Organizations and Education

Cultural Organizations

 

  • California European Cultural Initiative (CECI)

CECI, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization, creates cultural exchange between the two regions, starting with a Hungarian Film Festival in San Francisco (HFSF) and developing into a wide array of cultural events. The mission of CECI, which was founded in 2013 and now run by Steven Kovacs (SFSU Cinema Chair), Eva Homor (producer), Reka Pigniczky (journalist, filmmaker) is to promote Hungarian and Central European cultural and technological events in California. 

Contact
reka@56films.com
homoreva@gmail.com 

Website
www.hffsf.com
www.ceci.org

Facebook
Hungarian Film in San Francisco


  • Corvinus Hungarian Chamber Chorus

Corvinus Hungarian Chamber Chorus was established in 2015. Our members are a diverse range of Hungarian musicians. Currently our ensemble consist mostly female singers but our chorus is expanding. We are continuously auditioning for male and female voices. The Chorus is committed to offering the finest Hungarian choral repertoire and inspiring people with its passion in Hungarian culture.

Corvinus is the first Hungarian chamber chorus in the San Francisco Bay Area that performs choral works exclusively from Hungarian composers, like Bartók, Kodály, Bárdos, Karai etc.

Contact:
Daniella Urbán
510-910-1747
corvinuschorus@gmail.com

Facebook:
Corvinus Chamber Chorus


  • Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble

Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble is a performing group based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble has been celebrating and showcasing Hungarian folk culture in the Bay Area since 1977 through presentations to the Hungarian community and the general public.

The Ensemble consists of twenty to forty young adults ranging from age 14 and up. Most are of Hungarian heritage, although membership has never been limited to those with Hungarian backgrounds. The dancers receive their training in the Ensemble as well as from guest teachers and at workshops statewide.

The community served by Eszterlánc is vast, as appearances include international festivals, social events, patriotic holidays, and ethnic events. Practices are held every week at the Peninsula Ballet Theater, 1880 S Grant St, San Mateo, CA 94402 on Friday nights from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

We have performances serving the community frequently, the details of upcoming performances can be seen on our home page: www.eszterlanc.com

Our mission is to promote and present traditional Hungarian folk dances and to preserve the history of Hungarian folk culture in all its forms.

Contact:
Szonja Milivojevic
Business Director
eszterlanc1977@gmail.com


  • First California Hussar Regiment

This equestrian organization was established in 2000 in Los Gatos, CA.

Educate, Entertain and Enjoy. 

Educate the public about the interwoven history of the US and Hungary: 1) In 1776, a Hungarian Hussar officer established and trained the US Cavalry for George Washington. 2) Hungarian soldiers participated in the American Revolution for Independence and the Civil War. 3) Americans helped to preserve Hungarian National Treasures during WWII.

Enjoy by providing colorful entertainment for the public and providing lessons to young people who learn about the equestrian heritage and all the associated skills.
Anyone can become a Hussar (riding or none riding) by joining the First California Hussar Regiment by following the information below: www.californiahussars.com

Contact
Ferenc (Frank) Bakonyi
Colonel
First California Hussar Regiment
5128 Calle Del Sol
Santa Clara, CA 95054

tel.:  (408) 719-9400
fax.: (408) 719-9403
cell: (408) 674-3899
frankb@applied-laser.com


  • Harangvirág Playhouse

A group of enthusiastic and energetic Hungarians established Harangvirág Játszóház to bring together Hungarian children and their families living in the San Francisco Bay area and enrich their cultural experience by bringing to life Hungarian folk stories in our puppet shows, learning more about our rich Hungarian folk world through stories, songs and children's plays, getting creative at our crafting table, and learning Hungarian crafts.
The Játszóház organizes children programs four times a year and accepts invitations to perform.

Contact:
Réka Kiss
President
harangviragplayhouse@gmail.com

Facebook:
Harangvirág Játszóház


  • Mazsola Hungarian Children's Folkdance Ensemble

Mazsola Hungarian Children's Folkdance Ensemble was founded in 2007 in Hayward, CA. The ensemble's mission is to enrich the lives of children from all ethnic backgrounds by introducing them to Hungarian folk culture through dance, music, and folklore with the goal of preserving and passing on the Hungarian heritage.

The ensemble performs several times throughout the year in various community events. Mazsola dancers gather selected Saturday afternoons to share their joy of Hungarian dancing and music in a fun, friendly and engaging environment.

Practices:
Fusion Dance Project
22461 Foothill Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94541

Mailing Address:
Eszterlanc Hungarian Folk Ensemble
P. O. Box 4793
Foster City CA 94404

Contact:
Viktoria Havas
Business Director
mazsoladance@gmail.com
www.eszterlanc.com/school.html    


    Religious Organizations

     

    • Free Magyar Reformed Church

       

    The Free Magyar Reformed Church of San Francisco and vicinity is the only Hungarian speaking reformed congregation in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our Church was established in December, 1956.

    Our Pastor, Rev. Gábor Magyari-Köpe will perform, upon request, weddings, funerals and baptisms.
    Our Church actively participates in most social and cultural Hungarian community events. We have joint events with the Catholic Mission, we celebrate the 1848 March 15 and the 1956 October 23 revolution together. We also hold two picnics, two sausage fest dinners every year. Our activities also include holding a cooking class, baking class, art exhibition and the Fall Bazaar.

    Contact:
    Free Magyar Reformed Church of San Francisco and Vicinity
    102 Laurel Street, Redwood City, CA 94063
    650-365-1535
    templom@reformatustemplom.com
    www.reformatustemplom.com

    Facebook:
    Free Magyar Reformed Church


    • Hungarian Catholic Mission

       

    The Hungarian Catholic Mission was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1960s. The mission operates on the beautiful Campus of the Woodside Priory Benedictine Community and School, located in Portola Valley, California. Since 1963, Father Maurus Nemeth OSB has been an active member of the Benedictine Community. For the last 20 years, Father Maurus has also performed duties as the Pastor of the Hungarian Catholic Mission. Our mission statement is to promote Hungarian values of faith, culture and charity to the approximate 5,000 – 6,000 Hungarians living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Contact:
    Father Maurus Németh O.S.B.
    650-454-7241
    MNemeth@prioryca.org
    www.hungariancatholicmission.com

    Facebook:
    Hungarian Catholic Mission


      Youth Organizations

       

      • Harangvirág Playhouse

      A group of enthusiastic and energetic Hungarians established Harangvirág Játszóház to bring together Hungarian children and their families living in the San Francisco Bay area and enrich their cultural experience by bringing to life Hungarian folk stories in our puppet shows, learning more about our rich Hungarian folk world through stories, songs and children's plays, getting creative at our crafting table, and learning Hungarian crafts.
      The Játszóház organizes children programs four times a year and accepts invitations to perform.

      Contact:
      Réka Kiss
      President
      harangviragplayhouse@gmail.com

      Facebook:
      Harangvirág Játszóház


      • Hungarian Scout Troops 43 & 77

      Our scout troops have been active in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1969. Our goals are the development and preservation of the Hungarian language and culture, as well as the moral and character development of our youth. Hungarian Boy Scout Troop 77 and Girl Scout Troop 43 are members of the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris, supported by the Hungarian Catholic Mission and the Hungarian Reformed Church. We are a nonprofit organization, supported by membership fees and fundraising activities.

      Contact:
      Ildiko Kelemen - kildibildi@gmail.com
      Árpád Rácz - aracz@aracz.com

      3130 Alpine Rd 288-177
      Portola Valley, CA 94028-7541
      www.sfcserkesz.org


      • Mazsola Hungarian Children's Folkdance Ensemble

      Mazsola Hungarian Children's Folkdance Ensemble was founded in 2007 in Hayward, CA. The ensemble's mission is to enrich the lives of children from all ethnic backgrounds by introducing them to Hungarian folk culture through dance, music, and folklore with the goal of preserving and passing on the Hungarian heritage.

      The ensemble performs several times throughout the year in various community events. Mazsola dancers gather selected Saturday afternoons to share their joy of Hungarian dancing and music in a fun, friendly and engaging environment.

      Practices:
      Fusion Dance Project
      22461 Foothill Blvd.
      Hayward, CA 94541

      Mailing Address:
      Eszterlanc Hungarian Folk Ensemble
      P. O. Box 4793
      Foster City CA 94404

      Contact:
      Viktoria Havas
      Business Director
      mazsoladance@gmail.com
      www.eszterlanc.com/school.html    


      • San Francisco Bay Area Hungarian School

      For the past few decades, our school has been successfully teaching children of the Hungarian community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students are taught by qualified volunteer teachers who were trained in Hungary. 

      The goal of our school is to teach Hungarian literature and grammar, history and geography to Hungarian-speaking children who are members of the Hungarian Scout Troops of San Francisco. 

      We offer courses from kindergarten to secondary school for students between 4 to 14 years of age. At the age of 14 students take a rigorous final exam on Hungarian literature, grammar, history, and geography.

      Classes are held every other Sunday afternoon, and are taught exclusively in Hungarian. Our mission is to instill in our students a love for the Hungarian cultural heritage, and to encourage them to pass it on to their own children.

      Our goal is that our alumni will find their place in any Hungarian community around the world.  

      Contact:
      Katalin Kollár Tóthné
      Director of the Hungarian School
      katak43@yahoo.com 


        Education

         

        • Berkeley and Stanford Graduates

        Coming Soon!


        • East Bay Hungarian Educational Group

        The East Bay Hungarian Educational Group is a non-profit organization established in May 2016 that operates a Hungarian School located in Walnut Creek, CA.

        Our organization's primary mission is to provide cultural, educational and language development for children of Hungarian heritage. However, our current programs also include Hungarian classes for adults, as well as an array of extracurricular activities and family programs for the community.  

        Contact:
        Maria Rachidi
        eastbayhungarianschool@gmail.com

        www.hungarianschool.org


        • San Francisco Bay Area Hungarian School

        For the past few decades, our school has been successfully teaching children of the Hungarian community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students are taught by qualified volunteer teachers who were trained in Hungary. 

        The goal of our school is to teach Hungarian literature and grammar, history and geography to Hungarian-speaking children who are members of the Hungarian Scout Troops of San Francisco. 

        We offer courses from kindergarten to secondary school for students between 4 to 14 years of age. At the age of 14 students take a rigorous final exam on Hungarian literature, grammar, history, and geography.

        Classes are held every other Sunday afternoon, and are taught exclusively in Hungarian. Our mission is to instill in our students a love for the Hungarian cultural heritage, and to encourage them to pass it on to their own children.

        Our goal is that our alumni will find their place in any Hungarian community around the world.  

        Contact:
        Katalin Kollár Tóthné
        Director of the Hungarian School
        katak43@yahoo.com 


          Other Organizations

           

          • Hungarian Freedom Fighters Federation, Inc

          Contact:
          San Francisco Area Chapter 
          PO Box 27072 
          Oakland, CA 94602-0272
          http://sfcsoport.szabadsagharcos.org


          • Neumann Society

          Neumann Society is the charitable community of Hunnovators: global Hungarian innovators. We, the next generation diaspora - entrepreneurs, scientists, creatives, social innovators and all knowledge workers - come together around the world to act as a support network for each other and our motherland.  Through concerted action we induce impactful change, generated by the networked brainpower gathered by Neumann Society. We develop a mentor platform, scholarships, hubs, services, events and educational practices to increase our innovation capacity, boost knowledge transfer and help next generation innovators realize their full potential. 

          Web:
          www.neumanncociety.org

          Facebook:
          Neumann Society


          • United Hungarian Fund

          ​Contact:
          András Csaplár
          Pacific Care Club
          P.O. Box 4072
          Mountain View, CA 94040-0072
          uhfpcc@aol.com


          Recreation

           

          • Hungarian Soccer Club

             

          The "San Jose Magyarok". is a local, bay area, recreational, semi competitive mens, adult soccer team. The team was started back in the 1980`s, and has been meeting up, every Saturday ever since. The game is open to all interested, game takes place 3 hours before sundown, at Cooper Park, in Mountain View.

          The team has played in many tournaments, including the Arpad Kupa, held annually in Las Vegas. The team has won the 1st place position 8 times, out of the last 15 years. The team has hosted several Hungarian soccer teams, over the years. The team has paired up and played with Hungarian professional soccer players and teams. 

          Contact:
          János Kelemen
          kelemenjk@yahoo.com


          Official Institutions

           

          • Embassy of Hungary, Washington, D.C.

          Contact:
          Réka Szemerkényi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
          3910 Shoemaker St, N.W.
          Washington, D.C. 20008

          Telephone:(202) 362 6730
          E-mail: informacio.was@mfa.gov.hu

          Web:
          Embassy of Hungary


          • Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Hungary

          Contact:
          Dr. Éva Voisin 
          2000 Alameda de Las Pulgas, Suite 250
          San Mateo, CA 94403-1271


          • Hungarian American Chamber of Commerce, Inc

          Contact:
          Éva Voisin, Esq.
          2000 Alameda de Las Pulgas, Suite 250
          San Mateo, CA 94403-1271

          Web:
          Chamber of Commerce

          Facebook:
          American - Hungarian Chamber of Commerce


          • Hungarian Consulate General in Los Angeles

          Contact:
          László Kálmán, Consul General
          11766 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 410
          Los Angeles, CA 90025

          Telephone:(+1) 310 473 9344
          Fax:(+1) 310 479 6443
          E-mail: mission.los@kum.hu or consulate-los@kum.hu

          Web:
          Hungarian Consulate

          The Hungarian Heritage Foundation of the San Francisco Bay Area promotes, shares and educates the public about Hungarian culture, language and art.

          Get in touch

          HungarianHeritageFoundation@gmail.com 

          English / Hungarian
          Szilvia Gilbert