Spotlight on MJCC

PHOTO: Members of the MJCC Stingray Swim Team

Each issue, the Jewish Review is featuring a profile of one of the 18 local beneficiary agencies of the Jewish
Federation of Greater Portland’s 2022 Annual Campaign.

Full-service community center offering youth and family programs; culture, arts and education; and wellness and recreation. | 503-244-0111
2022 ALLOCATION: $126,190
MISSION: The Mittleman Jewish Community Center is an inclusive and welcoming hub for a diverse community, fostering lifelong wellness and providing dynamic social and educational experiences grounded in Jewish values and culture.

In February, the MJCC will share its new strategic plan that prioritizes enhancing engagement with, and service to, youth and young families. In addition to expanded camp and youth programs, the J will partner with the Jewish Federation to offer PJ Library to young Jewish families in Greater Portland. Beginning in January 2023, the MJCC takes the lead on the administration of the program, family communication (such as the newsletter) and special programs for PJ Library families. (See related story.)
“We pride ourselves on being inclusive of the entire community and offering something for everyone,” says Executive Director Steve Albert. “Young or old, secular or observant, everyone will find opportunities at the J, whether they seek to meet Jewish friends with common interests and passions, celebrate Jewish holidays in community with others or find a kosher meal.”
“The allocation that the MJCC receives from the Jewish Federation helps to cover costs for staffing, programs and maintenance,” adds Albert. “We also appreciate the collaboration on PJ Library.”
The MJCC’s diverse offerings include Jewish summer day camp and vacation camps; children’s programs/child care; afterschool youth programs; cultural arts and education – art gallery, films, author talks, travel programs, concerts, clubs; Jewish holiday celebrations; business series; JCC Maccabi Games (summer teen program); aquatics – swim teams, swim lessons, masters swimming and aquatic exercise classes; sports – pickleball, basketball, gym hockey, soccer, racquetball; fitness – fitness center, group exercise classes, personal training; and a kosher café.
The center is also refreshing its fitness facilities, thanks to a generous gift from Ralph Miller in memory of his wife, Sandi Miller. The J has invested $100,000 to upgrade and expand fitness center equipment.
Volunteers plan and execute many communitywide events, such as the “Day for the J” on April 23. The strategic plan includes the creation of a Member Ambassador program. To volunteer at the MJCC, email



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