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2023 Induction Ceremony – Maine Jewish Hall of Fame

Presented by Dorthy Suzy Osher, In Memory of Alfred Osher
Sunday May 21, 2023
Master of Ceremonies; Irwin Gratz

3-3:45 pm – Garden Reception
(beverages and appetizers served)
3:45 – 4 pm – Transition to chapel
4 – 5:30 pm – Induction Ceremony

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Event Program

Sponsorship and Advertisement

Host Committee Letter

Press Release

2023 Inductees


Dr. Joel Bloom* – Otisfield, ME
David Brenerman – Portland, ME
Gerald Fineberg* – Boston, MA
Max and Irving Kagan* – Bangor, ME
*of blessed memory

Linda Lavin – Los Angeles, CA
Katherine Morgan* – Portland, ME
Melvin Stone* – Portland, ME
Howard Trotzky РBangor, ME

Presented by Dorothy Suzi Osher in Memory of Alfred Osher

* Indicates of blessed memory

- Joel and Linda Abromson* - Portland
- Jim Abrahamson*- Portland
- The Adelman family* (including Hiram and Katherine, Milton and Gloria, Yale and Mary and Jack and Elizabeth Mazer) - Aroostook County
- Dorothy and Harold Alfond* - Waterville
- Dr Albert Aranson* - Portland
- David Astor* - Portland
- Rabbi Gary Berenson - Cape Elizabeth
- The Bernstein Family* (including Israel and Rebecca, Selma and Louis, and Sumner and Rosalyne) - Portland
- Dr Joel Bloom* - Otisfield
- David Brenerman - Portland
- Judge Morton Brody* - Waterville
- Sam L Cohen * - Biddeford
- Lawrence & Kay Cutler* - Bangor, ME
- Julius (Yudy) & Frances Elowitch* - Portland
- Sidney Epstein* - Bangor
- Gerald Fineberg* - Boston
- Rabbi Tuvia Ben Shmuel Yosef (Donald Gellers)* - Eastport
- Al Glickman* and Judy Glickman Lauder - Portland
- Norman Godfrey* - Portland
- Jerry and Susan* Goldberg - Portland
- Gerda Schild Haas* - Lewiston
- Max and Irving Kagan* - Bangor
- Linda Lavin - Los Angeles

- Abraham and Fannie Levey* - Portland
- George I Lewis* - Portland
- Bernard Lown* - Lewiston
- Philip Lown* - Lewiston
- Peter and Paula Lunder - Waterville/Scarborough
- Judith Magyar and Irving Isaacson* - Lewiston
- Cantor Kurt Messerschmidt* - Portland
- The Minsky Family (Including Meyer and Bess*, Leonard and Renee *and Norman) - Old Town
- Katherine Morgan* - Portland
- Harold and Millie Nelson* - Falmouth
- Kenny and Mary Nelson - Falmouth
- Leonard and Merle Nelson - Cumberland Foreside
- Louise Nevelson* - Rockland
- The Osher Family (including Peggy* and Harold, Bernard and Barbro, Alfred* and Suzi, and Harold and Marion Sandler*) - Portland
- Nathan Povich*-Bath
- Roxanne Quimby - Schoodic
- Benjamin Stern* - Biddeford
- Rabbi Harry Z Sky* - Portland
- Nancy and Charlie Shuman - Augusta
- Jack Spiegel* - Portland
- Melvin Stone* - Portland
- Howard Trotzky - Bangor/Caratunk
- The Unobskey Family* (including Joseph and Sarah and sons William, Arthur, and Charles) - Calais
- Rita Willis* - Portland

Our Deepest condolences to the family of HOF inductee Jerry Fineberg. May his memory be a blessing.

Celebrating Maine’s Jewish art, history and culture In a restored 1921 synagogue

Dawn LaRochelle, Executive Director
Nancy Davidson, Curator in Residence
Nanci Kahn, Photography Curator


Steven Brinn. President
Katie Getchell. Vice President
Andrew Brenner, Treasurer
Janet Raffle, Secretary
Dr. Nathan Aranson
Rabbi Gary Berenson, Founding Executive Director
Nancy Osher Blumberg
Ben Bornstein. Esq
Harris Gleckman
Sari Greene
Robert Hirshon, Esq
Ivan Howard
Nikki Jacobson
Ruthie Noble
Marcel Polak
Amy Tinkle
Nancy Ziegler, Esq

Bestowing recognition on outstanding Maine Jewish leaders who have brought distinction and honor to the State of Maine and beyond

Steven Brinn – Event Chairperson


Toby Adelman
Steven Brinn
Rabbi Gary Berenson
Harris Gleckman
Abe Peck
Jodv Sataloff
Aaron Shapiro
Miles Theeman
King Weinstein


Rabbi Gary Berenson
Steven Brinn
Mark Aranson
Andrew Brenner
Harris Gleckman
Lee Goldberg
Ivan Howard
Ruthie Noble
Jody Sataloff
Amy Tinkle
David Turesky
Nancy Ziegler