Tbilisi, Georgia Muslim-Jewish Twinning

Tbilisi, Georgia Muslim-Jewish Twinning
Submitted by Marine Solomonishvili, President of International Foundation LEA& Council of Jewish Women in Georgia ( solomonishvili@hotmail.com )

In The Republic of Georgia, in the capital city of Tbilisi there were two events, the participants first time informed about Muslim-Jewish 4th Annual Weekend of Twinnings .

-On 18th November,2011 was held a roundtable of Muslim and Jewish leaders (place Vere Palace,Tbilisi ) “present and future perspectives”.
The leaders spoke about the importance of working together to promote the key problems of education, employment, protection of cultural heritage and traditions of Azerbaijan’s (Muslims) and Jews in Georgia.

Marine Solomonishvili, President of International Foundation LEA&Council of Jewish Women in Georgia spoke about Muslim-Jewish 4th Annual Weekend of Twinnings .She also said that in Georgia the basic religion is Orthodox Christian , but alongside which there are Islam and Judaism. Church, Synagogue, Mosque are together in heart of old center in Tbilisi and this place was very old tradition of tolerance. As a result of long-term establishment among the Georgian people of peoples of various religions and nationalities, in this way they has enriched each others spiritual heritage and culture.

Fakhrat Masaev, Vice head of Cultural Center at Azerbaijanian Museum in Georgia said that is important work together to celebrate this event annually, which will promote cultural cooperation.

Marine Solomonishvili also said, more than 1/3 of Georgian population consists of representatives of ethnical minorities, there are more than 20 ethnic minority communities in Georgia (Jews, Azeri, Armenian, Kurds, Russian, Ukrainian, Assyrian, Germans, Czechs, Polish, Greeks, Estonian, Lithuanian, and etc.), about 60% are women. Reforms and the transition period proceeds to this day. This period of turbulent Times is difficult ,especially for socially vulnerable groups, including religious/ethnic minorities and women.

Muslim’s women’s, Leila Suleimanova, head of “Union of Azerbaijanian Women in Georgia”, Sabina Alieva ,head of Union of Azerbaijanian’s in Georgia-for Civil Activism”, Leila Mamedova, Union of Young Azerbaijanian’s said that is important with partnership to Marine Solomonishvili, President of International Foundation LEA&Council of Jewish
women in Georgia annually organizing Tbilissi Muslim-Jewish women’s Twinning .
The women noted that it is necessary to improve the joint work for the development of key problems of gender in Muslim and Jewish communities.

-On 16th November,2011 the conveners of this year’s event, a Parliamentary Reception for rabbis, imams, senior clergy Christians ,community and state leaders are participated on “Tolerance Day”.
About this event Marine Solomonishvili, President of International Foundation LEA&Council of Jewish Women in Georgia give a interview to the Region TV. She spoke about the importance of this event for the development of the integration process, friendship and intercultural dialogue Jewish with Muslims and other ethnic minorities, especially the partnership of women leaders from different communities.

“Tolerance”-Art Marine Solomonishvili solomonishvili@hotmail.com

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