Hungarian rabbis and lay leaders reject attempts to divide the community

In an open letter, 22 rabbis and community leaders of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (MAZSIHISZ) denounced ongoing attempts to divide Hungarian Jewry.

“We are protesting against all intentions, which try to discredit the work and achievements of the rabbis, cantors, religious and civil employees and elected leaders,” read the letter.

“We reject all attempts,  to reduce the lawful resources allocated to the MAZSIHISZ. We  oppose every statement which distorts MAZSIHISZ’ societal importance and its efforts for the Hungarian Jewish community. We reject all intentions which attempt to disregard the agreement on the allocation of annuities signed in 2012 between the MAZSIHISZ, and the EMIH, and MAOIH organisations.”

“Rabbis, cantors, religious and civil employees are doing world class religious, educational, and social work. During the current pandemic, we are providing aid to the needy and to Holocaust survivors.”

“We support and operate our synagogues and other institutes, we organise online religious events and participate in the official state vaccination programme. We are open and welcoming to every person of Jewish origin, and we recognise the freedom and legitimacy of all other Jewish communities,” the open letter continued.

“The MAZSHISZ is the largest Jewish denomination in Hungary. It is allocated resources in relation to its size and its tasks. The MAZSHISZ uses these allocations transparently and responsibly for the wellbeing of the community.

Therefore, we, the rabbis and leaders of the MAZSHISZ, are looking with incomprehension at the recent baseless and unlawful attacks [against our organisation]”.

“We reject all intentions, which try to weaken and divide our community. We declare that the rabbis and elected leaders of MAZSHISZ will work – as in the past so in the future – in unison for the Hungarian Jewish Community,” the letter concluded.

The Federation of Hungarian Jewish communities (MAZSIHISZ) is the representative organisation of the Hungarian Jewish community and the country’s EJC affiliate.

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