The Sisterhood:

Synagogue tea invitation, Portland, 1948

Synagogue tea invitation, Portland, 1948
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Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh

In 1948, Shaarey Tphiloh was facing a new challenge: a Conservative synagogue, Temple Beth El, opened a year before.

It relaxed some Orthodox traditions to better appeal to an American audience and lifestyle.

For instance, in the new Temple Beth El, men and women could worship side-by-side.

At Shaarey Tphiloh, women sat in the balcony, while men were on the main floor.

The Sisterhood's membership tea does not reflect those challenges.

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