Obj. ID: 15561
Sacred and Ritual Objects Torah mantle from Beit Shalom Synagogue in Athens, Frankfurt am Main, 1931
The rectangular Torah mantle is composed of two fabrics sewn at top, leaving two openings for the staves.
The front is decorated with a Crown of Torah, flanked by the Hebrew initials "כ ת" (כתר תורה) "Crown of Torah" (based on Mishnah, Avot 4:13), and surmounting a dedicatory inscription. The Judeo-German (Yiddish) inscription arranged in five lines is written in square, filled Hebrew characters that read:
"בערנהארד אונד ריעקא/ בענרהיימ/ פראנקפורט מיין/ תרצא."
"Bernard and Rika Benrheim, Frankfurt am Main, (5)591 (1931)."
A fringed strip surrounds the bottom of the cloth.
The mantle is in good condition.
A Crown of Torah is mounted over a Hebrew dedicatory inscription.
The Torah mantle was donated to the Museum by the Beit Shalom Synagogue inAthenson 19.01.79.
It is possible that the German mantle found its way to Greece during WWII. Some ritual objects found in Auschwitz were later transferred to various places.
Amar, Ariella, and Irina Chernetsky. The collection of the Jewish Museum of Greece. Jerusalem: The Center for Jewish Art, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2007. Internal publication.