With stories about his own experience growing up and living as a leader of the Mountain Jews of Azerbaijan, Milikh Yevdayev introduces a whole new Jewish world, and one that is very old. Jewish life in Azerbaijan is unique. In a majority-Muslim nation that is a model for religious and cultural tolerance, Jewish communities participate, lead and contribute to the most productive and successful society within multiple regions. From the capital city of Baku to his hometown in the all-Jewish Red Village, Milikh Yevdayev shares stories of his homeland and shines light on what life is really like for a Mountain Jew. These stories were originally published by the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles.
Milikh Yevdayev, born in Azerbaijan’s famous Red Village (Qırmızı Qəsəbə), which is one of the largest all-Jewish towns outside of Israel, was elected President of the Community of Azerbaijan’s Mountain Jews in 2012. As the Head of the Community, Yevdayev is actively engaged in intercultural and inter-religious dialogue in Azerbaijan and beyond.
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Azerbaijan, Baku, Mountain Jews, Red Village, Quba, Jewish Life in Azerbaijan, Jewish, Jews
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