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
All the dropdown menus above display data for just Greater Augusta
Local Jewish Organizations
Brief History of Greater Augusta Jewry
DATABASE RESOURCES : Information is available today on
- 669 individual Jews with strong ties to Greater Augusta of which 53 record the Old Country origin of first generation immigrants
- 173 records of burial in Jewish cemeteries for which there are 79 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
- 176 bibliographic citations and sources pertaining to Greater Augusta of which 50 are photographs and 10 are oral histories
Recent additions to the Documenting Greater Augusta Jewry database include
- Maine Governor [Paul LePage] Apologizes for IRS 'Gestapo' Remark (Augusta) - Jewish Telegraphic Agency Forward - the Newspaper
- Maine Governor [Paul LePage] Calls IRS 'Gestapo' : Jewish Democrats Slam Gov Paul LePage for Nazi Reference (Augusta) - Reuters Forward - the Newspaper
- Reporters' Roundtable : A Fatah - Hamas Government; Erasing Maine's Labor History - a podcast (Augusta) - Josh Nathan-Kazis Forward - the Newspaper
- Commemorative Tea & Musical In memory of Julius G Sussman (Augusta) - Beth El (Augusta)
- Beth El Dedication program (Augusta ) - Beth El Augusta
- Augusta Mayor Katz Invited to Jerusalem Conference (Augusta ) - Temple Beth El, Augusta
- Chinese Art Exhibit at Holocaust Center, UMA (Augusta) - Temple Beth El Augusta
- Festival of Lights (Augusta) - Temple Beth El Augusta
- Hadassah to Hear Officer
(Augusta ) - Temple Beth El Augusta
- Hanukkah at the Mad Dog Pub (Gardiner) - Temple Beth El Augusta
- Rabbi David Aaron leading Passover Seder at Temple Beth El, Augusta and his wife Marjorie (Augusta) - Temple Beth El Augusta
- Rabbi Susan Bulba Carvutto lights Candle (with Peter Shaffer and others) (Farmington ) - Temple Beth El Augusta
- Rabbi Susan with Peter Shaffer and others, a Havurah for the Farmington area community (Industry) - Temple Beth El Augusta
- Rosh Hashanah in Augusta
(Augusta) - Temple Beth El Augusta
- Wendy Goldman Graduate of Hall-Dale Wins at Tennis (Farmingdale ) - Temple 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) -
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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