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Sophie Teener papers

Identifier: umja0138

Scope and Contents

This collection contains bulletins, programs, and meeting minutes from the Women's Auxiliary of the Oak Park Home; a Northwest Region of Junior Hadassah convention program; a program booklet from North High School 50th Reunion for the class of 1931; a listing of families living on the Near Northside in 1930; essays on the Northside by Lael Berman and Joe Brochin; an Aleph Zadick Aleph prom program; programs from the Beth El Theatre Group; scripts in Yiddish and English for presentations given to Yiddish Vinkl group about Teener's costume business and the founding of the Beth El Choir and other musical groups; a fundraising letter from the Zionist Organization of America; materials from the Talmud Torah of Minneapolis; A Book of Jewish Thoughts; and Readings from the Holy Scriptures for Jewish Soldiers and Sailors.


  • 1915-2009


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Sophie Teener grew up on the Northside of Minneapolis where she graduated from North High School and Beth Hamidrash of Minneapolis Talmud Torah. She was a member of the Beth El Synagogue choir for 35 years and served as the youngest president of the Women's Auxiliary of the Oak Park Home, formerly known as the Jewish Sheltering Home for Children. Teener valued the Yiddish language and joined the first Yiddish speaking group at the Jewish Community Center called "Lomir Redden Yiddish", which later evolved into the Yiddish Vinkl. She was also an active member of the Tuesday Shmoozday Yiddish group, which met at the Jewish Community Center. Sophie would later join her husband, Jerry Teener, in the family business, Teener's Theatrical Department Store, where she was active for 30 years, until it was sold, and she retired at the age of 86. Teener passed away in November, 2017 at the age of 101.


0.40 Cubic Feet (1 Hollinger box)

Language of Materials




This collection contains materials related to various Jewish and theater organizations that Sophie Teener was involved with over her lifetime in Minnesota.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Sophie Teener between 1998 and 2011. Collection added to by daughter Elissa Getsug in 2018.

Sophie Teener Papers, 1915-2009
Erin Smerage
March 2018
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Collecting Area Details

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