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!

JCA presents Sara Hallie Richardson

Saturday, March 14, 6:30 PM
JCA - 1342 Congress St., Portland, ME  04102
$10 JCA Members - $12 General Public

JCA presents a night of music with Sara Hallie Richardson. Join us for food and drink provided by the Maine Cheese Guild and Maine Craft Distillery.

Portland, Maine based singer/songwriter, Sara Hallie Richardson, performs and writes music through folk, indie, and electronic styles. With influences such as Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, and Bjork, Richardson's songs are known for dense vocal harmonies and soaring melodies as well as combining synthetic and acoustic orchestral sounds. With a BA in vocal performance from the University of Maine, Richardson has received honors such as the Dean's Award for Research and Creative Achievement and the Outstanding Achievement Award in Arts and Communication Media.

After performing her original work with the Portland Symphony Orchestra at Merrill Auditorium in 2016, Richardson moved to Los Angeles to continue her growing career as a singer and songwriter where she worked alongside her idols, was hired by world-renowned producers, and gained recognition for her songwriting.

After two years of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, she couldn’t be happier to be back home.

The Radical Right and the 'New Anti-Semitism' in America
With Mark Potok

Co-sponsored by the University of Southern Maine, the Maine Jewish Museum, the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, and the Jewish Community Alliance (JCA) of Southern Maine.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

7:00 pm
University of Southern Maine Wishcamper Center - Room 133
34 Bedford St., Portland

Event is free, all are welcome. Seating is limited.

Please RSVP by clicking on the link at right.

Mark Potok is one of the country's top experts on white supremacy, hate groups and right-wing extremism. He has served in a variety of roles at the Southern Poverty Law Center, regularly appears as a commentator on major network, cable and radio news programs, and writes for the Daily Beast.

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.