General information: First Jewish presence: in or around the year 1820; peak Jewish population: 26 in 1830; Jewish population in 1933: 6
Summary: This community, made up of Jews from Obbornhofen, Bellersheim and Wohnbach, maintained administrative offices in Bellersheim and a synagogue in Obbornhofen, which was located at 9 Kommenturgasse. Other communal institutions included a Jewish school and a mikveh. Records indicate that Jews from Obbornhofen and Bellersheim sought to hire teachers separately during the 1860s, which may mean that the two groups then functioned as separate communities. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, only six Jews lived in Obbornhofen. Later, on Pogrom Night (November 1938), the Obbornhofen synagogue was set on fire, but not before its interior had been plundered. According to Yad Vashem, the aforementioned six Jews were killed in the Shoah. Obbornhofen is no longer home to a Jewish community. A memorial plaque has been unveiled at the former synagogue site.
Author / Sources: Benjamin Rosendahl
Sources: AJ, YV
Located in: hesse