December 30, 2020 - 15 Tevet 5781
The JCA presents Book Festival in Your Living Room 
In partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium and the Atlanta JCC 
ERICA KATZ - The Boys’ Club: A Novel 
Thursday, January 14th | 8 PM ET 
Sweetbitter meets The Firm in this buzzy, page-turning debut novel—already optioned to Netflix—about sex and power in the halls of corporate America. 

Tickets: $6 – virtual ticket, or $35 – one virtual ticket and one copy of the book (including shipping)
SCOTT TUROW - The Last Trial 
Wednesday, January 27th | 8 PM ET 
Two formidable men collide in this "first-class legal thriller" and New York Times bestseller about a celebrated criminal defense lawyer and the prosecution of his lifelong friend -- a doctor accused of murder (-David Baldacci). 
At eighty-five years old, Alejandro "Sandy" Stern, a brilliant defense lawyer with his health failing but spirit intact, is on the brink of retirement. But when his old friend Dr. Kiril Pafko, a former Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, is faced with charges of insider trading, fraud, and murder, his entire life's work is put in jeopardy, and Stern decides to take on one last trial. 

Tickets: $11 – virtual ticket, or $25 – one virtual ticket and one paperback copy of the book (including shipping)
The Osher Marin JCC has partnered with JCCs across the country to create the National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance, offering an array of interesting, engaging and educational programs for continued growth and learning, including entertaining classes and workshops, enriching discussions, and cultural trips.
See the complete schedule here.
A portion of the proceeds benefit the JCA.
Four Monday sessions on Zoom
January 4, 11, 18, 25 | 2:00-3:15 PM EST

Would you still like to travel? Now you can without leaving your home – just stay still! Let us whisk you away for an "armchair adventure" on an interesting, educational, fun and live, guided group tour in a destination beyond your front door.
Our virtual itinerary includes:
• Jan. 4 - Historical Overview & the Alcazar
• Jan. 11 - The Cathedral & Giralda
• Jan. 18 - Barrio Santa Cruz & Jewish Seville
• Jan. 25 - Modern Seville 
Join us for the full series or for single visits - whatever works best for you!
$15/single session, or $50 for the series.

Please select “ME - JCA of Southern Maine - Portland” when asked through which program partner you learned about this event.
MUSIC & MORSELS: Classical Elegance for the New Year
Wed, Jan 6th | 4:00-5:00 PM EST 
Free up to 72 hours before event, then $8-$15 tickets 

Bring your dessert and coffee or cocktail and a nosh, and take your front-row seat for a beautiful and interesting live musical event with insights into each piece of the program! Pianist Ian Scarfe brings a special New Year's program featuring the most refined and elegant of classical masters - sonatas by Franz Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Scarfe will give a breakdown of the history and context of the sonatas, offering a kind of "listening guide" to these incredible works. After the program, stay for live Q&A with our guest artist.  
Please select “ME - JCA of Southern Maine - Portland” when asked through which program partner you learned about this event.  
Four Thursday sessions on Zoom 
January 7, 14, 21, 28 | 4:00-5:30 PM EST  

Let JCC Program Director and Broadway/opera instructor James Sokol sneak you in the stage door to go “backstage” on Broadway! Meet special guest theater professionals – who bring unique expertise, experiences and insights to the discussion – at our exclusive, live, behind-the-scenes visits. Photos/video clips (when available) will enrich the experience. Come learn, off-stage, what makes the magic happen on-stage! January guests include:  
• Jan. 7 - Randy Graff – The Veteran  
• Jan. 14 - Kelli Barrett – The One to Watch  
• Jan. 21 - James Moye – The Actor/Director  
• Jan. 28 - Carolee Carmello - The "Go to Gal"   
Join us for the full series or for single visits - whatever works best for you!  
$15/single session, or $50 for the series. 

Please select “ME - JCA of Southern Maine - Portland” when asked through which program partner you learned about this event. 
A 4-session online course with Anna Wrobel 
Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20, 27  | 10 - 11 AM 
Suggested tuition: $50 

This course examines American Jewish history in the last hundred years or so. Key themes are historically contextualized including, but not limited to, migration, labor, antisemitism, Israel, the Shoah, and cultural influence. 
The class has been adapted to a Zoom format; each session will last one hour, and while Anna will cite primary sources, there will be less focus on in-class analysis of documents. Time is divided between lecture-style presentation and inquiry-based discussion constructed upon the questions and commentaries of the group. Personal and family histories bearing on the discourse are welcome. Past participation in American Jewish History - Part I is not required. 

Advanced registration required by TODAY - Weds. Dec. 30th  
Registered students will receive the Zoom class link on Monday, Jan. 4th. 
A 6-session online course with Ellie Miller
Tuesday mornings, Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16 
10:00-11:15 AM | Suggested tuition: $72 

How did Moses’ leadership of the Israelites evolve over 40 years in the Biblical narrative? What were the influences that impacted change in his leadership and style: External politics? Shifting dynamics among the people Israel? Competition for leadership roles from within? Changing demographics? In this class we’ll examine a number of incidents from Exodus through Deuteronomy that show how Moses responded to every day demands and to crisis. We’ll have the opportunity to analogize between realities of Moses’ time and our own through text and commentaries. A text of the Hebrew Bible is required - all translations are appropriate. 

Advanced registration required by Tuesday, Jan. 5th.
Registered students will receive the Zoom class link on Friday, Jan. 8
An online study group facilitated by Ellie Miller 
Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:00 AM 

Join us for the continuation of our journey through Genesis, as we engage in a careful reading of every word of the text. We focus on language and structure along with the tales the text imparts. Join the group each week by using the Zoom link below.

We will not be able to admit late arrivals to the meetings. 
To join the study group email list and to get schedule updates, contact Diane Newman
With JCA instructor Ashley Flowers
Classes are $5/session.

  • Monday - 5:30 PM - Evening Yoga 
  • Tuesday - 11:30 AM - Midday Yoga 
  • Wednesday - 9:00 AM - Rise & Flow Yoga 
  • Thursday - 10:15 AM - Midday Yoga 
  • Friday - 9:00 AM - Rise & Flow Yoga 

Visit Ashley’s website for the complete class schedule and to register:
OPENING THE INNER EYE: An Introduction to Mysticism, Inside and Outside of the World’s Religions 
With Dana Sawyer, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy & Religion, MECA 
Presented by ChIME – the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine 
Mondays | 6:00-7:30 PM

  • Asian Mystical Traditions - Jan. 11, 18, 25 
  • Abrahamic Mystical Traditions – Feb. 22; March 1, 8 
  • Mysticism Today - April 5, 12, 19 

Each 3-part lecture is $50, or $125 for all three.  
Free online sessions with Barbara Merson
Sundays, weekly - starting Jan. 10th
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Looking for a fun way to get some exercise this winter?
Join us on Sundays on Zoom for a free Israeli dance class. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome! Each class will start with a review of beginner and classic Israeli dances. The last part of class will focus on a (slightly) more difficult dance and requests. You will be amazed at how quickly you will learn and how good it will feel to move! Instructor Barbara Merson is a highly experienced Israeli dance teacher with a very wide repertoire. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and have some water handy. For more information, schedule updates, and to participate, contact Barbara at the link below.
Presented by the Consulate General of Israel to New England

The Hebrew language was practically dead for 2000 years. It was revived almost singlehandedly by one man, Eliezer Ben Yehuda. Join us for a four-part online series that explores this unprecedented linguistic miracle:

  • Jan. 5th | 1 PM EST - My Grandfather, the Prophet with Gil Hovav
  • Jan 14th | 6:00 PM - Do Israelis Really Speak Hebrew? With Ghil'ad Zuckermann
  • Jan 21st | 6:00 PM - Text and the City - Learning Hebrew in the Street with Guy Sharett
  • Feb 1st | 1:00 PM - Pajamas in Paradise - The Iranian Connection with Thamar E. Gindin
NAVIGATING THE MEDIA: Always Consider the Source 
Hosted by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with Prosserman JCC’s Virtual J platform 
Weds. January 6th | 7:30 PM EST 

In today’s media maze, it can be challenging to understand the reliability of the content. Media literacy, recognizing misinformation/disinformation and fake news, has become more important than ever. International expert, Emmy Award-winning freelance journalist and Assistant Director at Trusting News, Lynn Walsh and moderator, retired CBS News White House Correspondent, Peter Maer will present and discuss this important topic. 
Create a free account at then go to the Live Stream section and select the session you’re interested in. You can also use the Search tool at the top right to find Navigating the Media. 
Hartman@Home Online Learning
From the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem

Weds., Jan. 6th | 12:30 PM EST – From Left to Right: The Importance of Jewish Political Diversity with Yehuda Kurtzer and author Nancy Sinkoff 

Weds., Jan. 6th | 8:00 PM EST - The Texts & Topics Shaping Modern Jewish Life Four-part series exploring The New Jewish Canon anthology with Yehuda Kurtzer, Mijal Bitton, David Zvi Kalman and Elana Stein Hain. 

Thursday, Jan. 14th | 12:00 PM EST – From Election to Inauguration and Beyond 

Sunday, Jan. 24th | 10:00 AM EST – The Wondering Jew: Israel & the Search for Jewish Identity with Micah Goodman 
Presented by the Temple Emanuel Streicker Center 
Thursday, January 14th | 6:30 PM EST 

In The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between, the hosts of iTunes’ most popular Jewish podcast, Unorthodox, take one-stop Jewish information shoppers on a cheeky romp where Judah Maccabee was a “kickass priest,” Jews composed the soundtrack for Christmas and the definition of a shonde is Bernie Madoff. With Stephanie Butnick, deputy editor of Tablet and host of the Unorthodox podcast, Liel Leibovitz, senior writer for Tablet and author of six books, and Mark Oppenheimer, former Beliefs columnist for the New York Times
January 16 - 18 
Registration is open through December 31 for the first-ever Keshet Virtual Shabbaton. This program is open to LGBTQ teens and allies, grades 8-12. The program will take place January 16 (after Shabbat) to January 18. Led by teens, for teens, this space offers LGBTQ and ally Jewish youth, ages 13 – 18, the chance to build meaningful friendships with peers from across the United States.  
The JCA’s mission is to enhance and promote Jewish life and continuity locally, in Israel and throughout the world, and to generate the financial resources to develop, provide and support diverse programs, education and services in order to accomplish these goals.

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