Welcome to the SchUM Cities!
What are the SchUM Cities?
Mainz, Speyer and Worms constitute the birthplace of Judaism in Europe. Since the High Middle Ages, they have been known as the SchUM Cities. SchUM represents the abbreviation of the first letters of these cities’ Hebrew names as they were known at the time. Schin (Sch) stands for Schpira, i.e. Speyer, Waw (U) for Warmaisa, i.e. Worms and Mem (M) for Magenza, i.e. Mainz.
Where are the SchUM Cities?