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(German: Wasselnheim) At the foot of the Vosges and in the lowland of the Rhine near Strasbourg, Wasselonne, with 4,923 inhabitants and county seat of the district, has industry, trade, and tourism. Since 1972, Wasselonne is twinned with the city of Dahn in the Palatinate due to relations existing in the Middle Ages between both cities.The Jewish community of Wasselonne, created after 1870, in 1890 rented a place that was done up in small prayerhouse (in an actual savings bank). The community expanding after WWI found this place cramped. A new small prayerhouse then was installed in a home near the Château (ancien Café Best) and dedicated in 1924. After WWII, the community meets in houses, except for the Feasts of Tishri, where they rented a room in the Star. Finally on ground given up by the Post office, a synagogue was built in 1960. Purportedly, a cemetery exists. http://www.suisse-alsace.com/ou/wasselonne.html has general information in French. [January 2008]

 

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