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Jewish Community of Speyer, Germany

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  • Rabbi Samuel Zalman Shapira, [1st Shapira - of Speyer] (c.1345 - 1414)
    According to Finding our fathers: a guidebook to Jewish genealogy by Dan Rottenberg he was a descendant of RIVAM _____________________________________________ Birth year seems wrong - could be 1348...
  • Kalonymus II ben Moshe II (c.950 - d.)
    Halakhist and liturgical poet; flourished at Lucca or at Rome about 950. He was consulted on ritual questions by Rabbenu Gershom; and twelve responsa of his are included in the collection compiled by J...

The history of the Jews in Speyer, Spire, Spira, Spires, reaches back over 1,000 years. In the Middle Ages the city of Speyer, Germany, was home to one of the most significant Jewish communities in the Holy Roman Empire. In 1096 Speyer was the very first town n which Jews suffered at the hands of the Cursaders.

After many ups and downs throughout history the community was totally wiped out in 1940 in the Holocaust. With the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 Jews again chose to settle in Speyer and a first assembly took place in 1996. . . . More

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Prominent Scholars

The most prominent scholars of Speyer have been the following:

  1. Kalonymus ben Moses,
  2. Jekuthiel ben Moses,
  3. Moses ben Jekuthiel,
  4. Judah ben Kalonymus,
  5. David ben Meshullam,
  6. Abaham ben Meir ha-Kohen,
  7. Kalonymus ben Isaac,
  8. Jacob ben Isaac ha-Levi
  9. Elieazer ha-Hazzan,
  10. Eliakim ha-Levi,
  11. R' Isaac ben Asher ha-Levi
  12. Samuel ben Kalonymus
  13. R' Abraham ben Solomon
  14. R' Isaac of Bohemia
  15. Eliezer ben Isaac
  16. Meir ben Kalonymus
  17. David of Speyer
  18. Simcha ben Samuel
  19. Abraham ben Samuel