Arts & Culture

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 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.
Amotz Website Event

Israel’s Forgotten Claims to Fame With Israeli author and award-winning journalist Amotz Asa-El

Tuesday, June 25th, 6:30 PM

JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland

$10 suggested admission.

Bestselling Israeli author and award-winning journalist Amotz Asa-El is the Jerusalem Post's senior commentator and a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

Having joined the Jerusalem Post in 1995 as its business editor, Asa-El was later the Post's news editor, editor-in-chief of its overseas edition, and executive editor of the Jerusalem Post.

Amotz's weekly column in the Jerusalem Post, Middle Israel, appears regularly for the 24th year now, and is a unique attempt to present in English mainstream Israelis' views on anything, from politics and business to religion and foreign affairs.

His new Hebrew book The Jewish March of Folly ("Mitzad Ha'ivelet Ha'yehudi," Yediot Sefarim, 2019), an interpretation of the Jewish people's political history, appeared in the spring and is now a bestseller in Israel.

His previous book, The Diaspora and The Lost Tribes of Israel (Universe, 2004), a geographic history of the Jews, was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal as "an engaging history of the Jewish experience" that "vividly captures the creativity of the Jewish people."

Amotz lives with his wife and their three children in Jerusalem, where he was also born and raised.

Saving Your History

Saving Your History: How to Review and Organize Your Stuff to Meet Legal and Personal Needs (A workshop with Susie Bock)

Thursday, July 18th, 10:00 – 11:30 AM

JCA – 1342 Congress St. Portland

Co-sponsored by USM’s Judaica Collection

Free and open to the public. Advance registration required.

Humans create and collect material culture (documents, objects) in the course of living. Establishing control over your material culture can be daunting, but important so you can put your hands on what you need when you need it. This workshop will:

  • Help you sort and evaluate material culture (papers, objects, photographs, audio-visual material) created or collected.
  • Advice on storing and caring for the materials to ensure their preservation.
  • Advice on donating material to a cultural/historical institution.

These principles and procedures can be used by individuals or groups (such as community organizations).

Susie Bock is Coordinator of Special Collections and Director of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at USM’s University Libraries.