The Budapest Jewish Community reports that restoration of the small synagogue in Budapest’s outlying Zuglo district, which was gutted by an electrical fire at Simchas Torah, October 24 2016, is nearing completion.
No date for the rededication of the building has yet been announced, however.
As we reported earlier, the Hungarian government allocated 142 million Forints (€460,000) toward the repair of the synagogue.
Hungary’s Jewish web site Kibic says that “this amount proved to be low” and the Budapest Jewish community provided an additional HUF 140 million from its own resources. It said a further 13 million forints were donated from other sources, enabling completion of the work which began in the Spring 2018.
The synagogue is located at Thököly utca 83 in a late 19th century mansion, which was converted to a synagogue in the 1930s. It is one of about 20 active synagogues in Budapest.