Taking care of our loved ones by renovating and securing the sacred places where they are buried is basic to Judaism. It’s “tikkun olam” (repairing the world) in a literal form. And it’s up to the entire community to make sure it happens.
By refurbishing these historic sites, we aim to revitalize the memory of those past and honor their contributions to our Jewish heritage.
Southern Maine Jewish Cemetery Association maintains two historic cemeteries in Maine: Mount Sinai in Portland and Smith Street in South Portland.
The resting place of our ancestors should be just as holy as the Seder table, or the synagogue in which we worship.
“Cemeteries are our history; they are our heritage.
Sure, they need to be protected from the elements, but more importantly they must be protected from complacency, from neglect, and from our collective diminished memory.”
- Wayne Goodman
Southern Maine Jewish Cemetery Association