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

Torah scroll

In Romaniote synagogues and in many other North African and Middle Eastern congregations scrolls of the Torah (the Five Books of Moses) are kept in hard cases called tiks, usually of wood covered with metal or leather. When opened, this tik reveals decoration of the Ten Commandments. This is one of the three Torah scrolls at Kehila Kedosha Janina that came from Ioannina. The scroll that was brought for the dedication of the synagogue in 1927 is in the large silver case. In the 1980s four scrolls in tiks were stolen and only two were recovered. One was replaced by the creation of a new scroll sponsored by the synagogue brotherhood. One tik is left empty to remember the scrolls that were lost.

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