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»Thank you very much for your interest. The ShUM sites are German-Jewish heritage on the Rhine and important for mankind. ShUM is outstanding in the Jewish world with its synagogues, women's shuls, community centres, Mikwaot and cemeteries. We want to enlist these monuments at UNESCO. In communicating and addressing the public, scholarship, narratives, liturgical poetry or living tradition are just as important. ShUM is not only a multifaceted past, it is the heritage of all of us and thus also part of the present and future of our country and humanity.«

Dr. Susanne Urban, Managing Director


ShUM-sites Speyer, Worms, and Mainz present and represent an extraordinary German-Jewish heritage along the Rhine River. Between the 11th and 14th centuries these three cities experienced a unique heyday of Jewish culture, architectural measures, and scholarship. Despite the expulsion and/or destruction of the communities in the 14th century, ShUM remained a symbol. Jews returned, rebuilt and held the memory of ShUM awake. The stories and accounts as well as an integration of the heritage into the Jewish tradition became an integral element of Jewish life. Even today, ShUM is a concept for Jews around the world and is highly significant in the areas of academia and science, art-, culture- and religious history.

Moreover, ShUM is deeply rooted in the German culture. The Ashkenazic culture is closely intertwined with the German folk culture. This is evident primarily in the narrative stories, accounts, tales, and legends of the ShUM-cities.

Become a part of the ShUM vision and help to ensure that this unique world heritage is preserved and remembered, and its diversity shared!

With your help the World Heritage application to the UNESCO can continue to gain new momentum. We will initiate cultural and pedagogical events, and organize activities for preserving and exploring the monuments.

Exhibits, lectures, events, meetings for networking: all this and much, much more is necessary to draw in and involve the civil society and experts, both here and abroad.

You can emphasize, with a donation and by becoming involved, that the ShUM-cities and the structures and cemeteries found there are meaningful and significant, not only to you, but also to your region, and to the nation. That Jewish heritage is a part of Germany and the world.

Support our vision with a small contribution – as citizens and organizations, firms and institutions.

Support us with a donation.

Promote and Support

Become a supporting member. The application to join must be sent in written form to the Board.

Become a member: The annual membership fee is € 60 for individuals, € 120 for legal entities.

Supporters and members do not have a voting right in the Association, but are welcome to offer suggestions. They have the right to participate in the General Meetings not open to the public and can place requests to the agenda.

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Without the active involvement of the general public, a successful project, especially in educating and informing, with a view to publications, events and within an active network on Jewish history and the present day, is extremely difficult. Your donation helps us to position SchUM as a world heritage site and to be able to present it as such. Please make a money transfer to the following bank account:

Sparkasse Mainz
IBAN : DE 17 5505 0120 0200 0972 28
Codeword : Heritage ShUM

Upon request we will provide you with a donation receipt for tax purposes. Please contact us directly, at the postal address of the ShUM-Cities e.V. or by E-mail:

We respect your wish for privacy and will list your name as financial supporter only if you explicitly request this.