What Are The Traditional Jewish Round Hats Called? (Kippah & Shtreimel)

What Are The Traditional Jewish Round Hats Called? (Kippah & Shtreimel)

Many customs and traditions are associated with the way observant Jewish men and women dress. There are some specific items that Jewish people must wear in synagogue.

Jewish Kippah Hat

The first traditional Jewish hat called “Kippah” (Hebrew) or “Yarmulke” (Yiddish) is a skullcap worn in the synagogue.

The word yarmulke comes from the Tartar (via Polish). However, some rabbis believe this word is actually derived from the Aramaic yerai malkla, meaning “respect for the Sovereign.” The word Kippah comes from the Hebrew for “head covering.”


Wearing a Kippah during prayer is an ancient Jewish practice. During the early Middle Ages, rabbis began to instruct Jewish men not to go about bareheaded. The Reform Jews eliminated this custom entirely but later reinstated the practice of wearing Kippot in the temple.

There are no mitzvot for wearing a Kippah, but it has become a distinctly Jewish tradition. Many Jewish men, particularly the Orthodox, wear a Kippah at all times as a reminder that they are always before God and as a sign of respect to Him.

Women are not required to wear a Kippah, but some congregations require married women to cover their heads.

How To Wear a Kippah

Step 1– Fasten the Kippah to your head with bobby pins or hair clips. Larger Kippahs can sit on the head without fasteners, though they may fall off during intense activity. These are best for bald men.

When visiting a synagogue or attending a Jewish wedding or other ceremony, non-Jewish men may be given Kippahs to wear for the service.

Step 2 -Orthodox men generally wear the Kippahs at all times

Step 3– Conservative men generally wear the Kippah during prayer and at synagogue.

Step 4– For Reform men, the Kippah is generally optional.

Step 5– When bathing or swimming, remove the kippah.

Step 6– Some Jewish women, mainly Reform, also wear the Kippah.

Jewish Shtreimel Hat

The Shtreimel Hat

Shtrimel is a fur hat that Hasidic Orthodox Jews from Eastern Europe usually wear after marriage, on Saturdays, holidays and weekdays.

What is Shtreimel Made of?

The Shtreimel is mostly made up from the tails of sable, gray fox and mink . The tails are divided into several types and qualities according to their origin and animal species.