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Hundreds of rabbis to bolster Hungarian Jewry

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Hundreds of rabbis from all over Europe are planning to travel to Hungary in March for a conference meant to strengthen the Jewish community, as anti-Semitic nationalist parties gain traction in the country’s political scene. The March 24-25 event — organized by the Rabbinical Center of Europe — will be attended by Israel’s chief rabbis as part of extensive cooperation with the Hungarian government to battle anti-Semitism. The extreme right-wing Hungarian party Jobbik, which has strengthened its hand in the Hungarian Diet, has proposed fascist laws. Hungarian Jews have reported gangs of thugs on the streets seeking to accost and assault minority groups, especially Jews and Roma. Last week, Jobbik members announced plans to hold a political rally in the northern Hungarian city of Esztergom, in a building that once functioned as a synagogue.

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