Volume 1, The Universal Jewish...

Created by Reform Rabbis and Jewish Scholars, many of whom escaped from Nazi Germany, the Encyclopedia exhibits a unique sensitivity to all forms of anti-Semitic agitation and malice and makes every effort to find allies among others, especially Christians, to forge a shield for Jewish people in the face of the coming catastrophe.

ARK ( IN THE SYNAGOGUE) THE UNIVERSAL JEWISH ENCYCLOPEDIA [ 476] Ark in the Scuola Tedesca, Padua, Italy the door. The door of the ark is often a richly carved piece of work, generally made so strong as to be thief-proof, and in some cases wrought of iron. Three or more steps lead down from the door of the ark to the platform ( Bimah), thus enabling the worshipper to carry out literally the expression of the psalmist,  Out of the depths have I called Thee, O Lord ( Ps. 130: 1). The architecture of the ark varies greatly, according to the prevalent style of the place or period. Wooden or stone arks are frequent in Poland, as is also the sur-rounding of the ark by an ornamental trellis, with a richly fashioned trellised door before the steps which lead up to the ark. A frequent arrangement is to have three to nine steps leading up to the ark, with low walls on either side, upon which Yahrzeit lamps and Hanu- Ark in Temple Emanu- El, San Francisco, California Ark in the  Hohe Schul at Cracow, kah lights are set. The design of many arks shows the influence of Jesuit art, and in particular, of the twisted columns of the Bernini tabernacle of St. Peters at Rome. The extension of the baroque ornamentation of the ark to the neighboring walls, as seen at Ostrog, Vilna, Husiatyn and the synagogues of northwestern Bohemia, is also due to Catholic influence. An unusual arrangement is that of the  instrumental altar, orna-mented with the instruments of music mentioned in Ps. 150; there are seven examples of this in Posen and Upper Silesia. Beautiful examples of wood- carving for the ark are found at Kempen, Kurnik, Rawitsch, Cho-dorow, and other places; the ark at Kempen is a fine illustration of the frequent use of animals as a motif in decoration. Italy has splendid examples of arks in Re-naissance style; some are of marble, as at Padua, Leg-horn and Görz. German synagogues of the 19th and 20th centuries, and many in England and America, use Moorish and Romanesque patterns. The oldest ark in any synagogue in the United States is one made of wood, with carved ornamentation, and preserved in the synagogue at Lancaster, Pa. In most American synagogues the ark is of wood, often painted white; but in more elaborate structures, metal and marble are frequently employed. In some cases the door of the ark, instead of swinging outwards, is ar-ranged, by means of counterweights, so as to rise up-wards. The new Temple Emanu- El of New York, built in 1929, introduced the feature of having the pulpits on the sides of the platform, so that the ark is entirely visible from every part of the auditorium. ALFRED GROTTE. Lit.: Grotte, Α., Synagogentypen vom elften des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts ( 1915); Altertümer ( 1922) 365- 76; Elbogen, I., Der jüdische Gottesdienst ( 1924) 460- 61, 469- 72; Dembitz, L. N., Jewish Services ( 1898) 65- 66, 278- 82, 299; see also the literature to SYNAGOGUE ( under Architecture). Chapter Home  | Index AAR- AZU | BAA- CAN | CAN- EDU | EDU- GNO | GOD- IZS | JAB- LEX | LEX- MOS | MOS- PRO | PRO- SPE | SPI- ZYL

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Front MatterHalf Title PageCopyright PageCONTRIBUTORS TO VOLUME ONEDedication PageSponsors, Friends, and Co-Workers of THE UNIVERSAL JEWISH ENCYCLOPEDIA PrefaceRules Governing Transliterations, Citations, Spelling of Proper Names, and AbbreviationsAAR - AZU ( I )BAA-CAN ( II )CAN - EDU ( III )EDU - GNO ( IV )GOD - IZS ( V )JAB - LEX ( VI )LEX - MOS ( VII )MOS - PRO ( VIII )PRO - SPE ( IX )SPI - ZYL ( X )INDEX TO GUIDE
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