Story Bank of Maine did an excellent interview in 2009 with Meredith Dondis, Ruth Small, Sam Small, Edith Dondis about the history of the Rockland Jewish community. The short piece is available on their website

Jewish community of Greater Rockland.

Adas Yoshuron (Rockland) Interior
Adas Yoshuron - exterior view
Adas Yoshuron, Exterior
Green Confectionary Store - interior view
Green's Confectionary Store - later interior view
Green's Confectionery Store - exterior image
Louise Nevelson - I
Louise Nevelson - II
Minnie Berliawsky Entin
Nevelson Family - five images
Portrait of A & S Koritzky, J & L Koritzky and S & T Duham
Portrait of Etta and Aaron Koritzky
Portrait of Fanny Alperin and Lena (Koritzky) Green
The Five Koritzky Siblings - early in the 20th century
The House Louise Nevelson grew up in
The Rockland House owned by Nate Berliawsky
Portrait of the family of Abraham and Fannie Koritzky
Sadie and Israel Green
Childhood Portraits of Ada and Anna Green I
Chaya "Clara" Berliawsky
Childhood Portraits of Ada and Anna Green II
Aaron Morris Koritzky - US Passport Application
Anna, Maynard, and Ada Green with Maynard in his military uniform
Adas Yoshuron exterior I
Adas Yoshuron exterior window I
Adas Yoshuron exterior window II
Adas Yoshuron exterior window III

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
All the dropdown menus above display data for just Greater Rockland

Jewish census data for Rockland is available for 1920 and also for 1930 .

Local Jewish Organizations

Adas Yoshuron Synagogue Willow St Rockland 207-594-4523 - yoshuron@midcoast.com
Berliawsky-Small Cemetery, Rockland,Me Rockland 207-594-4523 - yoshuron@midcoast.com
Owls Head Jewish Cemetery - Children's Section Owls Head 207-594-4523 - yoshuron@midcoast.com
Owls Head Jewish Cemetery, Owls Head, Me Owls Head 207-594-4523 - yoshuron@midcoast.com

Brief History of Greater Rockland Jewry


DATABASE RESOURCES : Information is available today on

  • 837 individual Jews with strong ties to Greater Rockland of which 78 record the Old Country origin of first generation immigrants
  • 158 records of burial in Jewish cemeteries for which there are 135 headstone images
  • 31 organizations important to the Greater Rockland Jewish community of which 9 are Jewish community institutions and 10 are businesses important to the Greater Rockland Jewish community
  • 45 bibliographic citations and sources pertaining to Greater Rockland of which 27 are photographs and 2 are oral histories

Recent additions to the Documenting Greater Rockland Jewry database include

The Documenting Greater Rockland Jewry (DGRJ) 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.

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 dmj@mindspring.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 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 dmj@mindspring.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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