Texas Hillels to Hungary & Romania

March 10, 2013 - March 17, 2013

This trip, in partnership with the University of Texas Hillel, the North Texas Hillels and the University of Houston Hillel, will learn about the Jewish communities of Hungary and Romania and serve alongside JDC programs in the region.

Hungary is home to some 120,000 Jews making it the fourth largest Jewish population in Europe, and JDC has a long history working inside its borders. 

In the aftermath of World War I, JDC responded to the dire needs of Jews ravaged by hunger, disease, and war. In more recent decades, JDC has offered assistance to Hungarian Jews in the darkest days of World War II, during the communist era, and now in the aftermath of communism’s fall.

While Hungary has built a well-established network of Jewish organizations, there continues to be a need to enhance communal life and advance the community toward self-sufficiency. JDC works in Hungary to provide social services to the neediest, expand Jewish renewal and outreach activities, and promote community development.

During our time in Hungary, we’ll experience both the renewal of Jewish life and the continued need for social services by volunteering with children and elderly in Budapest.

By Texas Hillels Students! on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 8:56:08 PM

Shalom, In close to 168 hours, 25 students from Texas were part of one of the great, life-changing alternative spring breaks. From listening to the horrors of the holocaust from sweet elderly woman, or witnessing the revival of Judaism from the eyes of Jewish teenage leaders in Budapest, or becoming...

By Texas Hillels Students! on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 8:55:19 PM

Four summers ago I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to the Czech Republic and Poland on an organized trip for Jewish teens. One of the things about my trip that stands out to me was our visit to two of the concentration camps in Poland. While...

By Texas Hillels Students! on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 8:51:41 PM

Friday night in Timisoara, Romania, the group went to a Shabbat service in the Jewish Community Center. The shul was in a tiny, cramped, musty room that looked like it had not changed since 1914. Men and women sat separately and there was an organ in the corner. It was...

By Texas Hillels Students! on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 8:48:08 PM

Hey everyone! I’m writing this post two weeks from the drive from Hungary to Romania, smack dab in the middle of our trip. As I write this blog post, so many different things come to mind. From the games of Catchphrase on the bus ride to the smiles of Kim...

By Texas Hillels Students! on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 8:47:41 PM

Traveling has been a passion of mine. Exploring. Discovering. Learning. To taste new foods, to walk on unfamiliar land, to hearing the exquisite language that seem like harmonic melodies that I can’t understand. Yet, one thing is what truly makes a travel worth while, and unforgettable, and that is the...

By Texas Hillels Students! on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 8:46:27 PM

At the Holocaust nursing home, we spoke to a woman that has been through so much tragedy. I had never had spoken with a Holocaust victim before, and it was extremely emotional. I appreciated the opportunity so much but was overblown with the woman’s incredible story. She told us the...

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