An event dedicated to Azerbaijan’s traditions of multiculturalism and multi-faith harmony and tolerance was held at the Sinai Temple as part of the California visit of a delegation of Azerbaijan’s faith and community leaders, led by Mubariz Gurbanli, the Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations of Azerbaijan.
Jointly organized by the Sinai Temple, the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles and the American Jewish Committee’s Los Angeles Office, the event was attended by around 300 guests, including Consuls General of foreign countries, officials, representatives of different ethnic and religious communities, faith leaders, journalists and others. The event was opened with an impressive performance of the national anthems of Azerbaijan, U.S. and Israel by Sinai Temple’s cantor Lisa Peicott.
Scott Edelman, the President of the American Jewish Committee-Los Angeles, highlighted the strong and exemplary relationship and cooperation between AJC and Azerbaijan. Recalling his travel to Azerbaijan as part of the annual AJC delegation, Edelman praised what he and other members of the delegation experienced during the visit, especially in terms of mutual respect among religious communities that continue to live together in peace and harmony.
In his speech, Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Mubariz Gurbanli stated that tolerance in Azerbaijan has very solid foundations, rich traditions and deep historical and cultural roots. He also mentioned that there has always been strong relationship between ethnic and religious communities in the country and ethnic, religious or racial discrimination has been non-existent.
Speaking afterwards, Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev expressed his gratitude to the Sinai Temple and the AJC for partnering with the Consulate General in arranging this wonderful event showcasing Azerbaijan’s long-standing traditions of tolerance, inclusion and multiculturalism and the centuries-long peaceful co-existence of all peoples and religions in Azerbaijan.
A representative of the Russian Orthodox Church highlighted the ancient traditions of tolerance and multiculturalism in Azerbaijan, noting that these traditions have already been elevated to the level of state policy in the country.
In their remarks, attendees stated that people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds, including Muslims, Christians, Jews and representatives of other faiths, have been living together in peace, brotherhood and mutual respect for many centuries in Azerbaijan.