Community Events

The JCA is proud to present the following annual and one time events to help bring our community together in a spirit of remembrance, celebration, and fun!

"It Must Schwing - The Blue Note Story" Documentary Film Screening

Presented in partnership with the Maine Jewish Film Festival in honor of Black History Month

Thursday, February 6, at 6:00 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free, all are welcome.

Director: Eric Friedler | U.S. | 2018 | 1 hour 55 min.

In 1939, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two young émigrés from Berlin, founded the legendary jazz label Blue Note Records in New York. The label dedicated itself exclusively to the recording of American jazz music and developed its own unmistakable recording style and sound. The film features interviews with several prominent African American musicians.

"A unique and intimate look at the most exciting era in jazz, one that changed the world forever ... impressive!" ~ Rolling Stone

Recovery-Oriented Passover Seder

Thursday, April 9, 7:00 PM
Portland Recovery Community Center
468 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME  04101

Please register by Monday, April 6th

Free, potluck-style – please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share. All are welcome.

This secular Passover seder will follow the traditional seder framework, but with a focus on recovery from substance use disorder and how it relates to the holiday’s themes of liberation and oppression.

For more information, please contact the JCA at

Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Community Observance & Film

Presented in partnership with the Maine Jewish Film Festival

Tuesday evening, April 21
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Time, program details and film title TBA.

Free, all are welcome.

Yom Ha’atzmaut - Israel Independence Day Community Celebration

Sunday, May 3, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland

Free, all are welcome. Food available for purchase.

Family-friendly event for all ages. Kids’ crafts and activities presented in partnership with local congregations and Jewish organizations.

Code of Conduct

The JCA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all community members, guests, visitors, and staff, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability or financial status. Failure to abide by the Code of Conduct may result in the suspension or revocation of participation in JCA programming.

  • Program participants are committed to maintaining a respectful and pluralistic environment.
  • Harassing, bullying, threatening or proselytizing behavior will not be tolerated, and we reserve the right to remove from the premises any individual acting in an inappropriate manner.
  • Distributing flyers, booklets or other literature is prohibited without prior approval.
  • No one may enter the JCA facility while carrying or concealing weapons.