September 23, 2020 - 5 Tishri 5781
Last week we celebrated the new year, and mourned the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg z’l. Justice Ginsburg was outspoken throughout her life about the way that her Jewish identity and values impacted her choices and her work. In addition to her formidable intellect and kindness, Justice Ginsburg gained recognition for her strength of purpose and perseverance in the face of long odds. Her legacy is not only a changed legal framework, particularly related to gender equality, but also the inspiration to follow the Torah’s edict, “Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof”; “Justice, Justice shall you pursue”. If you haven’t read the PJ Library book “I Dissent,” we recommend it highly. And on October 7th, The Jewish Book Council is holding a free discussion, A Unique Portrait: Jeffrey Rosen and Dahlia Lithwick on Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

In a time of continued upheaval, we take comfort in what is familiar: the turning of the leaves, the chill in the air, the taste of apples and honey, and the release of the Annual Report and Yearbook. The return of students to the Goldman Family Preschool and our new cohort of “J All Day” elementary kids over the past two weeks has brought renewed noise and energy to our building. It is a joy to watch them playing and learning together safely! 

This is National Diaper Need Awareness Week, and tonight we’ll celebrate with a drive-through Diaper drive! If you can’t make it in person, please consider a donation to help us reach our goal of 10,000 diapers, all of which will be distributed throughout our community to little ones who really need them.

We hope you were able to enjoy some sweetness on this Rosh Hashanah. If you are looking for a Yom Kippur service or other ways to mark this special time, please check out our High Holy Day guide, which lists many events and activities still to come over the next week throughout the state.
 
Shana tova u’metukah – a good and sweet new year.  

Molly Curren Rowles
Executive Director
MAY HER MEMORY BE A BLESSING
A Unique Portrait: Jeffrey Rosen and Dahlia Lithwick on Ruth Bader Ginsburg  
A free Zoom conversation presented as part of the JCA’s membership in the Jewish Book Council Network 
Weds., October 7, 2020, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Suggested donations of $10/household will be gratefully accepted.  

Join Jewish Book Council and the JCA for a very special conversation with Jeffrey Rosen and Dahlia Lithwick about Rosen’s new book, Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law.

In Conversations with RBG, Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, a law professor at George Washington University, and a contributing editor at ​The Atlantic, presents a unique portrait of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, drawing on twenty years of conversations starting in the 1990s and continuing through the Trump era.

Advanced registration required: 
JOIN US TONIGHT!
Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services
4th Annual Stuff-A-Truck Parade!
Wednesday, September 23, 6:00 PM
1342 Congress Street, Portland

KJFS hopes to collect 10,000 diapers to support local families experiencing diaper need and we need YOUR help!

Please join us, PJ Library, Brie’s Best Guests and more while you safely drop-off your diaper donations and enjoy a leisurely drive through the JCA parking lot! We’ll have special guests to greet you and activities to take home. We can’t wait to see you!

BOOK FESTIVAL IN YOUR LIVING ROOM - LIVE!
Presented by the JCA in partnership with
the JCC Literary Consortium and MJCCA - Atlanta
JODI PICOULT, The Book of Two Ways: A Novel - In Conversation with Judy Blume

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A 
Weds., September 23, 8:00 PM EST 
 
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a riveting novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives.Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. Thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw 15 years ago: Wyatt Armstrong

Tickets: $36 includes one copy of The Book of Two Ways. Includes shipping –  
 DEEPAK CHOPRA - Total Meditation: Practices In Living the Awakened Life 
With guest host Nadia Bilchik, CNN Editorial Producer

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A 
Weds., September 30 | 8:00 PM EST 
 
Join New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra as he guides you on how to wake up to new levels of awareness that will ultimately cultivate a clear vision, heal suffering in your mind and body, and help recover who you really are. 
Dr. Chopra will be leading a short meditation. 

Tickets: $31 includes one signed copy of book (includes shipping): 
CASEY CEP - Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee  

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A 
Tuesday, October 6 8:00 PM EST 
 
One of President Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2019, a New York Times bestseller and named one of the best books of 2019 by Time, Glamour, O Magazine, Town and Country and more, Casey Cep brings to life a courtroom drama, a true-crime thriller and a miniature biography of Harper Lee.

Tickets: $11 /event access, or $24 for one event ticket and paperback copy of book (includes shipping): 
JCA PROGRAMS
The Radical Right & Anti-Semitism with Mark Potok 
A free online discussion presented by the Maine Jewish Film Festival, Holocaust and Human Rights Center, Maine Jewish Museum, and the JCA 
Weds. October 7th at 7:00 PM 
 
Sign up and you will receive an email with a special link so you can join the conversation with Mark Potok, formerly of the Southern Law Poverty Center. The Zoom link will be sent on Wednesday, October 7th at 5:00 PM. 

Advanced registration required by Tuesday, Oct. 6th via MJFF at: 
JCA Online Book Group discusses The Book of V. by Anna Solomon 
Facilitated by Fionna Nilsson 
Thursday, October 15th at 7:00 PM 
 
Join the JCA Book Group for a virtual discussion of The Book of V. by Anna Solomon, facilitated by Fionna Nilsson via Zoom. *This is a meeting of the JCA book club. Please note that we will be hosting Anna Solomon for an author talk on her book live via Zoom in February 2021. 

Book group participation is free. The book is available locally at Longfellow Books. 

Advanced registration required by Weds. 10/14 to receive the Zoom session link. 
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
A Family High Holiday Experience 
With Cantor Sheila Nesis 
Presented by the
Center for Small Town Jewish Life 
Friday, September 25th, 6:00 - 6:30 PM 

Led by Cantor Sheila Nesis, we will share in a moment of meaning, music, joy, and connection! This service is not an adult service; this service is not a children’s service. This experience is for parents, children, adults, grandparents, and all those who wish to find a way to share in an intergenerational moment of connection. Feel free to invite grandparents or other extended family members who do not live close to you! A good New Year starts with connection, and screens won’t stop us from creating that bond! 

Register for the Zoom link:
A Moment of Healing 
With Cantor Sheila Nesis 
Presented by the Center for Small Town Jewish Life 
Sunday, October 11th at 4 PM 

Prayers, music, and the warm embrace of friends help us to renew our sense of hope, strength, and healing. This healing journey is for those who are struggling with physical or spiritual health, for those struggling with sadness and grief, and for caregivers who seek inspiration as they pray for the welfare of loved ones. This is a time to bring healing to our community as we end the High Holidays season together. 

Register for the Zoom link at 
AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD
ADL ‘Fighting Hate from Home’ WEBINAR: 

The Impact of the Israel/United Arab Emirates Peace Accord, With UAE Ambassador 
Yousef Al Otaiba 
Thursday, September 24th at 2 PM EST 
 
Please join us for a conversation with UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba to explore the backstory, motivations, significance and way forward for this important diplomatic breakthrough toward Arab-Israeli understanding. The agreement has implications for the two-state solution, regional security and cooperation against global threats such as bigotry, violent extremism and the current pandemic. 

Register at: 
Still Small Voice: Talking about God in the Midst of a Plague 
With Abigail Pogrebin 
Presented by The Forward
Thursday, October 1st at 12 PM  

Abigail Pogrebin, author and Forward contributor, will be joined by four of the 18 rabbis she interviewed for our recent series on God: David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, Angela Buchdahl of Manhattan’s Central Synagogue, David Ingber of Manhattan’s Romemu and Laura Shaw Frank of AJC. The talk will be moderated by Jodi Rudoren, and will be recorded and sent to registrants.  

Register here: 
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