The history of the Jews in Alsace/France is one of the oldest in Europe. We saw some of the old, beautiful synagogues in the rural Elsass, and some of them are still working, fortunately, but the communities are small whereas in Straßburg about one third of the Jewish population of France is living (beside Paris and Marseille). Sometimes the old synagogues look like a common house (bottom left). Some of the old synagogues have now become a museum or - a cinema as you can see. Often they are finely restored and well cared for, but sometimes they have been spoilt by graffiti.
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