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Jewish Community Alliance Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: To strengthen jewish life, serve as a common meeting ground, & enhance the quality of life of the entire community. To provide the place in the tradition of our heritage where all people come together throughout their lives, to enhance body, mind & spirit, in an environment of fun, harmony & friendship.

Programs: Early childhood education center - provides high quality learning experiences that promote school success in the following areas: social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children up to six years of age. The jewish community alliance provides a developmentally appropriate educational program which ensures young children are ready to learn and are prepared for school. This program is based on the principles of child development. Program services include year round day care, pre-school, summer camp, and enrichment programs.

sports & recreation - provides high quality sports & recreation programs for children such as flag football, soccer, basketball, swim team, summer sports camps, dance instruction, swim instruction, and tennis instruction. Facility includes full size indoor gymnasium, three indoor racquetball courts, seven tennis courts, both indoor and outdoor pools. Adult sports & recreational programs include men's and women's tennis teams, men's basketball leagues, dance instruction, and tennis instruction.

summer camp - the jca summer camp program provides high quality summer day camp for children ages 5 to 14. Activities include sports, arts & crafts, swim lessons and free swim. Campers have access to facility including full size indoor gymnasium, outdoor pools, racquetball courts, pottery/arts & crafts studio and several outdoor playgrounds.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As parents, Margaret and I teach our three girls that life is about choices. For better or worse, what we choose to do with our time, talent, and money defines us. Giving financially is important ' it's something that we strongly believe in'but we feel that giving of ourselves is even more important. When we were growing up, our parents set the example of service. Whether it was Margaret's dad taking on the thankless task of running for the State House as a Democrat in Kansas, or my mother breaking ground as the first female President of Temple Beth El in Augusta, we learned from our families. I can't remember a time when my dad wasn't serving on one volunteer board or another. This was something that they, in turn, had learned from their parents: when our daughter was in the Toddler Room at the JCA, every day we would say good morning to the portrait in the hall of my grandfather, Joe Schatz, who served as President of Portland's JCC between 1966-1968.

More than a decade ago, we made the choice to leave our careers in New York City and return to Maine. We have a small farm, and we raise our daughters with the example of hard work and responsibility. Service, to our community and our beliefs, is a big part of our family life. We are proud to play an active part in Maine's Jewish community, a legacy that stretches back five generations in my family. Whether we are serving on the board of Levey Day School, leading the Mother's Circle or a challah baking workshop at the J, or inviting the Next Dor families to our farm for havdalah and goat hike, we see community participation as one of the most rewarding aspects of our lives.

We are proud to see that our girls have begun following our example, l'dor v'dor. This year, I brought our oldest daughter, Charlotte, who is in 5th grade at Levey, with me to volunteer for the JCA Annual Campaign on Super Sunday. I thought it would be a good experience for her to see me making calls: she could observe, and maybe participate by helping sort donor cards. To my surprise, we were only there a short while before she asked to make a call herself, and successfully solicited a donor for a $300 pledge.

Community doesn't happen on its own. It takes the commitment to extend yourself, and to trust that others will do the same. But the rewards are beyond compare. When we choose to share our time and enthusiasm, when we put in the work, we create something larger than ourselves.

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