Waterville

Waterville is located just north of Augusta along the Kennebec River. During the mid-1800s, Waterville’s textile mill complex was built, creating a great many job opportunities in the town.  In addition, Waterville became a repair center for Maine Central Railroad, drawing even more people to the city.  German and Eastern European Jews arrived in Waterville to peddle dry goods. In 1902, the first synagogue was founded. 

Waterville

(estimated)

1860-2015

Waterville

Beth Israel Congregation

1902-present

Beth Israel Congregation, 1905
Beth Israel Congregation , 1945
Beth Israel Congregation, today
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Affiliation

Rabbi

Location

Website

Phone

Conservative

Rabbi  Rachel Isaacs

291 Main Street, Waterville

www.BethIsraelWaterville.org

(207)872-7551

Beth Israel Congregation

Congregational Timeline

June 16, 1902

Beth Israel Congregation was chartered, founded by seven men who had settled in Waterville.

1925

The mortgage was paid off.

1954

Rabbi David Prince served the congregation after the death of Rabbi Hains.

1971

Rabbi Goldstein served the congregation.

2011

Rabbi Rachel Isaacs hired and continues to serve the congregation.

1903

The congregation purchased a barn which they dismantled, using the lumber to build a synagogue.

1950s

Building closed.

1957

After WWII, Waterville’s Jewish population grew significantly, creating a need for a larger and more modern space. Construction began on the congregation’s current space, completed the following year.

1981-1983

Jay Labov served as a lay cantor, followed sometime later by Cantor Deborah Marlow.

1905

The construction was complete, supported in large part by membership dues of ten cents per day/$5 per year per family. Harry/Hyman Shenson served as the spiritual leader.

1921-1953

Rabbi Abraham Hains served the congregation.

March 29, 1958

Synagogue dedicated. Rabbi Nathaniel Steinberg served the congregation.

1979-2006

Rabbi Raymond Krinsky served the congregation.

Beth Israel Congregation

Clergy Leadership Over the Years: