Synagogue Building Association record book, Portland, ca. 1902Item 53999 info
Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh
Among Portland's 50,000 residents in 1900 were about 80 Jewish families. While they had been organized in several congregations, two groups of Orthodox Jews decided in 1900 to join forces to build a synagogue and attract a rabbi.
The cover of the Hebrew Building Association record book is written in Yiddish, a reflection of the Jewish community's Eastern European roots.