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Jewish study group, Portland, ca. 1985

Jewish study group, Portland, ca. 1985

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Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh

Another example of holding to Orthodox beliefs while accommodating some elements of contemporary life is the change in study groups.

Chevra mishnayas -- groups who studied Jewish texts -- began in Portland early in the 20th century, with men gathering daily at the synagogue.

When people's schedules began to change and they could no longer easily gather at the synagogue for study, the groups began to meet for lunch or at member's offices.

Meeting at Perry's on Fore Street in Portland, are, from left, Shaarey Tphiloh members Joe Bornstein, Rabbi Mandel, Reuben Siegal, Richard Slosberg.