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  • Sinai Temple mission to Azerbaijan

    3 weeks ago

    A delegation of 45 Sinai Temple members returned this week from a 4-day mission to Azerbaijan where they dedicated a Torah scroll which they had previously presented to the Mountainous Jewish Synagogue. The mission, which was led by Rabbi David Wolpe and Cary Lerman, President of...

  • Azerbaijan: Israel’s secret Muslim friend

    November 2, 2015 | 9:52 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Azerbaijan went to the polls earlier in the week in an event that was shunned by both the country’s main opposition parties and even by international election monitors. One exception was a group of several Israeli politicians who...

  • Food, Family and Tradition in Azerbaijan: Celebration of Harmony

    By Milikh Yevdayev

    August 5, 2015 | 5:45 pm

    It is after dinner on Shabbat. We are all sitting around the table. The Bozbash (lamb soup) that my wife has made this week was particularly delicious, and everyone at dinner had asked for a second helping, not thinking to save room for what was to come. Immediately following the...

  • Azerbaijan, Israel, Sporting Excellence and Universal Friendship

    By Milikh Yevdayev

    July 7, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    The first ever European Games were just completed in Azerbaijan and it is such a source of pride for me as a Jew and as an Azerbaijani. For over two weeks in June the world witnessed what a welcoming and tolerant country we are. We opened our arms to the world. As an Azerbaijani...

  • Bar Mitzvah in Baku

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    May 21, 2015 | 11:45 am

    I recently traveled to Azerbaijan to speak at the 6th International Conference on Multiculturalism at Baku Slavic University. Azerbaijan is a developing country in the Caucuses on the Caspian Sea, rich in oil and agricultural resources, and committed to building a secular Muslim...

  • A story of survival and the healing power of familiarity

    May 11, 2015 | 1:06 pm

    This time of year, we remember the Holocaust; the genocides in Bosnia, Cambodia, Rwanda  and sadly, many other places. We remember the faces of the victims and the stories so  horrible that hearing them can make one feel sick. And with all this to remember, there are still...

  • Jews of Azerbaijan and United States: In celebration of our transcendent connection

    April 6, 2015 | 11:40 am

    California and Azerbaijan Jews share a special bond, and our special friendship is becoming better known this year, as a number of important events have taken place that commemorate our connection. The last flight I took across the 7,000 miles between us was to return to Los...

  • Khojaly: Fighting for justice for innocent victims of a massacre

    March 3, 2015 | 9:11 am

    On January 28, addressing the United Nations General Assembly on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Reuven Rivlin of Israel said: “On this day we must ask ourselves honestly, is our struggle, the struggle of this Assembly, against genocide,...

  • Yizkor for Khojaly: Sharing Sorrow and Hope

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    February 24, 2015 | 3:21 pm

    On February 21-22, Pico Shul, our newly established spiritual community in Los Angeles, organized a “Solidarity and Commemoration Weekend” with local Azerbaijanis and the Consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan. These are some of my reflections.

    On the world stage, Jews and...

  • Celebrating the Azerbaijan and Israel connection

    February 11, 2015 | 2:05 pm

    Diplomats from the world’s only Jewish state and a predominately Shiite nation met in Westwood Feb. 3  — and got along perfectly.

    The consuls general from Israel and Azerbaijan met in a well-attended public forum at Sinai Temple to discuss economic, political and cultural ties...

  • Moving and shaking: American Technion Society, Jewish Educator Awards, LAMOTH and more

    By Ryan Torok

    November 6, 2014 | 10:49 am

    Audience members at the American Technion Society’s (ATS) “An Evening of Innovation and Inspiration” were presented with a moving sight on Oct. 29 as U.S. Marines Capt. Derek Herrera walked across the Museum of Tolerance stage wearing an Israeli-designed-and-built ReWalk robotic...

  • The Khazars and the Mountain Jews: Tales from Jewish Azerbaijan

    November 4, 2014 | 2:56 pm

    Buried deep beneath Azerbaijan’s bucolic landscape lie secrets behind the ancient Muslim-Jewish friendship that prevails in this South Caucasus largely Shiite country. The 8th-century leaders of the Khazar Empire, famously, converted from their shamanistic religion and worship of a...

  • Letters to the editor: Khuzaa, Steven Sotloff, Azerbaijan and firing ranges

    September 23, 2014 | 9:25 am

    The Fog of Narrative

    With the article “Inside the Fog of War” (Sept. 12), the Jewish Journal joins many other media outlets in publicizing Palestinian suffering. It’s an easy story to write. The photos and witness accounts are plentiful and sympathetic. It’s truthful,...

  • Israel’s most valuable Muslim ally

    By Rabbi Mark Diamond

    September 17, 2014 | 10:27 am

    Jews worldwide will soon mark the onset of a Jewish New Year with the specter of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the Middle East. Amid the preponderance of daily bad news, it is uplifting to celebrate narratives of tolerance and respect. Earlier this month, I was one of 12...

  • Letters to the editor: Jordan Belfort, Azerbaijan and defending Israel

    January 8, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    Treating the Moral, Ethical Sickness Spread by MoneyÏ

    As a state and federal criminal prosecutor, I can tell you that for every Bernard Madoff or Jordan Belfort, there are dozens of Jewish white-collar criminals you will never read about (“ ‘The Wolf’ and the Jewish Problem,”...

  • The mysteries of Azerbaijan: A Shiite nation embraces its Jews

    By Rob Eshman

    December 18, 2013 | 2:20 pm

    Red Village rises up along the Qudiyal River like a Jewish Brigadoon.

    To get there, you fly 13 hours from Los Angeles to Istanbul, then catch a three-hour flight to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan — a former Soviet country of some 9 million people on the Caspian Sea. From Baku,...

  • Iranian denies plan to attack Israeli embassy in Azerbaijan

    November 21, 2013 | 11:29 am

    An Iranian man arrested on suspicion of planning an attack on the Israeli embassy in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan denies the allegation, an Iranian diplomat said on Thursday.

    Hassan Faraji, 31, is the latest in a number of Iranians to be accused of criminal plots in...

  • The Food of Azerbaijan

    By Rob Eshman

    November 7, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    I just returned from a week-long trip to Azerbaijan, a country on the Caspian Sea.   I was there for an international conference and to see the remarkable Jewish community that has thrived there for centuries-- that's a whole other story, to come-- but of course, a person has to...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks:

    By Laura Donney

    September 3, 2013 | 5:31 pm

    SAT SEPT 7


    It’s pie. Pie! Join KCRW and the upper crust of L.A.’s baking scene as pies are imagined, created and then deliciously devoured. “Good Food’s” Evan Kleinman hosts an afternoon of fruit, nut, cream, silk, savory, vegan and LACMA art-inspired...

  • How an L.A. man named Macabi helped bring 21 new countries to Maccabiah Games

    July 10, 2013 | 10:18 am

    The first arrows Roxana and Rafael Gonzalez launch at the upcoming 19th Maccabiah Games will take flight from their fingertips, but also from Jeffrey Sudikoff’s imagination.

    Roxana, 25, and Rafael, 24, are part of the first Cuban delegation to participate in the Maccabiah, a...

  • June 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 6, 2012 | 2:18 am


    Mideast game-changer

    Marking 30th anniversary of the start of the first Lebanon War, Amir Taheri ‎writes in the New York Post that the Israel’s defeat of Arafat ‎and the PLO in Lebanon served to give rise to darker powers in the country, thanks to ‎Syria and Iran....

  • May 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 13, 2012 | 1:54 am

    Erdogan’s Next Move

    The Turkish prime minister is apparently trying to consolidate his power, writes ‎Andrew Finkel in the New York Times, but is it the right move for Turkey? ‎

    This week, Erdogan said that Turks should begin debating a move from the current ‎parliamentary...

  • April 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 29, 2012 | 3:19 am

    Going the Distance

    ‎(Seizing the opportunity to recommend an article that features on my own ‎work) Yehudah Mirsky in Jewish Ideas Daily looks at the connection American ‎Jewry has to Israel, and whether it is really diminishing. ‎

    The research studies agree on several...

  • Lieberman denies Israel has access to Azerbaijan air bases

    April 23, 2012 | 3:14 pm

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman denied a report that Israel was granted access to air bases in Azerbaijan.

    Lieberman made the remarks to reporters Monday in Baku, where he is meeting with high-ranking government officials.

    “Such reports are from the sphere of science...

  • April 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 2, 2012 | 2:54 am

    Maikel Nabil Sanad draws back the curtain on Egypt’s military

    Jackson Diehl of the Washington Post meets the Egyptian blogger who maintains that the changes in his country have been purely cosmetic.

    Nabil turned out to be right about where the Egyptian generals were headed. In...

  • Azerbaijan denies report it gave Israel access to airfields

    March 29, 2012 | 10:55 am

    Azerbaijan officials denied a claim in an American magazine that Israel was granted access to airbases in Azerbaijan.

    Foreign Policy Magazine reported Wednesday that Israel was granted access to the airbases in the Caucasus nation, raising the fears of U.S. officials that it is...

  • Azerbaijan makes arrests in planned attack on U.S., Israeli embassies

    March 14, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Twenty-two people were arrested in Azerbaijan on suspicion of planning to attack the American and Israeli embassies.

    The arrests Wednesday were announced by the national security ministry, which said the attacks were to be undertaken on behalf of Iran, the French news agency AFP...

  • Israel, Azerbaijan ink $1.6 billion military deal

    February 27, 2012 | 10:32 am

    A state-run Israeli company will has inked a $1.6 billion deal to sell sophisticated military technology to Azerbaijan.

    Under the deal, Israel Aerospace Industries will sell drones, anti-aircraft and missile defense systems to Azerbaijan, Iran’s neighbor to the north.

    Israeli defense officials told international news services that the deal has been in process for a long time and is not a response to recent allegedly Iranian attempts to kill Israeli diplomats or any potential Israeli plans to strike Iranian nuclear sites.

  • Azerbaijan arrests terror suspects

    February 22, 2012 | 10:37 am

    Suspected terrorists with links to Iran and Hezbollah were arrested in Azerbaijan, while bombs intended for use against Israeli targets in Thailand’s capital were discovered hidden in inexpensive portable radios.

    The suspects in Azerbaijan are accused of planning terrorist attacks...

  • Muslim President: “Shana Tova”

    By Rob Eshman

    September 21, 2009 | 5:40 pm

    This doesn’t happen often.

    And by “often,” I mean, “never.”

    The president of a Shi’ite Muslim nation reached out to his country’s and the world’s Jews to wish them a happy new year, or “shana tova” in Hebrew.

    President Ilham Aliyev sent a message of greetings to the Jewish...

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