Hungarian jewish travel guide

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There are about 100-120 thousand Jews living in Hungary; 90 percent of them lives in Budapest. One can find nearly 20 working synagogues in the capital. The most important task of the Federation of Jewish Communities is to develop the religious Jewish life to help those elderly who are in need and to assure the continuity of Jewish education. The community has kosher shops and restaurants and a many cultural places for example a Jewish Museum. Budapest is also home to Europe’s largest synagogue on Dohány Street; and the third largest Jewish library in the world.

GTM+ 1 hour
Country calling code: +36
Total population: 10.000.000
Emergency telephone: police-107, fire-105, ambulance-104
Electricity voltage: 220

 


Community Organization

 

Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (MAZSIHISZ)
Address: 1075 Budapest, Síp Street 12.
Secretariat of president dr. Péter Feldmájer
Telephone: (1) 413-5564
Email to the president:  drfeldmajerelnok@mazsihisz.com
Email
to the secretary: rozsa.katalin@mazsihisz.com
Secretariat of managing director Gusztáv Zoltai:
Telephone: (1) 413-5575
Email to the secretary: bzstitk@mazsihisz.com
Website: www.mazsihisz.com
Email: mazsihisz@mazsihisz.com

 

Autonomous Orthodox Israelite Community in Hungary
Orthodoxy is a significant and important part of the MAZSHISZ not only because they offer kosher catering and food. The mikveh and the 12-grade Endowment School also operate under the supervision of the orthodox community.
Address: VII. Dob Street 35.
Telephone: (1) 351-0525

 

Chabad Lubavits
Address: VII. Károly Boulevard 18.
Telephone: (1) 267-5746
Email: info@hitkozseg.hu
Website: www.hitkozseg.hu

 


Synagogues in Budapest

 

Dohány Street Synagogue
It was built according to the plans of Viennese architect Ludwig Foerster. This huge synagogue, built in 1859, seats 3,000 people and is the largest active synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world (after the one in New York). The building was built in the style of a basilica. The design of the synagogue, while basically in a Moorish style, also features a mixture of Byzantine, Romantic, and Gothic elements.

The congregation practices Neolog Judaism. Its ark contains 25 torah scrolls taken from destroyed or looted temples during the Holocaust. The synagogue also has an organ.
Address:VII. Dohány Street
Telephone: (1) 342-2353

 

Bethlen Synagogue
The synagogue has been working since the end of the 1920’s.
Address: VII. István Street 17.
Telephone: (1) 342-6170

 

Bérkocsis Synagogue (Jewish Theological Seminary)
The synagogue was built in 1877 according to the plans of Ferenc Kolbenheyer and Vilmos Freund. Usually youth gather here as the building gives place also for the University of Jewish Studies.
Address: VIII. Bérkocsis Street 2.
Telephone: (1) 317-2396

 

Buda Synagogue
The synagogue was built in French-Gothic style in 1888, based on Sandor Fellner’s plans.
Address: II. Frankel Leó Way 49.
Telephone: (1) 326-1445
Email: info@frankel.hu

 

Hegedűs Synagogue
The prayer room was first created in a tenement-house in 1911; it was remodelled in 1927 by Lipót Baumhorn.
Address: XIII. Hegedűs Gyula Street 3.
Telephone: (1) 349-3120

 

Heroes’ Synagogue
The synagogue was built in 1929-31 in remembrance of the heroes of World War I. by Ferenc Faragó according to the aesthetics of the times. Traditionally in winter time the community of the Dohány synagogue prays here.
Address: VII. Wesselényi Street 5.
Telephone: (1) 342-2353

 

Hunyadi Synagogue
The synagogue was founded in 1896 and can be found on the mezzanine floor of a tenement.
Address: VI. Hunyadi Square 3.
Telephone: (1) 342-5322
Email: hunyaditer@hdsnet.hu

 

Lágymányos Synagogue
This is the smaller prayer house of the Buda community
Address: XI. Károlyi Gáspár Street square 5.
Telephone: (1) 361-1965
Email:
rabbi@chello.hu

 

Nagyfuvaros Synagogue
This community has a very active life; colourful cultural events take place here.
Address: VIII. Nagyfuvaros Street 1.
Telephone: (1) 3342731

 

Páva Synagogue
The community gathers here in a renovated environment within the premises of the
Holocaust Museum and Documentation Centre.
Address: IX. Páva Street 39.
Telephone: (1) 215-8796
Email: pava-zsinagoga@freemail.hu

 

Újpest Synagogue
This large synagogue was built in 1886 as the second one of this era.
Address: IV. Berzeviczy G. Street 8.
Telephone: (1) 369-0827

 

Vasvári Synagogue
This district is supervised by Chabad Lubavits. Yeshiva is also functioning in the building.
Address: VI. Vasvári Pál Street 5.
Telephone: (1) 342-1328

 

Zugló Synagogue
This synagogue is located in a mansion, which was bought in 1930 and turned into a synagogue by Aron Aronffy, a doctor-colonel of World War I.
Address: XIV. Thököly Road 83.
Telephone: (1) 251-3970

 

The Orthodox Synagogues

 

Kazinczy Synagogue
Address: VII. Kazinczy Street 27.
Telephone: (1) 351-0526

 

Dessewffy Synagogue
Address: Dessewffy Street 23.
Telephone: available through the orthodox community

 

Visegrádi Synagogue
Address: XIII. Visegrádi Street 3.
Telephone: available through the orthodox community

 

Teleki Square Synagogue (sefard)
Address: Teleki Square 22.
Telephone: (1) 351-0524

 

Synagogues on the countryside

 

Békéscsaba
Address: Széchenyi liget

 

Debrecen
The synagogue was built in Eclectic style in 1909. The façade is dominated by the triple window and entrance. They synagogue’s interior, ornamentation and furnishing has been renovated.
Address: Bajcsi Zs. Street. 26.
Telephone: (52) 415-861
Opening hours: 8-16.00

 

Hódmezővásárhely
Address: Szeremlei Street 3.
Telephone: (62) 249-689
Opening hours: 13.00-17.00

 

Jánoshalma
Address: Petőfi Sándor Street 3.
Telephone: (70)-361-9157

 

Kaposvár
Address: Berzsenyi Street 14.
Telephone: (30)-9361582

 

Karcag
Address: Kertész József Street 7.
Telephone: (30) -925-9594

 

Kecskemét*
Address: Nagykőrösi Street 5.
Telephone: (76) -504-727
Opening hours: Friday evening
Email: grosza@rpulok.aeromed.hu

 

Keszthely
Address: Kosssuth Lajos Street 20.
Telephone: (83) 312-188

 

Kiskunhalas
Address: Petőfi Street 1.
Telephone: (30)-347-3333

 

Mosonmagyaróvár
Address: Kossuth Lajos Street 20.
Telephone: (20)-9656311

 

Nagykanizsa
Address: Fő Street 6.
Telephone: (30) 385-2503

 

Nagykőrös*
The synagogue was built in 1925 according to the plans of Lajos Molnár. The interior of it is furnished in a traditional style.
Address: Rákóczi Way 21.
Telephone: (53) -552-423
Email: nagykorosizsido@kozep-zsido-hu

 

Nyíregyháza
Address: Mártírok Square 6.
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 8-14.00
Telephone: (42) 417-939

 

Pécs*
The great synagogue was designed by Károly Gerstner and Lajos Frey according to the Romantic style. The arched central part rises above the roof-ridge. A clock is set in the centre encircled by a Hebrew text: “For mine house shall be called a house of prayer for all people” (Isaiah 56:7)
Address: Fürdő Street 1.
Telephone: (72) -315-881
Opening hours: from May to September 10-17.00

 

Salgótarján
Address: Füleki Way 55.
Telephone: (30) 370-3265

 

Siófok
Address: Széchenyi Street 4.
Telephone: (84) 107-54

 

Szeged*
The great synagogue was built in 1903 according to the plans of Lipót Baumhorn. It is a magnificent masterpiece of the Art Nouveau lying in the centre of a garden. A marble plaque in the vestibule lists the names of the victims of the Holocaust from Szeged. The elaborate painted decoration, the use of various colours and ornamental motifs, the Hebrew and Hungarian inscriptions reflect both the Hungarianness and the Jewisness of the builders. The interior ornamentation and the stained glass windows, reflecting the sequence of Jewish holy days were made by Miksa Róth.
Address: Guttenberg Street 20.
Telephone: (62) 423-849
Opening hours: from April till September 10-12.00 and 13.00-17.00; from October till March 9-14.00
Website:
www.zsinagoga.szeged.hu

 

Szekszárd
Address: Szent István Square
Telephone: (74) 511-247

 

Székesfehérvár
Address: Várkörút 19.
Opening hours: weekdays 17.00-18.00
Telephone: (20) 955-3580

 

Szolnok
Address: Templom Street 2.
Opening hours: 9-17.00 except Monday

 

Szombathely
Address: Batthyanyi Square 9.
Telephone: (94) -505-033
Opening hours: Tuesday 15.00-17.00, Friday 15.00-19.00
Email: zszsk@t-online.hu

 

Vác*
Address: Eötvös Street 3.
Telephone: (30) -945-7276
Email: turaijanos@invitel.hu

 

* Schul on the countryside with active rabbi If phone number is available, please contact before visiting

 


Cemeteries in Budapest

 

Farkasrét
Address: XII. Érdi Way 9.

Telephone: (1) 249-2671

 

Kerepesi
Address: VIII. Salgótarjáni Way 6.
Telephone: (1) 314-1269

 

Óbuda
Address: III. Külső Bécsi Way 369.
Telephone: (1) 250-6060

 

Rákoskeresztúr

Address: X. Kozma Street 6.

Telephone: (1) 262-4687

 

Orthodox cemeteries

 

Granatos
Address: XI. Gránátos Street 12.
Telephone: (1) 351-0524

 

Old cemetery
Address: XII. Csörsz Street
Telephone: (1) 351-0524

 


Cemeteries on the countryside

 

 

Baja
Address: Szegedi Way 107.
Opening hours: 7-20.00

 

Balassagyarmat
Address: Temető Street 1.
Opening hours: 8-18.00

 

Békéscsaba
Address: Széchenyi liget
Csendes Street (orthodox)
Opening hours: 10-17.00

 

Debrecen
Address: Monospályi Street
Opening hours: 8-16.00

 

Győr
Address: Temető Street 23.
Opening hours: 9-17.00; Sunday 9-15.00

 

Hódmezővásárhely
Address: Tuhutum Street 17.
Opening hours: 9-18.00

 

Kaposvár
Address: Malom Street 11.
Opening hours: 9-17.00 ; Sunday 9-12.00
Telephone: (30) 936-1582

 

Kiskunhalas
Address: Gólya Street 2.
Opening hours: 8-17.00
Telephone: (30) 347-3333

 

Mosonmagyaróvár
Address: Mosonyi M. Street
Opening hours: 13.00- 16:30
Telephone: (20) 965-6311

 

Nagykanizsa
Address: Ady Endre Street 74.
Opening hours: 9-17.00

 

Nagykőrös
Address: Mikes Kelemen Street
Opening hours: 10-16.00

 

Nyíregyháza
Address: Kótai Street 4.
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday and Sunday 10-15.00
Telephone: (30) 490-0084

 

Pápa
Address: Veszprémi Way 27.
Telephone: (20) 426-9641

 

Pécs
Address: Szív Street 2.
Opening hours: 8-16.00
Telephone: (72) 319-881

 

Salgótarján
Address: Füleki Way 55.
Opening hours: 9-17.00

 

Sopron
Address: Tómalom Street 22.
Opening hours: 8-16.00

 

Szeged
Address: Fónógyári Way 9.
Opening hours: 8-16.00
Telephone: (70) 542-0961

 

Székesfehérvár
Address: Ovoda way

Opening hours: 9-17.00

 

Szentendre
Address: Hold Street
Telephone: (30) 439-8292

 

Szolnok
Address: Hoksár Street 2.
Opening hours: 8-17.00

 

Szombathely
Address: Bercsényi Street 26.
Opening hours: from Sunday to Friday 7-18.00

 

Vác
Vác is the center of the religious life and culture of the Jews living in the Danube bend. In the years between 1570 and 1580 the Turkish census mentions a certain “Jewish street” with six houses in it. The community has elected Adolf Neumann for its first rabbi. The Vác Chevra Kadisha Jewish Holly Association was founded in 1844. The synagogue built up in Romantic style was inaugurated in 1864.
Address: Oberlander Endre tér 1.
Opening hours: (30) 9457-276

 

Veszprém
Address: Mártírok way 8.
Opening hours: 8-20.00

 

Zalaegerszeg:
Address: Göcsei Way 8.
Opening hours: weekdays 7- 17.00

 

Opening hours apply to all day except Shabbat, Jewish and National Holidays If phone number is available, please contact before visiting

 


Tomb of famous rabbis Without the demand of completeness

 

Steiner Jesájá Sajele-Bodrogkeresztúr
He was born in 1851 at Zboro. During his childhood he attended the Yeshiva at Büdszentmihály, and then he attended the lectures of chadic Hers Friedmann at Olaszliszka. Hers Friedmann appointed him to be his successor. Jews and non-Jews from all over the world visited seeking for his advices. He died in 1925; his coffin was made of his prayer table.

 

Vorhánd Mózes-Makó
For 25 years he was a dajan at Nyitra, after he was elected to be the rabbi of Makó. He was a rabbi with high knowledge carrying authority as a leader of a Yeshiva. He died in Budapest in

1944.

 

Kol Árje Schwartz-Mád
He was born in 1824. At the age of 14 he was attending the Yeshiva of Moseh
Szofer. In 1861 he was the rabbi of Beregszász, from 1881 the rabbi of Mád until his death in 1883.

 

Taub Ezekiel - Nagykálló
He was born in 1751 at Nagykálló. He was elected to be a rabbi in 1781. People from all over the world went on a pilgrimage to meet him. He was a well- known Talmud chohem. He was the one who composed the famous song: “The Rooster is Crowing”

 

Friedmann Cvi Hers-Olaszliszka
He was born in 1808 at Sátoraljaújhely. He first studied at Mózes Teitelbaum than at the world famous rabbi Jisrael. He was a well-known chadik. After his death the glitter of Olaszliszka ended. Visiting is recommended in groups.

 

Teitelbaum Mózes/Jiszmah Mojse-Sátoraljaújhely
He is the founder of the Hungarian Chasidism; the first rabbi of the Sziget-Szatmár Chasid dynasty. He was born in Prmysl at 1795 to a well-known rabbi family. He was elected to be the rabbi of Sátoraljaújhely at 1808. He established a famous Yeshiva where he thought for 33 years. After his death Sátoraljaújhely became the centre of the Chasidism.

 


Tourist Sites

 

Rumbach Synagogue
This synagogue is a fine example of the work of the Viennese architect Otto Wagner. The building itself was erected in the romantic style, richly decorated with Moorish elements. It was consecrated in 1872. Its cultural heritage is the preservation of the status quo. The Rumbach Sebestyén Synagogue together with the orthodox Kaziczy street synagogue and the neolog Dohány street synagogue form the so-called “Jewish triangle of Budapest”.
Address: VII. Rumbach Sebestyén Street 11-13.
Opening hours: 10-16.00

 

Synagogue of Apostag
The synagogue was built in 1768. The exterior of the Late Baroque building with a Classicist façade has faithfully preserved the original form. The original interior and part of the decoration has been carefully preserved. The renovation designed by Péter Wirth was awarded the Europa Nostra Prize.
Address: Iskola Street 5.
Telephone: (78) - 427-227

 

Synagogue of Baja
The synagogue was dedicated in 1845. In 1985 the local library was relocated to the renovated and transformed building. Careful interior architectural work has preserved the original atmosphere. There is a great memorial for the victims of the Holocaust on one side of the building.
Address: Munkácsy Mihály Street 9.
Telephone: (79)- 322-741
Website:
www.c3.hu/~aevk/

 

Synagogue of Győr- Art Museum
The synagogue was built by the neologian Israelite congregation between 1868 and 1870 in neo-Romanesque style, with an octagonal plan. The church interior is breath-taking with its circular balconies and the dome. It served as pattern for a number of significant European synagogues at the time of late historism. Here you can see János Vasilescu’s excellent Hungarian fine arts collection as well as paintings and statues by Lili Országh and her contemporaries.
Address: Kossuth Lajos Street 5.
Telephone: (96) 322 -695
Email: artmuz@t-online.hu
Website: www.artmuz.hu
Opening hours: Wednesday- Sunday 10-18.00

 

Synagogue of Makó
The Jews were first allowed to settle down in Makó by Miklós Stanislavich the Bishop of Csanád in the 1740’s. The first synagogue was built between 1770-1780; it was the first Jewish house for prayer in the country. This building later became known as the old synagogue. In 1919 it was destroyed. The second synagogue was erected in the 1870’s; it was an orthodox one. In 1914 Lipót Baumhorn designed a neologue synagogue, which was demolished in the socialist era. Following the Holocaust the orthodox synagogue fell into a sad state, but in 2002 it was reconstructed.
Address: Eötvös Street 15.
Telephone: (30)-3890613

 

Synagogue of Mád
The late-Baroque style synagogue of Mád (1795), in the Tokaj Hegyalja viniculture region, is one of the oldest in Hungary and the only one where its lavishly ornamented 18th century interior has survived in its original form. The synagogue stands in the centre of the village together with the Catholic Church and the Reformed Church, and is a crucial element of the urban landscape, symbolising the peaceful cohabitation of all three religious communities in a once flourishing settlement. The synagogue was restored in compliance with Jewish orthodox traditions and is suitable for religious services. This successful partial reconstruction provides a valuable model for the revival of neglected synagogues throughout Central and Eastern Europe, thereby contributing to enhancing a community’s identity.
Address: Rákoczi Way 75.
Telephone: (47)-348043
Email:
madph@t-online.hu

 

Synagogue of Miskolc
The synagogue built between 1861-63 is one of the most famous monuments of the Hungarian Romantic architecture. It was designed by Ludwig Forster. Visiting on Sunday should be arranged in advance.
Address: Kazinczy Street 7.
Telephone: (46) 505-044
Opening hours: from Sunday to Friday 9-15.00

 

Old Synagogue of Sopron
In the 13th century the program of King Béla IV welcomed the Jews in Sopron. A street was allocated to them (today it is called Új street). The old synagogue was erected around 1300. Under a high pyramid roof the Old Synagogue consists of a large two-storied prayer hall and a prayer for woman. It belongs to the protected monuments of the town.
Address: Új Street 22.
Telephone: (99)-311327
Email:
soproni@gymsmuzeum.hu
Website: www.museum.sopron.hu

 

Tiny Shul of Szentendre
This small town lies near Budapest. It is a popular tourist attraction owing to its many sights and monuments. One of the many museums is a small Jewish museum, which is occasionally serves as a synagogue.
Address: Alkotmány Street 3.
Telephone: (30) 932-2900

 

Synagogue of Tokaj
The first synagogue was built on the banks of the Tisza, was no bigger than a family house. It burnt down in the great fire of 1890. On this site a larger synagogue was built donated by a wealthy member of the community. He also financed the building of a new, beautiful synagogue. The latter one was erected in romantic Moorish style which resembles the one in Pécs. Nowadays the building is used for occasional cultural events. Explore old wine cellars and taste some of the excellent kosher wines.
Address: Serház Street 55.
Telephone: (20)-969-4493
Email:
mh@tokaj.hu
Website: http:// konferencia.tokaj.hu

 


Holiday resort Balatonfüred
It can be found near the Lake Balaton. With its kosher kitchen and a small synagogue it welcomes all vacationers who would like to relax in a nice surrounding with a beautiful garden. Accommodation is offered between May and September as arranged with the Social Department of MAZSIHISZ.
Address: Balatonfüred, Liszt Ferenc Street 6.
Telephone of the Social Department: (1) 413-5571

 

Hotel

Kings Hotel and Restaurant
Address: VII. Nagydiófa Street 25-27.
Telephone: (1) 352-7675

 

Restaurant

Hanna (orthodox)
Address: VII. Dob Street 35.
Telephone: (1) 342-1072

 

Bakery, Pizza store, Dairy products

Carimama (orthodox)
Address: VII. Kazinczy Street 28.
Telephone: (1) 342-0231
Website: www.carimama.hu

 

Meet (orthodox)
Address: VII. Dob u. 35.

Telephone: (1) 3445165

 

Meet and Food is available at the Laky Kitchen
Address: Laky Adolf Street 38-40.
Telephone: (1) 221-4215

 

Grocery

Rotschild Kosher food store
Address: VII. Dob Street 12.

Telephone: (1) 267-5691

 

Wine
Address: VII. Klauzál Square 16.
Telephone: (1) 322-6898

 

Mikve
Address: VII. Kazinczy Street 16.
Telephone: (1) 321-7332 (in the evening)
Supervision: rabbi Weisberger
(contact for women: (20) 317-1351)

 

Museum


Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives
Address: VII. Dohány Street 2.
Telephone: (1) 343-6756
Website: www.bpjewmus.hu

 

Holocaust Documentation Centre
Address: IX. Páva Street 39.
Telephone: (1) 455-3333
Email: iroda@hdke.hu
Website: www.hdke.hu

 

Library


Jewish Theological Seminar- University of Jewish Studies
Address: Bérkocsis Street 2.
Telephone: 317-2396

 

Cultural Life

 

Bálintház
The community centre has been the pulse of Jewish communal and cultural life since 1994. There are different clubs, courses, a computer room, a modern fitness centre and a plenty of interesting programs on the offer.
Address: VI. Révay Street 16.
Telephone: (1) 311-9214
Email: info@jcc.hu
Website: www.jcc.hu

 

Aviv Travel
Address: VII. Síp Street 12.
Telephone: (1) 462-0477
Email: aviv@aviv.hu
Website: www.aviv.hu

 

Heritage Tour

Mazsike (Hungarian Jewish Cultural Association)
Address: VI. Révay Street 16.
Telephone: (1) 311-6665
Email: mazsike@gmail.com
Website: www.mazsike.hu

 

Media

 

Új Élet - The paper of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary
Address: VII. Síp Street 12.
Telephone: (1) 413-5537
Email: ujelet01@freemail.hu

 

Remény - Jewish social, public life and cultural periodical
Address: VII. Síp Street 12.
Telephone: (1) 342-2355

 

Szombat - Hungarian Jewish Periodical of the 21st century
Address: VI. Révay Street 16.
Telephone: (1) 311-6665
Email: info@szombat.org
Website: www.szombat.org

 

Múlt és Jövő
Address: II. Keleti Károly Street 27./I. 1.
Telephone: (1) 316-7019
Email: mandj@multesjovo.hu
Website: www.multesjovo.hu

 

Booksellers


Biblical World Judaica Gallery
Address: VII. Wesselényi Street 13.
Telephone: (36-1) 354-1561

 

Mizrah Jewish Gift Shop
Address: VII. Dohány Street 1/a.
Telephone: (1) 411-1184
Email: salasasa@freemail.hu