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Sep 24, 2019

Hungarian Jewish community celebrates inauguration of two new synagogues

“We are proud of our past and traditions, and think that in Hungary the Jewish community not only has a past but a present and a future, too,” said Slomó Köves following the inauguration of two new synagogues - one in Budapest's 13th district and in Szentendre, north of the capital.

The Chief Rabbi of the EMIH community has said the Jewish community lives undisturbed and in safety in Hungary.

“We are proud of our past and traditions, and think that in Hungary the Jewish community not only has a past but a present and a future, too,” Slomó Köves said at a ceremony held at central Budapest’s “Shoes on the Danube” monument to Holocaust victims on Sunday.

In his address, Köves welcomed that his community celebrated the inauguration of two synagogues – in central Budapest and in Szentendre, north of the capital – and two Torah scrolls on the same day. “Today is history,” Köves said. “The completion of the Torah and the writing of the last letters is always a joyful event, but here, in Budapest, it is an especially joyful celebration,” the rabbi added. 

The ceremony was also attended by State Secretary János Fónagy and Chief Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Weiss, representing Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Council and the state of Israel.

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