South Portland Walking Tour

OJMCHE offers walking tours of Portland with a focus on Jewish immigrant history. 
Participants will tour Old South Portland by walking through streets while hearing stories about the century old neighborhood. This tour includes highlights such as South Portland Library, Meade Street Shul (the old Kesser Israel building) and Neighborhood House, which was the social heart of Lair Hill and is where today students of the Cedarwood Waldorf School still learn in the historic building.

We also have opportunity to witness and discuss the social and physical effects of Urban Renewal upon what was one of Portland’s most vibrantly ethnically diverse neighborhoods.

The tour concludes on the campus of Portland State University.  

The tour itself is just over a mile's worth of walking along paved sidewalks that at times are worn and bumpy with wear and tear.  Participants on our walking tours will be responsible for wearing adequate weather appropriate clothing as well as bringing an ample supply of water and/or snacks (especially in the summer months.) At the conclusion of the tour, participants can take public transportation back to the South Portland starting point or they can opt to walk the mile back.  The availability of tours are dependent on if the weather is permitting.

Please contact us for more questions or to schedule a tour at

Portland Jewish Academy Student Testimonial: "Thank you for the wonderful tour of the old Jewish neighborhood. I learned that Barbur Boulevard covered up a gulch." – Naomi, fifth grade


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