Annual Judafest Street Festival Once Again a Success

Judafest 2016Even amid rising nationalism and anti-Semitism in Hungry and around Europe in recent years, the annual Judafest Street Festival drew more than 10,000 participants this year, a sign of Jewish vibrancy in the country noted for its deep Jewish roots that date back as far as the 3rd century AD.

Judafest 2016-2Since it began nine years ago, the festival, one of the biggest festivals held in Hungary, has grown by leaps and bounds: ever more participants, 40 dedicated volunteers helping to create and run the event, and 60 partner organizations now involved to ensure its success.

JUdafest 2016-4“Thousands of people came to the festival and even the rain couldn’t keep them from participating,” said Peter Berenyi, the Director of the Judafest Festival.

Judafest 2016 -3Judafest included an “Ask the Rabbi” booth that provides answers to questions related to Judaism and Jewish customs, a Jewish Museum located inside a van at the festival, a Jewish cinema tent, a variety of quizzes and games, face painting and an inflatable castle for kids, a music stage,walking tours of the Jewish quarter, as well as the highly popular Fun Run, organized by Maccabi Hungary that had around 400 participants.

Judafest 2016 -5For those hungry runners, as well as other participants, there was a variety of delicacies available from pita and hummus to strudel, and even a flodni (Hungarian Jewish cake) contest.

Judafest 2016 - 7Additionally, one of the biggest highlights at Judafest was an exhibit detailing famous German Jews like Einstein, a tent for learning Yiddish, Hebrew and German, as well as other creative activities that were organized through a partnership with the German embassy.

Judafest 2016 - 6 Sponsored by JDC, in partnership with dozens of other local Jewish organizations and the German Embassay, the Judafest Street Festival is generously supported by the Thalheimer Family.