Jewish Heritage Tour - In the footsteps of Hasidic communities

Jewish Heritage Tour - In the footsteps of Hasidic communities
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Duration: 10 hour
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This unique, full-day tour follows in the footsteps of thriving Jewish communities living in the Hungarian country(side) during the golden days. 
Main stops
The Synagogue of Gyöngyös
Gyöngyös has one of the oldest Jewish communities and a particularly magnificent Neolog synagogue. Jewish people have been living in the townsince the 15th century and played an integral part, shaping the local culture and the town’s image until 1944. The town’s world famous
synagogue is a massive Basilica style building with a Greek cross base. It’s identifying feature is the giant dome at the centre of the building. (Outside visit only, the synagogue is under reconstruction.)
The Synagogue of Miskolc
 In the largest city of East-Hungary, Jewish culture was blossoming during the 18th and 19th centuries. At the beginning of the 20th century
over 15% of the population was Jewish. The synagogue of Miskolc was built between 1856 and 1863 and initially had unorthodox features such as an organ and the Torah stand relocated next to the arc of the covenant. These modifications enraged the local orthodox community who (which) anathematized the rabbi of Miskolc and altered the synagogue according to orthodox traditions. (Interior visit.)
Mád Synagogue and Rabbi House
Our next destination, Mád is a notable little hillside town with a peculiar settlement structure. Its first Jewish settlers moved in, during the 18th century and the currently standing synagogue was built in 1795. Their world famous yeshiva was completed by the beginning of
the 20th century. Its unique pediment is a true representative of country architecture of its time. The iconic building was unaffected for half a century waiting for its big break which came at the beginning of the 21st century. The building was renovated to represent its original era and it finally opened on spring 2004. (Interior visit.)
Bodrogkeresztúr, the grave of Rabbi Steiner
This Middle Age settlement is mostly unique for its peculiar geographical features and impressive Jewish history. The first Jewish settlers arrived in 1726 and built their first synagogue by 1767. The Orthodox synagogue (which) we can see today was built in 1906 and the famous Hasid prayer house (built) in 1920. The grave of Rabbi Steiner isa world-known place of pilgrimage. Hassid people from all around the world come to pay their respects on the day of his death on the 3rd day of Iyar.
Olaszliszka, the grave of Friedman Cvi Hers
Olaszliszka was the home of one of the most famous miracle rabbi of the 20th century, Friedmann Cvi Hers. He died on the 14th of Av and his grave can be found in a picturesque setting, at a hillside by the riverbank. This cemetery was renovated by his relative living in the USA. On the place where the former synagogue of Olaszliszka standed a memorial erected in 2016 commemorating the deported Jewry of Olaszliszka.
The Synagogue of Tokaj
Tokaj is a small town on the border of the highlands and the Great Plain it is the most notable wine-country of Hungary. The first Jewish residents arrived during the 17th century taking over the activities of the departing Greek merchants. Their first synagogue was destroyed in 1890 in a fire and was rebuilt in the land of Emmanuel Czukker into a large and magnificent structure. (Interior visit.)
Sátoraljaújhely, the grave of Moshe Teitelbaum
Sátoraljaújhely was founded at the junction of several important trade routes and has an active Jewish community since the end of the 18th century. Its Jewish community was the fourth largest in Hungary during the beginning of the 19th century, with 1300 members. The town is most notable for the grave of Hungarian Hasidism founder, Moshe Teitelbaum the Rebbe of Újhely. This grave is an international place of pilgrimage on the day of his death, the 28th day of Tammuz.The centuries old cemetery is located on a hillside, with the Rebe’s grave protected by a domed ohel, a tent, that’s visible from a great distance.Neighboring the cemetery is a modern, ritual bath and a pilgrim’s rest.
Important Information:
  • Apparel restrictions: Clothes below the ankle and knee, hat or kipa (kippah) on the head.
  • There should minimum 2 people at the tour
  • Please book it minimum 4 days before the tour
  • Guided tour in the Disznókő winery is possible by paying a symbolic amount - buying a bottle of kosher wine           
  • Private guide
  • Tour is in English
  • Pick up service
    Transfer Service Information
    1.Be ready at the reception of your accommodation-30-40 MINUTES PRIOR to the start of your activity and please note that the exact time of your pick up is based on the traffic and the popularity of the service on the selected date
    2.In case you are staying in an accommodation without a reception desk, please wait outside of your accommodation for your chauffeur.
    3.In order you would not like to use the drop off service we are not able to provide a partial refund for the drop off part of the service.
    4.Keep your phone charged and turned on, on the day of your activity. In case your phone does not have coverage in Hungary and roaming services are not enabled, please make sure to check your emails frequently for updates from the organiser.
    5.You are entitled to a refund in case your complaints reflect the errors of the organising company and in case you have made a phone call to one of the below mentioned phone numbers at the site and time of your issue.
    6.Please note: Fulfilment of last minute pick-up,drop-off requests received on the day of the program are not guaranteed and based on the available drivers.
    7.Please note: In case the aforementioned conditions are not met, we are not liable to provide a refund. In the case of you not showing up for the pick-up in time and missing the performance as a consequence, we will reschedule your event for a later time if are able to, but without the transfer service.If this is not a possibility or you leave Budapest,the organizer will not be able to refund money to you for any of these services.
    In case you have any queries regarding your pick up, drop off service please call the following phone number: +361 317 1377
    In case of EMERGENCIES, call the following number: +3630 659 7007
  • Glatt kosher catering (eg. Sandwiches with eggs, fish) (if the KOSHER option selected)
  • Wine tasting at the Disznókő winery (with the permission of Rabbi Yakov S. Toiv.)
Departure time:
  • The tour stars at 8:00
  • 10-12 hours       
The exploration will take you into the history, culture and relics of these once prosperous Jewish Orthodox and Hassid territories from Gyöngyös to Sátoraljaújhely in the stunning Hungarian countryside. Join us to explore the ancient synagogues of the region, the world renowned burial grounds of the Hassid rabbis and one of the main centers of the Hungarian Hassidism, where you’ll get insight into the stunning world of the Tokaj wine region!

CUT OFF TIME: 4 DAYS (because of preparations)