If you have ever been in a synagogue during holidays such as Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, you likely saw men wearing what looked like a an elaborate laboratory coat. These coats are called Kittels – Yiddish for "Coat"- and are unique Judaica items.
Kittels are usually simple in their design, but are decorated along the collar, front edge where it is buttoned closed and sometimes on the cuffs. They usually come with a white belt known as a “Gartel” in Yiddish and have four to five buttons or snap closures to button the Kittel when it is worn. In terms of their designs, some of the more common designs include geometric patterns, floral patterns and depictions of the Seven Species. Kittels can also be made from several different types of cloth, including cotton, polyester and linen. Lace is very often used to decorate Kittels as well.
In addition, Kittels may be worn with longer belts. These belts, also known as “Gartels”, may be white or black and typically have tassels on each end. They are also considerably longer, usually being between 46 and 50 inches in length. Take a look at other Jewish religious garments such as Tallitot.
We at World of Judaica invite you to browse our collection of Kittels. If you have any questions about a Kittel or any other items, contact us by email, phone or live chat and we will be happy to address your concerns.