Educational Resources

This Digital Resource Library was created by the Jewish Museum London learning team. The Library brings together objects, video and audio that relate to the Jewish experience in Wales from collections across the country and is specifically designed for teachers and students.

Printed Notice (Object)

Copyright/attribution: St Fagans National Museum of History

What do you see?

We can see some Hebrew letters at the top. We can also see a name at the bottom of the notice. Look closely, what can you see?

What do we know?

This is a card that lists the rules regarding how to dress when attending services at synagogue. It states that men should have their head covered when entering the synagogue. Observant Jews will wear a kippah to cover their head in synagogue. This is seen as a sign of respect for God and reminds Jewish people that God is always above them.

The sign also instructs women to cover their hair as well. In many Orthodox Jewish communities married women will cover their hair as a sign of modesty. This is still practiced today in many observant communities around the world.

The card was displayed in the Cardiff United Synagogue, Cathedral Road, until it closed in December 1988.

What do you wonder?

We might wonder if everyone who attended the synagogue followed the rules of how to dress? We also might wonder how long the service was? What do you wonder?

Discussion Questions

Why might it be important to dress a certain way when entering a synagogue?

Do you have a certain outfit you like to wear for special occasions? How do you feel when you put it on?