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The Sisterhood:

Shaarey Tphiloh Sisterhood tea invitation, Portland, 1947

Shaarey Tphiloh Sisterhood tea invitation, Portland, 1947

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Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh

The Sisterhood was organized in 1925. One of its first functions was raising money to help the Shaarey Tphiloh pay off its mortgage for the building that opened in 1904 on Newbury Street in Portland.

Dora Miller was the first president. A native of Maine, her parents were Polish immigrants as was her husband, Harry, a merchant.

Vice president Rebecca Helfont, a Russian immigrant, was married to Louis Helfont, also a Russian immigrant, who was a merchant.

The treasurer, Lillian Bernstein, and her husband, Hyman, also were Yiddish-speaking immigrants from Russia. He worked as a pawnbroker.

Mrs. B. Diamon was secretary.




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