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Challah Workshop for web

Parent and Child Challah Baking Workshop with Margaret Hathaway

Sunday, November 17
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

  • For parents or caregivers and their children ages 3-10
  • JCA members: $18 for a pair (parent/caregiver and one child), plus $4 for each additional child
  • General public: $20 for a pair (parent/caregiver and one child), plus $4 for each additional child
  • A parent or caregiver must accompany their child(ren).
  • Min./max enrollment: 8 pairs/ 10 pairs
  • Advanced registration required by Nov. 12

Baking challah with your children can be a wonderful way to mark shabbat! Please join us for this hands-on adult and child class. We’ll learn how to mix, punch down, and shape our own challah. Each family will leave with a loaf of challah ready for the oven, the recipe for Ten Apple Farm’s favorite challah, and a list of some inspiring kids’ books about Jewish baking.

Margaret Hathaway is an author, unabashed foodie, and goat farmer. She is the author of five books, including two cookbooks. Her most recent book is The New Portland, Maine Chef’s Table, published in summer 2019. Margaret is an avid volunteer in the Jewish community, and is a co-leader of Levey Day School’s Girl Scout Troop #1433. Since 2006, Margaret and her husband Karl Schatz have raised three daughters, many dairy goats, poultry, and assorted other animals on Ten Apple Farm, their homestead in Southern Maine, where she teaches workshops and cooking classes.

Mah Jongg

Open Mah Jongg

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

Friday mornings, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

See the JCA website or calendar for holiday closures and weather cancellations.
Moser Family Library at the JCA

Free for JCA members, $5/General public per session

Mah Jongg

Beginner Mah Jongg Classes

Have you always wanted to learn how to play Mah Jongg? Now is your chance! Join instructor Judi Slotsky for this beginners-level course.

The dates for the course are as follows, and all classes take place from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM at the JCA:

Friday, October 11th
Friday, October 18th
Friday, October 25th
Friday, November 1st
Friday, November 8th
Friday, November 15th

Students are also invited to attend our regular open Mah Jongg play sessions free of charge while taking the course.

The cost for the entire course is $40 for JCA members and $50 for the general public. PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE.

If you have any questions, please contact JCA Program and Membership Coordinator at membership[at] or call 207-772-1959.


Torah Study Group with Ellie Miller

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, our email announcements, or call (207) 772-1959 for the latest information.