Beth Israel (Waterville) - 2002 circa

thanks to Peter and Joan Braverman for donating the image

In 1921 Reverend Abraham M. Hains arrived in Waterville, and led the Congregation until his death in 1953. For twenty-seven years until his retirement in September, 2007 Rabbi Raymond Krinsky has been the Congregation´┐Żs spiritual leader. Rabbi Krinsky also provides a significant link to the Jewish students at Colby College where he continues to serve as the Jewish chaplain, advisor to Hillel, and instructor of Hebrew. The Congregation is now led by Cantor Deborah Marlowe, originally from Philadelphia and who has an extensive operatic background as well as extensive cantorial studies and experience.

From the growth of the Jewish population in the Waterville Area after World War II, there again rose a need, both physical and aesthetic, for a larger and more modern place of worship. In June 1957 construction was begun on the present structure at the corner of Main and Kelsey Streets, primarily through the generosity of Harold and Bibby Alfond, and the dynamic leadership of David Gray, president of the Congregation, the Board of Directors, and their capable committees. The present edifice was completed in March of 1958.

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