ROCKLAND, Maine — People were smiling so hard at the Easter Day Community Dinner in Rockland, it was as if good cheer could be converted to currency.

But since the Easter meal was free, as it has been for more than 25 years, they were smiling because they wanted to. Every spring, the Adas Yoshuron Synagogue of Rockland hosts the holiday meal for the community, and on Sunday, about 110 people came to St. Peter’s Church for food and fellowship among people who have become friends.

“It’s the greatest thing for this town,” said Kenny Bickford of Rockland, adding that the ham was to die for. “We need more of this in this world. It’s wonderful, absolutely wonderful.”

Lisa Breheny of Rockland is the president of the 113-year-old synagogue, which is egalitarian and unaffiliated. Members of the midcoast group host special meals at Easter and Christmas and a monthly soup kitchen.

“It’s just being in the community and helping as much as possible,” she said. “I just think it’s part of who we are.”

Steva Parkman of Camden, another member of the synagogue, said that giving back to the community is a privilege.

“We don’t celebrate these holidays — we should give to others who do,” she said. “It makes you feel that you’re so fortunate, to be able to give to others.”

Breheny said that the meal is a true community-wide effort. This year, she counted at least 45 volunteers who bustled around cooking, serving and cleaning up after the meal. Local stores and restaurants always donate food, too, she said, including Hannaford, which gave them eight spiral hams.

There also were deviled eggs from the Fog Bar & Cafe in Rockland, flourless chocolate cake from In Good Company in Rockland, and mashed potatoes from Cappy’s in Camden and the Samoset in Rockport. Chef Kerry Altiero of Cafe Miranda in Rockland runs the kitchen.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, she said.

“Without everybody, this doesn’t happen,” she said.

Ron Haven of Appleton said that he and his girlfriend, Katharine Woodman, don’t bother to make other holiday plans anymore.

“You find such hospitality among the people,” he said. “All walks of life. It’s just fantastic. You talk to people from all over the country.”

One of those people is Stephen Moles, a Kingsport, Tennessee, resident who is spending some months in Maine while he studies at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport.

“I’m just amazed and bowled over by the kindness of the people who put it on and also the people we ate with,” he said.