AIT students visited Synagogue of Mountain Jews
A group of students from Azerbaijan Institute of Theology (AIT) visited the Synagogue of Mountain Jews.
AIT rector Jeyhun Mammadov informed students about the Jews living in Azerbaijan. He mentioned peaceful coexistence of Jews with other peoples in the country. He noted that Azerbaijan has always been a country where different confessions, peoples coexist, and tolerance is at a high level.
The Rector noted that President Ilham Aliyev successfully continues the state-religion policy formed by national leader Heydar Aliyev. Religious places are being restored in the country, new religious education institutions are established, and religious organizations are provided with state funds.
Jeyhun Mammadov further noted that Mountain Jews, one of the minorities inhabited in the country, were deeply ingrained in all areas of the society. They did not remain unresponsive when the territorial integrity of the Azerbaijani lands was threatened. Fearless tank driver Albert Aqarunov died heroically in one of the battles for the defense of Shusha city in May 1992 and was posthumously named National Hero of Azerbaijan.
Milikh Yevdayev, President of the Religious Community of the Mountain Jews of Baku, noted that the settlement of Jews in Azerbaijan dates back to 2000 years. He noted that Azerbaijan is an example of tolerance, and representatives of all religions are treated equally. He emphasized that the positive example of Azerbaijan proves the possibility of peaceful coexistence of Muslims, Jews and Christians in the atmosphere of peace and mutual respect.
Like other communities, members of the Jewish community are freely performing their religious rituals.
The questions of the AIT students on the issues of coexistence in the context of Judaism, worship, tolerance and multiculturalism were responded.
AIT continues its series of activities aimed at forming students’ world-outlook, enriching their intellectual level, spiritual enrichment, strengthening patriotic feelings, promoting social responsibility habits as well as developing individual self-expression skills.