Blog Post : Israeli Reflections on the Social Action Exchange in Budapest

Israeli Reflections on the Social Action Exchange in Budapest | Anonymous (not verified) | Jan 20, 2013

Hadas Nir | Almagor,Israel

At first I thought that we would not be able to bridge the gap between ages, culture, and life
experiences. Very quickly, I realized that it was much easier than I thought to work across
these. I have gained an understanding of what it means to be a Hungarian Jew. The current
generation of Hungarians have found a way to meet as Jews, bringing people together without
worrying about focusing on traditional Judaism, but rather on simply building a community.

In Israel, we meet every other week. We sit down and study together, but do not experience
the lives that each of us live within our own group. We came to Hungary to have a cultural
exchange with Americans and Hungarians and found ourselves to have an exchange within our
own group. We gained an understanding of the intricacies of Israeli Jewish life which became
just as important as learning about global Judaism.

I am looking forward to see how we can take this to the next level and what will happen going
forward. This trip made us better acquainted with the Americans while living together. New York
will be a even better opportunity to get to know the Hungarians after also living with them. I have
been to New York as a tourist, but I want to know what it is like to be a young American Jew.
On a personal note, I am a secular Jew. Dealing with meeting other Jewish people has hit me
sentimentally.

I am grateful for this opportunity to take a break from everyday life and simply enjoy the
experience.

Hadas