Jo Ator, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, has been living in Germany for almost 35 years—arriving in Frankfurt as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. In 2008, she and her husband, David, began a walking tour company called Frankfurt on Foot, offering daily tours of Frankfurt as well as a wide variety of private tours. One of Jo’s areas of expertise is Jewish-based tours, which include Jewish heritage in Frankfurt as well as the so-called SHUM* cities of Speyer, Worms, and Mainz. Jo’s experience has included assisting the city of Frankfurt with its Return of Survivors/Families to Frankfurt program, and she was scheduled to do the same in 2020 and 2021 (both of which were canceled due to Covid). As owners and guides, Jo and David research all the itineraries of the tours that they lead and pride themselves in presenting accurate information in an entertaining style.
*SHUM is a Hebrew acronym for these three cities of central Germany. Often referred to as Jerusalem on the Rhine, the SHUM cities were important centers of Jewish learning dating back to medieval times.