About Us

Welcome to T12 Beit Midrash!

You can find our learning podcasts in video or audio forms (all of them are in Hungarian language only) if you click on “Learning”

If you would like to contact us please email to info [at] t12.eu .

T12 Beit Midrash is a Hungarian Jewish community open to anyone devoted to Jewish tradition and values. Our members like to learn together “in real life” or virtually, as well. Our community leader is Chief Rabbi István Darvas.

István Darvas

I was born in Budapest in 1974. I started my Jewish studies in 1998 and 2 years later it became clear to me that I would like to become a rabbi. During my studies in the Jewish Theological Seminary – University of Jewish Studies I was practicing in Székesfehérvár, in the Hunyadi tér synagogue in Budapest, in the synagogue of the University and in the synagogue “Nagy Fuvaros utca”. After receiving my smicha and degree in 2005 I had become the rabbi of the synagogue “Nagy Fuvaros utca” until 2010. Between 2010 and 2013 I was the rabbi of the “Dózsa György út” synagogue and from 2013 until 2020 I led the synagogue of the University of Jewish Studies. In 2021 we created the independent community of the T12 Beit Midrash in the Israeli Cultural Institute in Budapest. At the same time I’m also serving as the rabbi of the synagogue in Székesfehérvár.

I live with my wife Viktória and I have 2 daughters Dorka (21) and Lili (9)