EXPLORE WORMS'
JEWISH HISTORY BY APP

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    Whether for adult visitors or younger explorers of the unique ShUM-Sites: a new storytelling app offers an exciting journey through different time strata of Worms’ Jewish History!

    The Jewish communities in the ShUM-Cities Speyer, Worms and Mainz formed a close-knit alliance in the Middle Ages, which continues to deeply influence Judaism through its architecture and erudition – till today. A journey through some of the unique monuments offers this App.

    The Jewish ritual bath (Mikveh), the Synagogue and the old Jewish cemetery »Heiliger Sand« in Worms are among the outstanding tourist attractions of the city. Through this App you can discover these monuments in a completely new way. Follow three interesting stories and get to know ShUM, the Jewish history of Worms and learn about certain aspects of Judaism and Jewish rituals. Explore the oldest preserved Jewish cemetery in Europe and find out what this »eternal« place is all about. Discover the medieval Mikveh and let yourself be told what the meaning of »living water« is.

    Immerse yourself in the history and presence of the ShUM-Sites in Worms!

    Team

    The storytelling App »Jewish History in Worms – ShUM« was created in cooperation between SchUM-Städte e.V. and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Digital Experience Design of the Departments of Tourism/Transportation and Computer Science of the University of Applied Sciences Worms (www.hs-worms.de/ized).

    Background

    The ShUM Sites of Speyer, Worms and Mainz apply for being enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage in 2020. The state of Rhineland-Palatinate with its institutions, the three cities and the SchUM-Städte e.V. will develop various products for visitors. This App is one of these projects.

    Acknowledgements

    We would like to thank the foundation »Gut.für die Region« of the Sparkasse Worms-Alzey-Ried for their generous support in implementing the project.
    We like to thank also the Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft of the City of Worms/Tourist Info.

    We are grateful for the support of the Jewish Community of Mainz as the owner of the monuments presented in the App.

    We would like to express our special thanks to the Worms Municipal Archive (photo department) for providing much of the pictures we used.