This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.
Huge crowds were expected to descend on Budapest beginning Sunday for the 16th annual Hungarian Jewish Summer Festival.
Organizers believe approximately 100,000 visitors from across Europe will attend the array of cultural performances and other events, including concerts by Israeli music stars Ivri Lider and David D’or. Eli Jaffe, the conductor at the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem, will also participate in the nine-day festival, which lasts through Sept. 2.
The gathering, billed as one of the largest cultural events in Europe, is organized by the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, and will kick off with a ceremony attended by local Jewish leaders, representatives of the Hungarian government and an Israeli delegation including Deputy Knesset Speaker Meir Sheetrit and Ilan Mor, Israel’s ambassador to Hungary. An opening concert will be held for an audience of 3,000 at historic Dohány Street Synagogue, the second-largest Jewish house of worship in the world.
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