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Kavkazi “Mountain Jews”: Ancient Hebrew and Persian Roots at the Border of Azerbaijan and Russia

Hosted By: Qesher

The Jewish community of the Caucasus lived for centuries in the mountainous region between the Black and Caspian Seas. However, their history dates back to biblical times, when they found refuge in the Persian Empire. They remained under the sphere of Persian influence until 1812, when these lands were ceded to Tsarist Russia to be later absorbed into the Soviet Union. This talk will feature an overview of Kavkazi Jewish origins and history, and the way in which the diaspora is making efforts to preserve their heritage today.

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Valeriya Nakshun

Valeriya Nakshun is a freelance culture writer and community organizer whose work focuses on Eurasia, the Middle East, and the underrepresented cultures of those regions. A naturalized American citizen, she is also interested in all things art, multiculturalism, migration, politics and the spaces in between.

She currently works as a Marketing Specialist for the Strategic Partnership’s Office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

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Qesher

There are Jewish communities all around the globe with their own unique history, culture, places, and most of all, people and stories. All of them different, but sharing so much. The aim of Qesher is to connect these different Jewish traditions, not just to know of each other, but to learn about each other. We believe that there is great value in creating a deeper understanding within the Jewish world and exploring Jewish experiences and identities in all their diversity.
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