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Mazsihisz rules out co-operation with Jobbik


Reacting to an article in The Times of Israel, the Alliance of Hungarian Jewish Faith Communities (Mazsihisz) declared that it is not willing to establish contacts with Jobbik in any way.

MAZSIHISZ opens to secular Jews


The Chairman of the Association of Hungarian Jewish Faith Communities (MAZSIHISZ) argues in favour of broadening its ranks to non-believing Jews. He warns that, if they do not, the organisation risks disappearing from the scene.

MAZSIHISZ asks PM Orbán for increased protection for Hungarian Jews


A liberal columnist accuses a leading Hungarian Jewish organization of helping PM Orbán’s anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim politics by requesting the Prime Minister to increase security measures aimed at protecting Hungarian Jews.

Insider criticism of MAZSIHISZ anniversary boycott


Representatives of a prominent Jewish foundation condemn the decision by the Union of Jewish Religious Communities (Mazsihisz) to boycott state ceremonies held during the Holocaust remembrance year. They call that decision a serious error of judgement which has already resulted in strengthening anti-Semitism.

Anti-Zionist reform Judaism gains momentum


A conservative historian attributes the increasing popularity of anti-Zionist views in the main left-leaning Jewish organization to ideological and political considerations.

House of Fates to open in 2019


A libertarian pundit finds it sad that the completion of the House of Fates, originally scheduled for inauguration four years ago, is taking so long. He thinks that more transparency concerning the planned exhibits could help to resolve the debates over the new museum.

Hungary nearer to Israel than core EU countries, says Jewish leader


The Chairman of the main religious organisation of the Jewish religious community writes that Hungarian Jewry could play a mediating role in relations between Israel and Europe.

Netanyahu withdraws protest against anti-Soros poster campaign 


Commentators sharply disagree about whether the government’s anti-immigration ad and billboard campaign depicting George Soros is anti-Semitic or not.

Vona’s Hanukkah greeting rejected by traditionalist Jewish leader


A liberal weekly criticises Shlomo Köves for spurning a Hanukkah greeting message from the radical right-wing leader. Other commentators put the matter in the more general context of Jobbik’s changing political profile and of preparations for the 2018 parliamentary elections.

Jewish leader against fear-mongering


In a rare oped piece, the chairman of MAZSIHISZ, the Alliance of Hungarian Jewish Faith Communities criticises the World Zionist Conference held in Budapest for complaining about anti-Semitism in Hungary without gathering accurate information first about Jewish life in the country. He condemns political forces which he accuses of playing  the ‘Jewish card’ in order to stoke fear towards ...