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December 6, 2013


The Hungarian Jewish Archives

Zsuzsa Toronyi, the director of the Hungarian Jewish Archives, will receive us at her institution. She will talk about the archive's conception and holdings and show us some of its documentary treasures.

10 AM, in front of the Talmud Tora building (Goldmark Hall), VII, Wesselényi utca 7.

October 20, 2013


The Great Synagogue of Pest and the Jewish Museum

A member of the synagogue staff will explain the history and symbolism of the synagogue, built in 1854-1859 in the Moorish revival style, and introduce us to the collections of the Jewish Museum, which illustrate Jewish religious traditions and Hungarian Jewish life from the Ottoman period to the Holocaust.

11:20 AM, VII, Dohány utca 2, in front of the main entrance.

March 10-11, 2013
Field trip
Jewish Communities and Synagogues in Southern Hungary

In cooperation with the Hebrew Studies Department at Eötvös Loránd University, CEU Jewish Studies will organize a two-day field trip to the Jewish monuments in seven cities of Southern Hungary and Serbia. Our overnight stay will be in Szeged, where we will visit Lipót Baumhorn's splendid fin-de-siècle synagogue (see image). The following morning,  we will cross the border into Serbia and admire the Art Nouveau synagogue of Subotica/Szabadka. On our way, we will learn about Jewish history in the region and discover further architectural highlights in Apostag, Baja, Jánoshalma, Kecskemét and Nagykőrös. English-language explanations of sites and monuments will be given by faculty members Viktória Bányai (ELTE), Rudolf Klein (Szent István University Budapest) and Carsten Wilke (CEU). The trip is open to all members of the CEU community. Please contact Professor Wilke for details.


Academic Year 2012-1013
MA Seminar
Excursions into Jewish History and Culture

Offering an introduction to Jewish culture in an unconventional form, this off-campus seminar will be co-taught by Carsten Wilke and various Hungarian scholars who will host us on sites of Jewish interest all over Budapest. The places we will transform into our classrooms include the Hebrew Library at Eötvös Loránd University, the medieval prayer-house and archaeological sights on Castle Hill, the historical Jewish cemetery on Salgótarjáni Street (image), the Great Synagogue and Hungarian Jewish Museum,  the Hungarian Rabbinical Seminary (Jewish University), the Hebrew Manuscript collection at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Hungarian Jewish Archives, and the Holocaust Memorial Center. The last three sessions of the seminar  take place on the field trip to Southern Hungary (see above). Interested visitors may participate in any of these tours (please contact the instructor).

See schedule


March 21, 2012
The Rabbinical Seminary of Budapest

For all those of the CEU community who are interested in the Jewish history of Budapest, CEU Jewish Studies offer a walking tour of the premises, synagogue and library of the Jewish University / Rabbinical Seminary led by Dr. Judith Karpati, a professor of this institution. We will learn about the history of what has been one of the major centers of Jewish learning in Europe, founded in 1877. 

2:30 PM, VIII, Bérkocsis utca 2.


November 24, 2011
Walking tour
The Historic Jewish District and the Former Ghetto Area

Interested Jewish Studies students are invited to join a walking tour to Budapest's seventh district, guided by Borbála Klacsman. We will visit, among other sites, Dohany Street Synagogue, Heroes' Cemetery and Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park, Carl Lutz Memorial, Rumbach Synagogue, Kiraly Street and the Memorial at the remnants of the ghetto wall.

2:00 PM, CEU Monument Building, V., Octogon, Nádor St. 9


October 9-10, 2011
Field trip
Western Slovakia

Students and faculty from the Jewish Studies programs at Central European University, Eötvös Lorant University (Budapest) and Palacký University (Olomouc, Czech Republic) took a two-day field trip to Jewish heritage sites in Western Slovakia. We visited the former synagogues of Stupava, Malacky, Senec, Trnava, Nitra, and ©urany, discovering monuments in various styles from Baroque to Bauhaus that bear witness to the religious and everyday life of all three Jewish currents that existed in the former Kingdom of Hungary. After staying overnight in Trnava, home to an important medieval Jewish community, we visited the Jewish cemeteries and Holocaust memorial sites at Sereď, Nitra and Nové Zámky. In the latter locality, we enjoyed the hospitality of one of the last remaining Jewish communities of the region, whose members shared their personal recollections with us while guiding us through their cemetery, synagogue and community building.

7:00 AM in front of the Mátyás Pince, V., Március 15 Sq. 7.


March 17, 2011
Walking tour
The Medieval Jewish Quarters on Buda Hill: Recent Archaeological Excavations

Dr. András Végh, archaeologist at the Budapest Historical Museum, shows and explains the remains of the 13th-14th century Jewish residential quarter, its synagogue and ritual bath, which were discovered in the course of two archaeological digs he led on the western side of Szt. György Street in 1998-2000 and in 2004-2005. We then visit the 15th century Jewish quarter and synagogue on Táncsics Mihály Street. The tour is part of Prof. Carsten Wilke's MA seminar "Introduction to Medieval Jewish Civilization".

9:00 AM in front of the Korona Cukrászda, I, Dísz Sq.

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March 16-17, 2014

Jewish Studies Field Trip

Győr, Sopron, Eisenstadt, Bratislava

For the third consecutive year, the CEU Jewish Studies Specialization and the Hebrew Studies Department at ELTE will organize a joint field trip to Jewish sights of a Central European region. Our itinerary will pass through three countries (Hungary, Austria, and Slovakia) and lead us to sights dating from the 14th to the 20th century. All our destinations are located in the western border regions of the former Hungarian Kingdom, where a regional tradition of Jewish life and rabbinic culture flourished. Our itinerary will include the 1871 synagogue in Győr, the medieval synagogues of Sopron, the early modern Jewish quarter of Eisenstadt, which houses the Austrian Jewish Museum, as well as the tombs of the "Hatam-Sofer" and other chief rabbis of Bratislava, one of the major Jewish religious pilgrimage sites in Central Europe. The tour will be guided by faculty from both organizing institutions as well as by local colleagues.

8 AM from BAH csomópont (tram line 61 from Széll Kálman tér or bus 8 from metro Astoria)

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