Jews have been Mainers for over 150 years. Come explore and celebrate the Jewish community’s contributions to
Maine’s history as well as contemporary life.
Welcome to the Maine Jewish Museum, located in Portland’s East End neighborhood. The museum is housed within the restored Etz Chaim Synagogue, a turn-of-the-century house of worship. The museum has been the venue for contemporary art exhibitions for the past six years. These exhibitions, which change every six weeks, feature established, Jewish-connected, and Maine-connected artists. The museum also houses Jack Montgomery’s photo exhibit of Holocaust survivors who settled in Maine as well as a permanent exhibition of Maine Jewish History, and the Maine Jewish Hall of Fame Presented By Dorothy Suzi Osher in memory of Alfred Osher created in 2018. Our newest Exhibit , Maine Synagogues Past and Present, will open this spring!
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.
The Maine Jewish Hall of Fame was created in 2018 to bestow recognition on outstanding Jewish leaders from throughout the state who have brought distinction and honor to the State of Maine or beyond.
Please join us for this year’s induction ceremony on September 19th at 3pm.
We are so grateful to you, our supporters, for always being there throughout our 11-year history. As our second decade continues, we are excited to report that the Maine Jewish Museum has continued to grow and has welcomed a record number of visitors through our doors.
Due to our focus on the Fire Restoration Fund, the Maine Jewish Museum Annual Appeal for 2020 will be postponed until 2021.
Maine Jewish Museum changes art exhibitions every 6 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.