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Edtih Shields was born in Poland in 1906. She immigrated to Toronto in 1925. During the 1920s, her father Rabbi Tzvi Silverstein served as rabbi for both the Keltzer and Slipia Synagogues. Edith married Labish Shields who was the owner of the Shield’s Printing Company and a construction company and also the financier of properties north of St. Clair Street.