Torah Mantle

Description
Made in Wenkheim, Germany, this silk Torah mantle was brought to San Francisco by Jewish immigrants during the California gold rush and presented to Congregation Emanu-El. Founded in 1850, Emanu-El (Hebrew for "God is with us") was one of the first synagogues in San Francisco. It provided a spiritual and social community for German and central European Jews who came to California in search of economic opportunities and political freedom.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cover
mantle, Torah
Date made
1785-1786
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
metal (overall material)
silk (overall material)
linen (overall material)
metallic thread (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 34 1/4 in x 15 1/2 in x 1 3/8 in; 86.995 cm x 39.37 cm x 3.4925 cm
Place Made
Deutschland: Baden-Württemberg, Wenkheim
ID Number
1988.0183.001
accession number
1988.0183
catalog number
1988.0183.001
subject
Judaism
Hindu
Immigration
Migration
Gold Rush
related event
California Gold Rush
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Religion
National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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