Budapest’s Jewish history is rich, complex, and continues to thrive today. Led by a Jewish historian, we’ll discover the intriguing and bustling 7th district, including the Great Synagogue on this 3 hour tour. We will begin on Andrassy Street, the commercial center of the city, and also the area where many Jews settled at the end for the 19th century. From there, we’ll delve into smaller side streets to discover the rich offerings: silver shops, kosher butchers, prayer houses, and smaller synagogues. We also grapple with the experience of the Holocaust and World War II in Budapest, and look at the remains of the ghetto walls “yellow star houses,” and will discuss the deportation of the Jews in the larger context of the Holocaust in Europe.
To end our experience, we will look at the contemporary Jewish history in the city and visit several synagogues, including the Dohany (Great) Synagogue. As time allows, we may visit a ritual bath or duck into a kosher shop to experience modern Jewish cuisine. Since our group is small, there will be plenty of time for discussion and questions to further enhance our immersion in Budapest’s rich Jewish history.