ShUM-Cities Speyer, Worms, Mainz e.V.

Funding body: The German State of Rheinland-Pfalz, the cities of Worms, Speyer and Mainz, the Jewish Communities Mainz and Rheinpfalz and the State Association of the Jewish Communities Rheinland-Pfalz. (Cooperation agreement)

Management and Functions

Executive Chair

  • Stefanie Seiler (Mayor City of Speyer)
Anna Kischner
© Jewish Community Mainz
Mayor A. Kessel Worms
© City of Worms

Deputy Chairs

  • First Deputy: Anna Kischner (Head of Jewish Community Mainz)
  • Second Deputy: Adolf Kessel (Mayor City of Worms)
© Alexander Heimann


  • Michael Ebling (Mayor State Capital Mainz)
© University Kaiserslautern
© Jewish Community Rheinpfalz
© Chair o/State Asc. o/Jew.Com. RLP

Extended Executive Board

  • Federal Minister Prof. Dr. Konrad Wolf (Ministry of Science, Further Training and Culture), Deputy: Administrative Dept. UNESCO-Application ShUM-Sites)
  • Avadislav Avadiev (Head of Federal Association of Jewish Communities Rhineland-Palatinate)
    Israil Epstein (Head of Jewish Community Rhenish Palatinate)

Municipal Coordinators

City of Speyer: Matthias Nowack (Head of Department 3, Culture, Tourism, Education and Sports)
City of Worms: Dr. David Maier (Cultural Coordinator)
City of Mainz: Elke Höllein (Head of the Protocol Office and Public Relations)


The Association, including institutions of the Federal State, Ministries, cities' administrations, universities, research institutes, museums, educational institutions and interested private citizens as well as representatives from the public, political, cultural life, nationally and internationally, will continue to develop, coordinate and prepare a more consistent presentation of the Jewish heritage in the ShUM-Sites and plan projects as well as certain measures.

One priority of the Association is the development of the Managementplan, which forms together with the nomination dossier the World Heritage application forwarded to UNESCO in 2020.

What does this mean exactly?

To more prominently present the unique Ashkenazic Jewish heritage of the cities of Worms, Speyer, und Mainz and make them better known world-wide.

To develop a basic framework for preserving, exploiting, and presenting the ShUM-Sites for the future - together with experts and various networks. This includes amongst others things:

  • Structural, historical and art-historical development, exploitation, and preservation of the monuments,
  • Establishing core and buffer zones around the monuments,
  • Education and Communication, Museum presentations,
  • Tourism,
  • Communication, Marketing & Corporate Identity,
  • Developing future monitoring instruments.

This in turn means:

  • Developing a grand concept for the exploitation, development, and preservation as well as research activities together with professional authorities.
  • Creating concepts for projects for the time following the recognition aspired for.
  • Communicate strategies of the responsible Ministries, Offices, scientific institutions and other facilities, both internally and externally.
  • To guarantee transparent processes and procedures.
  • Connecting the participating parties and civil society in a cooperative network.
  • Cultivate close exchange of ideas with experts from museums and pedagogy, Holders of selected UNESCO-Chairs and other players from World Heritage Sites, holding workshops, gathering expert opinions.
  • Coordinating future tourist activities, educational programs, museums displays and exhibits as well as web-based information between the three cities, implementing initial measures.
  • Involve civil society and the city population, support the public involvement in and promote identification with the ShUM heritage.
  • Win over players from academia, science, politics, and the public as idea providers und financial supporters and sponsors.
  • Establish advisory boards.
  • Guarantee a jointly presentation of ShUM (Corporate Identity).

Managing Director


S Urban
© ShUM-Cities

Dr. Susanne Urban, Managing Director

Anna Chiara Knoblauch, schientific assistant (Wednesday to Friday)


The Budget of the ShUM-Cities e.V. is recently 140,000 Euro.

The Association is recognized as a non-profit organization. Donation receipts or membership fee confirmations are issued.