Jewish life in Hungary: Achievements, challenges and priorities since the collapse of communism:
Author(s): Andras Kovacs and Aletta Forras-Biro
Published: Wednesday 14 Sep 2011
The renewal of Jewish life in Hungary comes under scrutiny in a new report published by JPR today. 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 and co-ordination among Jewish communal organizations and initiatives.
Both English and Hungarian language versions of the report can be downloaded in full below:
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Jewish life in Hungary: Achievements, challenges and priorities since the collapse of communism (601kb)
Hungarian language version of Jewish life in Hungary report (588kb)
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