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Welcome to Portland, Maine!

On this page, you will find links to get you started on learning more about Portland, Maine. The Outreach committee at the Jewish Community Alliance (JCA) is eager to answer any questions you may have about this wonderful community. Please email Amy Brier, Outreach Coordinator, at abrier@mainejewish.org or call the JCA at 207-772-1959.

    Local Schools

    Search Schools: www.greatschools.net/maine

    Levey Day School (Jewish day school): www.leveydayschool.org

    JCA Early Childhood Education Program: www.mainejewish.org - click on the Early Childhood Education link on the left side of this page

      All About Portland

      Visit Portland: www.visitportland.com

      Maine Today: www.mainetoday.com

      Things to Do: www.thingstodo.com/state/ME

       

      Jewish Organizations

      American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

      617-399-2562

      www.aipac.org

      NEreg@aipac.org  

      For more than half a century, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee has worked to help make Israel more secure by ensuring that American support remains strong.  From a small pro-Israel public affairs boutique in the 1950s, AIPAC has grown into a 100,000-member national grassroots movement described by The New York Times as "the most important organization affecting America's relationship with Israel."

        

      Documenting Maine Jewry

      www.mainejews.org

      Harris Gleckman, dmj@mindspring.com

      Documenting Maine Jewry is a community based project providing information on Jewish citizens of Maine through a state of the art genealogical and historical resource reflecting the Jewish traditions of memory, rememberance and inter-generational learning.

       

      Hadassah

      www.hadassah.org  

      Pat Davidson Reef, 781-4420

      preef@maine.rr.com

      Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer women's organization. In Israel, Hadassah initiates and supports pace-setting health care, education and youth institutions, and land development to meet the country's changing needs.
      In the United States, Hadassah enhances the quality of American and Jewish life through its education and Zionist youth programs, promotes health awareness, and provides personal enrichment and growth for its members.

       

      Holocaust Human Rights Center

      University of Maine at Augusta

      46 University Drive, Augusta

      207-621-3530

      www.hhrc.uma.edu

      infohhrc@maine.edu

      Incorporated in 1985, the mission of the HHRC is to educate about the Holocaust, to advocate for human rights and dignity, and to celebrate diversity. Its goal is to teach lessons which can be learned from the Holocaust about what can happen when basic human rights are destroyed.

       

      Jewish National Fund - New England Zone

      77 Franklin Street, Suite 514

      Boston, MA  02110

      Sara Hefez, Regional Director

      617-423-0999, shefez@jnf.org

      www.jnf.org/newengland

      In over 110 years, Jewish National Fund has planted over 250 Million Trees, built over 1,000 parks and recreational areas, constructed security roads, and much more. Today, JNF is supporting Israel’s newest generation of pioneers by bringing life to the Negev Desert, Israel’s last frontier.

       

      Levey Day School

      400 Deering Avenue, Portland

      207-774-7676

      www.leveydayschool.org

      info@leveydayschool.org 

      Maine's only Jewish day school for kindergarten through 5th grade.

       

      Mikvat Shalom

      76 Noyes Street, Portland

      Susan Cummings-Lawrence, slawrence1@maine.rr.com

      Mikvat Shalom was created to serve the entire Maine Jewish community. The independent, non-denominational, non-profit organization is currently renovating the mikvah building at 76 Noyes Street, next door to Shaarey Tphiloh. The beautiful space will be used to perform mikvah rituals including taharat hamishpacha, conversions, marriage immersions and more.  Mikvat Shalom’s mission also includes educating the Jewish community about traditional and non-traditional ways the mikvah can be used to mark transitions in our lives. Go to www.mikvatshalom.org for more information and for appointments.

       

      National Council of Jewish Women – Southern Maine Section (NCJW)

      www.ncjw.org

      Gail Volk, 797-8945

      gjvolk@aol.com  

      The National Council of Jewish Women is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

       

      Omanim

      Groups.google.com/group/omanim  

      omanim@googlegroups.com 

      Omanim is an organization of Jewish visual, performing and literary artists in Maine, with a lively online forum and monthly gatherings. Our work includes but is not limited to Judaica. We inspire each other and create opportunities to show and sell our art.

      Local Synagogues

      Chabad of Maine

      101 Craigie Street

      Portland, ME  04103

      207.871.8947

      www.chabadofmaine.com

       

      Congregation Bet Ha’am

      Reform

      81 Westbrook Street

      South Portland, ME  04106

      207.879.0028

      www.bethaam.org

      Congregation Beth Israel

      Orthodox

      49 East Grand Avenue

      Old Orchard Beach, ME  04064

      207.934.2973

      www.cbisrael.com

       

      Congregation Etz Chaim

      Non-Denominational

      36 Bacon Street

      Biddeford, ME  04005

      207.967.5833

      www.etzchaimme.org

       

      Etz Chaim

      Unaffiliated

      267 Congress Street

      Portland, ME  04101

      207.712.8237

      stvbrinn@gmail.com

      207.329.9854

      garyb@se-recruit.com

      Maine Jewish Museum

      www.treeoflifemuseum.org

      Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh

      Modern Orthodox

      76 Noyes Street

      Portland, ME  04103

      207.773.0693

      www.shaareytphiloh.org

      Temple Beth El

      Conservative

      400 Deering Avenue

      Portland, ME  04103

      207.774.2649

      www.tbemaine.org

      Temple Beth El

      Reform

      P.O. Box 871

      Woodlawn Street

      Augusta, ME  04332

      207.622.7450

      www.bethelaugusta.org 

       

      Beth Israel

      Unaffiliated

      862 Washington Street

      Bath, ME  04530

      207.443.5181

      www.bethisrael-maine.org

       

      Temple Shalom

      Independent

      74 Bradman Street

      Auburn, ME  04210

      207.786.4201

      www.templeshalomauburn.org

      www.templeshalomnurseryschool.com

       

      Local Cemeteries 

      Mount Sinai-Mount Carmel

      Hicks Street (off Warren Avenue) in Portland. The Mount Sinai Cemetery Association is overseen by Harvey Elowitch, 207-761-9095.

       

      Mount Carmel is overseen by Arthur Cope, 207-774-8513.

       

      For a map of Mount Sinai-Mount Carmel, click HERE.

       

      Smith Street Cemetery

      Adjacent to 28 Smith Street in South Portland

      Maintained by the Jewish Community Alliance. Cemetery is accessible by combination lock. Please contact the JCA at 207-772-1959 for combo.

      www.mainejewish.org

      For a map of Smith Street Cemetery, click HERE.

       

      Temple Beth El Memorial Park

      Intersection of Johnson Road and Congress Street, Portland

      Maintained by Temple Beth El

      www.tbemaine.org

      For a map of Temple Beth El Memorial Park, click HERE.

       

      Temple Shalom Cemetery

      (formerly Beth Jacob Cemetery)

      147 Old Danville Road

      Auburn, ME  04210

      Contact: Lew Zidle 207-783-2631

                     Temple Shalom 207-786-4201

      For a map of Temple Shalom Cemetery, click HERE.