Róbert Frölich steps down as Hungary’s chief rabbi

Róbert Frölich has been Hungary's chief rabbi since 2015

Róbert Frölich has stepped down as Hungary’s chief rabbi after three years at the helm, it has been announced.

In a post on his social media page, Frölich said the reason for his decision was that in recent years the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (Mazsihisz) had “moved in a direction, not least with the knowledge and support of the lay leadership, which is far removed from everything” that he represented and would want to represent in the future.

According to MTI, Frölich said that if “this path and these methods [not specified] are the future of Mazsihisz” he would neither wish to be a passive observer nor active as an obstacle to them.

He added that in almost thirty years he had represented neolog Judaism, not only at the level of ritual or in practice, but also in promoting and living by neolog spirituality and Jewish morality.