PARIS (Jun. 24)
A new synagogue was inaugurated in Hungary to be operated by the Central Board of Jewish Communities. It is located in the city of Siofok near Lake Baloton.
The Hungarian News agency, MTI, monitored here, reported that high ranking government officials as well as representatives of the Budopest Jewish community attended the ceremonies. The agency did not say whether the synagogue will have a resident rabbi and cantor, nor does it give the size of the local Jewish community.
It was the first time since World War II that a new synagogue has been built in Eastern Europe. There are close to 100,000 Jews in Hungary the majority in the capital, Budapest, where there are 29 synagogues staffed by rabbis and other Jewish functionaries. There are also a Beth Din, a mikvah, a burial society, 12 kosher butcheries and a yeshiva in Budapest.