From   the   humble   grave-digger   to   the   bejeweled   goldsmith,   the   Armenians   of   Jerusalem   have helped    enhance    the    unique    multifaceted    fabric    of    Jerusalem    society    with    their    timeless contributions:   tales   and   traditions,   sagas   and   adventures   (and   a   daunting   dose   of   misadventures) alongside    notable    achievements    in    the    arts    and    crafts.     In    these    pages,    we    are    happy    and privileged   to   profile   those   members   of   the   Armenian   community   of   the   Old   City   of   Jerusalem   who have left a prominent mark here.
       Ohan   Dourian,   composer/conductor,   was   born   in   the   Armenian   Quarter   of   the   Old City   of   Jerusalem,   and   spent   his   youth   there.   He   obtained   his   initiation   into   the   world or   music   at   an   early   age,   the   piano   his   favorite   musical   instrument.   His   family,   which had   a   house   just   across   from   the   playground   of   the   St   Tarkmanchatz   parochial   school, boasted   a   grand   piano,   a   piece   de   resistance   that   occupied   the   whole   room.   He   was   a member   of   the   Jerusalem   Armenian   Benevolent   Union   (JABU),   where   practised   his skills,   surrounded   by   a   bevy   of   “oohing”   and   “aahing”   admiring   fans.   The   website is dedicated to his achievements and his memory.
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Ancient document reaffirms Armenian connection to Jerusalem
Manougian's BBC interview
             Dr   Harry   Hagopian,   International   Fellow,   Sorbonne   III   University,   Paris,   is   an international   lawyer,   with   a   PhD   in   international   law   and   an   MA   in   conflict   resolutions. He   was   born   in   Jerusalem,   his   father,   Berj,   was   a   popular   dentist,   his   clinic   a   stone's throw   from   the   ornate   Damascus   Gate   of   the   Old   City.   Harry   has   been   ecumenical, policy   and   legal   consultant   of   the   Armenian   Apostolic   Church   in   the   UK,   and   has participated   in   many   political   and   religious   meetings   relating   to   the   Israeli-Palestinian conflict,   both   in   Jerusalem   and   abroad.   Among   his   writings,   the   booklet   "The   Armenian Church   in   the   Holy   Land"   (Melisende   Publishers,   London,   2002),   is   a   must   read   for anyone   interested   in   learning   about   the   Armenians   of   the   Holy   Land.   Dr   Hagopian   is currently   Middle   East   &   inter-faith   advisor,   Catholic   Bishops'   Conference of   England   & Wales,   London,   Middle   East   consultant,   Christians   in   Political   Action   (ACEP),   Paris, associate,   Ekklesia,   London,   ad   hoc   ecumenical   consultant,   Primate   of   Armenian   Church in UK & Ireland.
               Haig   Khatchadourian,   an   Emeritus   Professor   of   Philosophy   at   the   University   of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was born in the Old City of Jerusalem.     He     has     published several   journal   articles   as   well   as   books   on   art,   music,   film   and   politics.   He   has been    awarded    several    prizes    for    poetry    and    literary    essays,    among    them Outstanding   Educator   of   America   Award   (1973).   Among   his   other   awards   are   an Andrew   Mellon   Postdoctoral   Fellowship   from   the   University   of   Pittsburgh,   and   a Liberal   Arts   Fellowship   in   Philosophy   and   Law   from   Harvard   Law   School.   He   is   a foreign   member   of   the   Armenian   Academy   of   Philosophy   in   Armenia,   and   a   Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement    of    the    Arts    (FRSA)    in    England.    He belongs   to   the   Khatchadourian   clan,   which   has   also   sired   the   compose/conductor Ohan Dourian.
     Dr.   Abraham   Terian   is   Professor   Emeritus   of   Armenian   Theology   and   Patristics   at St.   Nersess   Armenian   Seminary,   New   Rochelle,   New   York.   Before   coming   to   St. Nersess    in    1997,    he    was    Professor    of    Intertestamental    and    Early    Christian Literature   at   Andrews   University   and   a   recurring   Visiting   Professor   for   Armenian and    Hellenistic    Studies    at    the    University    of    Chicago.    He    is    an    internationally renowned   expert   in   the   fields   of   intertestamental,   early   Christian   and   Armenian theological   literature,   fields   in   which   he   has   published   extensively.   In   2005   he became   the   first   recipient   of   the   Fulbright   Distinguished   Chair   in   the   Humanities award    by    the    Fulbright    Foundation,    the    Council    for    International    Exchange    of Scholars   (CIES)   of   the   US   Department   of   State,   and   the   US–Israel   Educational Foundation   (US–IEF).   In   2008   he   was   elected   a   Fellow   of   the   National   Academy   of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia.
               Manoug   Manougian   has   entered   history   with   his   incredible   pioneering   work   in rocketry   in   one   of   the   last   places   one   would   envisage:   in   Lebanon.   He   was   born   in the   Old   City   but   grew   up   in   Jericho.   Early   in   his   childhood   he   got   interested   in   rockets and   rocket   science   but   it   was   not   till   he   joined   the   faculty   of   Beirut's   Haigazian college   that   he   gave   free   rein   to   his   fantasy,   turning   it   into   reality.   Successful launches   soon   followed,   and   the   eyes   of   the   world   became   riveted   once   more   to   the land   of   the   cedar   and   of   Gibran.   In   a   recent   interview   with   the   BBC,   Manoug   spoke   of those heady, halcyon days.
               Dr Albert Aghazarian,   a   leading   historian,   has   been   the   director   of   the   public   relations   office of   the   university   of   Bir   Zeit.   He   received   his   primary   and   secondary   education   at   the College   des   Freres   in   Jerusalem   before   studying   for   his   doctorate.   He   has   been active in efforts to bring peace to the warring Palestinian and Israeli sides. 
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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