The History of Jewish Life in Biddeford-Saco

May 20, 2021 6:30PM—8:30PM


on Zoom

Cost free

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Biddeford Culture and Heritage Center board member, local historian, and fourth-generation member of one of Biddeford’s oldest Jewish families, Jennie E. Aranovitch will present on topics including Jewish emigration to Biddeford. Her talk will include the history of Biddeford’s synagogue, Congregation Etz Chaim; and the cultural aspects of Jewish life in Biddeford-Saco.
Her presentation will include relevant topics, such as: adherence to kosher dietary laws, the evolving role of women, the establishment of local chapters of national Jewish organizations, contributions of local Jewish war veterans and the important role played by Jewish business owners in the area, particularly in Biddeford’s downtown.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my knowledge of local Jewish history with the community at large,” said Aranovitch, “and proud to be part of the Biddeford Cultural and Heritage Center’s effort to preserve the history and commemorate the contributions of all ethnic groups who have contributed to the Biddeford area’s history.”


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