It seems that life goes on in the the Obuda Shul, the oldest and recently re-dedicated synagouge in Budapest. Thanks to the generosity of the Rohr family, the devoted work of Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, and the support of local philantropes, the synagogue once again serves its original purpose after decades of shameful misuse as a TV recording studio.
The synagogue, which is the oldest and one of the most beautiful functioning shuls in Hungary has been attracting visitors in the past few weeks, since its great reopening ceremony.
Rabbi Shlomo Koves, the executive rabbi of EMIH (Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation) and the shliach who is responsible for the historical mission of redeeming this unique shul, recently hosted Mr. Robert Izsak, one of the main sponsors, who could not attend the re-dedication ceremony, and presented him with a ”golden key to the synagogue”.
Mr. Izsak was moved by the honor, and expressed his admiration for the work of Chabad in Hungary, led rabbi Boruch Oberlander, and the other shluchim all over the world. He especially thanked the Rohr family and those that were partners in sponsoring the restoration.
Mr. Izsak was accompanied by one of his business partners, a generous philantropist himself, who was honored with the mitzva of placing the mezuzah on one of the gates of the synagouge. The guests of the event were deeply moved by the sight of the beautifully restored synagogue.