"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 the Torah


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Torah Mantle

Date unknown (probably late 19th–early 20th century)
Velvet with applied materials
28 x 18 inches

This Torah Mantle is typical of the more than two dozen in the
Museum’s collection which feature a Torah crown, Ten Commandment tablets
flanked by standing lions, and a tree of life or floral design at the
bottom. It is embroidered with heavy metallic thread and embellished
with sequins and glass jewels. To add dimension to the design, artisans
typically used newspaper to pad the crown, tablets and lions. Like this
mantle, many in our collection carry a dedication in honor or in memory
of a congregant’s loved ones. This one reads: “Maynish Hirsch-Mandel,
Etta Rifkin, children of Rabbi Yitzak Steinholtz.”

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