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Welcome to the Maine Jewish Museum, located in Portland’s historic East End neighborhood!

The museum is housed within the restored Etz Chaim Synagogue, a turn-of-the-century house of worship. The museum is a venue for contemporary art exhibitions featuring established, Jewish-connected, and Maine-connected artists that rotate every eight weeks. The museum also houses Jack Montgomery’s photo exhibit of Holocaust survivors who settled in Maine, an exhibition of Maine Jewish History, an interactive exhibition “Maine Synagogues Past and Present” and the Maine Jewish Hall of Fame Presented By Dorothy Suzi Osher in memory of Alfred Osher created in 2018.

Summer Hours (Memorial Day – Labor Day):

Monday – 11am – 4pm
Tuesday – 11am – 4pm
Wednesday – 11am – 4pm
Thursday – 11am – 4pm
Friday – 11am – 4pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday – 11am – 4pm

    • Welcome!

      Celebrate and honor the contributions and diversity of Maine’s Jewish immigrants in the context of the American experience. Through exhibits, programming, and dialogue the Museum seeks to build bridges of appreciation and understanding with people of all backgrounds.

    • A Song and a Prayer – Maine Cantors and Musicians in Concert

      Sunday, October 22, 2023
      3 – 4:00 PM (reception to follow)

      In honor of our NEW cantorial exhibit, we invite you to join us for a live concert of cantorial music at the Maine Jewish Museum.

      Here in Maine, we are fortunate to have ordained cantors, lay leaders who serve as cantors, choirs who have performed cantorial music, and even a composer who continues to write this music today. A Song and a Prayer: Maine Cantors and Musicians in Concert brings them all together for a singular musical and spiritual encounter in a magnificent, century-old historical synagogue building.

    • The Maine Jewish Museum – From Strength to Strength: Building Back Better After the Fire

      As the before and after photos in this online exhibit show, the small but mighty Maine Jewish community ensured that the fire was but a chapter in the Maine Jewish Museum’s story, not the end of our story. For this, we are eternally grateful. May the fire inside us always burn brighter than the fire around us.

      View Slideshow

    • Art Exhibits

      Maine Jewish Museum changes art exhibitions every 8 weeks, featuring Jewish artists with a Maine connection.

      Permanent collections featuring: Maine Holocaust Survivors, History of Maine Jews, and Famous people attending Maine summer camps.

    • Buy a Brick

      Our brick walkway, consisting of 4,000 bricks, leads from the street through our peaceful garden to the entrance of the building. The Maine Jewish Museum invites you to honor or remember special people in your life by inscribing their name(s) on one or more commemorative bricks. Funds raised will help enable the Museum to complete the final phase of renovations and make improvements that will benefit the entire community.