The roots of European Jewry
An exciting day tour to the ShUM cities (9 hours) Hundreds of years ago, when most Jews were still living in small towns or shtetls scattered across Europe, three cities rose to prominence as hotbeds of Jewish scholarly pursuit. These were the ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms, and Mainz (named collectively for the first letters of their Hebrew names Schpira,
Warmaisa and Magenza). These 3 cities were the most important of intellectual medieval Jewish life and the teachings and decrees which issued from the ShUM cities are still studied today. In 1055 the Rabbi and Talmud scholar Rashi taught at his famous Yeshiva in Worms. One can still see the 'Rashi
chair' today! The 11th century Imperial Cathedral in Speyer is impressive, as is the Mikveh dating from the same period, done by the same stonemasons.
Soon this place will also be elected as Unesco World Heritage.
Discovery of Mainz and its Jewish heritage
Worms - Rashi house, Mikveh, synagogue and Jewish Museum
and visit of the cemetery Holy Sand
Speyer, visit of the Jewish Museum, excavations and mikweh
Due to the fact that the tour is pretty intense we can only visit two cities. Mainz and Worms or Worms and Speyer.
This tour can be modified according to your requests and personal tastes.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I can meet you at the airport or your hotel.
End location: I can leave you at the airport or your hotel.
Duration: 9 hours
Public transportation (or car with chauffeur upon request)
My services as a knowledgeable, local and professional tour guide with a focus on the Jewish German history and culture.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 € - for entrance fees, meals, drinks and a souvenir
Entrance fees or any additonal costs for meals or drinks.
The DB group train ticket / public transportation.
If you would like to have private transportation, send me a message and I'll create a customized tour for you.
I am not a licensed driver, but can hire a licensed driver if requested. Please let me know and I'll make a Custom Tour for you that includes car/chauffeur
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We found Barbara to be knowledgable, helpful, fun, engaging, and enthusiastic. She knew alot about the local history and culture, as well as good the location of a good restaurant for lunch. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Alona W. Anspach