Obj. ID: 19671
Jewish Architecture Marot Ha-sulam Synagogue (Beit Ha-Midrash Neve Tzedek Le-Adat Ha-Prushim), Tel Aviv - Torah ark
The Torah ark is a frestanding, rectangular cupboard located on a raised balustrade platform approached by a three steps.
It consists of two tiers and over hanging entablature. Each tier has two doors.
The upper and main doors are flanked by apair of pillassters which are suppurted by wide bases decorated with vases and scrolls. On top of the pilastes, on both sided of the entablature. are square capitals decorated with a similar pattern.
The entablature is decorated with a curtain-like design.
The lower doors bear a dedicatory inscription which inscribed in four rows. In square filled letters it is read:
“The donation of the Gorodensig brothers for the exaltation of the soul of their father Avraham Yosef son of Eliahu of blessed Memory and their mother Mrs. Pesha daughter of Yosef, the Year (5) 674 (1914)”.
On top of the entablature are square Tables of the Covenant inscribed with the beginning words of the ten commandments. Two rampant lions which face each other support the tablets. An amphora-like finial flanks the lions, surmounting each of the capitals.
Similar types of Torah arks are found in the neighboring synagogues, Kehal Hasidim (dated by its inscription after 1923) and Ohel Yitzhak (dated to 1959).