Budapest Holocaust Memorial

Press Conference 11

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On Monday I returned from a two week trip to Europe that included business, politics, and visiting with a lot of old friends. The first leg of that trip was Budapest.  I was there to support my friend Andor Schmuck, President of the Hungarian Social Democratic Party. I attended a number of events during my 4 days there including this press conference leading up to municipal elections on Oct 12.Press Conference 13

But that’s not what I want to tell you about. This press conference took place at in a small restaurant in the center of Freedom Square, a park in the middle of Budapest that contains various political statues and memorials. On the edge of the square the government has erected a memorial to the 600,000 Hungarian Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. This project was completed without consulting the remnant Jewish population (about 40,000). When you understand the purpose of the memorial you will understand why the Jewish community was not consulted and why they protest loudly.


Memorial 14The purpose of the memorial is to lay the blame entirely on the Germans. The memorial disavows any cooperation by the Hungarian government or the Hungarian people. This is a total fabrication and everyone in Hungary knows it. Goebbels himself stated that within weeks of his arrival in Budapest he received thousands of letters from Hungarians giving the names and addresses of their Jewish neighbors. And the Hungarian police volunteered to round up Hungarian Jews. In this letter, Goebbels commented on how cooperative the Hungarians were. It should therefore be expected that Hungarian Jews would protest this memorial.  In the pictures below you will see the nature of the protest.  People place photos of dead family members, personal memorabilia, written stories, and candles. They also place stones— I think all of us recognize the significance of the stones. They have in fact created their own Holocaust memorial in front of the government version. It’s a powerful statement. Frankly, I am quite amazed that the government permits this protest. It has been going on for many months now, with no sign of abatement. In the following pictures you will see Andor explaining the memorial and the protest to me. Then we head off to the press conference.


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Benefit Concert— Every Voice

EveryVoiceFriends, we have received information about an upcoming concert being performed by Klezlectic, to benefit the Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts (PSCA). This program supports the nearly 100 members of the PSCA, children from first through twenfth grade from all around Pittsburgh. Some of you may have heard one of their choirs performing at the Jewish Music Festival this past spring at Rodef Shalom, and this benefit concert by Klezlectic will support their continued music education and performances. For details, click HERE.

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Holiday Schedule 5775, 2014

Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 24
Evening service 7:15 pm

Thursday, September 25
Preliminary Service 8:30 am
Shacharis 9:00 am
Torah Reading 10:00 am
Sermon 10:45 am
Musaf 11:15 am
Recess 1:15 pm
Tashlich 6:15 pm
Minchah 7:00 pm
Maariv 7:15 pm

Friday, September 26
Preliminary Service 8:30 am
Shacharis 9:00 am
Torah Reading 10:00 am
Sermon 10:45 am
Musaf 11:15 am

Saturday, September 27
Morning service 9:20 am

Yom Kippur

Friday, October 3
Torah procession 7:15 pm
Kol Nidre 7:20 pm
Sermon 7:40 pm
Maariv 8:00 pm

Saturday, October 4
Preliminary Service 9:00 am
Shacharis 9:30 am
Torah Reading 10:30 am
Sermon 11:15 am
Yizkor 11:45 am
Musaf 12:15 am
Recess 2:30 pm
Minchah 5:50 pm
Neilah 6:50 pm
Maariv 7:25 pm
Breaking of the Fast 7:38 pm


Thursday, October 9
Morning Service 9:20 am

Friday, October 10
Morning Service 9:20 am

Wednesday, October 15
Morning Service 9:20 am

Shemini Atzeres

Thursday, October 16
Morning Service 9:20 am
Yizkor 11:00 am
Musaf 11:40 am

Simchas Torah

Friday, October 17
Morning Service 9:20 am

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