Jewish community of Greater Augusta.
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@ mindspring.com
Local Jewish Organizations
|Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine||P. O. Box 4645 / Michael Klahr Center, UMA, 46 University Drive, Augusta||207/993-2620 - email@example.com|
|Temple Beth El||Woodlawn Street Augusta||207/622-7450 - firstname.lastname@example.org|
Brief History of Greater Augusta Jewry
DATABASE RESOURCES : Information is available today on
- 666 individual Jews with strong ties to Greater Augusta of which 53 record the Old Country origin of first generation immigrants
- 172 records of burial in Jewish cemeteries for which there are 510 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
- 129 bibliographic citations and sources pertaining to Greater Augusta of which 29 are photographs and 9 are oral histories
Recent additions to the Documenting Greater Augusta Jewry database include
- Memorial Boards Beth El (Augusta) ( Augusta ) -
- Beth El Dedication Programs - three brochures - Bar Mitvzah invitation; Beth El Dedication program; Blaire House concert for Sussmand (Augusta ) - Beth El Augusta
- Across My 50 Years as a Camp (Kennebec) Director (North Belgrade) -
- Camp Kennebec History of the Season of 1924 (North Belgrade) -
- Interview with Bennett Katz by Jeremy Robitaille (Augusta ) - Susan Cummings-Lawrence
- 10th Annual B'nai B'rith Picnic Held For Hospital Patients (Augusta) -
- 1980 Kennebeccamper 74th Season (North Belgrade) -
- Art Show Exhibitors Named (Augusta) -
- Augusta Sisterhood to Hold Silver Tea and Punch Party
- Camp Kennebec Brochure 1909 (North Belgrade) -
- Camp Kennebec Yearbook of 1925 (North Belgrade) -
- Committees Named for Bridge () -
- GIRLS TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Hall-Dale graduate goes out on top (Augusta) - Kennebec Journal
- Greetings from Kennebec - After 25 Years
(North Belgrade) -
- Hadassah Art Exhibit (Augusta) - Kennebec Journal
- Hadassah Receipts for Annual Dues 1950-51 (81 receipts) (Augusta) -
- Hadassah to Hear Officer (Augusta) -
- Hadassah to sponsor art exhibit at Temple Beth El (Augusta) -
- Hadassah To Sponsor Benefit Art Show April 11-12
- Holiday in Old Hallowell celebration starts today (Hallowell) - Kennebec Journal
- Holiness of Passover brings Christians, Jews, Together (Augusta) -
- Jews in Hanukkah celebrations (Augusta) -
- Kennebeccamper '70 (North Belgrade) -
- Kennebeccamper 1960
(North Belgrade) -
- Kennebeccamper 1990 (North Belgrade) -
- Life at Camp Kennebec 1950 (North Belgrade) -
- Local youths' Kitemaking inspires talk of Mideast peace (Augusta) -
- Louis M. Fleisher Master Camper (North Belgrade) -
- Miss Myra Pollack Honored at Bridal Tea on Sunday
(Augusta) - Kennebec Journal
- New England Regional Hadassah Chapters to Gather (Augusta) -
- Obituary Samuel H. Slosberg (Gardiner) -
- Obituary Samuel H. Slosberg pg. 2 (Gardiner) -
- Picnic Held for Hospital Patients (Augusta) -
- Show of unity against symbols of hate
- Silver Tea and Punch Party to Benefit Temple Beth El (Augusta) -
- Sixth Annual Style Show at Cony Highschool for the benefit of Hadassah (Augusta) -
- Temple Beth El Sisterhood Bridge (Augusta) - Kennebec Journal
- Temple Beth El Sisterhood Names Committees for Bridge (Augusta) -
- Temple Beth El Sisterhood Painting Sale
(Augusta) - Kennebec Journal
- Temple Fund Barbecue Sunday (Augusta) -
- Thank you to Temple Beth El Hebrew School for Donation to Food Bank (Augusta) -
- The History of Camp Kennebec 1973 (North Belgrade) -
- The tracks of their ancestors - Augusta Family Travels into its Past pg. 1 (Augusta) - Kennebec Journal
- The tracks of their ancestors - Augusta Family Travels into its Past pg. 2
(Augusta) - Kennebec Journal
- The tracks of their ancestors - Augusta Family Travels into its Past pg. 3 (Augusta) - Kennebec Journal
- Time at Kennebec (North Belgrade) -
- What is it Like to be a Jew in Maine? (Augusta) -
- Yankee Fiddler A Man Called Suss part 1 of 4 (Augusta) -
- Yankee Fiddler A Man Called Suss part 2 of 4
- Yankee Fiddler A Man Called Suss part 3 of 4 (Augusta) -
- Yankee Fiddler A Man Called Suss part 4 of 4 (Augusta) -
- Camp Cobbossee For Boys Advertisement (Winthrop, Me) - The American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger ProQuest Historical Newspapers on-line
People The questions unavoidably arise: Who is a Jew? And who is a Mainer? On the former, the project takes no position. On the latter, we have used a broad definition including not only those who were born, grew up, or lived here, but also those who are buried here.
Organizations DWJ is also building a community-based history around the 20 religious and secular institutions that were or are the lifeblood of the Greater Augusta Jewish community – as well as the source of quite regular souris (headaches). The project is creating 'family trees' of those often-interconnected local institutions: some 180 Jewish service organizations, 94 Jewish religious bodies, 18 Chevra Kaddisha and cemeteries, 15 Jewish camps, and 240 businesses crucial to the economic survival of Maine Jews.
Places The state-wide database has information on Maine Jews from over 90 cities and towns . Users can seek information in a particular town or city or can select a wider area to search on the state map index . Each option allows users to find organizations and people either in these key cities/towns or by county.
Oral Histories The DGAJ project is also interested in collecting oral histories.
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 email@example.com.
For security reasons, complete access to the database is available only on request. A full index of all burials , however, is publicly available.
Volunteers The Greater Augusta Documenting Maine Jewry effort is largely a volunteer effort; we always welcome more help. Volunteers interested in photographing older Jewish headstones, collecting information on a particular town or organization, transferring data from print to electronic records, or upgrading software should email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 : March 21 2011
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