Appraisals for Synagogue Collections
Judaica in Context offers personalized service when conducting insurance appraisals for synagogues of religious institutions. We are also happy to speak to your board or house/art committee about the care, storage and possible disposition of art and ceremonial objects.We are also available to consult in the design and acquisition of new art commissions or in the purchasing of historic Judaica or artworks.
Synagogues contain a wide range of high value items. These may include:
Silver ritual objects
Monumental sculptures and large, artistic pulpit decorations, including Ark Doors, Torah curtains and coverings
Fine Art adorning the walls of lobbies, offices and social halls.
Important historic papers, photographs, and documents
In most insurance policies, high value items are required to be scheduled separately with a current retail replacement value. In brief, retail replacement value is the amount it would cost an organization to replace a lost item with a similar item within a reasonable amount or time and within an appropriate market.
We provide a digitized inventory of your high value artifacts, ritual objects and art, according to location with information on the dimensions, historical identification, current condition and provenance. We also read all Hebrew and Yiddish inscriptions and identify maker's marks and signatures. If your object is similar to an object in a major Jewish art collection, we will also note that information on the appraisal.
Aid in Identifying Unknown Treasures
Over the years, congregations often acquire many different types of stuff: art, books, posters, historic photographs and more. Some of these may have gained interest in the art markets over the years. Reliable Tagging for Rummage Sales
We can help identify unknown items and offer advice on transfering them to a museum.
Has your synagogue acquired a lot of art works and you don't have room to hang them? We offer walk-thrus and advice for downsizing synagogue contents including help in pricing for charity auctions and rummage sales.