Events: Retrospect

Opening Lecture for the first ShUM-Cities Ass. Lecture Series, Mainz, New Synagogue. Prof. Schoeps highlighted how mainly Non-Jews deal with Jewish heritage in Germany.

Visit Michael Mail in Worms und Speyer, March 19 to 21, 2017

Visit Director Foundation for Jewish Heritage/ Member ICOMOS in ShUM-Cities

Manager Tilman Gersch in conversation with Hans Neu und Susanne Urban. Recitations from Literature and biblical texts. Music by De Roode Pelikan and a Cello-Quartett. The ShUM-Cities' exhibition on Wine and Judaism was also on display during the evening.

Experts meeting »Living Water/ Worms Mikveh«, Worms, March 27, 2017

Lecture Dr. Ing. Simon Paulus on Architecture of Synagogues, Worms, March 29, 2017

Dr. Ing. Simon Paulus underlined in his lecture on architecture of Synagogues in the Medieval era the characteristics of the Synagogues in Worms and Speyer and their influence on the architecture of Synagogues in the following centuries.

Conference »Between Pogrom and Neighborhood«, Mainz, April 27 and 28, 2017

Prof. Michael Brocke illuminated the cemetery culture in Worms and Speyer in the Middle Ages. He compared architecture, design, ornaments and symbols, explained the inscriptions, decrypted biblical references, and highlighted similarities as differences in the burial culture of these two Shum communities.

Project with Rudi-Stephan-Gymnasium Worms, May 29 to June 2, 2017

The Rudi Stephan Gymnasium in Worms, together with the ShUM-Cities Ass., has given six students the chance to discuss topics that are central to ShUM in the so-called special school days. These topics include the cemetery culture using the example of the Holy Sand; questions on the subject of hostage-taking; and Piyyutim as well as fairy tales on Warmaisa. Barbara Steuer and Jürgen Pfitzner, supervising educators at the Gymnasium, emphasized: "With this approach of youths of the 11th grade to the legacy of ShUM, especially with regard to Worms, sensibility, curiosity and joy in the discovery of these centuries-old Jewish histories are to be aroused. We are sure that ShUM and here the old Jewish Warmaisa will occupy a permanent place in our schools." The group presented their results at the town hall in Worms on June 2, 2017.

June 18, 2017: Hofloessnitz, a saxonian Foundation where the opening of the exihibition, curated by ShUM-Cities Ass., takes place. Opening remarks by Dr. S. Cramer (Head of Foundation, S. Urban (ShUM-Cities) and F. Andert (Head of Museum). Music by the Musicians High School and Wine from the Hofloessnitz.

Lecture Prof. Andreas Lehnardt, Mainz, June 22 2017

Prof. Lehnardt described the medieval cemetery »Judensand« in Mainz as an extraordinary Jewish place. The placing of memorial gravestones on the presumed sites of the former tombs destroyed in pogroms is unique. In the course of the UNESCO application of the Shum-Cities, a comprehensive documentation of the approximately 200 gravestones of the Mainz memorial cemetery is planned in cooperation with the Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (GDKE) in Rhineland-Palatinate and Prof. Michael Brocke from the Steinheim Institute Essen, Lehnardt announced to the interested audience.

Participance atthe World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, August 6 to 10 2017

ShUM and the mediaeval Aschkenas, as well as topics such as Mikwaot, education, memory and representation of Judaism in online projects were present at the 70th World Congress of Jewish studies. Participants in the Application as UNESCO World Heritage for the ShUM sites were present at the conference - from the Universities of Trier and Mainz as well as from the Heidelberg University of Jewish Studies to representatives of the Scientific Advisory Board or the Association. The panels on ShUM and the medieval Ashkenaz were extremely well attended.
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