Shaarey Tphiloh was founded in 1904 by immigrants from Eastern Europe. While accommodating to American society, the Orthodox synagogue also has retained many of its traditions.
During the second half of the 19th century, "Hermann Kotzschmar" was a familiar household name in Portland. He spent 59 years in his adopted city as a teacher, choral conductor, concert artist, and church organist.
… "Hurrah!! Hurrah!! Whora, Whora, we will sing the jubilee. Hurrah!! Hurrah!! Whora Whora the flag that makes us free, So we sang the chorus from…