The Jewish community of Armenia celebrates Khanukah with Jewish-Armenian concert
Author: ANM Media
Published: Dec 27 2019, 15:18
The Jewish community of Armenia celebrated one
of their favorite holidays, Khanukah, օn December 26, at the
Komitas Chamber Music Hall.
Before the concert, 5th candle of the
khanukiya (liturgical candlestick) was solemnly lit by the rabbi and 5th day of
Khanukah was announced.
After the ceremony, a festive concert with a
Jewish and Armenian music program began, which was a unique Armenian-Jewish
cultural dialogue between the two nations.
“The celebration lasts for 8 days, and today the
5th candle is lit. We wanted the event to take place not earlier because it is
a solemn moment. It's a family holiday, and on that day we put the candlestick
outside or put it on the windowsill”-Rima Varzhapetyan, president of the Jewish
community in Armenia, told
According to the head of the community, there
are countries where the law doesn't allow any kind of fire outside, but on this
day in many countries Jews are allowed to do the ritual. Khanukah is celebrated
in all large and small communities around the world.
“As Khanukah is everyone's holiday, we have
kindly invited community representatives and Armenian performers. The concert
was entrusted to Mariam Shahinyan, President of the “Arts Gallery” Cultural
Foundation, as she is our dear friend and a great professional. I hope people
enjoyed it. The hall was provided by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of
Armenia, which is very valuable for us. We always glorify Armenia and
Armenians. I wish the friendship between our nations to remain so
The festive concert featured “Ars Major” dance
group of the community art school, singer Diana Arakelyan, community
representative, Ensemble of kanoonists of A. Spendiarian School “Nur” (artistic
director Tsovinar Hovhannisyan), Sofi Devoyan's "Dance and Soul
Theater", soloist of Yerevan opera Narine Ananikyan and soloist of State
Philharmonie Anna Poghosyan (under accompaniment of professor of Yerevan
Conservatory Margarita Sargsyan), Honored Artist of RA Vyacheslav Manucharyan
(clarinet) and Honored Artist of Yerevan Irina Gasparyan (saxophone),
Vocal-Choir School of Voice Protection under the accompaniment of School
principal Hasmik Safrazbekyan (artistic director: Karine Arakelyan). The
concert culminated with Robert Amirkhanyan's "My dream, my homeland"
and Jewish "Hava Nagila" songs performed by the choir.
On the photo: Sofi Devoyan's "Dance and Soul