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.

Date Made: 1785 - 1786

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Germany: Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Wenkheim

Religion Association: JudaismSubject: ImmigrationMigrationGold RushRelated Event: California Gold Rush

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Related Web Publication: http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures

Related Publication: Grossman, Grace Cohen, with Richard Eighme Ahlborn. Judaica at the Smithsonian: Cultural Politics as Cultural Model, Myers, Susan H.. Promise of A New Life: Jewish Immigrants in America, 1820-1880, The, National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition

Credit Line: Gift of Congregation Emanu-El (San Francisco), 1987

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1988.0183.001Accession Number: 1988.0183Catalog Number: 1988.0183.001

Object Name: covermantle, Torah

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-9ac5-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_683368

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