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JEWISH COMMUNITY ALLIANCE OF SOUTHERN MAINE

Program Guide Fall/Winter 2017-2018

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Dear JCA Community, We are so excited to present our 2017-2018 Fall/Winter Program Guide! Our move to the new JCA building at 1342 Congress Street allows us to connect you with an amazing array of offerings - from talks by acclaimed speakers like Adina Hoffman, Steven Tobolowsky and Dara Horn, to Jewish cooking classes, fitness classes and incredible adult Jewish education and family events; there truly is something for everyone! We can’t wait to welcome you to our Grand Opening on Sunday, September 10th from 2:00 - 4:30 PM. Come take a tour, catch up with old and new friends, learn more about what we do, and celebrate our amazing new space. The facility is designed to serve as a resource for Southern Maine, and all of our classes and events are open to the public and we warmly welcome all. We are also very pleased to offer membership to the J starting in September, and invite you to join the J and take advantage of the member discounts on many of the offerings in this guide. As our programs continue to grow, we welcome your feedback and support. Please visit our website, follow us on social media, and join us in person as we create new opportunities for inspiring and enriching connection and engagement with Jewish life! Sincerely, Ellie Miller Outgoing Executive Director

Molly Curren Rowles Incoming Executive Director

PROGRAM POLICIES Inclement Weather: JCA closures will be announced via WCSH, WGME, WMTW and on www.mainejewish.org or call 772-1959; Brunswick class follows Bath Iron Works 3rd shift, call 442-3311 x2. Make-up days may be scheduled where noted. Enrollment Minimums: A minimum number of students may be required for classes to be held. If a class is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, students who have enrolled will receive a full refund or the opportunity to transfer to another class. JCA Adult Jewish Learning Scholarships Applications due September 12th The Jewish Community Alliance offers financial assistance to students on the basis of demonstrated need. Because aid funds are limited, we are able to assist only students with incomes under 250% of the Federal Poverty Level or those with a compelling extenuating circumstance. Applications are held in strict confidence by JCA staff. Applications are due by September 12th along with a completed registration form and a $25 deposit, which will be applied toward your contribution to the cost or refunded if scholarship funds are not available. Financial aid awards will be determined by September 18th. Applications are available online at www.mainejewish.org, or by contacting Director of Programming Deena Schoenfeld at dschoenfeld@mainejewish.org. If you require a payment plan for the remaining tuition, please contact Finance Manager Bonnie Ryan at bryan@mainejewish.org.

Register today for classes and programs at www.mainejewish.org


ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS 11 Introduction to Drawing 11 Introduction to Painting 11 Introduction to Printmaking FITNESS & WELLNESS CLASSES 12 Mindful Flow Yoga 12 Sun Salutation Yoga 13 Fluid Budō: Body Mechanics & Movement 13 Bootcamp 13 Oula: Dancemania for the Soul 13 Adult pick up Basketball COOKING & BAKING CLASSES 14 Vegetarian Jewish Cooking From Around the World 14 Challah Baking Workshop 15 Jewish Baking From Around the World ADULT JEWISH LEARNING CLASSES 16 Bereisheet: A Study of the Beginning of Genesis 16 The Book of Ruth 17 Mishpatim: The Convergence of Biblical and Secular Approaches to Law 17 American Jewish History

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Jewish Values: Searching for Personal Meaning The Passover Haggadah Introduction to Contemporary Hebrew You Shall Be Holy: Practical Jewish Ethics Secrets of the Jewish Calendar: An Exploration of the Stories Behind Our Rituals

CLUBS, GROUPS & GATHERINGS 21 Siamese Mah Jongg Lessons 21 Open Mah Jongg 22 Fabric Arts Club 22 Dinner in the “Dwelling Place” Sukkah 22 Israeli Folk Dancing JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES EVENTS 23 Mini Challah Baking for Rosh Hashanah Care Packages 23 Stuff-A-Truck Diaper Drive 23 National Diaper Need Awareness Week 23 Hanukkah Lights 23 Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day Service JFAMILY (CHILDREN & FAMILY PROGRAMMING) 24 Jewish New Year Cheer – Care Package Delivery 24 Rosh Hashanah Havdalah 25 Play for a Cause 25 Sukkot Social 25 Family Havdalah: The Story of Noah and the Flood 25 Tot Shabbat with PJ Library 26 Shalom Baby Shower 26 Shabbat Potluck 26 Tzedakah Celebration with Jewish Family Services 26 Chanukah Havdalah AFTERSCHOOL AT THE J 27-29

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ARTS & CULTURE SERIES 2017-2018 4 Adina Hoffman: Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City 5 An Evening with Sara Gideon: Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives 5 In Search of Israeli Cuisine: Film Screening & Tasting Menu 6 Stephen Tobolowsky: My Adventures with God 7 David Dalin: Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court 8 Photo Exhibit: Besa, A Code of Honor - Muslim Albanians Who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust 9 Dara Horn: Eternal Life 10 Shuffle Concert: You Choose. We Play.


ARTS & CULTURE SERIES 2017-2018

The JCA proudly presents our inaugural Arts & Culture Series thanks to generous support from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation. Purchase tickets for these events at www.mainejewish.org or by calling the JCA front desk at (207) 772-1959. rule. And in the riveting final section, Hoffman herself sets out through the battered streets of today’s Jerusalem searching for traces of a possibly Greek, possibly Arab architect named Spyro Houris. Once a fixture on the local scene, Houris is now utterly forgotten, though his grand Armenian-tile-clad buildings still stand, a ghostly testimony to the cultural fluidity that has historically characterized Jerusalem at its best.

Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City

Book talk with author Adina Hoffman Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Sam L. Cohen Community Hall at the JCA 1342 Congress St., Portland $10/JCA member, $12/General public Co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Colby College A remarkable view of one of the world’s most beloved and troubled cities, Till We Have Built Jerusalem is a gripping and intimate journey into the very different lives of three architects who helped shape modern Jerusalem.

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The book unfolds as an excavation. It opens with the 1934 arrival in Jerusalem of the celebrated Berlin architect Erich Mendelsohn, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany who must reckon with a complex new Middle Eastern reality. Next we meet Austen St. Barbe Harrison, Palestine’s chief government architect from 1922 to 1937. Steeped in the traditions of Byzantine and Islamic building, this “most private of public servants” finds himself working under the often stifling and violent conditions of British

A beautifully written rumination on memory and forgetting, place and displacement, Till We Have Built Jerusalem uncovers the ramifying layers of one great city’s buried history as it asks what it means, everywhere, to be foreign and to belong. Author biography: Essayist and biographer Adina Hoffman writes often of the Middle East, approaching it from unusual angles and shedding light on overlooked dimensions of the place, its people, and their cultures. She is the author of House of Windows: Portraits from a Jerusalem Neighborhood, My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century, and, with Peter Cole, Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza, which won the American Library Association’s prize for the best Jewish book of 2011. The Los Angeles Times called her most recent book, Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City, “brave and often beautiful,” and Haaretz described it as “a passionate, lyrical defense of a Jerusalem that could still be.” Her essays and criticism have appeared in the Nation, the Washington Post, the TLS, the Boston Globe, and on the World Service of the BBC. A Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and one of the inaugural winners of the Windham-Campbell Literary Prizes, she divides her time between Jerusalem and New Haven.


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An Evening with Sara Gideon Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives Thursday, September 14, 7:00 PM Sam L. Cohen Community Hall at the JCA 1342 Congress St., Portland Co-sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women, Southern Maine Chapter Free, all are welcome.

In Search of Israeli Cuisine: Film Screening & Tasting Menu Sunday, November 5, 4:00 – 7:00 PM Sam L. Cohen Community Hall at the JCA 1342 Congress St., Portland $25 in advance, $30 at the door Purchase tickets online through www.mjff.org Co-sponsored by the Maine Jewish Film Festival

Join the Maine Jewish Film Festival and the JCA for a culinary tour of Israel -- without leaving Portland. Our journey starts with a screening of the film In Search of Israeli Cuisine, featuring the James Beard award-winning chef Michael Solomonov. From fine restaurants to farms, vineyards to street venues, Solomonov shows us why Israel has one of the hottest food scenes in the world. The New York Times called this film “an informative take on a subject that is still very much evolving” and the Hollywood Reporter said, “with its assortment of mouthwatering ingredients and dishes, In Search of Israeli Cuisine is an unadulterated foodie delight.” After the film, experience the cuisine of Israel for yourself by sampling delicious dishes provided by Portland chefs Daniel Heinrich and Haggai Bernstein. Ticket price includes the movie and food. A cash bar will be available.

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My Adventures with God

My Adventures with God is a series of short stories exploring the idea that most people’s lives seem to fit into the template of the Bible. We all have powerful creation myths: tales of our childhood and family, our first battles won and lost. It is our Genesis. Then, like in the Book of Exodus, we go into slavery. Rather than building pyramids, we lose ourselves in fear and ambition—in first loves, first jobs, too many dreams mixed with too much beer. We eventually become free, only to wander in the wilderness. From legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky At some point we stop and proclaim to the universe who we are. This is who currently appears on The Goldbergs, HBO’s Silicon our Leviticus moment. We reconcile what we thought we would be with Valley, and Norman Lear’s new One Day at a Time, author what we have become. We often attempt a mid-course correction. Then, of The Dangerous Animals Club and The Tobolowsky Files as in the Book of Numbers, we are shaped by mortality as we bear the loss podcast - My Adventures with God is a funny, introspective of family and friends. Finally, we retell our stories to our children hoping collection about love, catastrophe, and triumph, all told to make sense of the journey, as Moses did in Deuteronomy. through the lens of his evolving relationship with the Tobolowsky’s stories tell of a boy growing up in the wilds of Texas, finding mystery that is “God.” and losing love, losing and finding himself—all told through the prism As Tobolowsky explains, “It’s hard to believe in nothing. of the Torah and Talmud, mixed with insights from science, and refined Even cats believe in suppertime. As much as we love through a child’s sense of wonder. My Adventures with God not only shines certainty, we are often shaped by the invisible, the a light into the life of one of America’s most beloved actors, but also unexplainable - something we call faith. We are inclined provides a structure to evaluate our own lives and relationship with God. to acknowledge the holy. Even if it is only a paper heart we find in an old suitcase.” Book talk with actor and author Stephen Tobolowsky Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:00 PM Sam L. Cohen Community Hall at the JCA 1342 Congress St., Portland $10/JCA member, $12/General public

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Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court From Brandeis to Kagan Book talk with author David Dalin Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Sam L. Cohen Community Hall at the JCA 1342 Congress St., Portland $10/JCA member, $12/General public Co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Colby College

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court examines the lives, legal careers, and legacies of the eight Jews who have served or who currently serve as justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, Felix Frankfurter, Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, and Elena Kagan. David Dalin discusses the relationship that these Jewish justices have had with the presidents who appointed them, and given the judges’ Jewish background, investigates the antisemitism some of the justices encountered in their ascent within the legal profession before their appointment, as well as the role that antisemitism played in the attendant political debates and Senate confirmation battles. Other topics and themes include the changing role of Jews within the American legal profession and the views and judicial opinions of each of the justices on freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the death penalty, the right to privacy, gender equality, and the rights of criminal defendants, among other issues.

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BESA: A CODE OF HONOR - Muslim Albanians Who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust A Documentary Photography Exhibit from the Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Center On display April 2018 Sam L. Cohen Community Hall at the JCA 1342 Congress St., Portland Free and open to the public during building hours

Following the German occupation in 1943, the Albanian population, in an extraordinary act, refused to comply with the occupier’s orders to turn over lists of Jews residing within the country’s borders. Moreover, the various governmental agencies provided many Jewish families with fake documentation that allowed them to intermingle amongst the rest of the population. The Albanians not only protected their Jewish citizens, but also provided sanctuary to Jewish refugees who had arrived in Albania, when it was still under Italian rule, and now found themselves faced with the danger of deportation to concentration camps. The remarkable assistance afforded to the Jews was grounded in Besa, a code of honor, which still today serves as the highest ethical code in the country. Besa, means literally “to keep the promise.” One who acts according to Besa is someone who keeps his word, someone to whom one can trust one’s life and the lives of one’s family. Albania, the only European country with a Muslim majority, succeeded in the place where other European nations failed. Almost all Jews living within Albanian borders during the German occupation, those of Albanian origin and refugees alike, were saved, except members of a single family. Impressively, there were more Jews in Albania at the end of the war than beforehand.

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Eternal Life Book talk with Author Dara Horn Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6:30 PM Sam L. Cohen Community Hall at the JCA 1342 Congress St., Portland $10/JCA member, $12/General public The award-winning, critically acclaimed author returns with an ingenious novel about what it would mean to live forever. Rachel has an unusual problem: she can’t die. Her recent troubles―widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son―are only the latest. She’s already put up with scores of marriages and hundreds of children, over 2,000 years―ever since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. There’s only one other person in the world who understands: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever. In 2018, as her children and grandchildren develop new technologies for immortality, Rachel knows she must enable her beloved offspring to live fully―without her, but with meaning―by finding a way for herself to die. Gripping, hilarious, and profoundly moving, Eternal Life celebrates the bonds between generations, the power of faith, the purpose of death, and the reasons for being alive.

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Shuffle Concert: You Choose. We Play. Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:00 PM Sam L. Cohen Community Hall at the JCA 1342 Congress St., Portland $15/JCA member, $18/General public

A modern day ensemble that delivers the unexpected. Inspiring and energetic, New York-based chamber music ensemble SHUFFLE Concert changes the rules of performance as we know it. Conceived by SHUFFLE’s artistic director and pianist, Eliran Avni, SHUFFLE was born while Avni was exercising at the gym. His MP3 player jumped from a Pretenders song to the first movement of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, nearly causing him to lose his balance… and thus, the idea for SHUFFLE was born! Unique to SHUFFLE’s performances is the manner in which the program is selected. The audience is invited to actively participate in the selection of works to be performed by choosing from a menu of over 30 works derived from 15 different styles, with works ranging from solos and duos, to trios, quartets, quintets and sextets. Genres vary from classical, baroque, and romantic, to Jazz, pop and Broadway. The result is a highly engaged audience and a high energy performance. SHUFFLE’s members are exceptionally accomplished chamber musicians; they are graduates of such schools as Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music and Bard College and have all individually won numerous prizes and have performed extensively as soloists and collaborative musicians throughout the world.

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With Kristina Williams Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, in the JCA Studio 6 sessions: Sept. 6, Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1 (No class: Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 11 - Jewish holidays) Tuition: $120/JCA members, $135/General public, plus $25 materials fee 6 student minimum Registration deadline: Thursday, August 31 Explore the fundamentals of drawing through the study of line, shape, and form. Students will have the opportunity to apply various drawing mediums such as charcoal, graphite, and ink in their investigation of changing subject matter and drawing style.

Introduction to Painting

With Kristina Williams Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, in the JCA Studio 6 sessions: Nov. 8, Nov. 15, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, Dec. 20 (No class: Nov. 22 Thanksgiving break) Tuition: $120/JCA members, $135/General public, plus $20 materials fee 6 student minimum Registration deadline: Wednesday, November 1 Explore the fundamentals of painting through color theory, mastery of materials, and experiment with approaches. We will work primarily in watercolor to gain a basic understanding of how to use this medium successfully.

ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS

Introduction to Drawing

Introduction to Printmaking

With Kristina Williams Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, in the JCA Studio 6 sessions: Jan. 3, Jan. 10, Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7 Tuition: $120/JCA members, $135/General public, plus $30 materials fee 6 student minimum Registration deadline: Wednesday, December 27 Explore the fundamentals of printmaking through experimentation. Students will have the opportunity to study various approaches to printmaking such as linoleum carving, stamp making, and potato carving while applying their own artistic point of view and sensibility to their work.

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YOGA & FITNESS

FREE FITNESS CLASSES - Week of Sept. 5-8, 2017 Check out our new offerings with free yoga, bootcamp and Budō classes the week of September 5 - 8, and a free session of Oula Dance on Tuesday morning, Sept. 12th! Please sign in at the JCA front desk for these free classes. Fitness Classes: $10 JCA members $12 General public Register online at www.mainejewish.org or drop in and pay at the JCA front desk. Classes will be held in the Moser Family Library or Sam L. Cohen Community Hall at the JCA. Please check in with the front desk to verify room. See our calendar at www.mainejewish.org for class cancellations and holiday closures. Mindful Flow Yoga

With Ashley Flowers, RYT200 • Tuesdays, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM • Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 PM Dates: Weekly through the fall, starting Tuesday, September 5th Bend, balance and breathe with a mixture of vinyasa, hatha, and yin. Enjoy an hour of mindful movement as we flow through yoga postures and breathing exercises. You should expect to leave this class feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Sun Salutation Yoga

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With Ashley Flowers, RYT200 Wednesdays, 7:45 – 8:30 AM Weekly through the fall, starting Wednesday, September 6th Stoke your inner fire with a fast-paced morning yoga class. This 45 minute practice will begin with a half-hour of sun salutations followed by 15 minutes of stretching and savasana. You should expect to leave this classes feeling upbeat and invigorated.


With Michael Schwartz • Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:30 PM • Thursdays, 8:45 – 9:30 AM Weekly through the fall, starting Tuesday, September 5th This class blends concepts from pilates, aikido, taijiquan, capoeira, and yoga. We will develop locomotion patterns that can be used to injury-proof your body, assist with physical rehabilitation, improve your cognitive flexibility, enhance your functional strength, and improve your overall movement quality.

YOGA & FITNESS

Fluid Budō: Body Mechanics & Movement

Bootcamp

With Michael Schwartz • Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 PM • Thursdays, 7:45 – 8:30 AM Weekly through the fall, starting Tuesday, September 5th This intense interval workout is designed to enhance speed, agility, quickness, endurance, power, functional range of motion, and cardiovascular conditioning. We will move seamlessly from one exercise and drill to another, recreating the psychological and physiological feel of athletic competition. Every movement can be modified and adjusted to suit all fitness levels.

Oula: Dancemania for the Soul

With Karli Efron Tuesdays, 7:45 – 8:30 AM Weekly through the fall, starting Tuesday, September 12th (No class on Oct. 24, Nov. 17, Nov. 14 or Dec. 26) Oula is a high energy, calorie burning, crazy-fun dance workout to Top 40 hits. Classes are one epic hour of sweat, joy, and total inspiration. To preview Oula, visit: www.oulafitness.com

Adult Pick Up Basketball

Monthly, Sundays, 3:00 – 5:00 PM. See JCA website calendar for specific dates. Sam L. Cohen Community Hall at the JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland Open to JCA members ages 18+ and their guests. Free for JCA members/Guests $5 per person. Waiver signature required at front desk.

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COOKING & BAKING CLASSES

Challah Baking Workshop

With Margaret Hathaway Sunday Sept. 17, 2:00 – 4:00 PM Rosen Family Kitchen – 1342 Congress St., Portland $18/JCA members, $20/General public 5 student minimum Registration deadline: Tuesday, September 12 Bring the tradition of challah baking into your home! In this two hour class, foodie and cookbook author Margaret Hathaway will share her family’s recipe for challah, with variations for whole wheat and raisin loaves, and tips for baking and shaping the dough. This hands-on session will follow the process from proofing the yeast through putting the loaf in the oven. Participants will leave with recipes and a loaf of challah.

Vegetarian Jewish Cooking From Around the World

With Margaret Hathaway Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM 6 sessions: Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 14 (No class on Oct. 10 or Oct. 31) Rosen Family Kitchen – 1342 Congress St., Portland Tuition: $135/JCA members, $150/General public, plus $50 ingredients fee 5 student minimum Registration deadline: Monday, September 18

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Explore the world of vegetarian Jewish cooking with foodie and cookbook author Margaret Hathaway! From Moscow to Marrakesh, we’ll visit a new region of diaspora cooking in each of the course’s six sessions. In every class, we’ll make three dishes: bread/salad, main course, and dessert, and we’ll end each session sharing the meal we’ve created. Participants will receive a packet of recipes and resources for further culinary exploration.


With Margaret Hathaway Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM 4 sessions: February 27, March 6, March 20, March 27 Rosen Family Kitchen, 1342 Congress St., Portland Tuition: $90/JCA members, $100/General public, plus $30 ingredients fee 5 student minimum Registration deadline: Friday, February 16 Bake like your bubbie in this four session class! Explore the world of Jewish baking with foodie and cookbook author Margaret Hathaway. Beginning before Purim with hamantaschen and Czech kolache, we’ll explore classic Jewish cookies, breads and cakes, and look at Ashkenazi and Sephardic variations on the same themes. Participants will leave each session with treats to take home, and with a packet of recipes and resources for further culinary exploration.

COOKING & BAKING CLASSES

Jewish Baking From Around the World

Register online for these classes by visiting www.mainejewish.org, or call (207) 772-1959

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ADULT JEWISH LEARNING

Bereisheet: A Study of the Beginning of Genesis

With Ellie Miller Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM 6 sessions: Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15 (No class: Oct. 4 and Oct. 11. Make up date: Nov. 29) Moser Family Library at the JCA Tuition: $115/JCA member, $130/General public Registration deadline: Wednesday, September 13 5 student minimum Our study will cover the first parasha (portion) of the book of Bereisheet (Genesis), 1:1-6:8 which takes us through two different versions of the story of creation, on through Adam and Eve’s failure to heed God’s instruction to not eat from the Tree of Knowledge, through the murder of Cain by his brother Abel and on into the introduction of Noah. We’ll look at a combination of text and commentary to think about and discuss what important messages are contained in these stories for the ancients and for us. Required text: Any edition of the Jewish Bible (Tanakh). Supplementary readings will be provided.

The Book of Ruth

With Ellie Miller Tuesdays, 9:00 – 10:30 AM 6 sessions: Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Nov. 21 (Make up date: Nov. 28) Moser Family Library at the JCA Tuition: $115/JCA member, $130/General public Registration deadline: Tuesday, October 3 5 student minimum

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The Book of Ruth, read on the spring festival of Shavuot, has much to say about the lot of a woman alone in the ancient world and how Torah laws sought to protect her. It is also a story of the resolve of women, of love and caring, of inclusivity, of the perception of worthiness, and of human determination. We’ll explore all of these themes as they are grounded within the text, and from the vantage point of ancient and modern commentators. Required text: Any edition of the Book of Ruth or the Jewish Bible (Tanakh).


With Ellie & Charlie Miller Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM 6 sessions: Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Nov. 21 (Make up date: November 28) Moser Family Library at the JCA Tuition: $115/JCA member, $130/General public Registration deadline: Tuesday, October 3 5 student minimum

Mishpatim – this parasha (Torah portion), Shemot (Exodus) 21:1-24:18 contains more laws than any other parasha in the Torah, 53 to be exact. These laws include rules pertaining to negligence, damages, loans and justice by the courts. While other themes run through the text, in this class, we’ll look at the theme of law in the parasha and connections that might be made between Torah laws and their influence on modern societal norms and laws. Ellie Miller, long time educator, will teach this class together with her husband, Charlie, a real estate attorney now of counsel with Bernstein Shur. Required text: Any edition of the Jewish Bible (Tanakh). Supplementary readings will be provided.

ADULT JEWISH LEARNING

Mishpatim: The Convergence of Biblical and Secular Approaches to Law

American Jewish History

With historian and poet Anna Bat Chai Wrobel Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM 10 sessions: December 5, 12, 19; January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13 Moser Family Library at the JCA Tuition: $190/JCA member, $205/General public Registration deadline: Tuesday, November 21 6 student minimum An overview of Jews in American historical contexts from colonial to modern eras with a major focus on 20th century and contemporary events. The culminating feature will be comparative personal and family narratives of our individual “American Jewish histories” contextualized in a variety of time-frames, regions and social conditions. Primary and secondary sources will be used in class.

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ADULT JEWISH LEARNING

Jewish Values: Searching for Personal Meaning

With Ellie Miller Tuesdays, 9:00 – 10:30 AM 8 sessions: Jan. 9, Jan. 16, Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 27, March 6 (No class: Feb. 20. Make up date: March 20) Moser Family Library at the JCA Tuition: $150/JCA member, $165/General public Registration deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 26. 5 student minimum Why be Jewish? What are the values of the Jewish way of life? Our text for addressing these big topics is, A Letter in the Scroll: Understanding our Jewish Identity and Exploring the Legacy of the World’s Oldest Religion by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of Britain. Rabbi Sacks wrote this volume as a wedding gift for his son and daughter in law. While Rabbi Sacks acknowledges the impact of the multiple tragedies the Jewish people has experienced over the millennia, his message focuses on the beauty and strength of Judaism and his central theme is that “Judaism is not a theory, a system, a set of speculative propositions, an ‘ism.’ It is a call, and it bears our name.” Required text: A Letter in the Scroll: Understanding our Jewish Identity and Exploring the Legacy of the World’s Oldest Religion by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

The Passover Haggadah

With Ellie Miller Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM 6 sessions: Jan. 10, Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14 (Make up date: Feb. 28) Moser Family Library at the JCA Tuition: $115/JCA member, $130/General public Registration deadline: Wednesday, December 27. 5 student minimum

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There are many messages contained in the text we use to guide our seder celebrations at Passover. Some of us use classic haggadot with their strong relationship to ancient texts (Talmudic and biblical) while others are compelled by the overarching theme of inclusion and caring for the stranger. In this class we’ll explore both themes, look for meanings ancient and modern, and provide some “how to” instruction on how to conduct a meaningful seder. Class readings will be provided.


With Orly Kahn Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM 6 sessions: March 21, March 28, April 11, April 25, May 2, May 9 (No class: April 4, April 18. Make up date: May 16) Moser Family Library at the JCA Tuition: $135/JCA member, $150/General public Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 7 5 student minimum In this class, students will practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking Hebrew. Various Israeli and Jewish cultural references will be used to contextualize weekly themes. Recognition of Hebrew letters and ability to sound out words in Hebrew are required. Students will need to obtain a copy of the book, Brandeis Modern Hebrew: Hebrew in Context by Vardit Ringvald.

ADULT JEWISH LEARNING

Introduction to Contemporary Hebrew

You Shall Be Holy: Practical Jewish Ethics

With Abby Halpern Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM 9 sessions: October 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14, 21 (No class: November 23) First Parish Unitarian Church, 9 Cleaveland Street, Brunswick Tuition: $170/JCA member, $185/General public Registration deadline: Wednesday, October 4 8 student minimum This nine-week course will explore practical ethics from a Jewish perspective. We’ll begin with the foundation of Jewish ethics, the injunction to love your neighbor as yourself. This ideal is tempered by a realistic view of human nature. Ethical topics include: judging others fairly; gratitude; repentance and forgiveness; the struggle to control anger, envy, hatred, and revenge; and fair speech, including lashon hara (evil tongue), criticism, and lies. We’ll conclude with a discussion of the role of God in ethics and the mitzvah (good deed) of Torah study, whose ultimate purpose is ethical action. Required text: A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

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ADULT JEWISH LEARNING

Secrets of the Jewish Calendar: An Exploration of the Stories Behind Our Rituals With Josh Pernick, Rabbinical Intern at Congregation Sha’arey Tphiloh Sundays, 10:30 – 11:30 AM Moser Family Library at the JCA Free and open to the public. Come for one or all of the sessions. Sign up via jca@mainejewish.org or (207) 772-1959

• September 24 - The Competing Narratives of the Shofar We blow the shofar (ram’s horn) on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but why? Where does this ritual stem from, and what does it symbolize? We will explore the competing meanings and interpretations behind this simple ritual object. • October 22 - Drawing Water from the Well of Salvation Water is both a source of life and death in our tradition. Within the past couple of weeks we have both celebrated water and have recalled its destructive power. We will explore the power of water and the role that it plays in our tradition. • November 19 - The Waning and Waxing Moon This day is Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the month of Kislev! In honor of the new month, we will explore the significance of the moon in our tradition, a symbol representative of femininity, rebirth and more which plays a central role in our liturgy and ritual practice. • December 17 - Publicizing the Miracle: For Whom? One of the more well-known rituals of our holiday of Hanukkah is the placing of the candles in the window to publicize the miracle. For a tradition built on a narrative of miracles, why is the command to publicize specifically associated with the holiday of Hanukkah? We will explore the centrality of publicity to the holiday of Hanukkah, as well as what may be the core underlying question of the holiday: what is the miracle that we are celebrating anyway?

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With Sharon Ash Tancredi Three Wednesday sessions: September 13, September 27 & October 11 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Moser Family Library at the JCA Sharon Ash Tancredi is teaching players who are familiar with the game and the card how to play two hands simultaneously in pairs! Play is mentally stimulating and fun! For more information, contact sharon@ashtancredi.com.

Open Mah Jongg

Wednesday mornings, 9:00 AM – 1:00 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 Join us on Wednesday mornings beginning this fall for drop-in, open play from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM in the JCA Library. Bring your set if you have one, your 2017 National Mah Jongg League card, and a brown bag lunch.

CLUBS, GROUPS & GATHERINGS

Siamese Mah Jongg Lessons

National Mah Jongg League 2018 Card Order

Every year the National Mah Jongg League creates a new set of winning hands. This year, our Mah Jongg Volunteer Chairperson Chichi Levine will be coordinating a group order of cards. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the JCA. Cards will be mailed directly to you in March. Prices for this year’s league cards will be set in October and orders will be due by December 31, 2017. Chichi will be collecting orders starting in October once the prices have been set.

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CLUBS, GROUPS & GATHERINGS

Fabric Arts Club

Weekly, Thursdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See JCA website calendar or contact the front desk for cancellations or holiday closures. Moser Family Library at the JCA Free for JCA members, $5/General public. Please sign in with the front desk. Bring your current knitting and crocheting projects, and craft together with old and new friends.

Community Event

Southern Maine Hillel Community Event in the “Dwelling Place” Sukkah Thursday, October 5, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, rain or shine JCA Lawn (behind the building) - 1342 Congress St., Portland Students, Hillel supporters and community members are invited to join the Southern Maine Hillel for an evening of music by Rabbi Sruli Dresdner and Lisa Mayer and kosher Israeli food. Wear weather-appropriate clothes to be outside. This will be the seventh and final year of this Abromson award-winning sukkah installation which will be in place and welcoming visitors to enjoy, behind the JCA from October 1-15, 2017. More information about the sukkah at www.asherahcinnamon.com. To RSVP for the event, email so.me.hillel@gmail.com.

Israeli Folk Dancing

Led by Orly Kahn Two Saturday night sessions: October 21, 7:30 – 9:00 PM December 16, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Free for JCA members, $5/General public. Please sign in at the JCA front desk. All levels and abilities are welcome! Our focus will be classic beginner dances. Come dance the hora and learn some new moves.

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Monday, September 18, 10:00 AM Sheri Fistal will lead a challah baking workshop to make mini-round challahs! Jewish Family Services aims to bake 30 challahs for delivery to members of our senior community living in assisted living and nursing homes. Please join us for an excellent mitzvah (good deed) to start the New Year!

Stuff-A-Truck: Diaper Drive

Sunday, September 24, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Join Jewish Family Services and Two Men And A Truck as we kick off Diaper Need Awareness Week and aim to fill a truck with diapers to be distributed to members of our community. Bring the whole family to enjoy great food, entertainment, and fun activities for all ages!

National Diaper Need Awareness Week

September 25 - October 1 Diaper Need Awareness Week is an initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) created to mobilize efforts to help make a difference in the lives of the nearly 5.2 million babies in the U.S. aged three or younger who live in poor or low-income families. Together, we will wipe out diaper need.

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES

Mini Challah Baking for Rosh Hashanah Care Packages

Hanukkah Lights

Jewish Family Services will open this program for sponsorship and support in November. Gather your friends, family, coworkers, or Havurah group! Help Jewish Family Services (JFS) provide winter clothing and presents to local families during the Hanukkah season. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice tzedakah (righteous giving) at a local level. Last year, over 100 children received gifts and warm clothes through this program.

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day Havdalah Service

Saturday, October 14, 7:30 PM Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook St. South Portland Please join the Jewish community as we create a service to give support, love, and remembrance to those who have experienced tragedy during pregnancy or soon thereafter. Families do not have to grieve in silence. Following a brief Havdalah service (a ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat) and candle lighting recognizing family loss, families will have the opportunity to connect, share, and support one another. Child care provided upon request. Contact: kefron@mainejewish.org

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JFAMILY (CHILDREN & FAMILY PROGRAMMING)

JFAMILY - Connection, community & engagement

JFamily is a JCA program bringing families and children together around Jewish values, holidays and culture. We offer a warm welcome for families looking to connect. Our programs provide opportunities to socialize, explore, celebrate and create community.

PJ Library®

“PJ Library” and “PJ Library logo” are registered trademarks of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. All rights reserved.

With generous funding from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, every month PJ Library sends free Jewish books to families around the world raising Jewish children 6 months through 8 years old. PJ Library shares stories that celebrate Jewish values, culture, and tradition, all at no cost to families. Free Jewish chapter books for 9-11 year-olds are available at PJ Our Way. The JCA also offers special events and programs through PJ Library and JFamily. To sign up to receive free books, please contact PJ Library and JFamily Coordinator Andrea Krasker Gavin at pjlibrary@mainejewish.org or (207) 772-1959.

Jewish New Year Cheer – Care Package Delivery Tuesday, September 19, afternoon or early evening Greater Portland

Volunteer to deliver Rosh Hashanah care packages assembled by Jewish Family Services to elders in our community. Bring new year cheer with your pre-holiday visit. Respond to Andrea at 772-1959 or pjlibrary@mainejewish.org to be connected with a community member to visit.

Rosh Hashanah Havdalah

Saturday, September 23, 6:30 - 7:30 PM JCA, 1342 Congress St., Portland

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Join PJ Library and Josh Pernick, Rabbinical Intern at Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh, for stories, edible crafts and Havdalah (a brief ceremony with wine, a braided candle and special spices that mark the end of Shabbat while bringing its sweetness into the week). Pajamas welcome!


Thursday, September 28, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Greenlight Studio, 49 Dartmouth Street, Portland Greenlight Studio, Jewish Family Services and PJ Library are teaming up to celebrate Diaper Need Awareness Week! Bring diapers to donate to families in need and receive $4 off all-day admission to indoor play space Greenlight Studio. Join us between 10:30-11:30 am for story time and a craft with PJ Library. Let’s cover some bottoms and have some fun!

Sukkot Social

Tuesday, October 3rd, 5:30 - 6:30 PM JCA, 1342 Congress St., Portland Get ready for the upcoming holiday of Sukkot with a social in the sukkah (a special temporary structure). Beverages and edible sukkot craft materials provided, please bring a dairy/ vegetarian dish to share (no meat please). Pajamas and flashlights welcome!

Family Havdalah: The Story of Noah and the Flood Saturday, October 21, 6:00 - 7:00 PM JCA, 1342 Congress St., Portland

Join PJ Library and Josh Pernick, Rabbinical Intern at Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh, for stories, edible crafts and Havdalah (a brief ceremony with wine, a braided candle and special spices that mark the end of Shabbat while bringing its sweetness into the week). Pajamas welcome!

Tot Shabbat with PJ Library

JFAMILY (CHILDREN & FAMILY PROGRAMMING)

Play for a Cause

Saturday, November 4, 10:00 AM Beth Israel Congregation - Minnie Brown Center 906 Washington Street, Bath Celebrate Shabbat with songs, games and crafts. This program is designed for preschoolers and their families.

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JFAMILY (CHILDREN & FAMILY PROGRAMMING)

Shalom Baby Shower

Sunday, November 12, 9:30 - 10:30 AM JCA, 1342 Congress St., Portland Mazel Tov! PJ Library invites families who have welcomed a new child in the past year to join us to celebrate your newest family member! Please join us for a nosh and some playtime. Meet other new parents and receive a welcome gift for your child. RSVP to Andrea at 207-772-1959 or pjlibrary@mainejewish.org so we can have your child’s gift ready.

Shabbat Potluck

Friday, November 17th, 5:30 - 7:00 PM JCA, 1342 Congress St., Portland Welcome Shabbat with a community dinner and discussion of the JCA’s new JFamily program. Bring your ideas for family events and activities and a favorite dairy/vegetarian dish to share (no meat please). RSVP to Andrea at 772-1959 or akraskergavin@mainejewish.org.

Tzedakah Celebration with Jewish Family Services Thursday, December 7, 5:00 - 6:30 PM JCA, 1342 Congress St., Portland

Join us for a family tzedakah (righteous giving) party celebrating the end of this year’s Hanukkah Lights program and the power of giving in our community! Donations will also be collected for those who have sponsored a family or child through Hanukkah Lights.

Chanukah Havdalah

Saturday, December 16, 6:00 - 7:00 PM JCA, 1342 Congress St., Portland

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Join PJ Library and Josh Pernick, Rabbinical Intern at Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh, for stories, edible crafts and Havdalah (a brief ceremony with wine, a braided candle and special spices that mark the end of Shabbat while bringing its sweetness into the week). Pajamas welcome!


The following enrichment classes will also be offered and open to K-3 students within and outside of the full-time afterschool program: Monday Theater 3:45 - 4:30 PM In this class children will be introduced to the dramatic arts through games, stories, and songs. We will use our creativity to build skills like public speaking, improvisation, and teamwork and explore the many aspects of the theatre world such as sets, costumes, and music. Through the art of performance children will build confidence, develop literacy skills, and expand their understanding of storytelling!

AFTERSCHOOL AT THE J

The JCA afterschool program provides a warm, nurturing environment for Kindergarten - 3rd graders where they can expand the learning of their school day, connect with peers, and build supportive, caring relationships with talented early childhood professionals. A five day per week program, with transportation provided from Portland public elementary schools and Levey Day School, will be offered, with a developmentally appropriate curriculum that revolves around exploring the outdoors, projects, art, and Jewish values.

Crafty Kids Club 4:30 - 5:15 PM Explore the world of arts and crafts through a wide range of hands on activities. Children will be challenged to express themselves through a wide range of crafts and projects such as beading, jewelry making, scrap booking, weaving, sewing and even stained glass! With countless fun and exciting craft ideas to explore with your children, Theresa will guide them through projects they can be proud of and help them develop a love of working with their hands. Tuesday Yoga 3:45 - 4:30 PM Yoga provides children with many fun movements that allow them greater bodily awareness, and teaches them about breathing, an essential skill for future athletes, musicians, and calmer children. In this class, we will express ourselves through breath, movement, play, song, storytelling, and more. Š 2017, Greta Tucker Photography Afterschool at the J

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AFTERSCHOOL AT THE J

Tuesday continued Play with Your Food - Cooking for Kids 4:30 - 5:15 PM In this class children will use their five senses to explore a variety of familiar and less familiar foods. With a focus on where food comes from, children will deepen their understanding and curiosity about the world. Each week we will explore new recipes, building on emerging skills across the academic spectrum including literacy, math, science, and creativity. By introducing young children to food and cooking in an engaging and experiential way we hope to promote a lifetime of eating well, appreciation of the culinary arts, and environmental stewardship. Fascinated by the combination of chemistry and creativity found while in the kitchen, cooking with children provides invaluable learning opportunities. Wednesday Creative Movement 3:45 - 4:30 PM This class will introduce and provide a venue for young dancers to explore self - expression through movement! Emphasis is on beginning dance vocabulary, dance improvisation, and creating dances using a variety of themes such as stories, poetry, and music. Spanish 4:30 - 5:15 PM In this introductory Spanish course, students will be exposed to the Spanish language through songs, games, and skits. They will gain confidence speaking and listening in Spanish and learn about Spanish speakers from around the world. Thursday Science for Curious Kids 3:45 - 4:30 PM What do scientists and JCA friends have in common? They love to ask questions! This class will expose children to a variety of fun, hands-on science experiments and will encourage children to ask questions, form hypotheses, design experiments, observe, and record their observations in their very own lab notebook.

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Kids Ecology - Exploring the World Around Us 4:30 - 5:15 PM Explore animals and plants during this after school opportunity to experience nature in a unique and exciting way. We will grow our own seedlings, learn how to make treasures from recycled materials, study animals who grow from “eggs to legs,� and more! Each week we


Friday Adventures in Art 3:45 - 4:30 PM In this class children will explore a wide variety of mediums and techniques that are multisensory as well as multi themed. Each class will involve inspirations from our natural world, a variety of cultures and important art movements and artists. Each student will be empowered in their inspirations through art making. Introduction to Wild Living 4:30 - 5:15 PM Humans have been at home on planet Earth for much longer than most of us know. For most of that time, we lived without industrial technology; our ancestors used their hands to make what they needed to live from natural materials available in the wild (some people still live this way!) Zack de la Rouda of Rewild Maine will lead instruction focused on introducing the small-scale, place-based natural skills that have allowed humans to be at home on Earth for hundreds of thousands of years. Learn the basics of natural awareness, weather forecasting, animal tracking, camping/survival skills, natural shelter building, crafts like basketry, string-making, sewing and leatherwork, plant identification/foraging for wild edibles, communication, connection and much more.

AFTERSCHOOL AT THE J

will dive into a different natural science theme with hands on activities and art projects. The children will gain a greater knowledge about the lives and unique characteristics of plants and animals. This knowledge and understanding helps us to act responsibly to preserve and conserve the natural world around us.

Register online at www.mainejewish.org. For more information, contact Afterschool Director Trevor Lilly at tlilly@mainejewish.org or (207) 772-1959.

Š 2017, Greta Tucker Photography Afterschool at the J (opposite and right)

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MEMBERSHIP

You belong at the J! MEMBERSHIP The Jewish Community Alliance is dedicated to building and exploring Jewish culture and community while providing programs and services for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Membership dues provide important unrestricted support for the incredible range of activities and events offered at the “J”. Your membership is an investment in your community. We hope you’ll join us! Membership benefits: • • • • • • • • •

Discounted member pricing on many classes, programs and special events Reciprocity at JCC facilities around the country Early registration for our Goldman Family Preschool and Elementary Afterschool program Priority registration for Afterschool enrichment classes Discount for Center Day Camp fees Special opportunities for space rental and events such as birthday parties at both our Congress Street facility and at Center Day Camp on Sebago Lake in Windham Member-exclusive use of Center Day Camp waterfront on Sundays in the Summer 10% discount at Espo’s Trattoria for lunch, dinner & takeout with proof of membership Form new friendships and strengthen your ties to the community!

Other information: •

No enrollment fee

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Family $216 per year ($18 per month) Couple $180 per year ($15 per month) Single-parent Family $120 per year ($10 per month) Individual $96 per year ($8 per month) Sponsoring Member $266 ∙ $230 ∙ $170 ∙ $146 annually

MEMBERSHIP

2017-2018 Membership Rates:

Contributes an additional $50 to the membership levels listed above to provide support for reduced-fee memberships for individuals and families with financial need.

Join online at www.mainejewish.org or by contacting Program & Membership Coordinator Ethan Palm at epalm@mainejewish.org or 207-772-1959. Financial need should not be a barrier to participation in JCA programming. Please contact us to discuss discounted membership.

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Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine 1342 Congress St. Portland, ME 04102 Tel. 207-772-1959 www.mainejewish.org

OPENING CELEBRATION 1342 Congress St., Portland Sunday, September 10th 2:00 – 4:30 PM Dedication Ceremony Live Music by the Casco Bay Tummlers Building Tours . Kids Crafts Face Painting & Balloon Twisting Food Trucks on Site!

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