"The Eldridge Street synagogue…is an impressive representation of traditional Judaism, modified perforce by the spirit of the time and surroundings."

Century Magazine, 1892

dressing-torah

Dressing the Torah

dressing-mantle

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Torah Mantle

Date unknown, probably late 19th–early 20th century
Velvet with applied materials
27.5 x16.5 inches

This Torah mantle has a unique shape and simple design. Most
Ashkenazi mantles have two holes at the top for the Torah staves to poke
through, but this mantle is held together by two velvet straps at the
upper edge, making it look like a small dress. This is a Sephardic
(Spanish and Middle Eastern Jewish) style, indicating that this mantle
did not belong to the Eldridge Street Synagogue congregation, but rather
that it came to the Museum from another now-defunct house of worship.

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