Jewish Life and Culture
We try to collect the memory of Jewish inhabitants of Steinsfurt. We want to remind today's people that they lived together peacefully with the rest of the community.
In addition we want to keep the memory of Jews in Rohrbach, Sinsheim and in the surrounding area alive.
Jews in the Kraichgau
The first Jewish person recorded in the Kraichgau was an inhabitant of Bruchsal in 1288. In the 14th century there were more Jews mentioned in the Kraichgau – eg. in Bretten, Sinsheim, Waibstadt, Neckarbischofsheim, Wiesloch and Eppingen.
Around 1390 all Jews were expelled from the Kurpfalz.
Jews in Steinsfurt
The 1572 statistics mention one Jewish family for Steinsfurt but there are none in the list of 1659.
The last Jews left Steinsfurt in 1940. When the Jewish population of Baden was deported to Gurs in November 1940 no person in Steinsfurt was concerned.
The Jewish Congregation
The Israelitic community in Steinsfurt was established probably shortly after the beginning of the 19th century. Its status was changed into that of a society by a law from Berlin on April 1, 1938.
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.
Jews in Rohrbach|grey
At different times the Jewish population of Steinsfurt and of Rohrbach had to work together to make life in the community work. Not always there were synagogues or a mikveh in both places. Sometimes the minyan was only reached by men from both villages. For this reason we have collected some facts on the Jews in Rohrbach.