We can always feel better, but in today's world, 'feeling better' has received a new meaning. We are living in trying times that are physically and mentally difficult, while we also function in our everyday lives and take those problems with us as well.
This year’s Shavuot themes and guests are more or less related to this topic of, what helps us get better? What roles do we have to fulfill and can we feel good while fulfilling those roles? How can we cross our own boundaries? How can we help others to be better? And how can we help ourselves?
This year, the JCC Budapest - Bálint Ház has put extra focus on women's issues, on important women, and the issues, successes, opportunities and expectations women are facing, and these will be emphasized during this year's Shavuot as well.
AKIK VELÜNK LESZNEK
WHO'S GONNA BE WITH US?
Réka Kinga Papp
The event is free and available without registration. You can support our work with donation.
The program will take place online, the roundtable discussions and presentations can be followed on the Facebook page of the JCC Budapest - Bálint Ház and on the Facebook page of Limmud Hungary.
Marcell Kenesei, Director of the JCC Budapest - Bálint Ház
Zsuzsa Rácz, writer
Zsolt Balla, rabbi
A MIRACLE FROM SCRATCH
Nóra Bérczes (HelpforFun), Márta Bolba (evangelic pastor), Natasa Janklovics (Hospital Love Package), Szilvia Lakatos (Khetanipe Association)
Moderator: Dóra Ónody-Molnár
Women who created something very important from scratch. Communities that grew out of even a tiny, random gesture because it turned out that there was an even greater need for everything they could give. Great deeds, backed by even greater effort, enthusiasm, commitment and a ton of work.
DID THE WORLD PROGRESS AS A RESULT OF THE PANDEMIC?
Diána Ürge-Vorsatz, physicist, climate researcher and environmental activist
Last Shavuot, the professor spoke about what steps are needed for a safer world that serves the mutual interests of man and wildlife. Has there been any change this past year? Have we managed to take advantage of the pandemic situation to improve our chances?
“DON’T WORRY, I’LL HOLD YOU” – SOUND MUSIC AS THERAPHY?
Marcell Likó (Vad Fruttik), Áron Bodor (Esti Kornél), Anna Pásztor (Anna and the Barbies)
Moderator: Gergely Horváth
The basic life experience of one or even several generations can be expressed in music lyrics. If a song “works well,” it can have an almost therapeutic character at concerts, when thousands shout the lyrics, or when we just listen to them alone. It can be very personal and very communal at the same time, which is expressed in each song. Are the artists writing their songs with this in mind? And can music help us through difficult times?
THEY WANTED TO KILL US, WE SURVIVED, WE LAUGHED – OR HUMOR AFTER (BEFORE AND DURING) THE EGYPTIANS, THE NAZIS, COVID ETC.
Réka Kinga Papp activist, Borbála Szabó playwright, Péter Janklovics actor, Gergely Litkai humorist
Moderator: András Borgula director
We’ve updated the well-known Jewish joke a bit so that it’s not just about the past. The healing effects of humor are widely known, but where are its limits? When and how can you and/or should you joke about Egyptian slavery, Hitler, or a deadly disease (or even death itself)? What does laughing do to us? Is it okay to laugh in times of suffering? Do you heal or do you cover it up? Let those present this topic to you, who laugh for a living.
GIVE IT YOUR ALL? – WOMEN AND THE NEED TO PERFORM WELL
Noémi Győri, flutist, Zsófia Laposa, winemaker and Veronika Pistyur, CEO of Brisge Budapest.
Moderator: Luca Jakab art manager, consultant.
The modern age has given women plenty of new, wonderful opportunities. But it didn't take the old ones away. Expectations or opportunities? How do they do it? And why? What are the roles that women expect from themselves and are forced into by their narrower or wider environment, or by society?
The organizer of the discussion is TALMUD NOW.
György Csepeli social psychologist, Ferenc Falus pulmonologist and epidemiologist, Katalin Szécsi psychiatrist, András Váradi biochemist
Moderator: István Palugyai scientific journalist
The topic of the discussion is spiritual and social healing: how the individual and society experience the disease, what are the conditions and characteristics of healing, and what are the odds.
PANDEMIC, STATISTICS, PREVENTITIVE STRATEGY – HOW TO GET YOUR BEARINGS IN A SEA OF STATISTICS?
Tamás Ferenci, mathematician, biostatistician
How are we supposed to read the countless number of statistics relating to the pandemic? How can a layman infer from the graphs where the pandemic is and where it is going? How should they know how to behave in everyday life in order to do the least damage to themselves and their surroundings?
SIBLINGS IN THE TORAH (AS WELL)
Presenters: Zsuzsa Fritz Director of the Jewish Knowledge Center and Dr. Gábor Balázs historian, Deputy Rector of the Budapest University of Jewish Studies and head of the rabbinical training department
We often quote the words of the midrash (Bamidbar Rabbah 13:17) that the Torah has seventy faces and very different interpretations are possible. In this joint program with a female and a male presenter, we will introduce this thesis through the teachings of a 20th century Torah scholar siblings (sister and brother). Professor Nechama Leibowitz taught at the Scriptures Department of Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv University, and several generations of Torah teachers see themselves as his disciples. In addition to his work as a naturalist, his brother, Professor Isaiah Leibowitz, became one of the most exciting Jewish philosophers of the 20th century, who, with his religious, social, and political views, will for a long time become an unavoidable figure in modern Jewish thought.
MORE PROGRAMS BY THE COMMUNITY
Sunday, May 16th, 2021 at 5 p.m.
In some streets of the outer Józsefváros, in this very tight area, a previously little-known Jewish women's way of life took shape. As a result of the research carried out by the Jakab Gláser Memorial Foundation since 2012, we found that in many families, many women, wives and grandmothers did not simply help the head of the family, they not only did payed work - which was no longer uncommon in the 1920s and 30s, especially among the poorer population — but they had their own businesses, they ran the shop, which was many times in their name. Plus, they proved to have a great knack for business.
May 16th 3 pm
Join us and watch live sessions lead by Szarvas alumni! We are going to explore a topic of becoming better, self-improvement, and making our surrounding better.
May 16th 7.30 pm CET
Join Online Multilingual Europe-Wide Erev Shavuot Service and Shiurim.