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Historical Items

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Item 54184

Mishna record book, Portland, 1901

Contributed by: Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh Date: 1901 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

Item 54191

Shaarey Tphiloh Sisterhood tea invitation, Portland, 1947

Contributed by: Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh Date: 1947-11-18 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 76

Shaarey Tphiloh synagogue, Portland, ca. 1911

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: circa 1911 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative

Tax Records

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Item 42622

Assessor's Record, 216-218 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Hebrew Synagogue Society Use: Synagogue

Item 65304

Assessor's Record, 145-151 Newbury Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Hewbrew Synagogue Society Use: Synagogue

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 109224

Old Town Synagogue, Old Town, 1950

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1950 Location: Old Town Client: Town of Old Town Architect: Eaton W. Tarbell

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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Anshe Sfard, Portland's Early Chassidic Congregation

Chassidic Jews who came to Portland from Eastern Europe formed a congregation in the late 19th century and, in 1917, built a synagogue -- Anshe Sfard -- on Cumberland Avenue in Portland. By the early 1960s, the congregation was largely gone. The building was demolished in 1983.

Exhibit

Fallen Heroes: Jewish Soldiers and Sailors, The Great War

Thirty-four young Jewish men from Maine died in the service of their country in the two World Wars. This project, including a Maine Memory Network exhibit, is meant to say a little something about some of them. More than just names on a public memorial marker or grave stone, these men were getting started in adult life. They had newly acquired high school and college diplomas, they had friends, families and communities who loved and valued them, and felt the losses of their deaths.

Site Pages

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Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh

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

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Life on a Tidal River - The Flying Torah

… times with the Torah given to him by Beth Israel Synagogue. Item Contributed byBangor Public Library Captain Gordon poses with the 'Flying…

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Life on a Tidal River - The Bangor Fire of 1911 - Page 1 of 2

… and Center Streets were rebuilt, along with a synagogue on Center Street. Franklin Street, Bangor, 1911Item Contributed byBangor Public…

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

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Redlining and the Jewish Communities in Maine
by David Freidenreich

Federal and state policies created unfair housing practices against immigrants, like redlining.

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Building Community/Community Buildings

Grade Level: 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
Where do people gather? What defines a community? What buildings allow people to congregate to celebrate, learn, debate, vote, and take part in all manner of community activities? Students will evaluate images and primary documents from throughout Maine’s history, and look at some of Maine’s earliest gathering spaces and organizations, and how many communities established themselves around certain types of buildings. Students will make connections between the community buildings of the past and the ways we express identity and create communities today.

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Longfellow Studies: "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport"

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Longfellow's poem "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport" opens up the issue of the earliest history of the Jews in America, and the significant roles they played as businessmen and later benefactors to the greater community. The history of the building itself is notable in terms of early American architecture, its having been designed, apparently gratis, by the most noted architect of the day. Furthermore, the poem traces the history of Newport as kind of a microcosm of New England commercial cities before the industrialization boom. For almost any age student the poem could be used to open up interest in local cemeteries, which are almost always a wealth of curiousities and history. Longfellow and his friends enjoyed exploring cemeteries, and today our little local cemeteries can be used to teach little local histories and parts of the big picture as well. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow visited the Jewish cemetery in Newport, RI on July 9, 1852. His popular poem about the site, published two years later, was certainly a sympathetic portrayal of the place and its people. In addition to Victorian romantic musings about the "Hebrews in their graves," Longfellow includes in this poem references to the historic persecution of the Jews, as well as very specific references to their religious practices. Since the cemetery and the nearby synagogue were restored and protected with an infusion of funding just a couple years after Longfellow's visit, and later a congregation again assembled, his gloomy predictions about the place proved false (never mind the conclusion of the poem, "And the dead nations never rise again!"). Nevertheless, it is a fascinating poem, and an interesting window into the history of the nation's oldest extant synagogue.