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Silver votive plaque dedicated to the synagogue in Romaniote communities that were attached to the Torah ark curtain, Torah case wrappers (mappot) or sewn on Shaddayot belts.


  • Hebrewשדיה
  • GermanSchaddaya
  • RussianШаддайя
  • FrenchShaddaya
  • DutchSjaddaja
  • ItalianShaddayah
  • CzechŠadaja
  • HungarianSaddaja
  • SpanishShadaya
  • GreekΣανταγιά
  • PolishSzadaja
  • Arabicلوح فضي
  • Yiddishשדיה
  • LadinoPlaka de suetos


Amar, Ariella. “‘And When it Goeth into the Sanctuary’: Special Donations among the Romaniotes.” The Guidebook of the Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens: The Jewish Museum of Greece, 2013, pp. 74-9.

Amar, Ariella. “Sacrificial Donations among Romaniote Jews.” Studia Rosenthalia, ed. Naomi Feuchtwanger-Sarig et al., vol. 45: Jewish Art in Context: The Role and Meaning of Artifacts and Visual Images, Peeters Publishers, 2014, pp. 91-114.

Amar, Ariella, and Irina Chernetsky. Shadai’ot: The Collection of the Jewish Museum of Greece: Documentation of the Index for Jewish Art. Jerusalem: Internal Publication of The Center for Jewish Art, 2006.

Battinou, Zanet and Christina Meri. “Seeking Protection: Shaddayot and Alephiot in the Romaniote World.” Windows on Jewish Worlds: Essays in Honor of William Gross, Collector of Judaica, ed. Shalom Sabar et al., Zutphen: Walburg Pers, 2019, pp. 322-33.

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