Monday, September 24, 2007


24 September, 2007

“We have received no congratulation from the RA authorities on this great holiday. Despite the authorities’ indifference, we are punctual tax-payers and RA citizens,” Rima Varjapetyan, the head of Jewish community in Armenia, told A1+.

A few days ago the community celebrated Rosh Hashanah –Jewish New Year in Armenia. One of the popular practices of the holiday is Tashlikh ("casting off"). They walk to flowing water, such as a creek or river, in the afternoon and empty their pockets into the river, symbolically casting off their sins.

On the whole, the Jewish community is content with the country’s attention to national minorities.

“We would like to participate in decision makings and various actions in Armenia. Unfortunately, so far we have been denied participation,” Rima Varjapetyan said.

The Jews support Armenians in everything, especially in the recognition of the Genocide. In this regard they even came into conflict with the Jewish community of Azerbaijan.

“They attempt to support Azerbaijan in view of the Karabakh conflict resolution and intervene in its recognition. But I am more than convinced that they do it forcibly, against their will,” says the head of Jewish community in Armenia

According to Ms. Varjapetyan the two communities had better undertake a peacekeeping mission to promote dialogue between the two countries.

It is due to mention that the Armenian Jewish community is comprised of 300 members. Most of them live in Yerevan, Vanadzor and Gyumri. The community has carried out different cultural programmes over the past 16 years.

Note: Above are excerpts from the article. The full article appears here. Clarifications and comments by me are contained in {}. Deletions are marked by [...]. The bold emphasis is mine.



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