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Bimah cover



A textile used to cover the table on which the Torah is placed during the public reading in the synagogue.


Restoration of synagogue textiles such as bimah covers and Torah ark curtains at the Izmir Heritage Project, Turkey.


  • Hebrewכיסוי לבימה
  • GermanBima-Abdeckung
  • RussianСкатерть для бимы
  • FrenchCouverture de Bima
  • DutchBiemakleed
  • ItalianTessuto per la copertura della bimah
  • CzechPokrývka na bimu
  • HungarianBimaterítő
  • SpanishMantel para bimá
  • GreekΚάλυμμα για το βήμα
  • PolishPrzykrycie na stół na bimie
  • Arabicغطاء طاولة القرّاء
  • Yiddishמפּה
  • LadinoTeshido para kuvrir la bima


Juhasz, Esther, ed. “Textiles for the Home and Synagogue.” Sephardi Jews in the Ottoman Empire: Aspects of Material Culture, Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 1990, pp. 64-119.

Veselská, Dana. May God Let Him Grow. A Child’s Birth in the Culture and Customs of Bohemian and Moravian Jews. Prague: Jewish Museum in Prague, 2009, pp. 232-34.

Yaniv, Bracha. “‘This Is the Table that Stands before the Lord’: On the Synagogue Bimah or Teivah Cover.” Review of Rabbinic Judaism, vol. 14, no. 2, 2011, pp. 208-20.

Yaniv, Bracha. “The Cover for the Reading Desk.” Ceremonial Synagogue Textiles: From Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Italian Communities, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019, pp. 3-40.

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