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Discover the Jewish heritage and gastronomy of Debrecen

ALL-IN Debrecen presents Jewish Cultural Days between 8th and 11th September. During the four days, there will be concerts, sightseeing walks, kosher gastronomy, and a street festival.

Kaddis Evening – Contemporary World Music

On the evening of 8th September, a contemporary world music concert featuring the names of Sándor Födő, Artisjus and multiple Fonogram award-winning composer, and Eszter Bíró, Fonogram and eMeRTon award-winning singer, will begin at the Orthodox Synagogue on Pásti Utca.

The music event, which will include performances by 12 musicians, is based on a pillar of the Jewish liturgy. The Kaddish is an ancient prayer, the full Aramaic text of which the composer has used in his work – for the first and only time in the world.

I. Debrecen Jewish Street Festival and gastroplacc

The biggest attraction of the series of events awaits those interested in Jewish culture and gastronomy on Sunday morning from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in Pásti Street. There will also be the opportunity to visit the synagogue and the rabbinical room, and to talk informally with Rabbi Shmuel Faigen.

The day will showcase Jewish culinary traditions, brought to you by the Mazel Tov Restaurant and the recently opened Hamsa Restaurant. You can also sample Jewish pastries and other dishes while learning about Jewish cooking customs and procedures.

Tracing Jewish heritage

Explore Debrecen offers guided walks in English on Friday and in Hungarian on Sunday, exploring Debrecen’s Jewish architectural and spiritual-cultural heritage.

On Friday evening, the Debrecen Folk Ensemble will perform its Hasidic dances in different parts of the city centre: this dance is a form of expression of joy and other communal emotions in Jewish culture.

Barhesz Party – kosher gastronomic experiences

Barhesz, hummus, kosher beer, wine, and brandy… in the courtyard of the Orthodox Synagogue on Pásti Street, visitors can enjoy a real culinary experience, tasting traditional kosher, Jewish, and Israeli food and drinks. The taste experience will be enriched by musical programmes: well-known Hebrew melodies will be played, and some exciting Hasidic stories will be told.

Detailed programmes are available on the event’s Facebook page HERE.