NextDor is for young adults in their 20s and 30s looking to engage with Jewish life in Southern Maine. Open to all, regardless of religion or background.

NextDor organizes peer-led social, cultural, and educational events for young adults in Southern Maine.

'Dor' is the Hebrew word for 'generation,' and NextDor is an accessible and inclusive way to connect with the Jewish community if you are in your 20s or 30s.

NextDor programs are always open and welcoming to anyone, regardless of faith or background.

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NextDor Book Club: The Dovekeepers

Sunday, April 28th, 3:30 PM
Coffee By Design
1 Diamond Street
Portland, ME  04101

NextDor's book club selection for April is The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman.

Based on the Siege of Masada, Hoffman's novel is a spellbinding tale of four complex and fiercely independent women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets - about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration & Kosher Gospel Concert

Sunday, May 5th, 12:30 PM
Jewish Community Alliance
1342 Congress Street
Portland, ME  04102

NextDor will be celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) at the JCA!

12:30 PM - the celebration opens with children’s crafts, games, trivia and activities, as well as delicious fresh falafel for sale prepared by [NextDorian] Daniel Heinrich.

2:00 PM - Free “Kosher Gospel” concert featuring Joshua Nelson.

Blending Jewish liturgical lyrics with the joyous and uplifting melodies of Gospel music - one of America’s best-known indigenous musical forms, Joshua Nelson has performed around the world for presidents, congregations, major music festivals—and for Oprah, who named him a “Next Big Thing.”

NextDor May Movie Night

Thursday, May 16th, 6:30 PM
Jewish Community Alliance
1342 Congress Street
Portland, ME  04102

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NextDor Book Club: The Weight of Ink

Sunday, May 19th, 3:30 PM
Bard Coffee
185 Middle Street
Portland, ME 04101

NextDor's book club selection for May is The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish.

Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.

Author Rachel Kadish will be at the JCA on Tuesday, May 21st to speak about her book!