Contributed by: Daniel Wenger | Last Date of Travel: June 2004
Kosher Info: We relied on Brookline, MA, for our Kosher food supply for all of Maine, as well as Shabbat in Bangor. As far as I can tell, that’s still the closest place to stock up on major kosher supplies. The Shul did have a nice Kiddush and Seuda Shelishit, but I presume that that was all prepared in-house.
Tourist Info: The Shul was in a largely residential part of town, so we really didn’t see much over Shabbat. Bangor’s tourism website has plenty of info, but we really used it as the closest Jewish community to Bar Harbor, which is the seaside luxury tourist spot.
Jewish Info: Bangor and Portland are the only two Maine cities that the OU website listed as having a Mikvah. The Orthodox Shul is Nusach Sfarad, and is situated across the street from a non-Orthodox Shul, which threw me for a loop when I tried to enter the wrong one. The community is not particularly large, but it is certainly well attended and active (daily Minyan, etc.) and hosts a great Shabbat.