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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.


Portland Jewish Academy students receive a well-rounded education, which helps them develop into children with character who become tomorrow’s leaders. Our rigorous academic programs foster a love of learning by focusing on both critical thinking and creativity. Each subject, lesson, experiment and field trip is treated as one part of an equation that creates a child who is curious about the world and brave enough to explore it.

Spotlights on Programs at PJA

The Sack Lunch Challenge

On May 22, dozens of PJA families brought boxes and bags full of supplies for some of the most vulnerable populations of Portland. These bags contained sandwiches, fruit, and granola bars. Together, we collected 2500 sack lunches for Blanchet House...

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The Book Fairy

First graders received a surprise visit by the Book Fairy last weekend! What or who is the Book Fairy? The Book Fairy is a magical creature who helps first grade readers get excited about books and determined to read as much as they can. 

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PJA@Home Science Lab

Last week, we had the opportunity to participate in an online strawberry DNA lab. Our eighth-grade class is currently learning about DNA, along with many other subjects related to biology. To conduct the lab, we extracted and isolated DNA from a strawberry using only household ingredients.

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Israel's Birthday - Yom Ha'atzmaut

There are so many things that we all miss during this time of physical isolation. For many of us PJA staff and students, we especially miss the opportunities to gather together in celebration. Yom Ha'atzmaut - Israel Independence Day is one of the most festive days of the year at PJA.

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