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Voices of Maine’s Lost Synagogues

Wednesday, November 17 2021 – 7 pm

Jews have been living in Maine for 200 years, practicing in up to 30 active synagogues built to anchor Jewish communities across the state. Half of those synagogues no longer exist. Veteran ABC, CBS and CNN producer, writer, director, and media consultant Jo Dondis will bring together voices of these lost synagogues who will help tell the story of the impressive span of Maine’s Jewish community life throughout the state.

Join us for this unique opportunity that will bring life to the exhibition on view at the Maine Jewish Museum, housed in the restored 1921 synagogue, Etz Chaim.

Co-sponsored by The Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, and Documenting Maine Jewry.



Jessica Lantos, Exhibition Curator and Research Coordinator, Documenting Maine Jewry


Jo Dondis


Beth Hillson, exhibition subject and former member, Temple Israel, Old Town-Orono

Toby Adelman, exhibition subject and former member, Aroostook Hebrew Community Center, Presque Isle

Babs Shapiro, exhibition subject and former member, Congregation Beth Abraham, Auburn

View a video of the event