Tag Archives: South Portland

Bill Gladstone Reviews Stories from Jewish Portland

April 30, 2012


AZA in front of old JCC courtesy Larry Mudrick

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of strolling through South Portland with author Polina Olsen. She pointed out the remaining landmarks from Portland’s once-upon-a-time immigrant neighborhood and shared some of the stories that she’s collected from residents. Thanks to her descriptions, I was able to imagine the kosher deli on the corner and the […]

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Stories from Jewish Portland is reviewed by The Oregonian

December 3, 2011


Polina Olsen stands at a Lair Hill intersection and points to the site where a Jewish mail-order bride from Ukraine once lived with her husband, a Jewish farmer from South Dakota. They lived not too far from a barn that housed the horses of the many Jewish junk peddlers who lived and plied their trade […]

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Interview with Polina Olsen, Author of Stories from Jewish Portland

August 15, 2011


AK: How did you first become interested in the stories of Portland’s Jewish community? PO: I became interested when I moved to a house in John’s Landing and learned that the neighborhood next store was once home to Jewish immigrants. All four grandparents emigrated from Eastern Europe but like many others, I never thought to […]

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