Etz Chaim Synagogue

267 Congress St.

Portland, ME  04101

(207) 329-9854

Etz Chaim Synagogue


Etz Chaim is located in the Downtown Portland Historic District, located on the peninsula at the foot of Munjoy Hill.  The neighborhood housed so many Jewish families at the turn of the twentieth century, it was commonly referred to as "Jerusalem of the North."  By 1921 there were three Orthodox synagogues located in this district within 3 blocks of each other.  Etz Chaim is the only synagogue of the three that continues to operate.  Established in 1921, Etz Chaim is celebrating its 90th year of continuous service to Jews in Greater Portland and beyond.

Etz Chaim Synagogue has been the home of the Maine Jewish Museum since 2010.  The museum is dedicated to preserving the original turn-of-the-century, European style orthodox synagogue so that future generations can visit and enjoy.  It also is dedicated to being a center for Maine Jewish history, art and culture.

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