Remembering Jewish history in the Caucasus: Seminar in Baku, Azerbaijan

For the first time in March 2023, Centropa held a teacher training seminar in Azerbaijan. The seminar, which took place in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku as well as Quba, invited educators from Azerbaijan, Georgia and Germany to learn about Jewish heritage and present life in the Caucasus, as well as to develop own teaching materials on Jewish history using Centropa resources.

The seminar was organized in cooperation with our local coordinator in Azerbaijan, Resource HUB. During the 3-day-seminar, participants were able to get acquainted with the work of Centropa and its educational materials as well as resources on Azerbaijan: Quite a few of our Centropa interviewees have a family connection to the country. In a guided city tour, participants learned about Baku’s Jewish history. On the evening of Shabbat, the group joined Baku’s synagogue for services. On the last day of the seminar, participants took a trip to Quba, which is a town in Northern Azerbaijan that is home to one of the largest Mountain Jewish communities worldwide. They visited the local Museum of the Mountain Jews and spoke to its director, Igor Shaulov.