MISI Hungarian School - 2018 Spring Semester Registration Sticky

MISI Hungarian School Registration

The classes are designed to provide the children the opportunity to succeed to read and write in Hungarian, with particular emphasis on reading and conversation. Our position is that by acquiring an ability to read in Hungarian the student is provided an indirect means of continued proficiency in the language, and that through reading they might learn about and develop an interest in the Hungarian culture.

In light of these developments, we have begun to organize the language classes.


Registration form

Classes will be held:

  January 27; February 10, 24; March 10, 24; April 7, 21; May 5, 2018., starting at  pm


Unity Church Unitarian (733 Portland Ave., St. Paul, MN)

Transylvania Unitarian minister coming to St Paul

Dear Members,

Reverend Emese Bodor is visiting the Twin Cities next week as a guest of Unity Church. She is in the US this year in Berkeley, CA, as the Balazs Scholar.  She is preaching on Sunday, taking part in a Unity home-potluck on Monday, and doing a program on her village on Wednesday.  

Here's her tentative schedule:

January 21 (Sunday): Rev. Bodor will participate in all 3 worship services. Come greet her after one of these services!
January 22 (Monday):  6:00 POTLUCK for Partner Church (former and future Pilgrims invited) at Mark & Sally Fosters, 805 Portland Avenue
                                 Bring a dish to share and something to drink.
                                 Please RSVP if can come (sallyfoster@msn.com) so that we can plan ahead for chairs and space!
January 24 (Wednesday): Emese will give a Wellspring Wednesday program at 7:10 pm. Please come to hear what she has to say.

Rev. Lidia-Emese Bodor was born and raised in Cluj-Napoca/Kolozsvár, Romania. Her parents come from a little village near the city, called Suatu/Magyarszovát. That is the place where she spent her summer holidays during childhood and it is the village that still gives her a part of the feeling called home.

She finished her high school years at the János Zsigmond Unitarian High School. After that she studied at the Protestant Theological Institute and became a Unitarian minister. At the end of her studies she returned to the János Zsigmond Unitarian High School and started work as a religious teacher and school chaplain. For the last eight years most of her work has been related to children, youth and a variety of educational issues. She believes in the importance of education and loves working with students. She occasionally does other kinds of services and worships in different congregations, but does not have a congregation of her own. In the last few years she studied philosophy.

Emese has an active life and considers herself an optimistic person. She likes to deal with people, work with them, for them and help them. She believes that each of her decisions and options in life came by the hand of providence and she is grateful for everything.


International Women's Day Tea & Olga Zoltai Award - 03. 04. 2018.

At the fourth annual International Women’s Day Tea, the International Institute of Minnesota will honor New Americans who strengthen our community and improve our world. This event has become an important annual gathering to grow visibility and support for the Institute’s mission and programs.

Proceeds from the event support the Institute’s programming for New American women and their families.

Olga Zoltai Award, given in recognition of outstanding community leadership by, or in service to, New Americans.

Olga Zoltai was a tireless advocate for refugees and immigrants. A refugee herself–at the age of 13, Olga and her family fled her hometown of Sopron, Hungary as Soviet forces invaded. Olga worked at the International Institute of Minnesota from 1971 to 1993 and earned the title ‘Patron Saint of Area Immigrants’ by the Minneapolis Star Tribune upon her retirement.

Olga was a civic leader while also balancing roles as wife, mother and grandmother. She anchored Minnesota’s Hungarian community, was a pioneer for integration of children with special needs and was a tireless advocate in her profession as a case worker.

In 1974, Olga championed the formation of the Institute’s refugee resettlement program and paved the way for the resettlement of nearly 25,000 refugees who now call Minnesota home. Olga maintained a decades-long commitment to advocacy on behalf of immigrants. Her commitment to welcoming those displaced and tenacious advocacy improved the lives of thousands of New Americans in our community. Her life-long commitment lives on in this award bearing her name.

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Hall of Nations: 1694 Como Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

Rákóczi Association - Diaspora Program 2018

Upon the specific request of the Hungarian Diaspora Council and commissioned by the State Secretariat for National Policy of the Prime Minister’s Office, Rákóczi Association wishes to create an opportunity for 1,000 young Hungarian person between the ages of 10 and 29, living in one of the Hungarian diaspora-communities all around the world to participate in a study tour in Hungary within the framework of the 'DIASPORA PROGRAMME’ in the year 2018.
The Diaspora Programme contains 16 various programme periods between January and December 2018, including thematic study tours and summer camps that applicants can freely choose from. Within the selected programme period they can participate in a study tour in Hungary for a period of 5-10 consecutive days.

Range of applicants:

  • Hungarian youth living in the diaspora

Applicants to the Programme may include Hungarian youth between the ages of 10 and 29 living in the diaspora who have actively participated (for at least 1 year) in the work of week-end schools, cultural associations or religious communities operating in the local Hungarian community. The local Hungarian organization is requested to certify the existence of the organization concerned.
Within the framework of the Programme one and the same person may visit Hungary on one occasion, in a freely chosen programme period between 1 January and 31 December 2018.
Underage participants (under the age of 18) may participate only if arriving in a group (of at least 5 persons) and accompanied by an adult. The application of underage participants requires their parents’ approval.

To read more, click here.

If you are interested please fill out the questionnaire here.

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