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Jewish Summer Festival – 2015 – Part2

jewish summer festival 2015

Adding further updates to the forthcoming Jewish Cultural Festival in just hours to come!

During the annual end of summer, before the Jewish New Year, Budapest is dressed up with a cultural cavalcade organized by the Hungarian Jewish Community. As at the previous herald news was indicated it opens on August, 30 and ends at September, 6. presenting the colourful world of its traditions and customs at several venues.

Jewish and non-Jewish visitors may follow the programs at the following venues: the Synagogue on the Dohány Street and Rumbach Street’s Synagogue, the Goldmark Hall will that give a sight to Budapest’s Jewish face.

The Dohány Street Synagogue – District, VII., 2. Dohány Str.

It is architecturally a gem  and  known as the 2nd. largest in the World. Every booked visit has a guided tour there, or many just wish to do it by themselves, being quite easy to find rolling around the Downtown. It is the one of Budapest’s spectacle in-and-outside sights. Was built-in Morisco style, in 1859. The memory of the Holocaust is closely linked to the old Jewish quarter, where the synagogue is located. The Dohány Street is constituted to the boundary of the Jewish ghetto. During the World War II., this physical space to this very day been the intellectual-religious center of Hungarian Jews. Each performances start at 7 p.m.

The Goldmark Hall – District, VII. Wsselény Street

Is a Venue which in the middle of the last century was considered as the citadel of Jewish cultural life. In the period between 1939 and 1944, it stood  for opera performances and colossal shows. According to the Jewish Acts a great number of brilliant actors were prevented from entering the stage. The Jewish audience were also banned of visiting the theatres and cinemas. After World War II, the Hall remained as the cultural center of the congregation and of the Budapest Jews. All the shows start at 7.30 p.m.

Rumbach Street Synagogue – District, VII., 11-13. Rumbach Sebestyén Street.

This year it will be for entertainment with many well-know actors, musicians. As well as the Kossuth prize-winning actor András Kern issued his first record 25 years ago and included his legendary song „Lövölde Square”.  Inside the walls there will be popular older songs and newer ones and of course many stories and much humor. András Kern and Judit Hernadi this  time, both will sing duets and solo as well. They previously issued a joint record entitled “Kernádi”. Musicians – Gábor Heilig was the musical director of almost all of Kern’s records. He is also the composer and lyric writer of several of his songs. András Kern has played in many plays together with actress Barbara Hegyi, but this is the first time they will sing together at a live concert. Another great performer, apart from being an excellent actor – Béla Fesztbaum is a great musician. Plays on piano and sings and will display both his talents during the evening. Songs will be accompanied by an expanded version of Iván Gátos’s band, with out-standing musicians.  All programs start at 8 p.m.

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Update by Aggie Reiter

Jewish Cultural Festival – Budapest – 2015.


A Jewish cultural cavalcade in Budapest slowly reaching the end of the summertime season can be a special occasion for everyone. Over the past years, every visitor could rightfully feel the event was his own, and I know this will be no different this year with the Jewish Cultural Festival hosted under its new name. This is where the Hungarian Jewish Community opens its gates, presents its customs and the colourful world of its traditions. Every year, excellent Jewish and non-Jewish men and women rally their forces to entertain those interested in Jewish culture with superb programs during the Jewish Cultural Festival.

Budapest is a receptive city. Our festival demonstrates that the capital of Hungary is host to a diversity of cultures, welcoming its visitors from all parts of the world with friendship. The programs offered by the festival could best be compared to a bunch of colourful wild flowers. Fresh flowers that shine in a thousand shapes and colours, beautiful on their own, and gorgeous in a bunch. Symbiosis is a widespread form of plant life. Symbiosis means two plants living together that is advantageous for both.

The symbiosis of the Hungarian and the Jewish cultures has brought about many an eternal value over the past centuries. “So the cock crows” – we hear at Klezmer concerts and the song has become a treasure for all Hungarians. Its composer is Eisik Taub, the wonder rabbi of Nagykálló, born in 1751.

Mariusz Rosenthal was born in Balassagyarmat in 1789. Today, he is known as Márk Rózsavölgyi. Few are aware that this Jewish man gave us the Csárdás – “czardash”. He was a friend of the great poet, János Petőfi. When the National Theatre was inaugurated, it was opened with the round dance Palotás composed by Rózsavölgyi.

Ferenc Neumann was born in 1878. He wrote the world’s perhaps most beautiful youth novel, The Pál Street Boys in a crowded, musical café, Of course, Ferenc Neumann is known by his pen name, Ferenc Molnár. The range of examples is virtually endless. They are all representatives of the co-existence of the Hungarian and Jewish cultures.

Welcome the events of the Jewish Cultural Festival 2015 with joy, with open heart. Enjoy its rich, colourful program and live in a symbiosis with it during the next few days. Those who come and visit the events of the festival can be sure of one thing. They will not depart empty-handed.

They will receive the mental-spiritual treasures grounded in thousands of years of tradition that can be of help to anyone in finding a way in the complicated issues of life. The great venues to visit … the Synagogues in Dohány Street and Rumbach Street and the Goldmark Hall

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Update Aggie Reiter