Jewish community of Old Town - Orono.
This section of the Documenting Maine Jewry project has information on the communities of Old Town, Orono.
The coordinator of this site is Beth Hillson . She
would welcome additional photographs, documents and oral histories sent to them at dmj @ mindspring.com
Local Jewish Organizations
|B\'nai Brith Hillel Foundation (Orono)||Corbett Hall 201, UMO Orono||207-581-2409 - firstname.lastname@example.org|
Brief History of Old Town-Orono Jewryforthcoming
DATABASE RESOURCES : Information is available today on
- 208 individual Jews with strong ties to Old Town - Orono of which 40 record the Old Country origin of first generation immigrants
- 64 records of burial in Jewish cemeteries for which there are 61 headstone images
- 34 organizations important to the Old Town - Orono Jewish community of which 8 are Jewish community institutions and 22 are businesses important to the Old Town - Orono Jewish community
- 62 bibliographic citations and sources pertaining to Old Town - Orono of which 21 are photographs and 0 are oral histories
Recent additions to the Documenting Old Town-Orono Jewry database include
- Hillel Silver Jubilee (Lewiston/ Waterville/ Orono) - Maine Historical Society
- 4 Generations Goldsmith family Old Town (Old Town) - Marcia Lieberman
- Baby Photo, Mickey (Milton) Goldsmith (Old Town) - Marcia Lieberman
- Family Portrait in front of Arthur & Eva Goldsmith's House, Veazey St (Old Town) - Marcia Lieberman
- Individual, National, and Racial Identity by C C Little, President of the University of Maine (Orono) - The American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger ProQuest Historical Newspapers on-line
- Marlene Chason, Lenore Grunko and Emily Miller (Old Town) - Annette Chason
- Barry Ginsberg (Old Town) - Marcia Berson Lieberman
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 Old Town-Orono 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 DOTOJ 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 Old Town-Orono 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 Temple Beth El Portland. Donations are welcome using the Tzedakah box below or by sending a gift (marked DMJ) to the Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave, 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 site coordinator. To get a mailing address, please email describing the materials you would like to share.
Last Updated : 2 September 2010
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