10th of September, 9PM CET / 3 PM EST
Soaring Hungarian synagouges - history and meaning (ENG)
You can't travel to Hungary this year? Don't worry, we will bring Hungary to you! We are pleased to invite you to our next JCC Budapest / Junction / Tarbut partnership online event with Rabbi Michael Paley on Tuesday, July 7th at 11am EDT / 5 PM CET.

Rabbi Paley will be hosting the incredible Dr. Rudolf Klein, Hungary's most famous architectual historian. They will talk about four incredible Hungarian synagouges, their architecture and the story of the communities they represent:
  • the famous Dohány synagouge - the largest synagouge of Europe
  • the just renovated Rumbach synagouge - now inactive but once home to the unique status quo ante community
  • the marvelous synagouge of Szeged - designed by the famous Lipót Baumhorn
  • the breathtaking synagouge of Subotice (Szabadka) - designed in Hungarian "Matyó" style
Join us and let us bring to you these buildings, their history and their meaning.

Rabbi Michael Paley, is a senior scholar for the JDC and the founding director of the Tarbut Fellowship living in Budapest, Hungary. Previously he was the scholar in residence of the UJA-Federation of New York and prior to his arrival at UJA, he was a professor of Jewish Studies and Dean at Bard College, the Vice President of the Wexner Heritage Foundation and served as the University Chaplain at Columbia University and Associate University Chaplain at Dartmouth College. Additionally, he was the founding director of the Edgar M. Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel. Rabbi Paley earned his bachelor's at Brandeis, graduate degrees in Jewish and Islamic Philosophy and Science at Temple University and received his rabbinic ordination from Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.
Dr. Rudolf Klein is a theoretician and historian of modern architecture. His special interest is the link between architecture and ideas; the interaction of civilizations in the field of architecture, (19th century Orientalism, Japanese influence on 20th century western modernism, Judaism's influence on modernism), architecture and ethnic or confessional identity in the 19th and 20th centuries. He is author of eight and co-author of three books in the field of architectural history of modern times. He has published over 40 reviewed papers. He teaches at Szent István University, Ybl Miklós Faculty of Architecture, Budapest.

If you do not know the books of Dr. Rudolf Klein, here is just the last three:

1. The Great Synagogue of Budapest, Budapest : Terc Publishers, 2008, In Hungarian: A Dohány utcai zsinagóga, Budapest : Terc, 2008

2. Synagogues in Hungary 1782-1918 – Genealogy, Typology and Architectural Significance, Budapest : Terc Publishers, 2017

3. Metropolitan Jewish Cemeteries of the 19th and 20th Centuries in Central and Eastern Europe – A Comparative Study, ICOMOS + Landesdenkmalamt Berlin, Imhof Verlag; Berlin, 2018

Visit Dr. Klein's website for more info: