TEAL Exhibitions

Decorations and Remains of the Kaifeng Synagogue Site

Decoration Objects

Textual Decorations

Vertical (<em>lian</em>) and horizontal (<em>bian</em>) inscriptions from the Kaifeng synagogue

Vertical (lian) and horizontal (bian) inscriptions from the Kaifeng synagogue. Written by Fr. Gozani in 1704.

Kaifeng synagogue tablet Shema Israel

Text of aKaifeng synagogue tablet Shema Israel that was mounted below the legally required tablet honoring the emperor of China. The word shemesh in the left circle means “sun,” but the word kamon, which appears in the right circle, hasn’t been satisfactorily determined.

Remains

Sign of the “South Teaching the Torah Lane” (南教经胡同). <br />

Sign of the “South Teaching the Torah Lane” (南教经胡同).

The original name “Plucking Out the Sinews Lane” (挑筋胡同) was considered unpleasant. This name was given in 1911.

Phyllis Horal, London

The site of Kaifeng synagogue in 21st century

The site of Kaifeng synagogue in 21st century. This ancient building used to be a part of the synagogue structure.

By Irene Shaland.

(Contents on this page contain texts, images, and captions from Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, Juifs de Chine: à travers la correspondance inédite des jésuites du dix-huitième siècle, From Kaifeng--to Shanghai: Jews in China, The Jews of Kaifeng: Chinese Jews on the Banks of the Yellow River and http://www.jewishmag.com/174mag/visiting_the_jews_of_china/visiting_the_jews_of_china.htm. For full bibliography information, please refer to the reference page. For single image source and metadata, please click the image.)