Unofficial Statistics on the Hungarian Jews – 1997

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Unofficial statistics on the
Hungarian Jews – 1997

Many of the following figures are not based on statistical surveys or official reports, since these are often not available about Hungarian Jews. Their sources are sometimes personal experiences, informal talks, estimations and the average of all these. Many dignitaries of synagogues, Jewish organisations, directors would exaggerate about their visitor’s number, since low figures may decrease their reputation. However, even if the real figures are somewhat above or below our data, we estimate that they can give an insight in the everyday life of the Hungarian Jews, because the proportions would not change considerably. The highly secular and rather assimilated Hungarian Jewry does not excel in frequenting religious events, but its interest in secular events (especially parties and balls) is considerable.

Estimated number of Hungarian Jews
80-100.000

life-cycle events

Registration of new-born children in the community 11
Bar Mitzvot 70
Religious weddings 15
Religious burials 504

synagogue attendance

Number of synagogue attendants on an average weekday 50-60
Number of synagogue attendants on an average Shabbat 5-600
Number of synagogue attendants on high holidays 6.000

social events

Friday night club of the Union of Jewish Students – number of guests 20-30
Friday night club of the Hashomer Hatzair movement – number of guests 20-30
Chanukah Ball of the Union of Jewish Students – number of guests 1.000
Purim Ball of the Federation to Maintain Jewish Culture in Hungary – number of guests 200

Jewish periodicals

  • ‘Egység‘ (Unity) direct mail monthly of the Hungarian 17.000 copies
    Chabad Lubavitch house
  • ‘Gut Shabes’ weekly of the Hungarian Chabad Lubavitch house 160 copies
    (delivered only for subscribers)
  • Newsletter of the Bálint Community Center 3.500 copies
    (delivered for registered members)
  • Newsletter of the Federation to Maintain Jewish Culture in Hungary 1.200 copies
    (delivered for registered members)

informal education

Number of children in the Szarvas Zionist summer camp 1600
Number of children attending Talmud-Torah circles 60
Number of attendants in the Maimonides weekly study group of the Union of Jewish Students 20-30

formal education

Official Jewish Community (conservative) 254
Benjamin kindergarten 84
Anna Frank High School 170
American Endowment School (orthodox) 292
elementary school 81
high school 131
College of Modern Business Studies 80
Lauder Yavneh Jewish Community School (secular) 628
kindergarten 60
elementary school 267
high school 301
Beth Menahem School (Chabad Lubavitch) 35
kindergarten 32
elementary school 3
Jewish University – Rabbinical Seminary (conservative) 105
Rabbinical Seminary 11
faculty of social workers 35
faculty of teachers of religion 49
faculty of liturgy 10
Altogether 1.304

Registration of new-borns in the official Jewish Community (conservative)

Year number of registration
1945 117
1946 514
1947 573
1948 506
1949 328
1950 214
1951 134
1952 106
1953 102
1954 105
1955 73
1956 52
1957 54
1958 54
1959 41
1960 22
1961 24
1962 11
1963 18
1964 9
1965 3
1966 10
1967 8
1968 6
1969 10
1970 12
1971 19
1972 21
1973 23
1974 23
1975 36
1976 33
1977 39
1978 47
1979 27
1980 41
1981 26
1982 23
1983 21
1984 34
1985 18
1986 23
1987 24
1988 18
1989 15
1990 16
1991 30
1992 18
1993 8
1994 11
1995 18
1996 11
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