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The Yemenite Heritage Center and the Jewish Communities of Israel in Rehovot exhibits permanent exhibitions and offers unique activities to spread the word, and to preserve the heritage of Yemenite Jewry. An event in September will help introduce Israelis to Azerbaijani culture. (Photo: enjoyingisrael.com)

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Israel Academia Monitor together with the Yemenite Heritage Center in Rehovot is hosting an event on September 5th titled: “The Yemenite community hosts the Azerbaijani community. An event of scholarship, music, food and art celebrating the cultural mosaic. The Yemenite Heritage Center is bringing Azerbaijani culture to the Israeli public via photographs, music and lectures on Azerbaijani multiculturalism.  The goals of the event are to install an appreciation for multiculturalism as a basis for cohesive communities.”

Dr. Dana Barnett, the head of Israel Academia Monitor, stated in an exclusive interview: “We introduce Azerbaijan from various angles, so it is not just about multiculturalism. I see Azerbaijani multi-culturalism as an anecdote for antisemitism. I find that antisemitism is skyrocketing.”  

In fact, a study conducted by Tel Aviv University found that antisemitism skyrocketed globally in 2021, the BBC reported. According to Dr. Barnett, “Unfortunately, not much is being done. Everyone is just shrugging their shoulders and nothing is being done.”

“I think that we all need to learn from Azerbaijan and its multiculturalism and the way they constructed their religions and they have a lot of religions living side by side and making the country non-religious, secularism,” Dr. Barnett noted.  

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“By making the country secular, they are governing the country in such a way that no religion is above any other religion. They all have to get along. In this way, the country controls what is happening with their religions. They have a Ministry of Religion that is looking after the religions and ensuring that they coexist. This way they don’t have violent attacks against other religions.”  Dr. Barnett will discuss how Azerbaijani multi-culturalism is an anecdote for antisemitism in her talk.

However, other people are going to introduce Azerbaijan from various angles: “Rabbi Shmuel Simantov will introduce his life in Azerbaijan. We have a photographer who has been to Azerbaijan and took pictures of Azerbaijan and mainly visited Baku and will display pictures. We have various people discussing Azerbaijan and its traditions and how its tradition is being revised even in our times. The Yemenite Beit Moreshet is hosting us and brings dancers and music.”  

“The Yemenite community in Rehovot is very large and they have lots of different activities in Beit Moreshet,” she explained. “They host all kinds of different events. They want the two communities to get to know each other.”

According to Dr. Barnett, “The Yemenite Jewish community is very well known in Israel, but not the Azerbaijani community. This is why they are hosting the mutual event.”  

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Yemenite Jews are very dominant in Israeli music and have a major influence on the political landscape within the State of Israel. For this reason, a joint event between the Yemenite Jewish community and the Azerbaijani Jewish community influences all of Israeli society, thus helping to raise more awareness about the pivotal importance of Azerbaijani multi-culturalism.   

In conclusion, Dr. Barnett noted: “I am concerned with the antisemitic atmosphere around the globe today. The fact that not much is being done is very concerning.  The fact you stop someone afterwards does not prevent antisemitic events to occur. We live in a world where we used to think NEVER AGAIN but my feeling is that of course it can happen again.  

We see other countries hating Jews. The hatred of Jews is rampant and not much is being done. Jews are not protected in the West. The fact that they put more security around Jewish institutions does not really help. We have to raise this issue and find solutions. I think that countries that are Muslim majority need to sort it out and adopt Azerbaijani multi-culturalism.”

Lea Suissa is a freelance writer based in Israel.   

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