(Cartoon courtesy Daniela Weil. Daniela's grandfather Kurt Weil was born in Steinsfurt.)
Welcome to the Former Synagogue of Steinsfurt
We are a group of volunteers with the following aims:
- We want to restore and keep the former synagogue in Steinsfurt as a monument for peace
- We try to keep alive the memory that the Jewish population of Steinsfurt was an integral part of the community
- We try to introduce young persons into historical memory. For this we support(ed) some projects.
On this page you'll find information on all those subjects – and of course about us.
The former Synagogue in Steinsfurt is on Dickwaldstraße (former Adersbacher Straße), with the Goldbach flowing nearby.
Visits can be arranged by mail to synagog (at) synagogue-steinsfurt.org
We try to collect and publish the memory of Jewish inhabitants and their life in the community of Steinsfurt.
In addition we think of Jews in Sinsheim and in the surrounding area.
We remember people who were connected with the former synagogue in Steinsfurt.
We have created a memorial book, that is on display in the former synagogue. It remembers the Jews who used to live in Steinsfurt. It will be extended.
We collect personal and other information of persons connected with Jewish life in Steinsfurt.
Even by numbers the family Weil was the most important one in Steinsfurt.
In the synagogue there is a memory plaque for the victims of WWI from the Jewish community in Steinsfurt.
The killed Julius Weil and Fritz Weil, the missing Julius Weil and the wounded Ludwig Freudenthaler are listed.
For the 2009 meeting of the Weil family a memorial plaque was created as a common place
to commemorate members of the Weil family murdered during the Holocaust as well as other victims of the Nazi regime.
The inhabitants of Steinsfurt always seemed at ease: No Jewish person was deported from Steinsfurt.
We remember the persons who lived in Steinsfurt and were deported and murdered from the place where they later stayed.
Hermann Weil (1868 - 1927) established the internationally operating grain trading firm Weil Hermanos & Cie in Argentina and was political advisor for the emperor Wilhelm II of Germany. He founded the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt and the „Kochschule” in Steinsfurt. He built the Mausoleum at the Waibstadt cemetery.
The association "Alte Synagoge e.V." was founded in 1992.
Chair person is Jutta Stier.
We consider it as a very important task to introduce youth to history.
Our permanent partner is the denkmal aktiv AG of the Wilhelmi Gymnasium Sinsheim, but we worked with groups of other schools as well.
Together we started several projects.