There was a Jewish Community in Worms for an uninterrupted period lasting more than 900 years. Many architectural reminders have survived and bear witness today to the former importance of Jewish Worms.
Insights into Jewish history since the Middle Ages, into Jewish traditions and religious life, and also reminders of the events during the tyranny of Nazi rule from 1933 on – all this awaits you in the Jewish Museum Worms.
The Jewish Museum, built and maintained by the City of Worms, can be found in the Rashi House, Hintere Judengasse 6. It occupies rooms on the ground floor and in the cellar, and the upper floors of the building house the Worms City Archives with its collection of photographs, and the city’s historic monuments authority.
The exhibits in the permanent collection have now all been catalogued and they consist of items rescued from the pre-war collection, photographs and documents from the City Archives, and donations made by Jews who came from Worms. As a result, almost all of them have a connection to the city.
As well as a model of the old synagogue in Worms (a building dating from around 1600), there are medieval records, plans and documents on display.
Ritual and everyday objects offer insights into religious rituals and the most important Jewish festivals during the year.
Tribute is also paid, of course, to Rashi, the most important scholar at the Jewish school (yeshiva) in Worms (around 1060), after whom the museum building is named.
Reports from the lives of individuals and documents give information on the violent end to a centuries-old community and tradition that was brought about by the deportation of the last Jews in Worms during the tyranny of Nazi rule.
Our media station rounds off this part of the permanent collection with some very moving interviews with Holocaust survivors, film footage on Jewish Worms (in various languages) and other digital material.
As well as the impressive permanent collection, there are also special exhibitions, which are well worth a visit.
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Jewish Museum Worms
Hintere Judengasse 6
Telephone: +49 (0)62 41 8 53 - 47 01 / 47 07
are requested to book their visit in advance by telephoning +49 (0) 62 41 8 53 – 47 01 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a guided tour “Jewish Worms” for the general public (including a visit to the museum) every first Sunday in the month between April and October at 10:30 (German only):
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