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
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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