Portland Jewish Academy is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and is proud of our partnership with them in strengthening our local Jewish community as well as the global community.



Mission & Middot

Our Mission

As a Jewish day school, we strive to ensure an academically rich environment which honors the whole child. Portland Jewish Academy nurtures and inspires Jewish engagement, kavod/respect, and responsibility for the world in which we live.


Our Middot - (Core Values)

The foundation of our mission -- and everything we do at PJA -- are these six Jewish values:
1. Limmud - Study
"Delve into it and continue to delve into it, for everything is in it." (Pirkei Avot 5:26)

2. Kavod - Respect
"What is hateful to you, do not do to another." (Talmud, Shabbat 31)

3. Akharayut - Responsibility
"You are not expected to finish the work, but you are not free to desist." (Pirkei Avot 2:20-21)

4. Kehillah - Community
"All Jews are responsible, one for another" (Talmud, Shevuot 39a)

5. Hoda'ah - Appreciation
"Anyone who enjoys this world without a blessing commits theft." (Talmud, Berakhot 35a)

6. Zehut - Jewish Identity
I give thanks to God that I am a Jew (Jewish siddur, daily morning blessings)

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