We are a non-profit organization of Jewish community members that is concerned about the worsening state of our area’s Jewish cemeteries. By refurbishing these historic sites, we aim to revitalize the memory of those past and honor their contributions to our Jewish heritage.
It is our mission to honor our buried forebears in accordance with Jewish tradition, beliefs, and practices.
Rabbi Gary Berenson / Steve Brinn / Karen Lerman / George Marcus / Sam Novick / Sherri Quint / Marshall Tinkle
Southern Maine Jewish Cemetery Association is an independent charitable organization unaffiliated with any synagogue and is managed by volunteers. SMJCA is 501(c)13 non-profit organization and donations to our organization are tax-deductible.
"When I moved to the Portland area in 2009, I never imagined that I would become so involved with cemeteries, let alone with their management, upkeep and finances. As I explored Portland and became familiar with the area and the Jewish community, I realized how important it is to honor our heritage and the memories of our loved ones and dedicated myself to the preservation, sanctity and continuity of our Jewish cemeteries, some of which are more than 100 years old. Although I have no relatives buried locally, I walk through our cemeteries and read the headstones and wonder about these people who came before us. I absorb the stories I hear from visiting families about their loved ones and it begins to feel as if I personally knew those who are buried here. It feels good to visit the graves of our ancestors and to take a few minutes in the quiet park-like atmosphere to reflect. When we come to lay stones on the graves of our loved ones and remember them, it is comforting to see a neatly trimmed and well maintained cemetery. It is a good feeling to know that someone is taking care of and maintaining their final resting place." ~ Sherri Quint, SMJCA Treasurer
"A few years ago, shortly after we moved back to Portland, I visited the Smith Street cemetery where my grandparents and other relatives are buried. I was shocked and very saddened by the deplorable conditions I observed. Where was the caring, respect and dignity we as a Jewish community owe all of our ancestors? I was so pleased when a group of concerned Jews formed the SMJCA in order to repair and maintain the Smith Street and Mt. Sinai cemeteries." ~ Wilma Rose
Work is ongoing at both Mt. Sinai and Smith Street cemeteries. Check out our photo gallery and view our photos and progress as we complete work on our cemeteries.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions at Mount Sinai and Smith Street cemeteries. Your generous donation is tax deductible and will help fund our mission.