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Jul 28, 2020

Budapest's Jewish community thrown into chaos over COVID-19 case

The federation of Hungarian Jewish communities (Mazsihisz) and Budapest’s Jewish community BZSH have decided to close down synagogues in the capital for two weeks due to a positive coronavirus case.

 

The federation of Hungarian Jewish communities (Mazsihisz) and Budapest’s Jewish community BZSH have decided to close down synagogues in the capital for two weeks, after a participant in a children’s camp in the city may have come in contact with the coronavirus.

Visits to Mazsihisz’s hospital and the BZSH seniors’ home in Budapest are also banned. The two organizations have asked anyone who may have contacted members of the Chabad Lubavitch community not to visit Mazsihisz or BZSH facilities for two weeks.

The Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH) said earlier on Monday that several members of the community were ill, while one also tested positive for coronavirus. The community interrupted services at its Óbuda Synagogue.

Slomó Köves, Executive Rabbi of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH) and five members of his Budapest congregation were found to have mild coronavirus symptoms over the weekend and are in isolation.

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