Date of Creationcirca 20th century
Place of CreationUnknown
DescriptionTefillin set of small boxes containing parchment scroll attached to leather straps worn during morning prayers.
A: Head tefillin with square, black painted, leather box [batim] constructed from four segments. Each section should hold a parchment scroll. Hebrew letter shin [ש] embossed on left and right side. The square box has been sewn onto a platform with a notched opening at the top. A worn dark brown leather strap is threaded through.
B: Hand tefillin with square, black painted, leather box [batim] with plain sides. Should hold a parchment scroll. The square box has been sewn onto a platform with a notched opening at the top. A worn dark brown leather strap is threaded through and knotted so that the strap forms a loop.
Materials/Techniquesleather, gut, parchment, paint
Measurementsa: 3.2 x 2.6 cm x 2 cm (batim: 1.3 x 1.3 cm); b: 3.7 x 3 cm x 2.2 cm (batim 1.5 x 1.5 cm); leather straps: 1 cm wide
ProvenanceGifted to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in 2013 by Andrew Rosengarten.
Gifted to the donor at his bar mitzvah on 10 May 1963 by a family friend, Johnny Dale (birth name Hans Leventhal), who was the original owner.
Legal Statuspermanent collection
Credit LineCourtesy of Andrew Rosengarten
NoteThe original owner of the item, Hans Leventhal, was a good friend of Manfred Rosengarten's in Shanghai. After arriving in the United States, he changed his name to Johnny Dale and became known as "Uncle Johnny" to the Rosengarten children.