The European Route of Judaism on the Rhineland – Strasbourg

Why visiting Strasbourg?

The European capital and the capital of Alsace, Strasbourg exudes youthfulness and energy.

If you love heritage, culture and the art of living, there’s no doubt that you’ll fall in love with this city!

It’s multicultural, enriched by its influences, forming a perfect bridge between past and present.

People-oriented -Young, creative and trendy, it reflects the vitality of its inhabitants.

The seat of European institutions, it is the proud symbol of democratic values.

Strasbourg in detail

The medieval Jewish community lived in an area that is now the Rue des Juifs (street of the jews) and the Rue des Charpentiers (carpenter street). It was by no means a ghetto: the bourgeoisie also lived there and the Church owned buildings. The synagogue was located at number 30 of the actual rue des Juifs, and at number 17 of the same street, the bakery. At number 22 of the rue des Charpentiers, there was a butcher’s shop; at number 20, the mikveh, probably built between 1200 and 1260.

An oral tradition preserved the memory of the existence of a Jewish ritual bath at this place, so that no. 19 Rue des Juifs was, from the end of the 16th century, designated as “Zum Judenbad” (to the jewish bath). However, all traces of the ritual bath, other than remembrance, had been lost until then. Archaeological excavations have brought to light other remains of medieval Jewish life in Strasbourg, notably headstones from the old cemetery (12th-14th century).

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