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
Date made
1785-1786
Place Made
Deutschland: Baden-Württemberg, Wenkheim
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
ID Number
1988.0183.001
accession number
1988.0183
catalog number
1988.0183.001
Credit Line
Gift of Congregation Emanu-El (San Francisco), 1987
subject
Judaism
Immigration
Migration
Gold Rush
related event
California Gold Rush
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Religion
National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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