Jewish Life in Hungary: Achievements, Challenges and Priorities since the Collapse of Communism

By Andras Kovacs, Aletta Forras-Biro

Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), September 2011

The renewal of Jewish life in Hungary and Poland comes under scrutiny in two reports just published by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research. The research, conducted by local experts on behalf of JPR and funded by the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, was designed to assess the development of Jewish communities in East-Central Europe since the collapse of communism, as well as the challenges they face going forward. Research in Hungary reveals a community re-invigorated over the last 20 years, but nevertheless facing the challenge of low engagement in communal life: only 10 per cent of the Jewish population is affiliated to any Jewish organization. The report calls for:

• the restructuring of the Hungarian Jewish communal infrastructure to ensure that decisions on issues affecting the whole community are made in a democratic and transparent fashion;

• help to build a religiously pluralist communal environment;

• greater levels of co-operation among Jewish communal organizations and initiatives.

Topic: Communism, Democracy, Renewal and Renaissance, Pluralism, Jewish Organizations, Partnerships, Community Building, Communal Organization

Funder: Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Eastern Europe , Hungary

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Kovacs, Andras. Forras-Biro, Aletta. Jewish Life in Hungary: Achievements, Challenges and Priorities since the Collapse of Communism. Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR). September 2011:


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