September 9, 2008 – New York – The Armenian Church has presented the American Jewish Committee (AJC) with a gold Kiddish cup, a Jewish ceremonial goblet, in appreciation of the long, positive history of close ties between the Armenian and Jewish peoples.
"When I look in the dark eyes of a beautiful Jewish child, I see the eyes of an Armenian child. Thank God that the suffering of our children is so much less than it once was," Archbishop Vicken Aykazian said in his address to AJC’s Board of Governors, who met in New York earlier this week. The Archbishop spoke warmly of the shared experiences of Armenians and Jews, and praised AJC’s role in deepening the relationship.
Aykazian, who represents the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), is also currently serving as President the National Council of Churches USA.
The kiddish cup originally was given to Ambassador Peter Rosenblatt, a member of the AJC Board from Washington, D.C., during his visit to Armenia in May. Rosenblatt has been a leading AJC representative in dialogue with Armenian political and religious leadership, and has traveled to Armenia several times.
During his meeting with his Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Rosenblatt accepted the gift on behalf of AJC. The cup will be prominently displayed at AJC headquarters.
Joining in the event at the AJC Board meeting were Fr. Haigazoun Najarian, who was representing the Primate of the Armenian Church of America, and Rabbi David Rosen, AJC’s International Director of Interreligious Affairs.