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    • Voices of Maine’s Lost Synagogues

      Wednesday, November 17 – 7pm
      Live virtual panel discussion with audience Q+A


      View a video of the event


      Jews have been living in Maine for 200 years, practicing in up to 30 active synagogues built to anchor Jewish communities across the state. Half of those synagogues no longer exist. Veteran ABC, CBS and CNN producer, writer, director, and media consultant Jo Dondis will bring together voices of these lost synagogues who will help tell the story of the impressive span of Maine’s Jewish community life throughout the state.

      Join us for this unique opportunity that will bring life to the exhibition on view at the Maine Jewish Museum, housed in the restored 1921 synagogue, Etz Chaim.


      Co-sponsored by The Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, and Documenting Maine Jewry.

      Voices:

      Welcome:

      Jessica Lantos, Exhibition Curator and Research Coordinator, Documenting Maine Jewry

      Moderator:

      Jo Dondis

      Panelists:

      Beth Hillson, exhibition subject and former member, Temple Israel, Old Town-Orono

      Toby Adelman, exhibition subject and former member, Aroostook Hebrew Community Center, Presque Isle

      Babs Shapiro, exhibition subject and former member, Congregation Beth Abraham, Auburn


      View a video of the event

    • Critters:
      Mythical Real & Imagined

      We are pleased to announce our collaborative exhibition with the Portland Public Library, Critters: Mythical Real & Imagined. This exhibit was curated in part by our very own Curator in Residence, Nancy Davidson, and partially sponsored by the Maine Jewish Museum.

      Critters will be on public view July 19th – August 24th in the Lewis Art Gallery, located on the lower level of the Portland Public Library. You are welcome to visit the online preview of the works HERE.

      Most of the critters are indeed for sale, and a portion of each purchase will go to the Maine Jewish Museum.

      Opening reception: To Be Determined


      View a video of the show

    • An Artist Talk With Photographer Tonee Harber

      The Maine Jewish Museum, in collaboration with the Bakery Photo Collective, invites you to a zoom-meeting artist talk on Wednesday June 16th at 7pm.

      Tonee Harbert’s work considers human intervention on the landscape. This developing series from Tonee’s year-long residency at the Roswell Art Center in New Mexico invokes history and interpretation by looking at what remains from scenarios that once held meaning or utility. Harbert grew up in Oregon, and has lived most of his life in Maine. His photography has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery, Portland Museum of Art, Farnsworth Art Museum, Danforth Museum of Art, ICA at Maine College of Art, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. He’s been awarded a New England Emmy award, and his work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and in books and motion pictures. He is currently based in Roswell, NM.

      Click Here to Register


      The Bakery Photo Collective is 501-c3 not-for-profit digital and analog photofinishing facility dedicated to persevering the art
      of photography. Their mission is to provide state of the art resources to the public and their members to assist in creating art, honing skills and inspiring others.


      Photograph: Untitled (Forest Fire) Tonee Harbert

    • Fighting White Supremacy in 2021: From Charlottesville to the Capitol

      Tuesday, May 25, 2021 — 7:00 p.m. EST

      Presented by the JCA’s Community Relations Council

      From the Charlottesville violence to the Capitol insurrection to the shootings in Atlanta targeting the Asian American community, hate crimes and domestic extremism are at record levels — and we’re facing a dangerous and dire threat of white supremacy.

      On Tuesday, May 25th, join us for a critical conversation with Integrity First for America’s Amy Spitalnick on their groundbreaking Charlottesville suit and how we can fight back against the rising tide of violent hate.

    • Conscience and Courage: Frances Perkins and Feng Shan Ho

      Little Known Heroes Who Saved Lives
      Sunday, April 25, 2021 — 2:00 p.m. EST
      Co-sponsored by the Maine Jewish Museum (MJM) and the Michael Klahr Holocaustand Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC)