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Arthur Waterman, Portland, ca. 1965

Arthur Waterman, Portland, ca. 1965

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Arthur Waterman, who chaired the 1956 Golden Jubilee of the synagogue wrote that the occasion brought "Joy that comes from the knowledge that the spark of orthodox Judaism which was kindled in our community fifty years ago burns more brightly than ever before."

The Jubilee was a chance to remember the synagogue's roots, even as the congregation was modernizing.

The program for the event recalled what it took to build the synagogue in 1904. "Those who were not busy raising funds, devoted themselves to the actual construction of the building.

"Bricks and materials were carried by hand or on wagons. Congregation members served as painters, carpenters, and plasterers."