The Hungarian Jewish Heritage Public Foundation is a unique organization in the country, as its existence is guaranteed by the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty.
Since its establishment in 1997, the main task of the MAZSÖK is to make the Hungarian Jewish civil, cultural and religious life as rich and prosperous as it was before the World War II., therefore operates its tender system. Today we can talk about the renaissance of Jewish life, and the MAZSÖK also makes a great contribution to this with the support of non-governmental organizations. It is hoped that there will be an opportunity to increase the amount available in the future.
Another basic task is to take care of the Holocaust survivors in Hungary. Support for second-generation Holocaust survivors, the children of survivors, has also begun in a unique way in Europe. Of course, care is also taken to keep Holocaust survivors healthy, especially now during the coronavirus epidemic. The organization helps socially deprived families with purchase vouchers. In the resort of Badacsonytomaj, the public foundation plays a significant role in the holidays of the Jewish community, where nearly 700 people can enjoy the benefits of the resort on the shores of Lake Balaton every year.
There are also immediate tasks, such as a nationwide cemetery renovation program - currently in the second stage -, for which the Government of Hungary provided 1 billion hungarian forint in support. In the first phase of the Jewish cemetery renovation program, 43 abandoned Jewish cemeteries were renovated, and in the second phase, the renovation of 46 cemeteries began.
In the 23 years since its inception, the Public Foundation has supported several individual cases. Some example:
- In 2013, the Public Foundation hosted a delegation from the Israeli School of Young Diplomats in Badacsonytomaj.
- In 2014, s part of a "rocket-free vacation" - while there was an armed conflict in Israel -, two groups arrived at the resort of MAZSÖK in Badacsonytomaj. The first group is the group of children and teachers in the settlements surrounding the Gaza Strip, the second group consisted of children from Asdod and socially deprived. Both programs were uniquely made up of private donations, so all the costs, even the guests' flights, were borne by MAZSÖK.
- The Sheltered Houses Memorial Plaque program - with the support of the Government of Hungary - in 2015, it was realized from 7 million hungarian forint. Between November 1944 and January 16, 1945, the so-called international ghetto stood in the area of Újlipótváros. Hungarian Jews placed under the protection of neutral states have found temporary refuge in about 120 designated houses in the district. The Public Foundation placed 22 new memorial plaques on the facades of each of the buildings involved. Ezeken a védettség időszakáról és módjáról szóló szöveg és az illető diplomáciai testület piktogramja látható. It's on them the text of the period and method of protection and the pictogram of the diplomatic mission concerned.
- In 2015, eight Israeli wheelchair young people and eight escorts arrived in Hungary. Young people visiting Hungary have been receiving conductive education in their own school for years under the guidance of Israeli conductors working there. Thanks to the efforts of the Tsad Kadima Foundation, conductive education using the Pető method is now a widely accepted rehabilitation procedure in Israel. Young Israelis visited various conductive classes at the Kindergarten and International Department of the András Pető College Practice Institute. They also joined the leisure programs of the Practicing Primary School.
The Government of Hungary provided one million forints for the implementation of the program.
- Monument to Employees Sculpture project, for the implementation of which the Government of Hungary provided HUF 17 million support.
The Monument was erected and handed over in 2016 on Teleki Square in the 8th district of Budapest. The monument was designed by Dan Reisinger (1934-2019), a Hungarian-born graphic artist and artist from in Israel.
- Ocskay support project. In 2016, out of the HUF 20 million provided by the Government of Hungary, it supported such persons, who are Holocaust survivors, They have received the Kossuth and / or Széchenyi Prize and live in Hungary as a way of life. Ocskay grant recipients are outstanding artists, scientists, public figures, people with outstanding performance in the fields of science, art, literature and public life. In 2017, the Government of Hungary also provided 100 million hungarian forint in support for the Ocskay program.
- In 2018, in the Year of Remembrance of the Jewish Emancipation 12 organizations implemented their programs, which showed that a modernization process had started in almost all settlements of contemporary Hungary, but especially in the big cities and in Budapest, in which the material strength and capacity of the Jews to innovate, their professional and scientific readiness, their public activity played an important role. The Government of Hungary provided 50 million hungarian forint in support for the program.
There are always goals required by the situation, which the Government of Hungary supports through MAZSÖK.