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Historical Items

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Item 53998

Bar mitzvah invitation, Portland, 1957

Contributed by: Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh Date: 1957-06-22 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 5498

Teachers of the Portland Hebrew School, 1926

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1926 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative

Item 54193

Synagogue tea invitation, Portland, 1948

Contributed by: Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh Date: 1948-11-15 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Online Exhibits

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Shaarey Tphiloh, Portland's Orthodox Synagogue

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.

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The Jews of Maine

Like other immigrant groups, Jews came to Maine to make a living and enjoy the natural and cultural environment. Their experiences have been shaped by their occupational choices, Jewish values and, until recently, experiences of anti-Semitism.

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Fallen Heroes: Those Who Gave Their Lives: World War II

At least twenty-three Jewish men from Maine died in the military during World War II. Photographs and other memorabilia are available for fewer than half of them. Read more about them.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh

View collections, facts, and contact information for this Contributing Partner.

My Maine Stories

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Story

Cantor Beth & Dr David Strassler: personal insights on their lif
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

The journey of a couple devoted to each other, their family, their community and their religion

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Jews in Maine

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12, Postsecondary Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson presents an overview of the history of Jews in Maine and the U.S., including some of the factors that led to Jewish immigration to the U.S., examination of the prejudice, discrimination and anti-Semitism many Jews have experienced, and the contributions of Jews to community life and culture in Maine.