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Jews as Mainers: Jewish Contributions to Maine's Culture

Camp Lown patch, Oakland, ca. 1957

Camp Lown patch, Oakland, ca. 1957

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The combination of American and Jewish identities at Camp Lown can be seen clearly in the design of camp patches.

Some Maccabiah patches feature red, white and blue, signifying the American identity of the camp, and other Maccabiah patches feature the Star of David, the international Jewish symbol.

This blue and gold camp patch also has a large Star of David in the center.

Camp Lown is another example of an institution through which Jews managed to add significantly to the already existing culture of Maine. They were able to take the distinct identity and focus of an American summer camp and meld it together with Jewish practices and traditions in order to create something new.


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