Jewish community of Sanford-Springvale.

Needs a Sanford photograph

This section of the Documenting Maine Jewry project has information on the Jewish community of Sanford, Springvale.

The coordinators of Sanford site are Martin Cohn and Joan Levenson. They would welcome additional photographs, documents and oral histories sent to them at dmj @ mindspring.com

All the dropdown menus above display data for just Sanford-Springvale

Local Jewish Organizations

There are unfortunately no longer Jewish organizations in Sanford


Brief History of Sanford Jewry

FORTHCOMING from Marsha

DATABASE RESOURCES : Information is available on

  • 9 individual Jews with strong ties to Sanford-Springvale of which 2 records has the Old Country origin of first generation immigrants
  • 3 records of burial in Jewish cemeteries for which there are 4 headstone images
  • 1 bibliographic citation and sources pertaining to Sanford-Springvale

Recent additions to the Documenting Sanford database include



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The Documenting Sanford Jewry (DSJ) site is a part of the state-wide Documenting Maine Jewry (DMJ) project. Honoring the Jewish tradition of remembrance, the Documenting Maine Jewry project seeks to tell the story, not just of those individuals, but of the communities they shaped. DMJ's goal is to collect short histories of the many people and organizations that have contributed, over time, to the lives of Maine Jews. Currently the state-wide index has records on over 25,000 Jewish Mainers and 200 Maine Jewish organizations.

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    DBJ is also building a community-based history around the religious and secular institutions that were or are the lifeblood of the Sanford 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.

Oral Histories    The DSJ project is also collecting oral histories. Currently there are no oral histories by Sanford-connected Jews.

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 dmj@mindspring.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 Sanford Documenting Maine Jewry effort is 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 dmj@mindspring.com.

Finances    Financial contributions supplement the volunteer effort by supporting data collection and outreach. DMJ is under the financial supervision of Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine(JCA), a 501(c)3 organization. Donations are welcome using the Tzedakah box below or by sending a gift (marked DOMJ) to the JCA, 57 Ashmont St., 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 dmj @ mindspring.com . To get a mailing address, please email describing the materials you would like to share.

Last Updated : 15 January 2015

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