Armenian Jerusalem
Riding a camel at JABU
                Araksi   Kaplanian   had   come   to   live   in   Australia,   but had   left   her   heart   in   Jerusalem.   And   her   lifelong   wish was   to   return   there,   to   die   there   and   be   buried   near her husband.                Her   wish   was   not   granted   and   she   died   in   an   aged care home in Sydney.                Her   early   upbringing   in Alexandria,   Egypt,   provided her   with   a   lasting   love   of   the   French   language   -   she loved    reading    books    in    French,    with    a    particular penchant for romances.                Always   genteel   and   polished,   she   detested   gossip, her   mind   occupied   with   the   quest   for   learning   and knowledge, even at an advanced stage.                Araksi   was   very   active   in   the   social   and   welfare programs   of   the   Jeusalem   Armenian   Benevolent   Union (the    JABU).    Accomplished    cooks,    Araksi    and    her husand    Kevork,    organized    the    catering    for    all    the dance balls held at the club.          
This project has been supported by the Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and members of the worldwide Armenian community. Reproductions of the genealogical documents [domar’s] are courtesy Photo Garo, Jerusalem. Copyright © 2007 Arthur Hagopian
This project has been supported by the Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and members of the worldwide Armenian community. Reproductions of the genealogical documents [domar’s] are courtesy Photo Garo, Jerusalem. Copyright © 2007 Arthur Hagopian
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