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  • Neo-nazis Disrupt Budapest Chanukah Celebration

    Neo-Nazi protesters disrupted a Chanukah celebration in Budapest. Members of the Hungarian Guard shouted anti-Semitic epithets in the middle of Heroes Square, not far from where several hundred mostly young people lit torches to celebrate the holiday. The Chanukah program was organized by the Balint-Haz Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Agency for Israel and Hungarian… More ▸

  • Right-wing Hungarian Group Ordered to Shut Down

    A Hungarian court ordered a national organization to close because it intimidated minorities. The Metropolitan Court of Budapest on Tuesday dissolved the right-wing Hungarian Guard Association, saying “The Guard’s goal is to threaten people. Its activities in villages populated by the Gypsy minority, its members’ marching as well as the speeches of its leaders hurt… More ▸

  • Engaging Young Hungarian Jews

    When hundreds of young Hungarian Jews gathered last month for the latest Limmud offering around the world, they were partaking in yet another cutting-edge Jewish activity offered in this city. In some ways, young Hungarian Jews have been spoiled by the increasing number of initiatives aimed at providing positive Jewish experiences. But the third Limmud-Keset… More ▸

  • Unrest Among Hungarian Jews

    Hungarian Jewry’s central organization is trying to broaden its reach, but it’s not doing enough to satisfy some critics. The Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, known as Mazsihisz, established a new Hungarian Jewish Congress over the weekend. Several Jewish organizations have opted out of the new structure, however, arguing that the federation does not represent… More ▸

  • Neo-nazi Attack at Jewish Theater Prompts Renewed Fears in Hungary

    An acid and feces attack at the Budapest Jewish Theater just before Rosh Hashanah has revived concerns about increasing anti-Semitism in Hungary. The attack, which occurred after the premiere of a provocative parody of porn, is believed to be the first open and physical attack against Jews since the country’s democratic transition in 1989. "Gecy"… More ▸

  • Finding a Jewish Connection at a Family Camp in Hungary

    A friend told me recently about an article he had read proposing that one way to encourage children to eat salad is to drizzle a dab of dressing on top. This way, they would associate healthy eating with something positive rather than the parental harangue, "Because it’s good for you." I was reminded of this… More ▸

  • Far-right Hungarian Group Rises, Some Are Receptive to Rhetoric

    For the first time in his 33 years, Peter says, a homegrown Hungarian movement is articulating a vision for how Hungarians can preserve their culture and traditions. It doesn’t matter that members of the new Hungarian Guard parade in black combat boots and uniforms emblazoned with a red-and-white symbol reminiscent of the local Nazi party,… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Controversial Flag Resurfaces in Hungarian Protests, Politics

    Amid street protests that turned violent around the 50th anniversary of Hungary’s famous anti-Soviet uprising, one visual has struck Hungarian Jews: the growing ubiquity of the country’s centuries-old Arpad flag. The red-and-white striped flag may best capture the aggressive mood of Hungarian politics today. With roots tracing back more than 800 years to a medieval… More ▸

  • Hungarian Jews Can’t Bank on Compensation for Accounts

    Growing up in small-town Hungary, Endre Schvab dreamed of being a pharmacist. But born in 1924, he came of age in an era when Hungary restricted its Jews from enrolling in university. Learning a trade was more realistic. “So the whole family decided he would become an optometrist,” recalls his daughter, Agnes Somlai. To that… More ▸