Clubs, Groups & Gatherings

The Jewish Community Alliance facility is currently closed to the public, but the J is operating our Goldman Family Preschool and “J All Day” programs. Other programs, activities and information will continue to be offered virtually to meet your needs and keep you engaged and connected. Please visit us on social media, check back here often, and sign up for our emails to stay up to date!  

JCA Online Book Group discusses The Book of V. by Anna Solomon

Facilitated by Fionna Nilsson 

Thursday, October 15th at 7:00 PM 

Book group participation is free. Advanced registration required by Weds. 10/15 to receive the Zoom session link. 

The book is available at local and online booksellers and in hardcopy and electronic download formats. 

Join the JCA Book Group for a virtual discussion of The Book of V. by Anna Solomon, facilitated by Fionna Nilsson via Zoom. 

*Please note that we will be hosting Anna Solomon for an author talk on her book live via Zoom in February 2021.  

The Purim story of Esther is often told as the triumph of a Jewish minority over one man’s blinding hatred, through the courage and selflessness of one woman. Anna Solomon’s The Book of V. challenges this simple narrative — asking, what is Vashti’s story? And how do we choose to represent women’s lives, both in the past and today. The narrative alternates between the historical Esther’s perspective, Vivian, known as Vee, a 1970s wife of a senator, and Lily, a modern-day Brooklynite, second wife, and mother of two. Each of these women’s lives is constrained by the expectations of a patriarchal society. Vee enjoys her socialite life but is plagued by her husband’s past and her own insecurities when she compares herself to her peers; Lily is haunted by the memory of her husband’s first wife, and cannot relinquish feelings of ineptitude towards her domestic duties and her marriage. 

The Book of V. explores the idea of people living on the margins — geographically, socially, and economically, and offers new interpretations of the story of Esther. 

Fionna Nilsson has been facilitating Book Groups through the Portland Public Library since August 2019. She and her family have been members of the JCA for close to four years and she is thrilled to be sharing her love of books and reading with this community. 

Mah Jongg

Open Mah Jongg - NOW ONLINE

Wednesday mornings, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Friday mornings, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Play for free online against your friends! We have a group that normally meets at the J two days a week to play Mah Jongg, and they were missing their games, so we found a way for them to meet up online. The website is https://myjongg.net. Anyone can create an account for free online, and play up to 8 games a day. If you want to play against your friends, make sure you select "Create private table," and then you can email your friends the code to get into your table! You can also play against bots. And as a bonus: there's a section to "chat," so you can say hi while playing. Enjoy!

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Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller - STARTING AGAIN ONLINE SOON

Tuesdays, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome.

Schedule subject to change. See the JCA calendar at www.mainejewish.org, our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.