Shalom Franconia! - Encounters with the Jewish culture

Fürth, Würzburg, Bamberg, Bayreuth, Hof, Nuremberg and Erlangen — in these Franconian cities Jewish communities exist again. Each of them continues what started more than 1,000 years ago in Franconia: a shared history.

Franconia is an important cradle of Jewish culture. Great medieval scholars worked here, and centuries later, factory owners and businessmen played an important part in the industrialization of Franconia. Wandering traders supplied the rural population with essential commodities, while Jewish “court factors” financed the Catholic princebishops’ love for pomp and splendor. These are just a few of the keywords outlining Jewish life in Franconia which shows that Jewish culture is an important part of it.

"Shalom Franconia!" invites you on a journey through this long shared history. It does not just follow historical epochs, but also focuses on individual subjects and areas of life. It should make you curious about Jewish culture, show where the connection with Franconia is particularly noticeable today and point to where you can encounter it: in museums and on guided tours, in community centers and synagogues or at parties and festivals.