Jewish community of Greater Augusta.

David and Fannie Handverger as children
Image from Augusta 1
Lipman Poultry Company of Augusta - Advertizement
Lubavitch in Action

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

  • 689 individual Jews with strong ties to Greater Augusta of which 53 record the Old Country origin of first generation immigrants
  • 174 records of burial in Jewish cemeteries for which there are 104 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
  • 187 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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