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Programs And Events

    • One More Miracle : Book Launch

      Thursday, September 28 – 7 – 8:00 PM

      Join us as author Joshua Harnik discusses his new historical novel, One More Miracle, about a teenage boy who escapes the Nazis and takes a harrowing journey across the continent toward a new life on an Israeli kibbutz. Joshua is the husband of artist Magi Leland, whose current MJM exhibition, Lifeline – Family Trees, honors Harnik’s family. Autographed copies of the novel will be available for purchase.

    • Jerusalem Quartet

      Saturday, October 7 2023 3 PM


      The Jerusalem Quartet is renowned for their remarkable individual versatility in addition to their exceptional musical teamwork. Their seamless blend and richly characterized performances make them an audience favorite worldwide. The ensemble revels in a warm, full, human, sound that spans high and low voices, giving the quartet a balanced relationship between individual expression and a transparent and respectful presentation of the composers’ work.

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    • Hadassah X MJM Book Group

      Tuesday, October 10 2023 – 10 am -11:30 am

      For the second year in a row, Hadassah and MJM are combining forces in our joint Book Group. This month, we will be discussing Memento Park by Mark Sarvas. In this book — winner of the 2019 Associaton of Jewish Libraries Fiction Award and finalist for the 2019 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature — a son learns more about his father than he ever could have imagined when a mysterious piece of art he believes was looted from his family in Hungary during the Holocaust is unexpectedly restored to him.

    • A Song and a Prayer – Maine Cantors and Musicians in Concert

      Sunday, October 22, 2023
      3 – 4:00 PM (reception to follow)
      $18/ticket — registration info. coming soon!

      In honor of our NEW cantorial exhibit, we invite you to join us for a live concert of cantorial music at the Maine Jewish Museum.

      Here in Maine, we are fortunate to have ordained cantors, lay leaders who serve as cantors, choirs who have performed cantorial music, and even a composer who continues to write this music today. A Song and a Prayer: Maine Cantors and Musicians in Concert brings them all together for a singular musical and spiritual encounter in a magnifcent, century-old historical synagogue building.

    • Self-Portrait with Ghosts of the Diaspora: A Poetry Reading and Book Launch

      Thursday, October 26 2023 6-7 PM

      Join poets Stuart Kestenbaum, Yael Grunseit and Meghan Sterling for the launch of Meghan Sterling’s poetry collection, Self-Portrait with Ghosts of the Diaspora. Poetry! Refreshments! Celebration!

    • Mayo Street Arts X MJM: Trio Sefardi Does Portland!

      Trio Sefardi
      Thursday – November 9 2023 -7 – 8:30 pm
      Mayo Street Arts

      “La Nona Kanta” with Trio Sefardi
      Saturday – November 11 2023 -7 – 8:15 pm
      Maine Jewish Museum

      Trio Sefardi, a Northern Virginia-based ensemble, performs traditional songs of the Sephardim, the descendants of Jews exiled from Spain in 1492. Their repertoire draws on the song traditions of Sephardic communities from the former Yugoslavia, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, and North Africa, with a special emphasis on traditional and original songs they learned from their mentor, Bosnian-born singer/composer and 2002 National Heritage awardee Flory Jagoda.

      And now, for the first time, Trio Sefardi will be performing in Portland in partnership with Mayo Street Arts and MJM!

    • Hadassah X MJM Book Group

      Wednesday – November 8 2022 – 10 am -11:30 am

      Bookworms take note: the Portland Hadassah Book Group has combined forces with the Maine Jewish Museum! The NEW Portland Hadassah X MJM Book Group will meet at the Museum from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM on the second Tuesday of the month through May. For our next meeting on December 13, we will be discussing Danielle Shiva’s The Cellist. Join us for book-centered camaraderie and stimulating conversation — the coffee will be percolating and there will be yummy breakfast food.

    • Lowry's Lodge Holiday Reading

      Sunday, December 17 – 3 – 5:00 PM

      Cozy up and settle into early winter’s season of lights with celebrated Maine poets and Lowry’s Lodge founders Anna Wrobel and Jim Donnelly at the Maine Jewish Museum! We will begin the evening with a reading by a Featured Poet (TBD) followed by an Open Poetry Hour. Some snacks, some seltzer, a chorus of voices, and CHOCOLATE, of course — could there be a better way to share the light?

    • Writing to Keep the Dead Alive: Motherhood and Modern Jewish Identity in Poetry

      A Generative Workshop and Reading with Meghan Sterling

      Thursday, January 18 2024 4-6 PM

      How does our cultural identity influence our lives? Our art? Our ability to parent? How do we preserve the memory of our ancestors while living modern lives? In this workshop, poet Meghan Sterling will work with participants to craft poems drawing from their heritage, their cultural identity and their questions about what it all means. Learn about how poetry can help us claim and honor ours and our families’ pasts without brushing the hardships under the rug. Bring a family photo (or two) and/or an object that brings up a memory of your heritage.

      After the workshop, Sterling will read from her recent collections, View from a Borrowed Field (Paul Nemser Poetry Prize Winner, Lily Poetry Review, 2023), Self-Portrait with Ghosts of the Diaspora (Harbor Editions, 2023) and Comfort the Mourners (Everybody Press, 2023).

      Registration coming soon

    • The Wandering Radiance: Selected Poems of Hilde Domin(translated by Mark S. Burrows) - Book Launch

      Sunday, February 4, 2024 3 – 4 PM

      Join translator Mark S. Burrows at the Maine Jewish Museum for a fascinating discussion of the recently published The Wandering Radiance: Selected Poems of Hilde Domin. Domin is among the most beloved and widely recognized writers of post-war Germany, though until now she has been relatively unknown among English readers.