Information about Our Association
The association "Alte Synagoge e.V." was founded in 1992.
Chair person is Jutta Stier.
The association "Alte Synagoge Steinsfurt e.V." is registered at the Amtsgericht Mannheim under VR 340 518.
We are a nonprofit organization. This has been confirmed by the Finanzamt Sinsheim under the date of November 11, 2022 (our control number is 44082/51046). So any donations are tax-deductible according to German law.
You might even want to become a member of our association.
We want to restore the former synagogue of Steinsfurt so that it can be recognised as a former place for worship and gatherings for an important group within the population of Steinsfurt.
It can't be a synagogue any longer in the proper meaning of the word because the community which would meet there doesn't exist anymore — but not by their own choice.
We accept that the building has been put to other uses in the meantime which have left marks of violation and disrespect — these shall remain visible.
We want to remember the persons who lived in Steinsfurt and were members of the Jewish community, their life in Steinsfurt and their compulsory escape from the village.
The synagogue is at the same time a memorial for the crimes of the regime responsible, which was a German regime. We acknowledge that hardly anybody helped the persecuted or resisted the crime.
The synagogue is to remind us that something like that shall never happen again.
So we try to introduce young persons into historical memory.
Another formulation of our aims is encapsulated in our mission statement. (It is here in German)
Sorry, only in German!
From our statutes:
§ 2 Purpose
2. Primary purpose of the society is the conservation of the former synagogue in Steinsfurt. It is to be used as a place for documentation and meeting. For this we
– collect, document and preserve historical evidence
– try to create a meeting place for culture and for understanding among people
– cooperate with associations and institutions which have similar aims.
3. Der Verein ist selbstlos tätig.
(The complete statutes are here as PdF-Download)
The Statutes as a PdF-Download
Events in 2020