Tag Archives: Stories from Jewish 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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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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South Portland Walkabout

August 5, 2011


“Mention Hebrew School, the Neighborhood House, basketball, or the ubiquitous junk peddlers, and photographs come out and stories are retold…. There will never be another South Portland.” —Stories from Jewish Portland by Polina Olsen (The History Press, 11.2011) On Sunday, August 21, 2011, join author Polina Olsen for a walking tour of historic Jewish Portland. […]

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