After World War 2, 14 Jews who had returned to Trier rebuilt Jewish community life together with some Allied soldiers. After the prayer house in Saarstraße had become too small, the new synagogue on Kaiserstraße, designed by the Trier architect Alfons Leitl, was inaugurated in 1957. This has room for about 100 people, but the number of congregation members fluctuated until about 800 so-called "contingent Jews" from the former Soviet Union settled in Trier in the early 1990s.
Today our Jewish community has about 500 members, it is a traditional, orthodox community. Services are held on Fridays and Saturdays and on holidays. For Jewish life in Trier, the synagogue has been a fixed place for 73 years now. Children also meet here, there are religious education classes and a youth group. Youth and children's work is a particularly important matter for the work of the congregation's board. We look positively to the future - as we have always done - despite the restrictions imposed by Covid-19 and hope for the year 2021 that we can celebrate 1700 years of Jewish life in Trier and in Germany and implement our resolutions and plans.
Author: Jeanna Bakal
Editorial staff: Prof. Dr. Frank G. Hirschmann