The Hebrew word “ShUM” not only means “garlic” – it is also an acronym for the cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz, which developed to Jewish seats of learning in the Middle Ages. It was here, from the 10th until the 13th century, that the teachings and laws which form the basis of the lives and rituals of Jewish people from London via New York to Australia, were established.
In the past, a vibrant Jewish community thrived in these cities lining the river Rhine. Having borne witness to the birth of such historic traditions, the three ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz, are planning to apply for UNESCO World Heritage site status.
Learn more about the application process and its background!