Greetings from Budapest!
Today has our first full day in the city and so far its been great. We started off the day visiting a nearby Jewish kindergarten. The kids were ADORABLE and so much fun! They sang us some Hungarian songs, and we returned the favor by teaching them a few songs in English. We also all sang a few songs in Hebrew. Its so amazing that even though we have such a language barrier with the kids we were all able to come together with the common bond of knowing the same Hebrew songs. Afterwards we spent some time playing with the kids during recess. We all had such a blast and weren’t ready to leave our new Hungarian buddies! After visiting the kindergarten we went on a tour of the Dohany Street Synagogue, which is the largest synagogue in Europe. Three different architects constructed it so there were many different styles within the one building. It was so interesting to be in such a beautiful temple and learn the history behind it. From there we explored the Jewish quarter of the city for a bit and stopped at a cute cafe for lunch. We spent the rest of the afternoon volunteering at a charity shop that the JDC was helping to expand. The group of us that helped paint the walls all wore white bodysuits to protect our clothes from the paint, which led to some great photo ops!
Currently we are all hanging out at a little coffee shop in the jewish quarter, Szoda Kavezo es Mulato, relaxing and awaiting our tour of the castles on the Buda side of the city. More updates to come later!
Szia (that’s goodbye in Hungarian!),