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Chuppah Mantle


Wedding chuppah mantle from Moishe Synagogue in Shanghai. In Jewish wedding ceremonies, the bride and groom join as husband and wife underneath the chuppah, a canopy symbolizing the home the couple will build together. Vera Semerich found this mantle to adorn the chuppah in the flat occupied by her father, Isai Udovitch, after his death in Shanghai in 1958. She had come from Krasnodar, Russia to collect whatever belongings of his were left. Among them was this mantle, which was used in the Ohel Moshe Synagogue. Built in 1927, the Synagogue was an important religious centre for Jewish refugees throughout World War II, until it was closed in 1945. The space now hosts the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.

Donated by Vera Semerich

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