Tu biSvat – Rabbi 40!

This year’s Tu biSvat, holiday of the trees was special. Apart from the almost traditional Teleki fruit seder, the lasagne and gorgeous chicken wings there was another reason to celebrate.

The reason there was, that this year it was also the 40th birthday, od Rabbi Solom Hurwitz.

Therefor our community (a million thanks to all of you again) put together the money, to surprise him with a great present!

Rabbi Hurwitz will get his own fruit brandy (pálinka) distiller! Production of the distilles is on the way already, from the amount gathered before and at the event.

Therefor TELEKI TÉR KOSHER PÁLINKA’s kosher distiller is on the way!

On the side of the distiller a plaque will hold the names of all donors for eternity.

Anyone can join us in the fruit smashing, and pálinka distilling process. helpers are welcomed, and will be greeted with a special gift ;)

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Chanukah ’12

We had another hilarious Chanukah party. As part of the event we installed a brand new, computer controlled Chanuka security fence on the entrance door, we hed tombola, and a great time. Let the pictures speak for themselves!

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Glaser 100

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Jakab Gláser (Juci bácsi) age 94 in a Balatonfüred cakeshop

Mr. Gláser, or as his family and closer acquaintances called him, Juci Bácsi (cca. Uncle Judy) was born of the day of Jom Kippur on the 22th of September 100 years ago.

He stopped attending Teleki 5 years ago from his nearby house, place of his birth, 42 József street.

We could be celebrating with him, if it wasn’t for on pointless Hospital quarantine.

Shell we think and remember with with telling a moderate or very piggy joke.

For his birthday, he received lately a posthumous  medal of honour (Hungarian).

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EU Grant WON!

After wrinting many offers for EU and other international grants, at last one of them succeeded!
Our offer for the EACEA “Action 4 – Active European Remembrance” program is the biggest, most thourough material we created, with it’s 61 pages documentation, and received the work title TELEKI ’44.

As described in the offer we are aiming at tracking down and finding thoses elderly people, who might still remember about Teleki tér before and around WWII.

Our main goal in this project is to research and document the history of Teleki Square and the shul itself during the 20th century.

This square and the neighborhood with it’s unique background and history – compared to other Jewish neighborhoods in Budapest – has been under-documented by historians, anthropologists and sociologists, therefore research and documentation has a vital importance.
As a result of the documentation process apart from the scientific papers we wish to publish a photo book, a thematic essay book while the creation of a documentary film is under way.
The project will enable us to reach the last ones of the generation that can still remember and are able to tell the stories about the shul and Teleki square and then to document this outstanding oral history. Nevertheless the project enables us to collect all written and printed materials from archives of the local government, the Jewish community, in libraries and create an exceptional collection. During the course of the project we will publish books, photo albums, make documentary films, organize meetings, events and attend to all sorts of different events, conferences.

The project officially starts in December 2012.

Any stories or photos that any of you may be able to contribute to this effort would be of great help. Please contact us at: teleki44@telekiter.com

Out partners in the project (in alphabetical order):

Art Sector alapítvány
Bet Orim közösség
Beyond Budapest Sightseeing
Centropa
Izraeli Kulturális Intézet
MiNYanim (Sochnut)
MTA Szociológiai Intézet, Társadalomtudományi Kutatóközpont
Múlt és  Jövő könyvkiadó
Páva utcai körzet 

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Medal of Uncle Judy

Jakab Gláser, Juci bácsi (~Uncle Judy) name giver of our NGO would be 100 years and on 22 September 2012. On this occasion he was posthumous awarded a governmental medal of honour.

More: Posthumous medal “Great Cross of 56’s Fidelity for Home Land”

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From a visitor from Polland

Dear Teleki Ter Shul. I am still impressed by my visit to your shul last Shabbat. I think I found my favourite shul in the whole world – open, welcoming and warm. Keep up the good work!

Jan, from Polland

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Payerbooks

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Last week our collection of prayer books (sidurim) grew with a big amount. Éva Karácsonyi donated 5 bilingual (Hungarian-Hebrew) prayerbooks for the women section, thereby helping the women’s club training activities.

2012-06-27 12.49.48Also this week we received with the help of Zsolt Kárpáti the presents of our  sofer, Micha Farnadi-Jerusalmi‘s these beautiful blue Nusach Sfarad prayerbooks printed in 2011 from the very same Jerusalem printing house (Sinai printing house) who published the red ones we use printed in 1977. These new blue ones that we received 10 pieces now are reprints of the old red ones, so with matching page numbers we can use them together with the previous ones.

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Celebrating the return of the Torah scroll!

To celebrate the return and the first usage of the second renewed scroll, the shul was filled with life once again! Children were running around everywhere. It was uplifting to see all those shining young and elderly faces. The ceremony was held according to the usual Teleki platz manners. Maybe a slightly more vivid singing and of course the ceremonial dance around and with the returned scroll.

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Kosher Sifrei Torah at Teleki

The second, renewed Torah has arrived back to Teleki.
We met our sofer from Jerusalem at the Vienna airport, and with
active help from the Bostoner Rebbe we finished the correction of the
scroll, (on top of a check in desk,) and celebrated it at the airport.
Here are a few pictures of the happening:
First, ceremonial reading from the scroll will happen on 9am, 5 May 2012, at the shul, during Shabbat shacharit.
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Leo’s Upshernish

He turned 3, so came the scissors!

photos: Andr!s Mayer

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