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Brown Velvet Tefillin Bag, circa 1900

Identifier: B189.01.0001.00002


A brown velvet tefillin (phylacteries) bag with embroidery on the front and back. One side has red, yellow, blue, and green chain and buttonhole stitched flowers. The second side is embroidered with running and back stitches to form a Star of David with flowers in each of the triangles. There is a monogram in the center of the star. The drawstring closure is a red grosgrain ribbon stitched on by hand with blue embroidery floss. Originally belonged to the Kern Family.


  • circa 1900

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1 items (Tefillin bag)

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: Traditional wimple made from the swaddling cloths of Yaacov Ben Naftali Kahn from Boppard, Germany, donated by his sister-in-law Edith Kern. The wimple is ornately embroidered with Hebrew text. The embroidery reads in Hebrew: "Yaakov bar (son of) Naftali the Cohen was born with good fortune on Sunday, the 19th of Iyar 5659, (April 29-30, 1899) May God make him grow in (or) raise him to Torah and to the Hupah (marriage canopy) and to good deeds. Amen. Selah."

Wimples are used to wrap around Torah scrolls. The collection also contains a book of flowers from the Holy Lands (circa 1925) and a Tefillin Bag from 1895 to 1930.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Fair Velvet

Condition Report

Some discloration to the bag, satin ribbon around the top of the bag is frayed and coming loose, minor holes inside the bag. (BLS, 2010-12-10)


Originally belonged to the Kern Family.


Title supplied by archivist.


Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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