The close political, economic and defense relationship between Israel and Azerbaijan will be the focus of a discussion between David Siegel, Consul-General of Israel and Nasimi Aghayev, Consul-General of Azerbaijan at the next meeting of the Men’s Club of Sinai Temple at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Among the issues to be explored are military cooperation, the common fight against terrorism and regional tensions. Rabbi Erez Sherman will moderate the discussion that will be preceded by Cantor Marcus Feldman’s singing of the national anthems of each country.

Azerbaijan, a former member of the Soviet Union, is an independent, primarily Muslimcountry on the Caspian Sea bordering Iran. It has a small Jewish community consisting of so-called Mountain Jews, now living mostly in Baku, the nation’s capital and a major oil producing center.

A highlight of the evening’s program will be the presentation by Rabbi David Wolpe of a Torah scroll, written in part my members of the Sinai Temple Men’s Club, to the Synagogue of Mountain Jews in Baku. According to Men’s Club president Cary Lerman , the presentation is “testimony to the unity of the Jewish community throughout the world”.

Admission to the meeting is free and open to all. It will be held at Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. For further information call (310) 474-1518 or visit www.sinaitemple.org.

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