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 he practised his skills, surrounded by a bevy of “oohing” and “aahing” admiring fans. The website “” ( link below ) is dedicated to his achievements and his memory.
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  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) ( link below ), 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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