26 Century-long Georgian-Jewish relations
Museum of History of Jews of Georgia starts a new life after 60 years of inactivity - the opening of one of the Georgian Jewish community leader and public figure David Baazov Museum of History of Jews of Georgia was attended by the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili together with the Israeli government delegation today.
As the Prime Minister stated in his speech at the opening ceremony, the museum has performed a great role in collection and promotion of spiritual and material cultural monuments of Georgian Jews.
The head of the government is confident that the restoration and renovation of the museum will contribute to the further deepening of Georgian-Jewish cultural relations.
Irakli Garibashvili expressed his special gratitude to Bidzina Ivanishvili, who undertook the restoration of the museum and number of Jewish cultural and religious monuments.
According to the Prime Minister, centuries passed and Georgian and Jewish people have never betrayed their brotherhood and that was the reason that according to the decision of the Government of Georgia, 2014 has been declared as the year of Georgian-Jewish relationships and 26-century friendship. Also, with the support of the Government of Georgia, the renovation process of the old Jewish cemeteries and synagogues has been started.
"There is no other example of brotherhood of two nations in the world, as it is between Georgians and Jews. Georgian Jew - at first glance utterly irrelevant, but today, the notion, intimately linked with everyone, has emerged and established exactly in Georgia. Jews have always been actively involved in the reconstruction of Georgia, in the life of our country. They were creating and sharing the Georgian culture. They were serving Georgia, though have never lost their uniqueness. In our country they have never had such option and that's why they were so organically merged with our people and the environment. This relation, this friendship is invaluable gain. We are happy that the Jews that left Georgia many years ago preserve and care for this friendship and love. They continue popularization of Georgian culture in Israel too. As they say, thus they maintain ties with their second homeland," - Irakli Garibashvili said.
The Prime Minister believes that the brotherhood of two nations will be always lasting and steadfast and the relations in education, culture, foreign affairs and other areas will support the new generation to be closer.
The opening of Museum of History of Jews of Georgia was attended by president of World Congress Of Georgian Jews Gabriel Mirilashvili, the former Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili, the Minister of Culture Mikheil Giorgadze and Tbilisi Mayor Davit Narmania.