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Jewish Journal: High Holidays Reflections from Azerbaijan: A Year Filled with Shared Joy and Friendship

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Washington, September 13, AZERTAC

Los-Angeles-based "Jewish Journal" has published article of head of the Community of Azerbaijan`s Mountain Jews Milikh Yevdayev entitled "High Holidays Reflections from Azerbaijan: A Year Filled with Shared Joy and Friendship".

The author highlighted important events for Jewish community of Azerbaijan in 2015. "Perhaps there is no better example to share than how President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan each year sends our Azerbaijani-Jewish community a letter just before Rosh Hashana, to celebrate and honor our holiday, wishing Jews in Azerbaijan and around the world a Shana Tova," he noted.

Mr. Yevdayev has also shared his impressions from the visit to Sinai Temple: "I vividly remember the visit to Sinai Temple for the Torah Dedication ceremony, after the selfless members of this great congregation reached out over 7,000 miles commissioning and overseeing the completion of a new Sefer Torah as a gift to our Mountainous Jewish synagogue in Baku, Azerbaijan. The spirit and generous heart of this beautiful congregation led by Rabbi David Wolpe is surely a record of goodness that took place in this year, of reaching across the borders of life to create a new place of family and harmony."

The author has noted the support received from Rabbi Yonah Bookstein of the Pico Shul in Los Angeles: "Moreover, we should look to the important support we received from Rabbi Yonah Bookstein of the Pico Shul in Los Angeles, who opened his compassionate heart and synagogue in February, to honor, with his congregation as well as Azerbaijanis of California, the innocent victims of the brutal Khojaly Massacre that was committed in 1992 against Azerbaijani civilians in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan."

The author also recalled his meetings with mountain Jews who lived in New York and visited Azerbaijan.

Yusif Babanli

Special correspondent

Washington

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