A series of photographs, both contemporary and archival by Phyllis Gerber Jensen. Set to the traditional melody of "L'Cha Dodi" sung by Temple Shalom's Rabbi Hillel Katzir.
History of Beth Abraham Synagogue by Barbara Goodman Shapiro

Jewish community of Lewiston Auburn area.

Youths Hold Inter-City Program
Isaacson, Berman, Green
Joe Lifshitz and Shep Lee in front of Advance Auto Sales
Lewis Bornstein first car in Auburn
Rene Shapiro
Ruth Gordon, Roz Cohen
Twin Cities birthday party
Rose and Aaron Karlin
Fruma Masha Halperin & Lewis Bornstein, Wedding Day
YMHA 1912 Basketball Champs (Players to be indentified)
YMHA Basketball
Beth Jacob Hebrew School Class
Dr Bluhm, Founder of Camp Fernwood
Dr Bluhm, Founder of Camp Fernwood
Picnic with the Tarr (Lewiston) and Russakoff (Skowhegan) families
Summit Springs Hotel
Summit Springs, exterior side view
Twin City Tire Sale Advertisement
3 Campers at Camp Fernwood
Elsie and Wolfie Goodman
Summit Spring Hotel, exterior image
Summit Springs Hotel - golfers at tee #1
Summit Springs Hotel - view to the east Middle Range Lake
Summit Springs House and staff
Wilfred, Joel, Elsie Goodman
Beth Jacob Choir in the Bimah
Bunny Bornstein #55, Bates Varsity
Bunny Bornstein, Bates Varsity Team
High School Portrait of Milton Wiener, class of '32 Edward Little HS
I. D. Wiener Store and Garage
Wiener's Parlor Bus, Auburn
Holocaust Memorial - Mt Abraham Cemetery, Auburn
Brownie Group photograph - Gilda Trober party
Cohens on Mountain Ave. Lewiston
Baseball in Franklin Pasture
Cohen Wiener Family Seder
Gilbert Shapiro and his Bicycle
Irwin Cohen and Lillian Wiener
Mickey Wiener, Arthur Supovitz
Estelle Cohen and Celia Cohen with their children
Beth Jacob Confirmation Class
Hymie and Lena Merson 25th Wedding Anniversary Celebration
1955 Temple Beth Jacob Confirmation Class
Beth Jacob Confirmation Class Group Photo with the Rabbi
Inter-Center Weekend, hosted in Lewiston-Auburn
Twin Cities Girls Party 4
Twin Cities Party 1
Cub Scout Charter Received
Twin Cities-Roz Cohen’s Sweet Sixteen
Young Judea Lewiston/Auburn
1958 Beth Jacob Confirmation Class - Photo
Beth Jacob Confirmation Class Group Photo with the Rabbi
Institute on Judaism for Clergy - Photo
Kora Event
Tanya Fogelsohn, Linda Greenberg, Vicki Kronenfeld Relaxing With Old Photographs
Four Generations of Baker Family before the first Seder in Auburn
Jewish Sorority- Group Photo
Newsletter - Jewish Community Center (Lewiston-Auburn) no
1964 Graduating Seniors, Beth Jacob
Beth Jacob Boys Wearing Their Tallitot
Boys in Tallit
Cub Scouts Visit Children in Hospital
Lewiston/Auburn JCC Nursery School Class 1965
JCC Theater Show
Beth Jacob Sisterhood award to Esther Dion
Entertaining Skit at B'nai B'rith
JCC Lewiston social event
Lewiston/Auburn JCC Nursery School Class 1968
Maine Governor Curtis Signs Proclamation honoring Hadassah
Joseph and Ida Wilner with family at their 50th wedding Anniversary
Presentation to William S. Cohen by Joel Goodman

This section of the Documenting Maine Jewry project has information on the communities of Auburn, Greene, Lewiston, Lisbon, Lisbon Center, Lisbon Falls , Mechanic Falls , Poland.

The coordinator of this site is Phyllis Graber-Jensen of Bates College . She would welcome additional photographs, documents and oral histories sent to them at dmj@mindspring.com

Local Jewish Organizations

B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation (Bates) 2 Andrews Rd Lewiston 207 786 6255 -
Beth Abraham Cemetery Association (Auburn) 147 Old Danville Rd Auburn 207/783-1302 -
Beth Abraham Synagogue (Auburn) 35 Laurel St Auburn 207/783-1302 -
Temple Shalom Synagogue-Center 74 Bradman Street Auburn 207/786-4201 - temple6359@aol.com , vehyeh.bracha@gmail.com
Temple Shalom Synagogue-Center Cemetery 147 Old Danville Rd Auburn 207/786-4201 -

Brief History of Lewiston-Auburn Jewry

Originally the Jewish community of Lewiston-Auburn was divided into two congregations, one in Lewiston and one in Auburn.

Now the twin cities are still served by those two congregations but they are both located in Auburn.

The Congregations of Beth Jacob, Lewiston, and Beth Abraham, Auburn, were established in the 1920’s as Lewiston-Auburn’s first formal places of Jewish worship. These two congregations were preceded by a more informal place of prayer and religious education called a Schul, a Yiddish word derived from the German word for school.

In addition to the two Synagogues, the community was served by the Jewish Community Center in Lewiston. In 1981, the Beth Jacob congregation merged with the Community Center to form a new institution that combines the role of its predecessors: The Temple Shalom Synagogue-Center.

Both Temple Shalom and Beth Abraham are conservative congregations that offer many services to this day.

It's Happening Here website , Jan 2010,

DATABASE RESOURCES : Information is available today on

  • 3,432 individual Jews with strong ties to Lewiston Auburn area of which 314 record the Old Country origin of first generation immigrants
  • 878 records of burial in Jewish cemeteries for which there are 942 headstone images
  • 108 organizations important to the Lewiston Auburn area Jewish community of which 55 are Jewish community institutions and 36 are businesses important to the Lewiston Auburn area Jewish community
  • 479 bibliographic citations and sources pertaining to Lewiston Auburn area of which 80 are photographs and 17 are oral histories

Recent additions to the Documenting Lewiston-Auburn Jewry database include

The Documenting Lewiston-Auburn Jewry (DLAJ) 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    DLAJ is also building a community-based history around the 20 religious and secular institutions that were or are the lifeblood of the Lewiston-Auburn 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 DLAJ 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 Lewiston-Auburn 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 Phyllis at Bates College. To get a mailing address, please email describing the materials you would like to share.

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