Stained Glass. Yellow Star of David is in the center of the window. Light beams of transparent, painted yellow glass radiate from the star. Background is blue painted glass. Border is two thick strips of amber opalescent ripple glass surrounding two thick strips of light blue opalescent glass. There are 14 pink opalescent diamonds in the light blue strips.
This stained glass window was taken from Chicago's Temple Emanuel, a synagogue then located on Buckingham Place and Halsted Street.
The stained glass window depicts the Star of David, a powerful symbol of Jewish identity. In Hebrew, it is called the Magen David, or Shield of David. The biblical King David ruled the people of Israel between approximately 1010 and 970 BCE. He is one of the most important figures in Jewish history.
This stained glass window was originally a part of Temple Emanuel, a Jewish Reform synagogue founded in 1880 by fourteen German and Czech families. Currently located on North Sheridan, the Emanuel Congregation of Chicago moved from the South Side of Chicago to Buckingham Place and Halsted Street in 1907. At the time, Chicago had approximately 135,000 Jews, making up 6% of its total population. The Star of David seen in the center of the stained glass window is a traditional symbol of Jewish identity and can be seen in many Jewish institutions both in Chicago and around the world.