New synagogue opened in Baku

05-04-2011 | 21:40        


A new synagogue was opened in Baku on 5 th april. The synagogue was built on the initiative and with support of President Ilham Aliyev for Upland Jews. Jews residing in foreign countries, MPs and representatives of diplomatic corps and religious confessions attended the opening ceremony.  The synagogue the foundation of which was laid in 2010 was constructed in a short period of time. Leader of the Azerbaijani Upland Jews Community Semyon Ikhiilov made a speech at the event and congratulated the Upland Jews on the opening of the new synagogue. He had asked President Ilham Aliyev for construction of a new synagogue for carrying out religious rites. Semyon Ikhiilov thanked the Head of State for the newly built temple and said that it was a holiday for both Upland Jews and the Azerbaijanis as they were citizens of independent and rapidly developing Azerbaijan. Head of the State Committee on Work with Religious Organizations Hidayat Orujov read out President Ilham Aliyev’s congratulatory letter to the event attendees called the opening of this synagogue financed by the Azerbaijani state a great event. Azerbaijan is the only former Soviet country where Jews never faced anti-Semitism – Hgidayat Orujov said. This is a result of the policy pursued by Azerbaijan. Israeli Ambassador to Azerbaijan Michael Lavon Lotem highly appreciated the opening of a new synagogue in Azerbaijan on the eve of the Passover and thanked President Ilham Aliyev for the attention shown. Baku and Caspian Bishop Father Alexander, Head of the Catholic Church in Baku Vladimir Fekete and MP of Jewish origin Yevda Abramov and others congratulated the Jewish community. Great Leader Heydar Aliyev, the author of the motto “Multinationality is our wealth” always paid special attention to minorities in Azerbaijan. The policy founded by the National Leader is successfully continued by President Ilham Aliyev. US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza also joined the opening ceremony who expressed satisfaction with the cooperation between Azerbaijan and the Jewish community. Jews residing in foreign countries also expressed their gratitude for the new synagogue. At the end of the event, the participants addressed to the Azerbaijani President and said grace.