Anshe Sfard synagogue demolition, Portland, 1983

Contributed by Abraham Schechter through Maine Historical Society

Anshe Sfard synagogue demolition, Portland, 1983

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Chassidic Jews from Eastern Europe in the late 19th century founded a group that later became Anshe Sfard synagogue. In 1917, the congregation built a synagogue on Cumberland Avenue in Portland, near the intersection with Wilmot Street. By sometime in the 1950s, the building was no longer in use.

The synagogue was demolished in 1983. With the exterior wall removed, several paintings are faintly visible on the interior walls. The paintings -- of an aqueduct and olive trees -- are typical of Polish synagogues.

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  • Title: Anshe Sfard synagogue demolition, Portland, 1983
  • Creator: Abraham Schechter
  • Creation Date: 1983-08-08
  • Subject Date: 1983-08-08
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
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