Tefillin

Museum Work

Resource TypeObjects
Date of Creationcirca 20th century
GenreReligious Materials
Object ID2013.005.001
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.
Classificationtefillin
Legal Statuspermanent collection
Credit LineCourtesy of Andrew Rosengarten
Compound WorksTefillin bag
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.