New synagogue planned in Budapest

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Plans are in place to build a 2,000 sqm synagogue and Jewish cultural center by the Margaret Bridge, near a site memorializing the mass death of a group of Jews, who were shot so that they fell into the Danube during World War II and were reburied today, according to a press release issued today by the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH).

EMIH said it is making plans for a center that would be developed via renovation and conversion of the ground floor of the Palatinus House in Budapestʼs District 13. The development will house a synagogue, a Jewish cultural center, a kosher restaurant and confectionery, as well as an educational center, according to the EMIH press release.

The development is currently in the planning stages and is expected to be inaugurated in 2017, the release said.

“It is a welcome moment to announce our large-scale project, when following prolonged negotiations the remains of our Jewish compatriots who died as martyrs by Margaret Bridge can be finally laid to rest at the Kozma Street Cemetery according to Jewish ritual,” Slomó Köves, executive rabbi of the EMIH said, according to the release. “Many of those who died as martyrs, now over seventy years ago, had also come from Újlipótváros, so I consider it important to emphasize that we are building our new institution in their honor.”

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