Today’s date is May 14, 2018. In calendar day in history, 70 years ago, on May 14, 1948, David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of the Jewish State, declared the State of Israel an independent and sovereign state. On this momentous date, fast forward 70 years, under impressive international jubilee banner, Jerusalem, the city of gold, won; the city received her crown title back, being the capital of the Jewish people.
On May 14, 2018, the moving from Tel Aviv and the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem should be seen as a national and international milestone, and a turning point for the State of Israel. The American people should be just as thrilled as the Israelis, because the United States embassy’s opening is a crowning moment for the U.S. foreign policy and for President Donald Trump. It is also a crowning moment for Jews, the world over, and every nation that is seeking everlasting world peace.
As it so happened, on the same day of this moment in history, another beautiful moment was taking place 10,000 miles way, in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Nasimi Aghayev, the inexhaustible Consul General of Azerbaijan to the West Coast, USA, in collaboration with AJC (American Jewish Committee) and Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, invited a multi-faith delegation from Azerbaijan to the city to celebrate the harmony of coexistence of all faiths, what Azerbaijan is so proudly exporting to all corners of the world.
Hosted by Rabbi Erez Sherman of Sinai Temple and Scott Edelmann, AJC Los Angeles Chapter President, at the Sinai Temple auditorium a large crowd gathered to meet and greet the impressive Azerbaijani delegation, currently vising the State of California. The delegation includes Mubariz Gurbanli, Chairman of Azerbaijan State Committee on Work with Religious Associations, Alexandr Sharovsky, President of the Ashkenazi-Jewish Community, Milikh Yevdayev, a leader of the Religious Community of Mountain Jews of Azerbaijan, Yavgeny Brenneysen, Vice President of the Ashkenazi-Jewish Community, Fuad Nurullayev, Deputy to Sheikul-Islam, Archpriest Mefody Afandiyev of the Russian Orthodox Church and Robert Mobili, Head of the Caucasian Albanian Udi Christian Community.