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K-8th Grade


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.

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Spotlights on Programs at PJA

Apple Boats and Honey Pools

Our creative Kindergarten class had lots of wonderful ideas for Rosh Hashana celebrations. Some ideas were truly out-of-this-world and included robots, space travel, and giant vats of honey. Others were a bit more practical. 

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Kabbalat Shabbat at PJA

Kabbalat Shabbat (welcoming the Sabbath) is a special time at PJA. Sometimes we celebrate in large groups with lots of singing, dancing, and joyful energy. Sometimes we celebrate in smaller groups or just with our class.

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Summer Reading Celebration

This past summer’s theme was the final line of Hillel’s quote: “If not now, when?” and challenges all of us to take action.   

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The holiday of Shavuot begins on Saturday night, June 4th. Shavuot has its roots as an agricultural holiday and is a celebration of the receiving of the Torah and the Ten Commandments. You can read more about Shavout here

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