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A Ceremony to Honor the Jewish Students Admitted to State Universities

   

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On Wednesday Dec. 16th, the Iranian Jewish Students Org., like previous years, organized a program to honor the students admitted to state higher institutes. In this program, 80 students were honored by giving them some presents. In the program, students music band and the organization's classic rock and pop music band performed some music pieces, which was warmly welcomed by the audience. A theater criticizing the situation of high school students' education was also performed.
In the beginning, Salar Khakshooy, on behalf of the board of directors of the 42nd round of the organization presented his statements. He expressed his congratulations to the admitted students and invited them to have an active participation in social areas, specially in the students organization. He also criticized the declining trend of the admittance of boy students to the universities and their orientation towards freelance market and the low level of the acceptance of Iranian Jews to postgraduate studies, and sought solutions for these problems. "we expect that the community should strengthen the atmosphere for free-thinking and tolerating the opposing opinions, so that we are able to gather all thoughts and interests together" he said at the end of his statements, referring the general status of the Jewish community and the defined ideals of the community. He also went on; "of course I have to emphasize that though we welcome the existing disagreements and recognize them as a principal factor in the growth and survival of the community, but we do believe that we all have something in common, and that is our identity as Jewish Iranian, an unchangeable and unbreakable identity. To the same extent as we are Jewish, we are also Iranians; these two characteristics form our foundation and all social groups, must follow this principle away from all disputes, to try to protect it and use it as a common and co-assistance point."
In another part of the program, Dr. Rahmatollah Rafee, chairman of the board of directors of Tehran Jewish Association said; "for me there is no greater pride than living in a society with too much freedom, a society in which our children can freely enter into universities."
"it is necessary to remind the dear parents that our children must pass academic courses. It is not enough to say that our child is a university student, but we are investing for future. We are not saying that freelance jobs are bad or inappropriate, since as Mr. Khakshooy said, perhaps the economic situation has increased the willing to freelance market, but we had better invest on our children, to encourage them to study and after than or beside that, they can also engage in economic affairs", he said emphasizing on the necessity for the students to continue their studies at higher levels.
"Be sure that the Jewish brain is famous in all places of the world, and a typical example would be the Jews who have won Noble prize in the world. We have to employ these brains, I'm particularly referring to us as eastern, and particularly Iranians, Jews. For I am seeing our friends overseas who are at least doctors and engineers and many of them are working as professors in different universities. Why should we not have such people in Iran? Of course we have them, but there are very few of them. I really beg the families to motivate their children to do whatever they can in order to enter universities", he added.
In another part of the program, Dr. Siamak Mareh Sedgh, the representative of Jewish Iranians in the Islamic Consultative Assembly, referring to the decline in the level of inclination to continue at higher academic levels and also the low rate of educational and research spirit among the Community's youths, said; "throughout the history, it is not our tribal wealth that has made us strong and durable , but it is our tribal knowledge. Jews have always been proud of having such Jews like Einstein and Freud, not Rochilds. We have to get used to look for science and make the history by gaining science. I hope the Jewish Iranians' history-making with an emphasis on cultural and scientific roots will expand everyday and we can experience one day when our coreligionists constitute a remarkable rate of the academic boards, because science and knowledge is the historical and eternal capital of the Jews. Throughout the history, the Jews have always been known as carriers of science and philosophy."
Dr. Mareh Sedgh personally appreciated (with some gifts) both from Jean Payab, the second top student in veterinary medicine research and from Dr. Babak Najibi, the first Jewish Iranian after the victory of Islamic revolution who is admitted to the subspecialty course and is currently pursuing his fellowship course in Pediatric Cardiology.
In another part of the program, Farhad Aframian, In charge of the cultural committee of Tehran Jewish Association and the Editor-in-Charge of Ofogh Bina Magazine, while congratulating the Hanukkah Celebration and admittance of Jewish youths to the universities, said, "Our concern and what takes on our mind more than ever, is how we can preserve the cultural and religious identity as well as the ritual and traditional values of our community. The first time we used the term "Jewish Iranians" in Ofogh Bina Magazine, we faced several protests, but today I'm very happy to see that the term has supplanted the Iranian Jewish Community. This culturalization shows the importance given to preservation of unity, intimacy and solidarity of the Jewish Iranians Community by the authorities of the Jewish community."
"the Jewish Iranian is not simply a term, it is the story of head and body, none of them has its specific meaning and value if they are apart," he added.
He also went on;" we talk about Hanukkah epic and the light of Hanukkah candle. These candles are lightened to trigger our mind that how as a Jewish elite we can preserve our identity and bear in mind that we must increase our tolerance threshold without any prejudgment and away from holding any grudge, to think through the issues more carefully, and we should know that there is no insider and outsider in the Jewish community and among Jewish Iranians in our country. We must learn to take the community out from the current situation through friendship, frankness and more solidarity, in order to ensure a better future for our culture and identity."
"What is put on your burden, dear students, is that through analyzing of the circumstances and the situations in which we are existing you can have the highest degree of efforts for promotion of the cultural level of our community," he said at the end of his statements, emphasizing the role of students in different social areas.
 


 

 

 

 

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