France / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté


Ancient synagogue of Chablis. Photo by Christophe Finot – Wikipedia

The commune of Chablis is obviously famous for the wine whose name it bears.

The Jewish presence seems to have been present for quite some time, as evidenced by the existence of a Rue des Juifs on the river that runs alongside the town walls. The Jews of Chablis have lived here since at least the 12th century. A 16th-century house on this street appears to have been the site of the ancient synagogue. A mikveh was located in the basement.

This ruined house was discovered and restored in 1995 thanks to the efforts of its former owner and local residents. It took a year of work to restore the façade. To mark the occasion, a Hanukkah celebration was held there.

Sources : France 3 régions,