Maine’s Jewish History
Check out the website of Colby’s Maine Jewish History Project!
The Second Maine Jewish History Conference
Sunday, April 3, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Explore the richness of Jewish life in Maine at a conference featuring community, professional, and student historians. Learn about early Jews in Lewiston and Jewish back-to-the-landers, antisemitism in Portland and openness in Eastport, communal life in Old Town, social life in Old Orchard Beach, and much more. Leading scholars will place the experiences of Maine’s Jews within the broader context of American Jewish history.
Registration (covers lunch and materials)
- Early — $10
- Day-of — $15
- Students — free of charge (advanced registration appreciated)
“Discovering Maine’s Jewish History” is co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Colby College and its Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, in collaboration with Documenting Maine Jewry and Maine Historical Society.
April 3 – June 5: weekdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and select evenings/Sundays
Robinson Room, Special Collections, Miller Library
This exhibition explores Jewish experiences in Maine from the mid-19th century to the present. Artifacts from around the state tell stories about why Jews have moved to Maine, how Jews became integrated within local communities, and how Jewish religious and cultural life has evolved in the Pine Tree State. Interpretive panels and tour guides make this history exhibit accessible to visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
Public programming on Maine’s Jewish history is made possible by the Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project, directed by the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Support for the project is generously provided by Legacy Heritage Fund, Ltd.