Hancock Park Synagogue Welcomes Hungarian Mayor
On July 21st, Attorney Andrew Friedman, President of Congregation Bais Naftoli, hosted Mayor Peter Hanusi of Mateszalka, Hungary. Mayor Hanusi visited the West Coast with a five-member delegation led by Ambassador Balazs Bokor, former West Coast Consul General.
While Mateszalka’s name is unfamiliar to most Angelenos, the city contributed two important players in Jewish Hollywood. Actor Tony Curtis’s parents hailed from there, and Paramount Pictures’ founding father, Adolph Zukor, spent his formative years in the city. The delegation indicated plans for a memorial museum and coffee house to be dedicated in memory of Curtis and a film history museum in memory of Zukor. The museums will focus on the life and successes of these two Hollywood icons.
Mayor Hanusi indicated that the city of Mateszalka had a vital Jewish community prior to the Holocaust and is proud of its Jewish traditions. The synagogue on the main street is currently serving as a community center and hopes to be refurbished and renovated with both government and private funds.