Story Bank of Maine did an excellent interview in 2009 with Meredith Dondis, Ruth Small, Sam Small, Edith Dondis about the history of the Rockland Jewish community. The short piece is available on their website

Jewish community of Greater Rockland.

Adas Yoshuron (Rockland) Interior
Adas Yoshuron - exterior view
Adas Yoshuron, Exterior
Berliawsky-Small cemetery enterance gate
Green Confectionary Store - interior view

This section of the Documenting Maine Jewry project has information on the communities of Owl Head, Rockland, Rockport, Thomaston.

Local coordinator for this site is Liz Snider . She would welcome additional photographs, documents and oral histories sent to her at dmj @ mindspring.com
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Jewish census data for Rockland is available for 1920 and also for 1930 .

All the dropdown menus above display data for just Greater Rockland

Local Jewish Organizations

Adas Yoshuron Synagogue 50 Willow St ( P O Box 1250) Rockland 207-594-4523 - info@adasyoshuron.org
Berliawsky-Small Cemetery, Rockland,Me Rockland 207-594-4523 - yoshuron@midcoast.com
Owls Head Jewish Cemetery - Children's Section Owls Head 207-594-4523 - yoshuron@midcoast.com
Owls Head Jewish Cemetery, Owls Head, Me Owls Head 207-594-4523 - yoshuron@midcoast.com

Brief History of Greater Rockland Jewry

Adas Yoshuron�s building was purchased from the Advent Christian Church in 1912 by a handful of Jewish immigrants. The original congregation numbered 31 families. Membership fluctuated around 20 or fewer families in the 1930s through the late 1950s, and has recently grown to more than 70 memberships. Although the congregation was originally Orthodox, in 1975 it voted to become a Conservative synagogue. Then, in 2004, Adas Yoshuron hired its first full-time rabbi in more than 60 years, Rabbi Amita Jarmon. After spending almost 5 years with the congregation, Rabbi Jarmon moved to Israel in 2009 and Adas Yoshuron now functions with a visiting rabbi, Rabbi Natan Margalit, and lay leaders -- Adas Yoshuron website (Sept 2014)

DATABASE RESOURCES : Information is available on

  • 1,031 individual Jew with strong ties to Greater Rockland of which 186 records has the Old Country origin of first generation immigrants
  • 172 records of burial in Jewish cemeteries for which there are 154 headstone images
  • 32 organizations important to the Greater Rockland Jewish community of which 10 are Jewish community institutions and 10 are businesses important to the Greater Rockland Jewish community
  • 83 bibliographic citations and sources pertaining to Greater Rockland of which 45 are photographs and 3 are oral histories

Recent additions to the Documenting Greater Rockland Jewry database include

The Documenting Greater Rockland Jewry (DGRJ) 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 30,000 Jewish Mainers and 200 Maine Jewish organizations.

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.

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 DMJ) to Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave, 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.

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