Ladies Auxiliary Ezrath Nashim Beith Yisrael [Pinkas ledger]

AUCTION 75 | Thursday, March 08th, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Auction of Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Antiquities, Ceremonial Objects & Graphic Art

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Lot 108

Ladies Auxiliary Ezrath Nashim Beith Yisrael [Pinkas ledger]

<<Yiddish Manuscript>> on paper. Artistic illustrated title followed by more than 150 individually illuminated pages. pp. 178 (600, including blanks). Light wear, few pages loose. Original boards, worn, spine detached. Folio.


Est: $8,000 - $10,000
A most distinctive record book of a synagogue society of women. The entire ledger is the work of a single, highly artistic hand and records the names of more than 150 individual women. The introduction and opening leaves contain historical details of the activities of this Ladies Synagogue Society who had raised sufficient funds to endow the synagogue with its Torah Scroll, Ark and furnishings. It was run according to a constitution whose regulations are here fully recounted. Trustees are endowed with the authority to collect dues and call members to order. Among the Board of Directors was HaRabanit Dobeh Shochet. Uncommon for Pinkas ledgers of this nature, it was actively utilized, and the names of more than 150 women are recorded, each on a beautifully designed dedicated page, often containing personalized character descriptions.