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PRESS RELEASE: Israeli-Jewish Congress delegation going to Budapest to participate in Hungarian Jewish Summer Festival (25 Aug – 1 Sep)

PRESS RELEASE: Israeli-Jewish Congress delegation going to Budapest to participate in Hungarian Jewish Summer Festival (25 Aug – 1 Sep)

PRESS RELEASE

  • Largest ever Hungarian Jewish Summer Festival to be held in Budapest, with over 100,000 participants expected from across Europe
  • Israeli-Jewish Congress to lead strong Israeli delegation, including Dep. Knesset Speaker Meir Sheetrit and Chair of Knesset Diaspora Affairs Comm. Yoel Razbozov and group of Israeli High School Young Ambassadors

[Tel Aviv, Israel]: On 25th August – 2nd September 2013, the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (MAZSIHISZ), the leading umbrella organization of the Hungarian Jewish community, will hold its 16th annual ‘Jewish Summer Festival’.

This year’s Festival is expected to draw a record crowd of over 100,000 participants from Hungary and across Europe, making it one of the largest cultural events on the continent.

During the Festival, there will be a wide array of exciting cultural activities, including musical concerts, art and literature exhibitions and theatrical performances from local Hungarian artists and acts especially from Israel, including Ivri Lider and David D’or, and the Conductor of the Jerusalem Great Synagogue, Eli Jaffe.

The Israeli-Jewish Congress, which works closely with MAZSIHISZ on a range of joint projects, is proud to be partnering the Hungarian Jewish Community for this Festival by leading an Israeli delegation including senior Members of Knesset and a group of Israeli high-school students.

The delegation will be led by Meir Sheetrit MK (Deputy Speaker of the Knesset) and Yoel Razbozov MK (Chair of the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs), who will bring a message of support and solidarity on behalf of the Government of Israel

The IJC delegation will also include a strong youth representation, with a group of Israeli High-School ‘Young Ambassadors’, who will be there for a week long trip to strengthen relations with their Hungarian peers, learn more about the Hungarian Jewish community and to convey a positive image of Israel to the broader community.

The centre-piece for most of the activities of the Festival will be the majestic Dohány Street Synagogue, also known as The Great Synagogue, one of the largest and most breathtaking in Europe.

The Young Ambassadors delegation will also take part in the Israel Shuk (‘Market’) in Budapest organized by Israel’s Embassy to Hungary, in which under the biggest ever Hummus plate in Hungary will be presented.

The festivities will commence with a special concert at the Dohány Synagogue on Sunday 25TH August, in front of 3,000 people in attendance.

The Festival itself will be formally opened earlier in the day, during a special ceremony attended by a number of dignitaries, VIPs and officials from Hungary, Europe and Israel, including the President and Managing Director of the Hungarian Jewish Community, Mr. András Heisler and Mr. Gusztav Zoltai, Senior Representatives of the Hungarian Government, on behalf of Europe – Antonyia Parvanova, a leading Member of European Parliament (from Bulgaria) and ‘Friends of Israel’ Organization, Members of Knesset Meir Sheetrit and Yoel Razbozov, Israel’s Ambassador to Hungary, H.E. Ambassador Ilan Mor and members of the foreign press and other VIPs.

The Hungarian Jewish community, home to the father of modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl, has a long and rich history of cultural contribution in Hungary, and more broadly across Europe. This Festival, with the proud support of the IJC, is intended to showcase this diversity and talent.

For more information, please contact Mr. Arsen Ostrovsky, Director of Research at The Israeli-Jewish Congress: +972 (0)53 274 5633 or ostrov@ijc.org.il.

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