The Teleki Tér Shtiebel was founded in the beginning of the 20th century, by deeply religious Hasids from Chortkov (today Ukraine). In those times there were about 20 little flats, bought or rented by different Jewish communities around the flee market onTeleki Square, Budapest, Hungary. More about the history of the area, and the Shtiebel in Michael’s work, on the Teleki Tér Shtiebel’s community’s website.
Our story begins sometime later, when some of us were kids in the neighborhood, and were Barmitva in the Shtiebel, or even later, in the nineties, when as young adults we fell in love with this unique place and it’s heart, the late Glaser Jakab, aka. Juci bácsi.
Glaser Jakab was a beloved person, very human, good humor, but a very realistic person, who survived the whole of the 20th century, and left us with his remarkable, horrifying, and in the mean time funny stories of survival in the darkest eras of time.
In the end of 2006 he passed away. Everybody thought, the days of Teleki Tér are numbered, since it’s heart had stopped beating.
To the surprise of all of us, half a year later the Shtiebel was still functioning, and we had Minyan nearly every Shabbat morning, more often then in some much well known shuls of Budapest.
In the summer of 2007 we realized, if we want to carry on what he was doing, there are other things, mainly reparations to be done around the house. So slowly, but strongly we started out or projects to revive the life of Teleki Tér,
and so far, we can say, we’re on the right track 🙂
In 2007 we started to deal with the most urgent issues. We put bars on the windows to prevent break ins,, replaced old leaking pipes, replaced the entrance door with an identical replica, etc etc.
In 2008 we started the establishment of our Foundation, that was finished in 2010.
And most importantly, we started to organize more and more events, occasions, learnings aka. farbrengens and religious holidays, that Teleki Tér has not seen for many years.
On these pages we wish to gather the information available on the work of the Foundation on the projects that support the operation of the Teleki Tér Shtiebel, and those projects, that are not directly connected to the restoration or revival of Jewish life at the Teleki Tér.