Index to holdings from Maine Historical Society

  • Maine Memory Network
    • Shaarey Tphiloh Finance Committee statement , 1902 A statement signed by members of the Finance Committee of Shaarey Tphiloh shows $330.25 in receipts from July 25, 1902 to Oct. 19, 1902. The group was raising money to build an Orthodox synagogue in Portland. It was built on Newbury Street and opened in 1
    • Synagogue Building Association record book, Portland , c1902 The title page of the record book of the Hebrew Synagogue Building Association is written in Yiddish. The group built Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue on Newbury Street in Portland in 1904. The early records of the congregation of Orthodox Jews were written in Y


    • Shaarey Tphiloh synagogue, Portland , c1911 Shaarey Tphiloh, which means "Gates of Prayer," served as a center for the Orthodox Jewish Community in Portland early in the 20th century and opened its first synagogue in Maine at 151 Newbury Street, Portland. The congregation first met in the fall of 1
    • Secher Chaim title page, Portland , 1913 Rabbi Chaim Nasan Shohet, a distinguished Talmudic scholar, was the rabbi at Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh in Portland until 1916. The Secher Chaim is a "responsa" in which a rabbi puts forward religious questions, then writes answers based on a wide range
    • Al Harrisburg as a WWI Doughboy , 1917
    • Shaarey Tphiloh Constitution and Bylaws, Portland , c1920 The constitution and bylaws of Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh in Portland were adopted on Nov. 13, 1904 when two of three existing Orthodox congregations in Portland -- Shaarith Israel and Beth Hamidrash Hagadol -- came together. The Orthodox synagogue was
    • Shaarey Tphiloh sale of furniture to rabbi, Portland , 1921 In 1921, Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh sold Rabbi David Essrig furniture and furnishings that were in the home he occupied at 91 India St. The agreement drawn up by Max L. Pinansky, who became a judge in Portland.


    • Ku Klux Klan Procession , 1923 c
    • Teachers of the Portland Hebrew School , 1926
    • Letter to Max Pinansky from Robert A. Ashworth regarding a possible meeting of National Conference of Jews and Christians , 1934
    • Shaarey Tphiloh Sisterhood annual report, Portland , 1945 Mrs. Louis R. Berenson, president of the Shaarey Tphiloh Sisterhood, reported on the year's activities and expectations for the coming year for the sisterhood at the Orthodox synagogue on Newbury Street in Portland. She noted that the group had a large me
    • Shaarey Tphiloh Sisterhood tea invitation, Portland , 1947 The Shaarey Tphiloh Sisterhood held a membership tea on Nov. 18, 1947 at the Jewish Community Center in Portland. Mrs. L. Shatz performed vocal solos. The Sisterhood provides financial support to the synagogue as well as supporting other activities such a


    • 'Two Goyim' program, Portland , 1948 The Sisterhood of Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue sponsored a play entitled "Two Goyim" on March 15, 1948 at the Jewish Community Center in Portland. Samuel S. Grossman wrote the play in 1926. "Goyim" is usually used somewhat disparagingly to refer to non-Jews.
    • Rabbi installation announcement, Portland , 1948 A card announces the weekend celebration for the installation of Rabbi Morris Bekritsky at Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh in Portland in 1948 when it was at its height. Bekritsky initiated a weekly Sunday morning radio program, "Hear O Israel." He also led
    • Rabbi installation invitation, Portland , 1948 Shaarey Tphiloh, Etz Chaim and Anshe Sphard synagogues sent an invitation to the installation into the Portland Rabbinate of Rabbi Morris Bekritsky. He was installed as the rabbi of Shaarey Tphiloh on February 15, 1948. He led the Orthodox synagogue for s
    • Holy Ark dedication program, Portland , 1949 Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh, an Orthodox Jewish congregation, dedicated a new ark of covenant at its synagogue on Newbury Street. Jacob Citrin designed the ark and supervised its construction at F. O. Bailey Co., Inc. The vestry was rewired, painted and
    • Shaarey Tphiloh ark, Portland , c1949 Rabbi Morris Bekritsky, who began his service at Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh in 1948, was responsible for a new vestry ark at the synagogue at 151 Newbury Street in Portland. The ark was dedicated in March 1949. Along with the new ark, the congregation r


    • Israel bond coupon , c1950 Shaarey Tphiloh, an Orthodox Jewish congregation in Portland that was founded in 1904, like most other Jewish congregations, allied itself with world Jewry and the State of Israel. Supporting Israel by buying Israel bonds was a way for the Jewish communit
    • Synagogue report on disagreement, Portland , c1950 A committee of members of Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh in Portland reported on a hearing they held about a member of the Board of Directors, Abraham Rodman, who had been charged by David Abramson, another member, with conduct unbecoming a director. The co
    • Letter of thanks to Shaarey Tphiloh Sisterhood, Portland , 6/1/1951 The Jewish Community Center Scholarship Committee and Day Camp thanked the Sisterhood of Shaarey Tphiloh synagogue for giving a scholarship for a young person to attend the Center Day Camp. The Jewish Community Center Scholarship Committee and Day Camp t
    • Cantor Moshe Kusevitsky , c1954 Cantor Moshe Kusevitsky (1899-1966), a native of Lithuania, was one of the best known cantors in the 20th century. He visited Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh in 1954 for the Orthodox congregation's Golden Jubilee celebration at its synagogue at 151 Newbury S
    • Shaarey Tphiloh officers, Portland, , 1954 Six men who were officers of Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh, an Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Portland are, from left, Irving Rothstein, president of the congregation; unidentified, Rabbi Bekritsky, Samuel Cinamon, treasurer of the congregation; unidentified


    • Bas Mitzvah class, Portland , c1957 Members of Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh's Bas Mitzvah class from about 1957 are, front row, from left, Susan Cohen, Libby Modes, unidentified, and Jackie Young. At rear are Ronnie Boxstein, Joy Bekritsky, and Sylvia Aron. Traditionally in Judaism, only bo
    • Shaarey Tphiloh High Holy Days ticket, Portland , 1973 Because the synagogue on Noyes Street in Portland was packed during the High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Shaarey Tphiloh sold tickets to the services. So many people attended that seats extended back into the synagogue's social hall. Rosh Has
    • Ad for sale of synagogue building, Portland , 1975 Turner Barker Realty of Portland handled the sale of the former Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue at 145-155 Newbury Street, Portland. The congregation built a new synagogue on Noyes Street and moved into that building in about 1956. They advertised the Newbury S
    • Jewish study group, Portland , c1985 Members of a study group from Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue, meeting at Perry's on Fore Street in Portland, are, from left, Joe Bornstein, Rabbi Mandel, Reuben Siegal, Richard Slosberg. Chivra mishnayas -- groups who studied Jewish texts -- began in Portland
    • Rabbi installation program, Portland , 1987 Rabbi Lawrence S. Zierler was installed at Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue on November 8, 1987. Rabbis from other Portland congregations were present. Rabbi Steven M. Dworken of Linden, N.J. performed the installation ceremony. The back of the program contains


    • Shaarey Tphiloh Sisterhood , 1990 Members of the Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh Sisterhood meet in the new board room at the synagogue on Noyes Street in Portland. In the photo are Olivia Lieberman and Gail Hartglass. Beverly Boxstein was president of the Sisterhood. One Sisterhood document
    • Shaarey Tphiloh centennial poster, Portland , 2004 Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh in Portland celebrated its centennial in 2004. Among the events, advertised by this poster, was a performance by Paul Zim, "The Jewish Music Man," and his Simcha Klezar Band.Kim grew up in Portland. His father, Samuel Zimelman
    • Fallen Heroes : Last of the Jewish WWII Veterans , 2016
    • Fallen Heroes : Maine's Jewish Sailors and Soldiers , 2016
    • Jewish Soldiers and Sailors, The Great War , 2016


    • Those Who Gave Their Lifes: World War II , 2016

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