Romaniote Memories: A Jewish Journey from Ioannina, Greece to Manhattan: Photographs by Vincent Giordano

Memorial lamp

Memorial lamps of different kinds lit to mark the anniversary of the death of a congregant have been used at least since the Middle Ages. This distinctive lamp, like others from Ioannina and still used at Kehila Kedosha Janina, names the deceased and the date of the adar (anniversary of death) with the request that the deceased be remembered by prayers on that date. The lamp also resembles those used in Greek Orthodox Churches. Those, however, have a cross rather than the Magen David (Star of David). Originally these lamps burned oil, but now they are electrified.

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