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Milikh Yevdayev

38 ARTICLES
Milikh Yevdayev was elected the Head of the Community of Azerbaijan’s Mountain Jews in 2012. Born in Azerbaijan’s famous Red Village (Qırmızı Qəsəbə), which is one of the largest all-Jewish towns outside of Israel, Yevdayev graduated from Azerbaijan Institute of Technology in 1971. During these times Azerbaijan was still part of the Soviet Union, and Yevdayev got employed at the Ministry of Light Industry, where in the following years up to his retirement he played an important role in the development of the textile industry in Azerbaijan. He is married, and has three children and six grandchildren. As Head of the Community, Yevdayev is actively engaged in intercultural and interreligious dialogue both in Azerbaijan and beyond. The purpose of this blog is to shed light on the Jewish life in Azerbaijan, which has one of the most ancient Jewish communities in the world. You can contact Yevdayev at [email protected]

Farewell to Yevda Abramov, extraordinary Jewish Parliamentarian in the Muslim World, Zt’l

Last December, Azerbaijan said goodbye to Yevda Abramov, a proud member of our Mountain Jewish community and Azerbaijani Parliamentarian. Yevda Abramov, like so many of...

A Statue Unveiled: A Jewish War Hero Honored in a Muslim Land

Nov. 15, 2019 was a particularly special day for the Jewish communities of Azerbaijan, and for Jews worldwide, who know the story of our...

Los Angeles Should Not Honor a Country that Glorifies its Nazi Generals

This Sunday, September 22, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan will be speaking in a rally held in the Grand Park of downtown Los...

Jews in the West: An Embattled Community

Seventy four years after the Nazi death camps were liberated, Jews in the West are more embattled than they have been in decades. This...

Azerbaijani Muslim who saved thousands of Jews from Holocaust

When he began his diplomatic service in Paris, he was hoping to have a calm, unencumbered life as a diplomat in one of the...

Azerbaijan and the Ironic History of the Nobel Peace Prize

When the name Nobel comes to mind, most think of the famous Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, the invention of dynamite and the prestigious prize...

Ambassador from majority-Muslim Azerbaijan condemns anti-Semitism at U.N.

As we are about to bid a farewell to 2018, I reflect on what this year has meant for Jewish communities living around the...

Israel and Azerbaijan: Yes, Jews and Muslims can be friends!

  I have talked a lot and have written many articles about how strong the Azerbaijan-Israel relations are and how these countries are important to...

Lev Landau: A Jewish Physicist and Nobel-Winning Genius from Azerbaijan

  It is always interesting to follow the announcements of the Nobel Prize winners each year. This year the Nobel Prize winners are expected to...

Celebrating the Jewish New Year in the majority-Muslim Azerbaijan

  Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year - begins in two days, this Sunday evening. For us, the Jews in Azerbaijan, like for other...

Azerbaijan’s model of interreligious harmony and multiculturalism showcased in a historic visit to California

  I have visited California several times. I always remember my visits with great joy, especially the one in 2015, when we received and celebrated...

The Power of Togetherness in Fighting Anti-Semitism and Building a Better Society

  Last week I saw the pictures from Germany, of the “Kippah March”, and my eyes swelled with tears. It is simply not every day...

An Unknown Story of Joint Muslim-Jewish Struggle for Freedom

  I try to walk through Azerbaijan’s capital Baku’s Old City - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - as much as possible. It’s a beautiful...

American Jewish Committee Delegation in Azerbaijan: Traveling to the Land of Tolerance

  Last week was a special week for the Jewish communities of Azerbaijan. A delegation of 7 leaders representing the American Jewish Committee came from...

The Khojaly Massacre: Reflections by an Azerbaijani Jew

February 25/26 is a difficult time for us in Azerbaijan, and for all Azerbaijanis around the world. It is a day when we remember...

Remembering the Holocaust: Reflections on Azerbaijan

  Just this past Saturday, January 27, was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was a day when much of the world officially remembered the great...

How Azerbaijan helped to defeat Hitler

November 9, 2017 will mark the 79th anniversary of Kristallnacht, when Jews were subjected to pogroms throughout Nazi Germany, which turned out to be...

A Jewish Medical Hero from Azerbaijan: The Life of Dr. Gavriil Ilizarov

From my own experience and from the life stories of so many others, I know that a Jew, a Christian or Muslim growing up...

Yom HaShoah: A Day of Remembrance and Reflection

We recently took in the news of chemical weapons used to murder children in Syria, an act few considered possible since a time 70...

Israel and Azerbaijan: Celebrating 25 Years of Friendship

  On April 8, 2017, Azerbaijan and Israel will celebrate 25 years of friendship. As it says in the Talmud, friendship is a “critical element...

A Leader and a Friend: The Loss of Shimon Peres Felt Throughout Azerbaijan

The loss of Shimon Peres was something I experienced on a deeply personal level. I have had the honor of meeting him and have...

A Neighborhood of Nations: Celebrating a Special Relationship between California and Azerbaijan

There are not that many neighborhoods that share a distance of thousands of miles. However, there is one such case.  With my recent trip...

Happy Independence Day, Azerbaijan!

25 years have passed since my country regained its independence, after 71 years of Soviet occupation and tyranny. Our freedom was achieved against the...

A Passion for Religious Tolerance: A Story of the Pope, a Jew and a Majority-Muslim Country

It was truly a remarkable day, October 2. Who would have believed that on that day I would be watching the Holy Father Pope...

A Jewish Parliamentarian in a Muslim Land

I recently read an article published by the Huffington Post, discussing the current state of anti-Semitism in the United States. The article shed light...

Azerbaijan: A Country of Unusual Shia-Sunni Harmony

Our capital of Baku boasts an incomparably beautiful Heydar Mosque, the largest Mosque in the entire South Caucasus region. Named after Heydar Aliyev -...

Reflections on Global Peace and the 7th Forum of the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations

On the morning of April 25th, the opening ceremony of the 7th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) took place in...

The Meaning of Passover in Troubled Times

This week we prepare for the holy Passover, and anticipate the holiday that falls on the night of Shabbat. On that night, we retell...

Tragedy has No Borders: the Khojaly Massacre Remembered

When I write my pieces for the Jewish Journal, I always think first, how would my new friends and my adopted Jewish family in...

Remembering Azerbaijan’s Black January: An Intersection of Tragedy and Inspiration

On January 19, 1990, friends were scheduled to visit us to celebrate my daughter’s birthday in Baku, Azerbaijan. But our plans were suddenly changed...

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