Last week, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School (BT) in Baltimore hosted faculty and students from Scheiber Sandor Gimnazium (SSG) — a Jewish day school in Budapest, Hungary — as part of the schools’ ongoing partnership in SOS International: Enriching Jewish Identity’s High School Morim Limmud Program. Seven teachers and 16 students from SSG made the trip to Baltimore, where they joined seven teachers and 24 students from BT. The partnership has offered tremendous personal and Jewish growth for the students and faculty, who are learning about shared goals and challenges while making an impact on each other’s schools.
While here for their second visit of the program, the Hungarian guests taught students and faculty about different aspects of Hungarian culture, Jewish life, and learning in Budapest. BT’s high school students led a tour of Washington, D.C., and the delegation met with Sen. Ben Cardin to discuss critical domestic and international issues that affect the Jewish communities in the U.S. and Hungary, such as human rights, immigration policy, and increasing anti-Semitism. Over Shabbat, Beth Tfiloh Congregation’s Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg introduced the SSG delegation to the synagogue community as well.