Abraham J. Peck is a historian at the University of Southern Maine and the author or editor of 13 previous volumes. Jean M. Peck is also a writer and editor. The powerful vintage images displayed in this volume were gathered from various local, state, and national historical societies and archives.
Maine's Jewish Heritageby Abraham J. Peck
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According to historian Benjamin Band, the first record of a Jew in Maine concerns Susman Abrams, a tanner who resided in Union until his death at 87 in 1830. Historical records beginning in 1849 also tell of a small Bangor community that organized a synagogue and purchased a burial ground. But it was not until the late 19th century that Jewish communities grew large enough to establish multiple synagogues, Hebrew schools for boys, kosher butcher shops, and Jewish bakeries. Eventually there were Jewish charitable societies, community centers, and social clubs across the state. Now, 150 years later, Jews serve every Maine community in every possible capacity, free from the barriers of social or religious discrimination. This book honors the accomplishments of Maine's Jewish residents.
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This book was written very clearly and easy to understand. I did not realize the importance that Bangor, Maine played in the lives of the Jewish people settling in Maine. The book explored the lives of the Jews in all the major cities in Maine and I found it very interesting. Because the book depended on pictures given to the writer, they did not depict many of the prominent families, only a few. Overall, I did enjoy the book.