2B Foundation and Gallery
Contemporary representation of Jewish culture in art can often be challenging and difficult because of misunderstood tradition and rigid sets of expectations. 2B Foundation is intending to break down these barriers with its art programs, in which it displays tradition and historical events applying an irregular filter. We constantly aim to maintain the intellectual excitement among our audience with our thematic choices and also with the exhibiting artists – this helps us experience Jewish identity in the freest ways.
Bet Orim Reform Jewish Community
Bet Orim (House of Light), with approximately 50 members and about 100 supporters, was founded in 2005 to educate Hungarian Jews about Jewish traditions, history, practices, and ethics—knowledge that had not been passed down to them from their parents and grandparents. We consider it our mission to make both members and drop-ins feel equally welcome. Shabbat services are led by Hungarian-born Rabbi Ferenc Raj (PhD, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth El in Berkeley, California) with humor, love, and a little extra Jewish teaching that makes everybody feel that they’ve taken away more than they came in with.
The Golem Theatre – as the only professional Jewish theater company in Hungary – was founded in 2005 by András Borgula who has been being the artistic director since then. The troop has no permanent members, our goal is to work with the best actors and professionals in the Hungarian contemporary art scene. Golem is first and foremost a theatre. Similarly to any other artist or artistic endeavour, it strives to make the world a better place. Second of all, it is Jewish. Life, death, love, hate, passion and revenge stride across the stage, all reflecting on a religion, a culture, a people, a worldview. Thirdly, it is in Budapest. Golem regards the many thousands years of Jewish tradition and culture as its core, at the same time aware that it has a cultural mission to fulfil in Europe, in Hungary, in Budapest.
Hanoar Hatzioni Hungary
In 2005 a few enthusiastic young adults decided that an organization like this should exist in Hungary. Since then Hanoar became an important part of the life of Jewish youth in Budapest. Our goal is to create something valuable and to playfully teach with methods of informal education. We aim to teach kids to shape their own opinions, think for themselves and make decisions based on core human values. Pluralism is one of our main values. We aim in each topic to show the kids all possible views, all possible ways and to listen to all possible opinions. After that we let each individual choose for themselves the view they like the most.
Hasomer Hatzair Hungary
Hashomer Hatzair has been re-established in 1989 in Budapest. Today it’s one of the Zionist youth movements in Hungary. Hasomer Hatzair Hungary organizes two camps every year and also offers various programs for Jewish youngsters: bringing charity to Hungarian Holocaust Survivors, cleaning out Jewish cemeteries in the countryside etc. Our organzation was the first Jewish youth movement to be re-established in Hungary after the fall of Communism (1989).
Kibic Online Portal
The primary goal of the Kibic online portal (www.akibic.hu) is to amplify the voice of Jewish community NGOs which are marginalized from the official Jewish discourse. Operating the portal we would like to strengthen the dialog among groups and NGOs in the community, and work towards creating a more pluralistic Jewish community in Hungary. Besides this, we also find it important to share the activities and news from the organizations to a wider audience. With the promoting of the organizations’ programs, we hope to expand their circle of participants and also to broaden our membership.
Mazsihisz Youth Council
The Mazsihisz Youth Council is the youth body of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities. Their aim is to represent Jewish youth as individuals and as organizations towards the Federation and in a wider perspective as well. Their further goal is to help the work of youth organizations initiating cooperation among them. To advance the work of youth organizations and projects, the council distributes 35.000 USD grant funding annually allocated from the federation’s core budget.
MAZSIKE – Hungarian Jewish Cultural Association
Our association permanently covers up the heritage and tradition of the Hungarian Jewry, contributes to renewal of communal life and develops the cultural efforts. Our events are dedicated to local cultural pilgrims who participate at our organized trips, as well as to local audience. By our events we show the colorful Jewish community, we make stronger cultural bounds among Jewish people. It is highly important for us to attract many young people beyond the borders as well so they get know each other’s culture, past, present, problems and joy.
Marom was founded as a grass-roots NGO in 2002 by Jewish university students for the regeneration and reinvention of Jewish culture in Hungary. The main goal of Marom is to connect Jewish art, history and religious traditions, and re-interpret them according to contemporary Hungarian (and global) context. During the past 16 years Marom Budapest organized hundreds of larger and smaller events, initiated projects, and co-operated with over a hundred part organizations. Between 2006-2012 Marom organized its programs at the independent community squat called “Sirály”, a project that found its continuation at Auróra in the fall of 2014.
Sim Shalom Progressive Jewish Congregation
Sim Shalom (or Szim Salom in Hungarian) is a member of World Union (WUPJ) and European Union (EUPJ) for Progressive Judaism. Sim Shalom, close to 20 years old now, was the first Progressive Jewish congregation in Hungary, with historic Reform presence in Hungary already in the middle of 19th century. Our community follows the tenets and practices of the Progressive (or Reform) movement of Judaism, which has the largest number of members worldwide. Progressive Judaism owes its popularity to the fact that it sees our Jewish heritage as a living, continuously developing tradition, which has something important to say to the people of today.