Jewish Voices of Maine



An Interactive 

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Two Programs Available !!

Recordings of Cantors: A selection of religious music by cantors in Maine recorded over the decades from 1950 to the present.

Oral Histories from Portland:  Excerpts of thirteen interviews from the Documenting Maine Jewry / Portland Public Library oral history collection, offered in short thematic segments.

Cantorial Selections by: 
Kurt Messerschmidt – Temple Beth El, Portland (with additional voices)
Cantor Samuel Zimelman – Cong Shaarey Tphiloh, Portland (with his 5 sons)
Rabbi Hillel Katzir – Temple Shalom, Auburn
Cantor Deborah Marlowe – Beth Israel, Waterville
Oral Histories of Portland Residents
Topics cover such themes as Getting to America, Life on Munjoy Hill,
Anti-Semitism, Holiday Recollections, the Jewish Community Center,
Schooling, and Early Jobs and Businesses.
Excerpts include interviews with:
Barbara Epstein                               Bella Cowen
Charlotte Siegel                               Dave Astor
Elliot Schwartz                                 Estelle Brooks
Esther Goldberg                               Phil Levinsky
Rita Weisberg                                  Russell Bornstein
Sid Cronsberg                                 Wilma Rose