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Anshe Sfard Chevra Kadisha, Portland, 1890

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

Eastern European Chassidic Jews who emigrated to Portland founded the Chevra Kadisha, a burial society, sometime before 1890. The congregation that became known as Anshe Sfard acquired land for a cemetery on Hicks Street in Portland in the early 20th century.

The cemetery was integrated into Mount Carmel Cemetery, when it was founded in the 1920s.

This document, written in Hebrew, is the first page of a record book of the burial society. It reads: "This (is the) Pinkas of the old Chevrah Kaddisha: doing the truest kindness. Est. 5650, The Community of Portland, ME."

"Doing the truest kindness" refers to burying the dead who cannot thank you.

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  • Title: Anshe Sfard Chevra Kadisha, Portland, 1890
  • Creation Date: 1890
  • Subject Date: circa 1890
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. 2610, v. 5
  • Object Type: Text

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