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. He visited the Jewish sites in Speyer and Worms to get a broader picture. He also met several of the stakeholders involved in the applicaton and discussed with them the status of the World Heritage Application .

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 at the 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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Jewish Cultural Days in Mannheim: »Wine may please one's heart«, September 14, 2017

Since biblical times, Judaism has been closely associated with wine, which also plays an important role in the religious life. And so it is no coincidence that there is now a high-quality wine culture in Israel. Esther Graf (Agency for Jewish culture) and Uwe Nowotsch ( explained the importance of the wine in Judaism to numerous interested visitors and presented a selection of current Israeli wines. The exhibition "... see if the vine is blooming ... Wine in the Judaism" of the ShUM-Cities Ass. was also on display this evening.

Lecture Prof. Elisabeth Hollender, Speyer, September 19, 2017

As one of the leading experts on liturgical poetry from ShUM, Prof. Hollender in Speyer gave, in front of an interested audience, a most inspiring lecture on her research. The examples of liturgical poetry that she presented included the praise of God, the description of God's deeds, themes such as salvation and creation, but also the bond between God and the Jews. Last but not least, the crusades and the memory aspects developed on them were also discussed. Both entertaining and knowledgeable, Ms. Hollender shared with the numerous visitors, among them Lord Mayor Eger, her broad knowledge.

Presentation of Imagefilms ShUM-Cities Ass. on German Unity Day, October 2, 2017, Mainz

Monuments and spirituality: In order to make these unique Jewish spaces accessible to all citizens and the interested public the ShUM-Cities created image films. There is a film with a length of about 11 minutes (also in an English subtitled version), a three-minute picture as well as a 30-second picture-sheet to be used for trade fairs, receptions and advertising measures. The pictures, shot by (Mannheim), show impressively the sublime and spiritual significance of the monuments. Voices for SchUM Prime Minister Malu Dreyer or the Mayors of Speyer, Worms and Mainz emphasize the importance of Jewish heritage on the Rhine. In the Rhineland-Palatinate, the long version was celebrated on October 2 as part of the German Unity Day - and many people were amazed at the impressive monuments.