MJFF Screening - "Opposites Attract": Two Short Films

Presented in partnership with the Maine Jewish Film Festival

Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Tickets: $8/$10 at www.mjff.org

  • Life in Stills

Documentary / 2011 / Israel / Hebrew with English subtitles / 60 min.
In 1936, Miriam and Rudi Weissenstar, first opened the doors of Tel Aviv’s world renowned Photo House.  After Rudi’s passing, the fate of the shop rests on the shoulders of Miriam and her grandson, Ben. With a blend of both candid humor and sadness, Life in Stills is a deeply human and heartfelt story of relationship across generations.

  • Work in Progress

Documentary / 2018 / Israel / Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles / 48 min.
Eight of Israel’s most passionate social activists join with the countries most acclaimed and influential Youtubers to encourage connection across a multitude of boundaries. Playful and stimulating, the film creates a level platform for dialogue which breaks through stereotypes and stigma.

Visit www.mjff.org for tickets and more information.

On the Map

On the Map – Free MJFF film screening

Presented as part of the Maine Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, March 17, 1:00 - 3:30 PM

JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free! Reserve your spot at www.mjff.org

On the Map tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv's 1977 European Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Through the of lens of sports, On the Map presents a much broader story of how one team captured the heart of a nation amid domestic turmoil and the global machinations of the Cold War.

David Dalin

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court with Historian David Dalin

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Colby College

Thursday, April 4, 7:00 PM

Free. Suggested admission is $10 - we appreciate your support!

Reserve your spot in advance at www.mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Mike Reiss

Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for the Simpsons
With former Simpsons head writer and producer Mike Reiss

Sunday, April 28, 6:30 PM

Free. Suggested admission is $10 - we appreciate your support!

Reserve your spot in advance at www.mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

  • A "Must" pick by Entertainment Weekly
  • An A.V. Club "Best Books of June" selection
  • A "New and Noteworthy" selection by USA Today
Yom Hashoah

Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day Community Observance & Free Film

In partnership with the Maine Jewish Film Festival

Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Time and film TBA

Kosher Gospel

Kosher Gospel – Joshua Nelson Live in Concert

Sunday evening, May 5 – Concert time to be announced!

Free, as part of the JCA’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration of Israel Independence Day.

Reserve your spot in advance at www.mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

Rachel Kadish

The Weight of Ink
Book talk with award winning novelist Rachel Kadish

Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 PM

Free. Suggested admission is $10 - we appreciate your support!

Reserve your spot in advance at www.mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

  • An intellectual and emotional jigsaw puzzle of a novel
  • Winner of a National Jewish Book Award
  • A USA Today Bestseller