Looking towards the future, expansion of JCC programming and modernization of the 25-year old building is essential.
As it looks toward the future, continued success and expansion of current JCC Budapest programming is at a critical point.
Despite a backdrop of growing right-wing political rhetoric, the JCC offers a non-judgmental haven for the community. For those who use the JCC, they consider it to be a source of strength and comfort.
The JCC Building is located right around the corner from the famous Budapest Opera House, on a street just behind the city’s most famous address, Andrassy Boulevard. On three floors, the JCC hosts over one hundred different activities and programs each month. The lowest level features a gym and fitness facility which includes a sauna, and a fitness room where various classes, from krav maga (a self-defense system developed by the IDF) to children’s ballet classes, are given. The main floor consists of several rooms including offices, a café, a sitting area, a library, and a large multipurpose room. The top floor has meeting and lecture rooms, as well as more multipurpose space.
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Programs and Events
Programs for Children
From playgroups to the first Hebrew school in Hungary to meaningful service learning for youth, the JCC Budapest offers children and youth a joyful way to learn about the values and traditions of Judaism and make friends in the community. The JCC Budapest also works closely with the JDC/Lauder International Summer Camp at Szarvas, creating opportunities for Jewish fun and learning all year round.more
The annual Judafest, a Jewish cultural street festival has skyrocked in popularity from 2,000 over 10,000 visitors of all ages each year. This flagship Jewish fair revives the unique Jewish heritage of Kaczynski Street in the heart of Budapest’s Jewish quarter.more
Adult Jewish Learning
Growing up during the decades of Communist rule in Hungary deprived many Jewish adults of Jewish learning and experiences. The JCC Budapest serves Jewish adults who are searching for that missing element of their youth and develops Jewish literacy and pride. It also allows parents and grandparents for the first time to introduce Jewish life to their families.more
Hungary is home to many thousands of Holocaust survivors and seniors. As they age, the desire for community and company becomes more urgent. The JCC Budapest offers a home to seniors where they can meet with like-minded individuals, talk about the past, connect with Jewish youth, and eat and celebrate and smile.more
VISIT THE JCC Budapest! Connect with Budapest’s Jews from every generation. Hear their stories. Celebrate the present day and future Hungarian Jewry.
The JCC Budapest invites you to visit classes, speak with families, talk with youth and have coffee with Holocaust survivors at the café. Become an International Member of the JCC Budapest. Please let us know when you are coming by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ms. Emese Danks in Budapest: +3630-4996358,
Judafest, the annual Jewish cultural street festival, organized by the JCC has skyrocketed in popularity from 2,000 over 10,000 visitors of all ages each year. This flagship Jewish fair revives the unique Jewish heritage of Kaczynski Street in the heart of Budapest’s Jewish quarter.
Programs for Children
From play groups to the first-ever after-school, Hebrew school program in Hungary, to meaningful Jewish traditions learning for youth, the JCC offers joyful ways for children to learn about traditional Jewish values, while connecting to Jewish peers in the community. JCC Budapest works closely with the JDC/Lauder International Summer Camp at Szarvas, which creates additional opportunities for Jewish fun and learning all year round.
Adult Jewish Learning
Growing up during the decades of Communism deprived many Jewish Hungarians of the opportunity to express themselves as Jews and learn about Judaism. The JCC offers adults who are searching for that missing element from their youth, many opportunities to explore and develop Jewish literacy and pride. This, in turn, allows parents and grandparents to take part in the introduction of Jewish life to their families, so that all generations in the family can engage in Jewish tradition together.
As a member of World War II’s Axis powers, Hungary was not besieged by war until late 1944, less than one year before the war ended. Fortunately, many Hungarian Jews survived the war and as such, Hungary is home to many thousands of Holocaust survivors. As they age, the desire for community becomes more essential to their well-being. JCC Budapest offers a place where seniors can meet like-minded individuals, talk about the past and present, participate in Jewish celebrations and holidays, connect with Jewish youth, and engage with people in the café.
Visit the JCC Budapest! Connect with Budapest’s Jews from every generation. Hear their stories. Celebrate present day and future Hungarian Jewry.