When we made the painful decision to cancel all in-person events, our community programming continued online. We also led the charge to unite Budapest’s wider Jewish community in helping those in desperate need.
Though our doors are closed, our mission and activities are more important than ever.
Here are a few highlights;
While we feared attendance at “events-gone-virtual” would decrease, the opposite proved to be the case. During the spring of 2020, we engaged almost 700 percent more followers on Facebook than in spring 2019.
Especially popular are our weekly Shabbat candle-lighting and Havdalah livestreams, led by different community members each week. From March to July 2020, we hosted 16 virtual candle-lightings and 15 Havdalah ceremonies, with 2,500 people tuning in each week.
By inviting a diverse group of people to lead these ceremonies, we turned children, college students, university professors, and others into active community members. We are now eager to capitalize on this potential and continue to engage them after the pandemic ends.
As of the beginning of December 2020, we had: