The Jews of Maine

Shabbat Service, Camp Lown, Oakland, 1947

Since Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins at sundown on December 20, here’s an enlightening present for you: A substantial new online exhibit, created by a team including Professor David Freidenreich of Colby College, his students, and MHS staff, that explores the long, rich, and varied experience of Jews in Maine.

Jews have been an important part of Maine life since the Colonial era, and made major contributions to the culture and economy of communities from Portland to Calais. At the same time, Maine Jews have maintained, adapted, nurtured, and expressed their own religious and cultural traditions and identity.

Visit the online exhibit to learn more. MHS is working closely with a number of organizations across Maine to explore, capture, and celebrate this history.

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