Kaplan ordered her five children to renounce tattoos. What would neighbors at synagogue think? By the time Ms. Carnes knew how to dissuade them. Carnes, the owner of a video equipment company in Carlsbad, Calif.
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Unlike the menorah , the Lion of Judah , the shofar and the lulav , the Star of David was never a uniquely Jewish symbol. The symbol became representative of the worldwide Zionist community after it was chosen as the central symbol on a flag at the First Zionist Congress in , due to its wide recognition and usage in Jewish communities, and its lack of specifically religious connotations. During the 19th century the symbol began to proliferate among the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe , ultimately being used among the Jewish communities in the Pale of Settlement. The identification of the term "Star of David" or "Shield of David" with the hexagram shape dates to the 17th century. The hexagram does appear occasionally in Jewish contexts since antiquity, apparently as a decorative motif.