These elegant silk kippot with gold embroidery come from China and evoke that country's historic Kaifeng Jewish community.
From the 10th to the 12th century, Kaifeng was the capital of the Northern Song Dynasty and a cosmopolitan center on a branch of the Silk Road, attracting Chinese imperial suitors and Persian merchants with camels. Amid this ferment was a small community of Sephardic Jews, who arrived most likely from Persia and India as traders, or perhaps fleeing the Crusades. Scholars still debate the time of their first arrival, but for at least 700 years, Jews prospered free of persecution, largely out of mind of the various Chinese dynasties that dubbed them “blue-hatted Hui” — people from the West. They settled into trades and, around 1163, built a synagogue. During World War II, Jews of all backgrounds found haven in Shanghai bringing the sounds of Hebrew and the smell of challah to life in China.
The kippot are limited edition; order today before supplies run out!
Donation Amount: $20