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The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston won a European Museum Restoration Fund (TEFAF) grant this year and plans to use it to restore a rare Jewish prayer book.< br />
Founded in 2012, TEFAF supports and promotes the restoration and research of significant museum pieces around the world. Each year, a committee selects two winners who receive a maximum of 25,000 euros (approximately $26,000) to support their restoration project.
“Montefiore Mainz Machzor” (circa 1310 & ndash; 1320) – it is a cultural, religious and research manuscript, as well as a festive prayer book, which is over 700 years old.
This is one of the very few illustrated Hebrew handwritten books still in existence. Restoration of the book is due to begin at the end of this year.
“This is the first time the foundation has received an application for work on Judaica and manuscript – two categories of the TEFAF competition combined into one object. This unusual manuscript — one of the very few surviving examples of medieval Germany, and it is all the more remarkable because for centuries it was actively used by parishioners”, — said Rachel Kaminsky, expert of the committee of the TEFAF Museum Restoration Foundation.
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