This prayer stand was carefully designed and crafted at Synagogue Furniture studios. Hand carved the sides and fills the carving with gold in a classic oriental pattern originating with the six pointed star of David. The podium is built from solid african walnut and can be finished in any color stain to match your synagogue. The drawer pulls out in the front and the top can open for further storage. Hand Carved Custom Prayer Stands for Synagogues This reading stand, known as an amud or podium, was first commissioned for a Syrian Lebanese Synagogue of Brooklyn, NY, USA. This reading stand features hand carving, lathed columns, hand painted gold glaze, and bronze work. The doors open for further storage on the inside, as well as the top box. The podium was designed specifically as shown yet carving changes are available.