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Communal Wedding Ring

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Silver communal wedding ring that belonged to American-born Marilyn Smith. Marilyn’s grandparents were from the village of Suchowola, a satellite of Bialystok, Poland. When the Germans were advancing, Marilyn’s grandfather, who was involved in the local synagogue, saved the ring and took it to America. He passed it on to his granddaughter, who attached a chain so she could wear it around her neck.

It is believed that couples too poor to afford individual wedding rings used a communal one for their ceremony. The elaborate ring features the congratulatory Hebrew words “Mazel Tov at the base.  

Donated by Maureen Flekser
M2006/128

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