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Art Exhibits

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 feature established, Jewish-connected, and Maine-connected artists and rotate every eight weeks.

Our current temporary exhibitions are listed below.

Masks optional. 

    • A flower expected everywhere [...]

      (Emily Dickinson)
      Juliet Karelsen & Jocelyn Lee
      Fineberg Family Community Room
      June 30, 2022 – August 26, 2022

      Through the symbolism of flowers, Karelsen and Lee explore issues of fragility, strength, transformation, beauty, vulnerability, life and death. As Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh wrote “We can describe the flower as full of everything.


      Lawrence Elbroch
      Jody Sataloff History and Art Pavillion
      June 30, 2022 – August 26, 2022

      “I have a passion for capturing those quiet, meaningful moments increasingly unusual in our noisy world. As such, I am drawn to spirituality, nature, and people who live simple lives close to the earth. Daily life and rituals are so varied across cultures, but we are richer when we embrace all voices, views, and traditions. My work has been published in Parabola Magazine (Vol. 47.2: Ancestors), Photographer’s Forum Magazine annual “Best of Photography” edition multiple times and have received awards for my work including a commendation from the Sony World Photography Awards.”

    • New York Maine New York

      Robert Solotaire
      Spiegel Gallery
      June 30, 2022 – August 26, 2022

      “Our father spent his life dedicated to the art and the practice of painting. It’s hard to think of dad without a paint brush in his hand, or standing in front of his easel, or without his camera walking down the street looking for new subject matter. But he was also a loving father, a beloved man about town, an avid reader, and clipper of the news (with strong opinions about what he was reading), a veteran gardener, a music lover, and a voracious traveler. He truly lived a full life, enjoying the world around him and the people he met, and his art reflected that.

    • Witness to War: Ukrainian Photographers React

      July 18 -August 26

      At the Maine Jewish Museum, we celebrate and honor the contributions and diversity of Maine’s Jewish immigrants in the context of the American experience and world history… and there are undeniable parallels between the persecution that caused millions of Jews to flee to the USA (sometimes landing in Maine) and the atrocities now unfolding in Ukraine and creating an immigration and humanitarian crisis. We therefore felt compelled to do our part to document Putin’s war against Ukrainians through an exhibition of original photographs in the Museum.