What does it mean to be Jewish in the 21st century? At JCC Budapest, this question guides how we think and what we do. JCC Budapest is a vibrant community whose aim is to strengthen Jewish identity, help people find their roots, and celebrate the diversity of Jewish life.
This work is personal. I grew up in 1970s Hungary and never had the chance to explore my Judaism. Forgetting Judaism was how my family survived Communist rule — and we almost lost track of our roots. Almost. But thanks to JDC and American philanthropists, my generation was able to revive Hungarian Jewry before it was completely lost to history. It was in Jewish schools, summer camps, youth movements, and institutions, such as JCC Budapest, that many of us rediscovered Judaism, making it our mission to ensure that Hungary has a lively, resilient Jewish future.
We invite you to be a part of our story, Together, we can write the next chapters of Hungarian Jewish history!
— Marcell Kenesei, JCC Director