Jewish community of Greater Augusta.

David and Fannie Handverger as children
Image from Augusta 1
Image from Augusta 1
Lipman Poultry Company of Augusta - Advertizement
Lubavitch in Action
Portrait of Frank J Lipman
Sacred Seder
Schoolhouse in Randolph Maine
Chaim Yosef Jewish Community Center dedication
Camp Modin Boys group
Orthodox Boys at Camp Modin
Camp Winnebago, Campers and Counselors, Baseball
Camp Winnebago, Four Campers and Counselor
Camp Fire Girls at Camp Hitinowa
Camp Winnebago, 5 Campers and Counselor, Tennis
Beth El (Augusta) Desecrated By A Swaztika and Seig Heil
Confirmation at Temple Beth El
Camp Modin - Saturday morning services by the Torah Tree, part I
Camp Modin - Saturday morning services by the Torah Tree, part II
Camp Modin - Atop Mt Katahdin
Camp Modin - Bunkmates Jay, Jon and David
Camp Modin - Riding in a cattle truck
Camp Modin - Tripping Counselor and Bunk 5 Counselor
Temple Beth El 1977 (Augusta, ME)
Camp Modin - Boys visiting Girls' Side
Camp Modin - girl packing her truck
Camp Modin - Girls' Side waterfront looking toward Boys's Side
Camp Modin - taken from Girls's Side
Camp Modin - The Havens
Camp Modin - Typical field trip
Rabbi David Aaron leading Passover Seder at Temple Beth El, Augusta and his wife Marjorie
Rabbi Susan Bulba Carvutto lights Candle (with Peter Shaffer and others)
Rabbi Susan with Peter Shaffer and others, a Havurah for the Farmington area community
Ann Lipman and spouse at Temple Beth El Annual Meeting
Ilana Leibowitz Plays Shofar for Jewish Holidays
Temple Beth El of Augusta President Bruce Schatz with Rabbi Susan Bulba Carvutto
Temple Beth El President Bruce Schatz honors Ann Lipman with Recognition Award
Festival of Lights
Camp Modin - 2009 Campers Reunion
Certificate of Appreciation for Rabbi Susan Bulba-Carvutto
Bazaar at Temple Beth El
Festival of Lights Hanukkah Celebration
Hanukkah at the Mad Dog Pub
Rosh Hashanah in Augusta
Chinese Art Exhibit at Holocaust Center, UMA
Maranacook High School Scholars
Temple Beth El Dessert Hostesses
Wendy Goldman Graduate of Hall-Dale Wins at Tennis

This section of the Documenting Maine Jewry project has information on the communities of Augusta, Belgrade, Gardiner, Hallowell, Litchfield, Sidney, Winthrop, and Woolwich.

The coordinators of this site are Rabbi Sue Bulba Carvutto and Natalie E Cohen. They would welcome additional photographs, documents and oral histories sent to them at dmj@

All the dropdown menus above display data for just Greater Augusta

Local Jewish Organizations

Androscoggin Wayne -
Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine P. O. Box 4645 / Michael Klahr Center, UMA, 46 University Drive, Augusta 207/993-2620 -
Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery PO Box 942, Civic Center Drive Augusta 207-287-3481 -
Manitou Oakland -
Modin Modin Way Belgrade 207-465-4444 -
Temple Beth El Woodlawn Street Augusta 207/622-7450 -

Brief History of Greater Augusta Jewry


DATABASE RESOURCES : Information is available today on

  • 679 individual Jews with strong ties to Greater Augusta of which 53 record the Old Country origin of first generation immigrants
  • 175 records of burial in Jewish cemeteries for which there are 102 headstone images
  • 58 organizations important to the Greater Augusta Jewish community of which 26 are Jewish community institutions and 12 are businesses important to the Greater Augusta Jewish community
  • 184 bibliographic citations and sources pertaining to Greater Augusta of which 57 are photographs and 10 are oral histories

Recent additions to the Documenting Greater Augusta Jewry database include

The Documenting Greater Augusta Jewry site is a part of the state-wide Documenting Maine Jewry (DMJ) project. Honoring the Jewish tradition of remembrance, the Documenting Maine Jewry project seeks to tell the story, not just of those individuals, but of the communities they shaped. DMJ's goal is to collect short histories of the many people and organizations that have contributed, over time, to the lives of Maine Jews. Currently the state-wide index has records on over 25,000 Jewish Mainers and 200 Maine Jewish organizations.

Sources    The Documenting Maine Jewry methodology is basically a jigsaw approach. We take whatever community, municipal, and cemetery records we have and merge them into a common database. As a result, we face problems of duplication and incompleteness. To minimize those problems, we try to name-match only when we have at least two factual sources for a given name. Ultimately, we feel it is better to have duplicate records than inaccurate information linking two unrelated people with the same names; Jews do love to repeat certain family names. In the name of historic accuracy, we ask families to supplement/correct their information using the on-line edit function on their page, or by emailing correct information to

For security reasons, complete access to the database is available only on request. A full index of all burials , however, is publicly available.

Finances    Financial contributions supplement the volunteer effort by supporting data collection and outreach. DMJ is under the financial supervision of Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine(JCA), a 501(c)3 organization. Donations are welcome using the Tzedakah box below or by sending a gift (marked DOMJ) to the JCA, 57 Ashmont St., Portland, Maine 04103. Major donors can select a range of contributions to honor their own Maine immigrant family or to inspire and inform the next generation of Maine Jews.

Heart and Soul    The core of the project is the addition of new information by Maine Jews, whether online through the website, by email, or by old-fashioned mail. We encourage all registered users to supplement or correct existing information on individuals using the edit function on each person's page. Historical documents, oral accounts, photographs of community activities, and print articles can be emailed to the site coordinator. To get a mailing address, please email describing the materials you would like to share.

Last Updated : 1 October 2014

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