Budapest is a receptive city. The festival demonstrates that the capital of Hungary is host to a diversity of cultures, welcoming its visitors from all parts of the world with friendship. The programs offered by the festival could best be compared to a bunch of colourful wild flowers. Fresh flowers that shine in a thousand shapes and colours, beautiful on their own, and gorgeous in a bunch. Symbiosis is a widespread form of plant life. Symbiosis means two plants living together that is advantageous for both.
The symbiosis of the Hungarian and the Jewish cultures has brought about many an eternal value over the past centuries. “So the cock crows” – we hear at klezmer concerts and the song has become a treasure for all Hungarians. Its composer is Eisik Taub, the wonder rabbi of Nagykálló, born in 1751. Mariusz Rosenthal was born in Balassagyarmat in 1789. Today, he is known as Márk Rózsavölgyi. Few are aware that this Jewish man gave us the czardash and the first Hungarian farandole. He was a friend of the great poet, Petőfi. When the National Theatre was inaugurated, it was opened with the round dance Palotás composed by Rózsavölgyi. Ferenc Neumann was born in 1878. He wrote the world’s perhaps most beautiful youth novel, The Pál Street Boys in a crowded, musical café, Of course, Ferenc Neumann is known by his pen name, Ferenc Molnár. The range of examples is virtually endless. They are all representatives of the co-existence of the Hungarian and Jewish cultures.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome the events of the Jewish Cultural Festival with joy, with open heart. Enjoy its rich, colourful program and live in a symbiosis with it during the next few days. Those who come and visit the events of the festival can be sure of one thing. They will not depart empty handed. They will receive the mental-spiritual treasures grounded in thousands of years of tradition that can be of help to anyone in finding a way in the complicated issues of life. The great venues, the Synagogues in Dohány Street and Rumbach Street and the Goldmark Hall will show you Budapest’s Jewish face.
Please come and explore this world!
András Heisler , President of Mazsihisz
Dohány utca 2, Budapest 1074
Pest, District 7
New York Jewish Travel Guide- Meyer Harroch