One of history’s greatest Torah and Talmud commentators,
Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac, known by the acronym Rashi (1040–1105), was
born, lived, and taught here. (During the first Crusade, Rashi was
forced to flee anti-Jewish riots. He returned to Worms, Germany, where
he had first studied. He remained there until his death.) Rashi’s
grandson, the noted Jewish scholar known as Rabbenu Tam (1100–1171) also
taught in Troyes and attracted students from all over Europe. Historians
believe that the St-Frobert quarter was the Jewish quarter. Nothing
remains of the medieval Jewish community that, although very small in
size, made a huge contribution to Judaism.
The Synagogue is Located in an historic section of town, this
synagogue is a replica of one from Rashi’s time. Begun in 1982, it was
dedicated in 1987.