Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó visited the newly renovated Rumbach Street synagogue in Budapest on Monday, where he held a meeting with Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (MAZSIHISZ) President András Heisler. Guiding the foreign minister throughout his tour was Rumbach Director Henriett Kiss and Rabbi Péter Deutsch.
Heisler, who also serves as a WJC Vice President, briefed Szijjártó during the visit about recent developments within the Hungarian Jewish community, and thanked him for the Hungarian government’s warm relations with Israel. Heisler also highlighted key areas where the Hungarian government and MAZSIHISZ could work together to further enhance their relationship. World Jewish Congress European Affairs Manager András Ligeti and MAZSIHISZ board member and World Jewish Congress Jewish Diplomatic Corps Member András Büchler were also in attendance at the meeting
The nearly $10 million (€8.3 million) renovation project, which was funded by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Human Resources, is scheduled to be finished by the end 2020.