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GEMEN, town in Westphalia, Germany. Jews are known to have lived there from the mid-16th century. After 1771 they came under the jurisdiction of the rabbi of *Muenster. The community numbered 28 persons in 1809; 49 in 1911; and 52 in 1933. The synagogue (erected in 1912) was destroyed in November 1938, and shortly afterward the congregation ceased to exist.


E. Loewenstein, Aus Vergangenheit und Gegenwart der israelitischen Gemeinde Gemen (1912); PKG.

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.