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Category: People, Jewish Americans

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Item 12459

Reuben and Clara Cohen, ca. 1980

Contributed by: Raymond H. Fogler Library Date: circa 1980 Location: Bangor Media: Photographic print

Item 35041

Harriett Waterman, Portland, ca. 1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1925 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 56734

Israel bonds fund-raising dinner, Bangor, ca. 1970

Contributed by: Bangor Public Library Date: circa 1970 Location: Bangor Media: Photographic print


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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.


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.


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 Cedars

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