The Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (MAZSIHISZ)
The Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (MAZSIHISZ) – is the representative organ of the local Jewry. Its highest level is the council, with 121 members from all around the Hungarian synagogues, and the rabbis. Every four years they are electing the president, the managing director and the board of governors.
In Hungary – by different estimations – there are more than 120 thousand Jew lives, most of them in Budapest. There are around forty synagogues working under the supervision of the Federation, twenty in the capital with at least weekly religious services. In the countryside there is a renaissance of the active Jewish cultural and religious life.
The MAZSIHISZ’s role is not only to keep up the judaism, but to provide social services and to conserve the Jewish heritage and improve the traditional Jewish education.
The MAZSIHISZ represents the survivors of the Holocaust in the restitution projects inside and outside Hungary and they achieved great success in these arguments.
The most important goals of MAZSIHISZ
- Passing on the Jewish religious education, and tradition as well as building and maintaining a lively Jewish community, keeping up its liveliness and relevance, ensuring the proper conditions for religious community practice.
- Building well integrated communities within a strong, open and sustainable environment Strengthening Jewish culture, environment, lifestyle and identity.
- Maintaining social activities as a Jewish value in the Jewish community – with special attention to the needs of the first and the second generation of Holocaust survivors – and beyond, practically speaking, protecting the dignity of every single human being.
- Jewish advocacy, which includes every human’s freedom of religion, democratic rights and the protection if minority rights