Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner
Dedicatory plaques for the synagogue
Ioannina, Greece
18th – early 20th century
Silver, cut and engraved
Purchased through the gift of an anonymous donor
Accession number: B84.0913
Typical of Greek Romaniot communities are the dedicatory silver plaques known as shadayot or takhshitim. These were donated on festivals or to celebrate important lifecycle events, and were usually sewn onto the Torah ark curtain or hung along the walls of the synagogue on special occasions. Their inscriptions reveal the reason for the donation: in memory of a dear one; in supplication for a cure; or in thanksgiving for deliverance from danger or illness.

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir