In April 2022, recognizing the call of the humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, the Chabad-affiliated EMIH – Association of Hungarian Jewish Communities and the Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine (FJCU), in cooperation with the Hungarian government, created a 180,000 sqm kosher refugee village in order to serve those Jewish refugees who have been forced to leave their homes in the nearby country of Ukraine.
The holiday village is located on the shores of Lake Balaton. The camp currently offers accommodation for 237 people (2 larger hotel buildings and some small villas), kitchen and dining facilities for 1,000 people, large indoor and outdoor open spaces, and many classrooms.
The camp will house a number of educational institutions, summer camps, and yeshivas that have had to flee Ukraine, and will serve as temporary accommodation for Jewish refugees from Ukraine.
"Refugees and families arriving at the camp will be able to use the on-site educational facilities for their children during the transition period and will also receive full free accommodation and care for their spiritual needs," the organizers explain.
"These services will be made available until their final accommodation and settlement in Budapest is organized and taken care of, or until the war comes to an end and they are able to return to their homes."