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Ahawas Achim record book cover, Bangor, 1853

Contributed by Bangor Public Library

Congregation Ahawas Achim of Bangor -- Maine's first synagogue -- kept a record book in which entries sometimes are in German, sometimes English, and sometimes Yiddish.

Ahawas Achim means "brotherly love."

The congregation was formed by 13 men from Bangor's small German-Jewish community. Their first action was the purchase of land for a cemetery in July 1849.

In March 1850 Ahawas Achim rented rooms to house their religious services. Although Ahawas Achim disbanded in 1856 when its congregants left Bangor to find work elsewhere, the synagogue was reestablished by a second group of German-Jewish immigrants in 1874 when they retrieved the first Ahawas Achim's important religious objects, such as the Sefer Torah (Torah scroll), from the synagogue in Boston where they were being kept.

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  • Title: Ahawas Achim record book cover, Bangor, 1853
  • Creation Date: 1853
  • Subject Date: 1853
  • Town: Bangor
  • County: Penobscot
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Object Type: Text

For more information about this item, contact:

Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 947-8336
http://www.bpl.lib.me.us

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