EMIH is preparing to close the year 5781, per the Hebrew calendar, with some monumental programs. In addition to the opening of the synagogues on Bocskai út in Újbuda and Vörösmarty utca in Budapest’s 6th district and the expanded Újlipótváros synagogue and Jewish community center, the inauguration of ZSILIP – Roth Lenke and Simon Cultural Center and the celebration of the bicentenary of the Óbuda synagogue will be part of “Zsinagógák Hete” or “Synagogue Week” from August 27 to September 5. International superstars Alex Clare and Nissim Black will also be joining for a concert on August 29.
On the day of the inauguration of the synagogue on Bocskai út in the 11th district, a few meters from the synagogue, in the area of the Újbuda Park outdoor theater, the Sólet (a traditional stew of Jews in Hungary) Festival will be held again — after being missed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic — and will close with a large-scale concert.
The two performing international stars will be Alex Clare, an Orthodox singer who discovered his Jewish roots a few years ago and has since shared his time between recording studios and yeshiva in Israel, and Nissim Black, a rapper who just recently took up the Jewish religion and moved from the United States to Israel.
Alex Clare needs no introduction to the Hungarian audience, as he has been to Hungary many times, including at the famous Sziget Festival and the “A38” concert boat. His song “Too Close,” released in 2012, was also on the international charts.
Nissim Black is a special figure in the Orthodox music world. The Seattle-born musician adopted the Jewish religion in 2011, undergoing conversion according to the Orthodox rite, and continues his musical career in a unique Jewish rap genre.
The concerts will take place on the day of the Sólet Festival, August 29. For more information on programs and to buy tickets, visit zsinagogakhete.hu.