BUDAPEST (Jul. 8)
Publication of the first three books in the Hungarian language since the Holocaust for Jewish youth was celebrated at the opening here recently of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture’s executive committee meeting.
The books, the first in a series, were initiated and funded by the Foundation in cooperation with the Hungarian Jewish community and with the Hungarian government’s approval.
Rabbi Tomas Raj, editor of the books, and Dr. Jerry Hochbaum, executive director of the foundation, described the publications. An illustrated book on the Bible, beginning with Creation and ending with the death of Joseph, is for children aged 3-8. It was authored by Miriam Papaki and illustrated by Orsolya Madarafy.
“Shma Yisroel,” a handbook describing the principles and practices of Jewish families from birth to death, written by nine Hungarian rabbis, is intended for ages 8-12. It discusses the synagogue and Jewish holidays.
A book on Jewish history from Creation to the end of the Talmudic period was written for 12 to 18-year-olds. Hochbaum said future publications for different age groups and for Jewish families will include a book on the Jewish religion, a Bible reader, a book of biblical and Talmudic stories and a Hungarian translation of the Mishna.
There are also plans for video material in Hungarian dealing with Jewish holidays.