Jewish community of Greater Rockland.
This section of the Documenting Maine Jewry project has information on the communities of Owl Head, Rockland, Rockport, Thomaston.Local coordinator for this site is Deborah Weisgall . She would welcome additional photographs, documents and oral histories sent to her at dmj @ mindspring.com
Local Jewish Organizations
|Adas Yoshuron Synagogue||Willow St Rockland||207-594-4523 - firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Berliawsky-Small Cemetery, Rockland,Me||Rockland||207-594-4523 - email@example.com|
|Owls Head Jewish Cemetery - Children's Section||Owls Head||207-594-4523 - firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Owls Head Jewish Cemetery, Owls Head, Me||Owls Head||207-594-4523 - email@example.com|
Brief History of Greater Rockland Jewry
DATABASE RESOURCES : Information is available today on
- 842 individual Jews with strong ties to Greater Rockland of which 78 record the Old Country origin of first generation immigrants
- 160 records of burial in Jewish cemeteries for which there are 465 headstone images
- 32 organizations important to the Greater Rockland Jewish community of which 9 are Jewish community institutions and 11 are businesses important to the Greater Rockland Jewish community
- 36 bibliographic citations and sources pertaining to Greater Rockland of which 20 are photographs and 2 are oral histories
Recent additions to the Documenting Greater Rockland Jewry database include
- Chaya "Clara" Berliawsky (Rockland) - Elaine Crasnick Kahaner
- Louise Nevelson - I (Rockland) - Elaine Crasnick Kahaner
- Louise Nevelson - II (Rockland) - Elaine Crasnick Kahaner
- Minnie Berliawsky Entin
(Rockland) - Elaine Crasnick Kahaner
- Sadie and Israel Green (Rockland) - Elaine Crasnick Kahaner
- The House Louise Nevelson grew up in (Rockland) - Elaine Crasnick Kahaner
- The Rockland House owned by Nate Berliawsky (Rockland) - Elaine Crasnick Kahaner
- Adas Yoshuran, Exterior (Rockland) - Elaine Crasnick Kahaner
- Rockland, Me : Jewish Census Data (Rockland) - David M. Freidenreich the Colby College Maine Jewish History Project (2011)
- Adas Yashuron 75th Anniversary Commemorative book, part 1 (Rockland) - William Small
- Adas Yashuron 75th Anniversary Commemorative book, part 2 (Rockland) - William Small
- Adas Yoshuron 75th Anniversary Commemorative book, part 3 (Rockland) - William Small
- Adas Yoshuron - exterior view (Rockland) - Abe Peck & Jean Marcus Peck
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 DGRJ is also building a community-based history around the 20 religious and secular institutions that were or are the lifeblood of the Greater Rockland 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 DGRJ project is also 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Rockland 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 email@example.com.
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 DMJ) 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 dmj at mindspring.com . To get a mailing address, please email describing the materials you would like to share.
Last Updated : 22 January 2010
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