There was standing room only for those who managed to show up in time to catch Prof. Dr. Károly Vajda’s mid-term lecture on the 15th of May, which attracted wide interest. The conceptual framework of his talk was Neolog Judaism, which emerged among Hungarian Jews in the 1860s and marked a schism distinguished by two opposing impulses: to move toward reform, or to return to traditions.
In his wide-ranging lecture, the literary scholar and philologist Vajda, who serves as director of the esteemed Rabbinical Seminary of Budapest (Budapest University of Jewish Studies), presented a fascinating psychogram of today’s predominantly secular Hungarian Jewry in a time of transformation. We look forward to further opportunities to strengthen our connection with Budapest!
© Tobias Barniske