The Contribution of Armenian Jerusalem to Armenians
by Dennis R. Papazian
The object of this conference is to discuss the Armenian presence in Jerusalem in celebration of
the 30th anniversary of the Armenian studies program at Hebrew University. When I was invited
to attend, I realized I knew next to nothing of the Armenian presence in Jerusalem in comparison
to the learned scholars who make up most of the program. I have visited here only twice in the
past. The last occasion was the opening of the new seminary building in June of 1975, when I
was in the company of H.H. Vazken I, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; the
two Armenian Patriarchs; and other dignitaries including Mr. Alex Manoogian, Edward
Mardigian, and Mr. Dadour Dadourian. I claim no expertise on Jerusalem. My associations have
been mostly with Armenians from Jerusalem, not Armenians in Jerusalem.
In discussing my plight with Michael Stone, from whom I received an invitation to attend, I
suggested that I rather write a paper on the contributions of the Armenians of Jerusalem,
specifically of the Armenian Patriarchate, to the Armenians in America, particularly the
Armenian Church in America, which I believed to be significant and yet unrecorded in any
unified way. Prof. Stone, however, said that he would be more interested in Armenian
Jerusalemites in the U.S. Being an cooperative type of person, I decided to write a bit on both
topics, beginning with the relations between the Armenian Church in America and Armenian
Jerusalem, and then on the Jerusalemites in America to the extent my resources allowed.
I immediately asked my Assistant, Mr. Gerald Ottenbreit, to put together a
bibliography for me. Mr. Ottenbreit is something of a bibliographical wizard,
a walking encyclopedia, and master of the electronic search. He came up with
a list of 83 items, but much to my consternation, nothing about Armenians from
Jerusalem now in the United States or about the contributions of Armenians in
or from Jerusalem to the Armenians of America. Dr. Levon Avdoyan, of the Library
of Congress, who is also a master of bibliography, was kind enough to send me
a bibliography of fourteen items, of which nine were duplicated in the Ottenbreit
list and one of which was a reference to a major collection in the British Foreign
Office. Once more none of these sources, unfortunately, dealt with my topic.
I have attached the combined bibliography.
Since there was no systematic record to my knowledge of the contribution of the Armenians of
Jerusalem to America, and also no systematic record of Armenians from Jerusalem in America, I
had to create one. This meant turning to oral history or personal testimony on Armenians from
Jerusalem in essay form. One of my first sources was Fr. Arten Ashjian who went through a
great deal of material in his extensive personal library to help me put the story in context.
Another valuable source was Fr. Diran Papazian, who also had studied in Jerusalem.
The first Armenian clergyman to set foot on American soil, sent by Patriarch Khoren Ashekian of
Constantinople in 1889, was Fr. Hovsep Sarajian, who came to serve the Armenian flock in
(1) The first Armenian clergyman to have been educated
at the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem to come to serve in America was Fr.
Malachia Derounian who arrived five years later in 1894. He came to replace Fr.
Sarajian as the pastor of the Armenian flock in Worcester. Indeed, Fr. Malachia
was not only educated in Jerusalem, he was a member of the Brotherhood of St.
James. His stay in America, however, was to last only three years, and Fr. Malachia
left in 1897, never to return.
Fr. Malachia Derounian was, apparently, one of a group of younger dissatisfied
members of the St. James monastic brotherhood of the Armenian Patriarchate of
Jerusalem who had left the monastery in the 1870s to seek greater opportunities
elsewhere. Little is known about them from the American side, but Derounian
finally returned to Jerusalem as a bishop where he lived many years before going
to Consantinople where he lived out his life.
Thirty years were to pass before the next member of the St. James Brotherhood
came to serve in America. The genocide carried out against the Ottoman Armenians
in historic Armenia, beginning in 1915, closed the doors of the various Armenian
seminaries in Turkey and ended the role of Constantinople as a source for Armenian
priests for the diaspora. The Communist regime in Soviet Russia likewise overcame
the Armenian Republic in 1920 and made it impossible to train priests in Etchmiadzin
for the diaspora. In theory this left two possible sources for the training
of Armenian priests for the diaspora; the Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the
Catholicosate of Cilicia in Lebanon. While most of the Armenian priests of the
Etchmiadzin related dioceses in America came from, or studied in, Jerusalem,
a traditional source, a significant group also came from, or studied in, Antelias.
Our study, however, will concentrate on Jerusalem.
The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem was to fall on hard times during World War I. Bishop
Papken Guleserian, during this difficult time, undertook, under the supervision of Yegheshe
Tourian, the task of educating an entire class of seminarians called "the Gulbenkian Class," since
the Gulbenkian family had provided the funds.(3) Among the first ordained from this class were
Fr. Sion Manoogian, later to be Archbishop and to serve in America, South America, the Middle
East, and Etchmiadzin; Fr. Serovpe Manoogian, later to be Archbishop and Primate of Europe in
Paris; Fr. Haigazoun Aprahamian, later to be Archbishop and who spent his final years in Holy
Etchmiadzin as Grand Sacrist; Fr. Barkev Vertanesian, later to be Bishop and to serve out his life
in Jerusalem; Fr. Zgon Der Hagopian, later to be Bishop and who passed away in New York; Fr.
Aris Shirvanian, later to be Bishop and who served a term as Primate of California (1957-1962),
and Fr. Shavarsh Koumyoumjian, later to be Bishop and to serve in Damascus.
Of the rejuvenated seminary by Patriarch Tourian, earlier classes had included the renown
Archbishop Norayr Bogharian, an expert on Armenian manuscripts, who kept a photograph of
his mentor Bishop Papken Guleserian on the wall of his room, and the pivotal Archbishop Tiran
Nersoyan who, apparently, was not one of Guleserian's students.(4)
Among Bishop Papken's younger students in Jerusalem were Fr. Yeghishe Derderian, later to be
Archbishop and to serve as Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, and Fr. Shnork Kaloustian, who
later became Archbishop and Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople, and many others.
The young Fr. Mampre Calfayan left Jerusalem in 1927 to come to America to serve as the pastor
of Holy Cross Church in Union City, New Jersey. That was the year that the Western Diocese
was formed to minister to the growing Armenian population of California. Fr. Calfayan was to
be consecrated a bishop in 1935. From 1939-1941, he served as locum tenens of the Western
Diocese, then called the Diocese of California, and then served as Primate from 1942-1946. In
1955, he was elected to serve a term as Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of
America (1955-1958), popularly called the Eastern Diocese, at which time I first met him when I
served as a member of the Central Council of the Armenian Church Youth Organization of
America (ACYOA). Archbishop Mampre passed away in 1961, having served with distinction
both the Eastern as well as the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church in America.(5)
In the 1930s, two young men educated as a part of the so-called "Gulbenkian Class" in the
Jerusalem seminary and who were ordained as members of the St. James Brotherhood, Fr. Zgon
Der Hagopian and Fr. Sion Manoogian, came to America to serve as parish priests. Eventually
both were to be consecrated bishops and serve in high administrative posts in America and
abroad. Archbishop Sion, my own spiritual father, succeeded Archbishop Mampre Calfayan in
the post of Primate of the eastern Diocese, and served two terms (1958-1966). In 1948,
Archbishop Sion produced a nostalgic book written in Armenian entitled Hay Yerusaghem
(Armenian Jerusalem), which was the first serious attempt by an Armenian clergyman to
acquaint the reader with the historic significance and the potential of the Jerusalem
Patriarchate.(6) After serving honorably in America, Archbishop Sion was sent by His Holiness
Vasken I as pontifical legate first to South America and then to Egypt. Archbishop Sion finally
emigrated to Etchmiadzin where he served out his life as a member of the Supreme Spiritual
Council which was advisory to the Catholicos in questions of church governance.(7)
The venerable Karekin Hovsepiants served as Primate of the American Diocese from 1939 to
1944. When he was elected Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia in 1943, Fr. Tiran
Nersoyan, a brilliant young priest from Jerusalem serving in London, was elected to take his
place as Primate in America. In 1944, during World War II, Fr. Tiran (who was elected in the
fall of 1943) finally was able to come to America and was installed as Primate, in which position
he was to serve ten remarkable years.
In 1945 word came to America that Etchmiadzin had received permission to elect a new
Catholicos of All Armenians. The See had been vacant since 1938, when His Holiness Khoren I
(Mouradbekian) had died under suspicious circumstances. Archbishop Kevork Cheorekjian, the
locum tenens of the Catholicosate, called a world wide national assembly of clerical and lay
delegates to elect a new Catholicos. The conclave was presided over by His Holiness Karekin
Hovsepian, whose own consecration as Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia in Lebanon had
taken place a mere eleven weeks earlier. The American delegation consisted of Fr. Tiran
Nersoyan, the Primate, Fr. Sion Manoogian, James Chankalian and Haik Kavookjian plus
another clergyman and layman who could not make the arduous journey. Archbishop Kevork
(George) Cheorekjian was elected Catholicos of All Armenians and consecrated by the
Catholicos of Cilicia, the Patriarch of Jerusalem (there was none at the time in Istanbul), the
archbishops and the bishops present. One of his first official acts was to consecrate ten priests,
among them Fr. Tiran and Fr. Sion, as bishops.
My first oral history interview was of Fr. Diran Papazian, a graduate of the St. James Seminary,
who was among a group of men recruited by Archbishop Tiran for the diocese of the Armenian
Church of America. (DP=Dennis Papazian, FD=Father Papazian)
DP: I understand, Fr. Diran, that you are a product of the Jerusalem Seminary.
FD: Yes that's right, I studied there more than 50 years ago.
DP: Who was the Armenian patriarch then and who was the dean of the seminary?
FD: The patriarch was one of the most illustrious patriarchs of Jerusalem, Archbishop Torkom Koushakian [1931-1939]. He is considered one of the church statesmen in the Armenian Church.
DP: Archbishop Torkom Koushakian trained a lot of students, did he not?
FD: Yes, he taught first in Armash, which was a town outside Constantinople, where prior to the
Genocide the Armenians had an important seminary. Most of our great and illustrious
churchmen of an earlier era were educated in that seminary, and Koushakian himself was
educated there. Afterwards he became the head of the seminary, but unfortunately, it was all
destroyed during the 1915 genocide. Yet, thank God, he was one of the survivors from that
seminary. Many others from that seminary who were already bishops at the helm of different
dioceses in Asia Minor, where Armenians had lived for many centuries, were massacred.
Eventually he was elected as Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, following his predecessor who
was also his teacher, Patriarch Eghishe Tourian [1921-1930].
DP: Now did Eghishe Tourian teach in Armash or in Jerusalem?
FD: First in Armash. Then he became patriarch of Constantinople [1909-1910]. After the
genocide, he was elected patriarch of Jerusalem . During the First World War almost
everything in Jerusalem had come to ruin. Everything, the Patriarchate, the Brotherhood, and the
school, were disrupted by the war in the Middle East and the Armenian genocide which was
taking place in Anatolia and Syria. Very little of the organization was left. The Patriarchate was
on hard times. Most of the monks were old men.
He was the one that began the renovation and rejuvenation. He reopened the seminary and
brought students from different places. He renovated the printing press, which was first
established in 1833, and built a high school and also a new library building which became the
depository of a large collection of important books. The precious manuscripts were housed in
the church of St. Toros then.
And, fortunately, his student Torkom Koushakian was elected Patriarch shortly thereafter.
(Archbishop Mesrob Neshanian served as Locum Tenens from 1930-1931.) Patriarch
Koushakian continued the same good works in Jerusalem. This was in my estimation, and many
others agree with me, the Golden Age of Jerusalem, that time when Tourian and Koushakian
DP: Where did the students came from?
FD: The students were mostly gathered from different areas of the Middle East--from Aleppo,
where there was a big Armenian community of survivors, from Beirut, where another big
Armenian community was located, and also from Egypt, another country were there was a large
Armenian community, and from Iraq, Cyprus, Constantinople and Turkey. The students were
gathered from all over the Middle East, many of them orphans.
DP: Now when did Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan come upon the scene?
FD: Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan was from the first cohort of students that Archbishop Elishe
Tourian brought to the seminary during his tenure as patriarch. Tiran Nersoyan's generation was
the first fruit of the revitalized seminary after the First World War.
DP: I see. And what was his rank and function during the patriarchate of Torkom Koushakian?
FD: When I was student there, between 1935 and 1940 [from 1939-1944 there was a locum
tenens], Archbishop Nersoyan was still a vartabed, a monk, but he was also the dean or director
of the seminary.
At this time, under the direction of Tiran Nersoyan, the seminary prospered further with many
new students and new illustrious teachers. The Patriarch also brought to the seminary many
outstanding persons like Hagop Oshagan, who is considered by many to be one of the giants of
the Armenian literature, and Shahan Berberian, who is considered one of the great philosophers
of the Armenian people. We also had many more teachers of high quality.
Shahan Berberian had first directed the Berberian School in Cario, which had first been founded
by his father Retheos Berberian. Hagop Oshagan taught in one of the Armenian schools in Cairo,
Egypt, during the 1920s, when he and the future Patriarch, Torkom Koushakian, had become
It was during the patriarchate of Torkom Koushakian that all these great teachers were brought to
the seminary and ensured the continued rejuvenation of the Armenian seminary which began
after Patriarch Tourian.
DP: And so Tiran Nersoyan, later to be archbishop, was at that time a vartabed and the head of
FD: Yes, and the school was very prosperous at the time, but after he spent several years as dean
of the school, he was invited to Europe to give leadership first to the Armenian community in
Paris and then in London. So he left his work as dean of the seminary and moved to Europe.
DP: Now, eventually, during World War II, he came to the United States and became Primate of
our Diocese 1944. He brought many of the graduates of the seminary to America to serve, for
example you, Fr. Arnak Kasparian, Fr. Arten Ashjian and others, both kahanas and vartabeds.
FD: During the Second World War Archbishop Tiran served in London as the head of the
Armenian Church there and doing advanced studies. It was then, I suppose, that he developed
his British accent. During that time he met many young Armenian-Americans who were in the
armed services, serving their country, and became interested in America.
In 1943, he was elected as the Primate of the Armenian Church in North America. The venerable
Karekin Hovsepiants was the Diocesan Primate [1939-1944] at the time. Archbishop Karekin,
who was a great and learned man, was elected Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia in
Antelias, a suburb of Beirut in Lebanon.
Tiran Nersoyan was still a vartabed at the time of his election as Primate of the American
Diocese of the Armenian Church. Soon after, there was to be an election to fill the vacant chair
of the Catholicos of All Armenians in Etchmiadzin. Tiran Nersoyan went to Etchmiadzin to
participate in the elections, where George VI (Kevork Cheorekjian) was elected Catholicos of All
It was there in Etchmiadzin that Tiran Srpazan was consecrated as bishop to be the head of the
American Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern). Fr. Sion Manoogian was also consecrated
There were few priests in America at that time, and more were needed to meet the demands of an
expanding church. Tiran Srpazan went around like a missionary appealing to the youth as well
as to the elders, establishing new parishes and church organizations.
In order to meet the need for clergy, he brought to America some ordained priests from Jerusalem
as well as some of his former students who were still deacons and sent them to seminaries and
graduate schools. I was sent to Harvard Divinity School, for example, to earn a Master's of
Sacred Theology degree.
Yes, he brought over some of his own students and put them in schools and seminaries in the
United States to get a higher education, improve their knowledge of English, and to become
accustomed to Western ways. Then he himself ordained them as priests. He also brought over
some already ordained priests, vartabeds, from Jerusalem so that they could also come over and
serve as parish priests or otherwise serve the diocese.
[Herein we add some oral history provided by Fr. Arten Ashjian. AA=Arten Ashjian.]
DP: Where the priest Tiran Srpazan brought over in the 1940s his own students?
AA: 1946 he brought over Fr. Torkom Manoogian, [later to be Archbishop and Primate of
America and still later Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem]; Fr. Isahag Ghazarian [who died
prematurely]; Fr. Hmayak Intoyan [later to be Bishop]; and Fr. Papken Varzhabedian [also later
to be Bishop]. It is safe to say that all of them were Tiran Nersoyan's students.
DP: Fr. Diran, give me as many names as you can remember of those whom Tiran Srpazan
brought over from Jerusalem.
FD: First, there were Fr. Arnak Kasparian, Fr. Arten Ashjian, [both students of Tiran Srpazan]
and Fr. Garen Gdanian [who was younger and studied in Jerusalem after them]. These three,
[who were ordained in 1948], recently celebrated 50 years of service in the priesthood.
AA: There was also Fr. Shahe Altounian and Fr. Vartan Meugerian, who were Tiran Srpazan's
Those who came before their ordination to study--including the five mentioned above--were Fr.
Levon Arakelian and Fr. Diran Papazian, both of whom were Tiran Srpazan's students, and Fr.
Artoon Smpadian, who was not because he was from a younger group. There was also a Fr. Alan
Potukian, deceased, who was educated in Antelias and ordained in 1950 in the U.S. as celibate
Then there was Fr. Vartan Meguerian and Fr. Isahag Ghazerian, both of who died prematurely
after years of faithful service. There was also Yeghishe Gizirian, who is now Primate of
England, who was originally a member of the Brotherhood of the Cilician Catholicate in
Some of the priests who came here to serve the eastern Diocese later went to California to serve
the Western Diocese. Among these were Fr. Shahe Altoonian, Fr. Artoon Smpadian, and Fr.
Levon Arakelian, who was recently deceased.
AA: Others from Jerusalem who served in California are Fr. Sipan Der Mekhsian, who serves at
the Diocesan office, Fr. Moushegh Tashjian who also served in the Eastern Diocese and Canada,
and he is now serving in Paris, France; Fr. Vartan Tatevossian, Fr. Arshag Khatchadourian, and
Bishop Aris Shirvanian.
FD: And others in the east include Fr. Shnork Kaloustian from London, Tiran Srpazan's
successor there, who came to America late in 1949 and who later became Armenian Patriarch of
I, myself, am one of these who Tiran Srpazan called to service. After graduating from the
seminary, I got a job in Beirut. On one of his visits to the Middle East, Archbishop Tiran saw
me. And, my being one of his students, he recognized me and invited me to come to America
and serve the church. He said that he would find a benefactor for me and make all the
arrangements for my studies. The benefactor, Dicran Missirlian, made it possible for me to study
at several seminaries in America.
FD: And of course Archbishop Sion Manoogian was a product of the
seminary of Jerusalem, one of the earliest students after Tourian Patriarch
started to reinvigorate the Jerusalem patriarchate and the seminary. Bishop
Sion came as vartabed here to serve in the Diocese.
Therefore, you can see that this Diocese and all of America owe
a lot to Jerusalem for all the fine priests that came here, all the students
that came and were ordained here and served the Diocese and the ones born here
who went to study in Jerusalem.
The year 1948 was not a peaceful year for Jerusalem and its Armenian inhabitants. With the
creation of the State of Israel and the resulting Arab-Jewish fighting, the Armenian Patriarchate
of Jerusalem was caught between the warring sides and suffered casualties, physical damage, and
economic hardship. Once again, as in the closing months of World War I, the monastery of St.
James became a shelter for numerous Armenian refugees. In addition, the See was vacant
between 1948 and 1960; there was no Patriarch.
In 1957 an election was held to fill the See of the Armenian Patriarchate which, as I said, had
been vacant since 1948. The Brotherhood of St. James elected Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan as
Patriarch of Jerusalem. Since the Old City and the Armenian Quarter were at that time under the
Kingdom of Jordan, the King of Jordan was obliged to issue the traditional edict, or firman, of
recognition to the duly elected Archbishop Nersoyan before he could take office. The King,
however, apparently influenced by outside forces and some dissident monks, rather deported
Archbishop Tiran and his supporters--Bishop Shnork Kaloustian, Fr. Torkom Manoogian, and
Fr. Vasken Kebreslian--from Jordan. The See, accordingly, was taken by Archbishop Yeghshe
Derderian (1960-1990) who sat on the patriarchal throne for for thirty years. In 1993, four years
after his death and burial in New York, Archbishop Tiran's body was transferred to Jerusalem
and with proper solemnity was interred in the Patriarchal Section of the cemetery in the Sourp
Purgich Monastery on Mt. Zion. It is ironic that Archbishop Tiran's grave is next to the grave of
Archbishop Yeghishe, who died five months after Archbishop Tiran.(9)
It is well known that His Beatitude Torkom Manoogian, who was from Jerusalem and who for
almost thirty years served with great distinction as Primate of the American Diocese (1966-1990), is now the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem.
There were still refugees living in the vank or dependent on the Patriarchate for sustenance
during this period. The time was at hand for the Armenians of America to reciprocate and to
help the Armenians of Jerusalem. Although the American Diocese itself was burdened with
many needs and replete with various fund raising projects, it agreed to raise funds to help feed
and assist the Armenians who were under the care of the Patriarchate.
The first legate sent from Jerusalem to raise funds was Fr. Serovpe Manoogian, who spent a year
and a half touring the major Armenian centers in America. To aid in this undertaking, Fr.
Serovpe obtained the help of the publicist Avedis Derounian to produce a beautiful bilingual
album on Armenian Jerusalem.(10) The second legate was Fr. Guregh Kapikian who was sent in
the mid 1950s to acquire more funds. Both of these missions were relatively successful in
providing for the refugees.
In the early 1960s, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, as one of the protectors of the Holy
Places, was called upon to share the cost of the renovation of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
in the Old City of Jerusalem. His Holiness Vasken I, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All
Armenians, issued a worldwide appeal for help. The American Diocese, by then one of the
largest and most wealthy in the world, was expected to do its share. Catholicos Vasken, through
the then Primate Archbishop Sion, appointed Mr. Haig Kavookjian, who had participated in the
election of Kevork V, to head the fund raising committee in America. The committee did its
work successfully, thus again repaying in some small measure the contributions of the
Patriarchate to America.
After the Six Days War in 1967, Archbishop Yeghishe Derderian,
who had taken the patriarchal throne in 1960, convinced Mr. Alex Manoogian,
international president of the AGBU (Armenian General Benevolent Union) with
whom he was still on good terms, to undertake the expenses of a new seminary
building which was to be built just outside the monastery walls and was to be
named the Alex and Marie Manoogian Seminary Building. Mr. Dadour Dadourian was
to undertake the cost of furnishing the building and paid for the transportation
and education of the seminarians who were brought from the interior of Turkey.
They were called the Dadourian sanotzner.
His Holiness Vasken Catholicos officiated at the opening of the
new building in June 1975 in the company of the two Patriarchs, archbishops
and bishops as well as many dignitaries from all over the world. I personally
attended, as I said earlier, as a part of Alex Manoogian's entourage, which
also included Prof. Avedis Sanjian, and became personally acquainted with Patriarch
Yeghishe who treated me with great courtesy. But let us return to our story
DP: Now Father Diran, regarding clergymen in the Diocese who have served here in recent
times or who are currently serving here, would you give me their names. Here is the diocesan list
of clergy for you to work from.
FD: Yes. Some of these are attached only to this Diocese and others are on loan, so to speak,
from Jerusalem. They are members of the Brotherhood who were given permission to serve in
There are Fr. Samuel Aghoyan; Fr. Arshen Aivazian; Fr. Arakel Aljalian; Fr. Papken Anoushian;
Fr. Arten Ashjian; our Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian; Fr. Arsen Barsamian and Fr.
Michael Buttero, both of whom were born here in America and went to Jerusalem to study
Armenian language and liturgy (Fr. Buttero passed away at an early age); Fr. Martiros Chevian,
who studied in Jerusalem after he competed his work at the St. Nersess Seminary; Fr. Suren
Chinchinian; Fr. Carnig Hallajian; Fr. Nersess Jebejian (nephew of Tiran Srpazan) was another
one who went to Jerusalem to complete his studies; Fr. Varoujan Kabaradjian, Fr. Vertanes
Kalayjian; Fr. Vazken Karayan; Fr. Nourhan Manougian, who is now in Jerusalem as Grand
Sacrist; Fr. Haigzoun Melkonian who was from Detroit, Michigan, and who went to Jerusalem
for several years for his full training and was ordained there as a vartabed and returned to
America to serve; Fr. Paree Metjian; Fr. Oshagan Minassian; myself Fr. Diran Papazian; Fr.
Ghevont Samourian who was from America and went to Jerusalem for his full studies, was
ordained a celibate priest, and returned to serve this Diocese; Fr. Mesrob Semerjian (who is the
oldest among the priests) who was brought to America at age four and who went to Jerusalem in
1935 to study and to be ordained a celibate priest; Fr. Aved Terzian; Bishop Papken Varjabedian,
who for one term was Primate of the Western Diocese [1957-1962]; Fr. Baret Yeretzian; and Fr.
Kegham Zakarian. The clergy from Jerusalem who served in the California Diocese from
Jerusalem included Fr. Dirayr Dervishian and Fr. Haigaser Donikian, members of the St. James
Brotherhood, as well as Fr. Bedros Kassardjian, a classmate of Fr. Torkom Manoogian.
DP: This makes twenty-six in all. That is a very high percentage, well over half of the clergy
serving in America.
Now in a sense we can say that St. Nersess Seminary, which serves the three dioceses of North
America, is a continuation of Jerusalem, because the seed brought by Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan
was planted here, first in Evanston, Illinois (1962), and then transfered to New Rochelle, New
York (ca. 1965). After young men study here in America, many have gone back to Jerusalem to
perfect their knowledge of the church offices and Armenology. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian, Fr. Diran
Bohajian, Fr. Haroutiun Dagley, Fr. Tavit Boyajian, and Fr. Simeon Odabashian come to mind.
FD: There were others who went overseas, like Fr. Dajad Davidian and Fr. Vasken Tatoian (now
deceased), who wanted to study before there was a seminary in America and before the split in
1957, who were sent to Antelias to study. These men went to a larger Armenian community than
Jerusalem, but a community which because of its size was more secular.
And then there were still others of higher rank who served here at one time or another,
including Archbishop Sion Manoogian (deceased), who served as Primate [1958-1966]; Bishop
Papken Varjabedian, who served one term as Primate of the Western Diocese [1957-1962] and
then as the Primate's Legate in Washington, D.C. for the eastern Diocese; Archbishop Shnork
Kaloustian who also served as Primate of the Western Diocese [1953-1956] and was then elected
and served as Patriarch of Constantinople (deceased) [1963-1990]; Archbishop Karekin
Kazanjian, who was elected the successor of Archbishop Shnork as Patriarch of Constantinople
[1990-1998]; Archbishop Zgon Der Hagopian; Bishop Aris Shirvanian; Archbishop Torkom
Manoogian, who first served as Primate of California [1962-1966] and then for almost thirty
years as Primate of this Diocese [1966-1990], who was then elected Patriarch of Jerusalem
; and Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, presently Primate of our Diocese [1990-].
DP: Now what about the priests who went from America to study in Jerusalem?
FD: After the establishment of the St. Nersess Seminary in the U.S. by two Jerusalemites,
Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan backed by the then Primate Archbishop Sion Manoogian, to ensure
the supply of suitable priests for our Diocese, we have young men who first studied at St. Nersess
Seminary and upon graduation were sent to Jerusalem to perfect their Armenian language and to
master the ecclesiastical offices of the Armenian Church. Before 1957, some went to Antelias.
In more recent times after the independence of Armenia in 1991, some young men are also sent
to Jerusalem and then to Etchmiadzin in Armenia to perfect their study.
DP: Yes, Jerusalem has the advantage of having an Armenian speaking Armenian community as
well as a school, a seminary, and responsibility for the Holy Places. The church offices and
hours are constantly recited. As a consequence of these advantages, a very high percentage of
our priest are related to Jerusalem in one way or another. Are there others?
FD: Yes. Now the ones I can think of who went from America to study in Jerusalem, including
some I have already mentioned (and there may be others), are Fr. Michael Buttero and Fr. Sahag
Kaishian. Fr. Mardiros Chevian who serves as Canon Sacrist of the St. Vartan Cathedral as well
as pastor of St. Gregory Church was from Antelias. Both Fr. Nersess Jebejian and Fr. Shnork
Kasparian were sent back to Jerusalem to serve at the seminary. Fr. Krikor Maksoudian went to
Jerusalem after the death of his wife and joined the Brotherhood as a celibate priest. Presently he
serves the diocese as the head of the Zohrab Center and sometime Locum Tenenss of the
DP: Kegham Tcholakian, who is from Jerusalem and now living in New York, told me that what
characterized the graduates of the Jerusalem seminary was a mastery of the church rituals and a
dedication to religion. The monastic compound is large enough to be a world in itself, and so
there are fewer secular influences. Furthermore, the life of the Armenian community revolves
around the church, which makes it a more religious community. There are fewer secular
organizations to distract the community.
If we included the new names, well over thirty out of the fifty-four priests serving the eastern
Diocese, clearly a majority, are related to Jerusalem in one way or another. That's an impressive
list. It indicates that a very high percentage of the number of clergymen serving in this diocese
are from or have studied in Jerusalem. California, on the other hand, has a minority of its priests
Now if you were to included the students who study at St. Nersess
Seminary here in America, which is itself a product of Jerusalem inasmuch as
Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan of Jerusalem founded the seminary and many of its
teachers are from Jerusalem, we can say that in some sense they, too, are the
products of Jerusalem. That is particularly so if these students will go to
Jerusalem to perfect their studies in liturgics and Armenology.
Now this is a very powerful thing of course, to have the power
of human lives, of people who have studied in or come from Jerusalem to serve
in America. That forms a living chain, such as the chain of ordination, from
spiritual father to spiritual son, from the Old World to the New World.
For many years, Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan served as the Dean of
St. Nersess. When he retired, Fr. Arakel Aljalian, who studied in Jerusalem,
served as Rector and then Dean. Now, Dr. Abraham Terian is Academic Dean at
St. Nersess as well as Professor of Armenian Patristics. Dr. Terian, of course,
was a product of Jerusalem. I was for over 20 years the secretary of the board
of trustees of St. Nersess Seminary, and it was the realization of a life long
dream when a scholar of the calibre of Dr. Terian came to lead St. Nersess.
Dr. Terian grew up in the Armenian compound of St. James in Jerusalem, where he received his
early education. For six years he was a professional tour-guide throughout the Holy Land. In
additional to a Bachelor's degree in history and ancient languages, and a Master's degree in
archaeology and history of antiquity, he holds a Doctorate in Theology from the University of
Basel in Switzerland, having specialized in Early Christianity and its Jewish and Hellenistic
Before coming to St. Nersess in 1997, he was Professor of Intertestamental
and Early Christian Literature for twenty years at various universities in the
U.S. and abroad, and for four years a recurring Visiting Professor for both
Classical Armenian and Hellenistic Judaism at the University of Chicago. Dr.
Terian is an internationally recognized scholar in these fields. He has published
four book-length works and over fifty articles in historical, philological,
and literary periodicals and monographs.
Certainly Dr. Terian can be considered an important gift of Jerusalem
to the Armenian Church in America.
The realm of ecclesiastical publications is another way that Armenian Jerusalem has served the
diaspora, including America. The monastery of St. James, a large enterprise, has different
establishments, one of them being the printing press which was established in 1833 and
periodically renewed. The printing press of the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem throughout
the centuries has published many books. Most of them have been liturgical books, ritual books,
and the works of ancient authors which have been printed, as well as Armenological books and
With the closing of the Armenian church printing presses in Turkey after the Genocide of the
Armenians, and the conquest of Armenia by the Communists in 1920, Jerusalem was one of the
few places in the world which could provide Armenians ecclesiastical books.
One of the annual publications of Jerusalem, of course, is the
Oratsuits (Liturgical Calendar), on which so many of our priests depend.
Fr. Krikor Maksoudian also states that,
To this day the missals used in the majority of our churches are
from Jerusalem. Those printed in Vagharshapat are very rare. This is also true
of the two-volume lectionary, of which an offset printing was made in Beirut
and which became available to us only in the 1970s, and a number of other liturgical
books such as the Tagharan, "The Book of Odes," and so on. During Archbishop
Torkom's and Archbishop Khajag's tenure as Primate, the larger and the smaller
hymnal, the large and small size Book of Hours, and the Book of Rituals were
reprinted here in the United States. These printings were offprints, exact replicas
of the originals from Jerusalem, and still bear the same title page and the
imprimatur of the Patriarch or the Executive Council of the Patriarchate. Several
years ago, Antelias reproduced the small-size Book of Hours in an even smaller
size. But here again, it was an exact duplicate only reduced further in size.(11)
There seems to have been around 20,000 Armenians in Jerusalem after the First World War and
there are perhaps only 2,000 today. Some of these people emigrated to America where they now
live, while others dispersed throughout the Middle East. Many came to America and are
distributed among most of the established Armenian communities, but perhaps are concentrated
chiefly in California.
There are at least two important Armenian organizations in America directly relating to
Jerusalem. The first is the Armenian Friends of the Jerusalem Patriarchate, of which,
interestingly, only two members, Kegham Tcholakian and Artin Aslanian, are directly from
Jerusalem. I interviewed Kegham Tcholakian who reported:
"In 1968, a number of farsighted Armenian business men in America thought that it would be
appropriate to found a tax-exempt organization through which they could fund important projects
in Jerusalem. They were particularly concerned with the Patriarchate, itself, and also the
Armenian educational system, especially the seminary.
"As I said, The Friends of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem was created in 1968, some of
the founders being the late Alex Manoogian and the late Dadour Dadourian. Suren Fesjian is the
current president. I am the treasurer. Misak Haigentz is the recently appointed part-time
Executive Director. Also members are Mr. Alex Dadourian, who replaced his father, Dr.
Pergouhe Svajian, and Mr. Artin Aslanian. Newly coopted members are Leon Nigoghosian,
Gregory Manuelian, Hamo Darmanian, Arpine Aslanian, and Michael Haroutunian. That makes
about 10-11 of us. Artin Aslanian and I are the only real Jerusalemites."
The second organization in America of Jerusalemites is the Jerusalem Holy Translators
School Alumni, under the chairmanship of Azniv Yagoubian, with its headquarters
in Los Angeles. I have phoned Ms. Yagoubian several times, inquiring about membership
numbers, but with no results. I was told by others that it had a broad membership
base, distributed mostly in California, but with members all over the country.
It raises fund through periodic events, chiefly banquets, to aid the Sourp Tarkmanchatz
school in Jerusalem.
I understand that there is a third organization, newly formed in 1997, which
is the Friends of the Calouste Gulbenkian Library. His Beatitude himself is
In terms of famous Jerusalemites in America, I have already mentioned
Prof. Abraham Terian, Academic Dean at St. Nersess Seminary. Another scholar
of note was Prof. Avedis Sanjian.
Many non-clerical individuals have made significant contributions
to Armenians in America. One such was the late Avedis Sanjian who received his
early education in Jerusalem. He was born in Marash, Cilicia, in 1921, from
where his family fled the next year to Syria. In 1929, they found refuge in
the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem, where Avedis first studied at the Holy Translators'
elementary school of the Armenian Patriarchate and then at the Bishop Gobat
British High School, from which he was graduated in 1939.
He studied English Literature at the American University of Beirut,
from which he was graduated in 1949. He pursued graduate work at the University
of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he earned a doctorate in Near Eastern studies.
His dissertation, The Sanjak of Alexandretta: A Study in Franco-Turo-Syrian
Relations, is the classic in its field. He was at Harvard from 1957-1965,
where he was appointed to the faculty as the first full-time professor of Armenian
studies in America. In 1965, he was called to UCLA, where he spent the rest
of his active career, as professor of Armenian language and literature. Over
the years, he was responsible for the publication of ten (the tenth published
posthumously) academic books and has published over forty articles in English
and Armenian academic journals. Prof. Sanjian always maintained his academic
ties with Jerusalem, where he did a great deal of his research, and was close
friends with the former Patriarch, Archbishop Yeghishe Derderian.
Another Jerusalemite of note, was Arthur Tcholakian (brother of Kegham Tcholakian) who in his
time was famous for his photographic books. I first met Arthur in the 1970s when he came to
Washington, D.C. to photograph me when I was Executive Director of the Armenian Assembly
of America. His most famous books among the Armenians was Armenia: State, People, Life
(1975) which was the first, and to my knowledge the only, first class artistic study of Soviet
Armenia and its leaders. In that year he also published a book of poetry, The Walking Tree.
His most famous book, however, was Israel, Land of Promise(1973),
on the state of Israel. As his brother Kegham recently described it,
Arthur showed Ben Gurion standing in front of the YMCA with Jerusalem as a background. It was a great photo. In fact, he became friends with all the leadership of Israel at that time, people whom he portrayed in his book, including Moshe Dyan. The fact that he was raised in Jerusalem attracted him to Israel and to do that photographic study. The book was a best seller and made him a wealthy man.
Arthur Tcholakian also did a photographic study entitled The
Majesty of the Black Woman: Words and Pictures , in which he was
the first person to popularize the expression "black is beautiful." It was a
also great book like the first one. I, personally, can still picture it in my
mind. I bought it before I knew Arthur. I especially remember one caption, "She
was a tower of strength to them." There was this tall, thin black woman, obviously
poor, with two young children clinging to her tattered skirt. She was a tower
of strength to her children even though in the wide world she was a frail reed,
not a powerful but perhaps a pitiful object. To her children, however, she was
powerful, their protector, a tower of strength, as indeed she was for them.
After he did the book on Armenia in 1975, in 1978 he did a book
on Antelias on the occasion of the consecration of Karekin II as coadjutor Catholicos
of Cilicia. The text was in Armenian and it was entitled, New Voice, New
Echo. Then he also wrote a book on the 100th anniversary of Vahan Tekeyan,
which he also illustrated. In fact what made Arthur Tcholakian so great was
the fact that he wrote as well as illustrated his books with his own strong
and memorable photographs. He had the soul of a poet, which gave his works great
Another Jerusalemite who has great visibility in America is Mr. John Zakarian, the editor of The
Hartford Current, the largest circulation and most important newspaper in Connecticut. Mr.
Zakarian, who was born in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem, tells his own story:
"I was born in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem, as were my mother and father, their parents
and their grandparents. We are known as "old-line" Armenians in the Holy Land. Perhaps you
have heard of the term "kaghakatsi," city dwellers or refined people. It was applied to us.
"In the context of Jerusalem, the kaghakatsis settled in and around Jerusalem as early as the fifth
century. They have acted as "protectors" of the Armenian holy places. Most kaghakatsis have
historically been well off (relative to Jerusalem's overall population) and work in the professions
(teachers, doctors, bureaucrats) and trades (photography, jewelry, tailoring, shoe making, etc).
"At most, the kaghakatsis numbered 1,000. Today there are only a few hundred left, most having
migrated since the Arab-Israeli wars. Until the 1960s, the kaghakatsis married only among
themselves, and probably everyone in the community was related to each another.
"Other Armenians found refuge in Jerusalem during the genocide of the Armenians by the
Ottoman Turks. Tens of thousands made their way to Jerusalem and became known as the
"Zuwar" (Arabic for visitors), as opposed to the kaghakatses. There were some cultural and
linguistic clashes (most refugees spoke Turkish and/or Armenian while the old-liners spoke
Armenian and/or Arabic/English). The kaghakatsis spoke Armenian that was accented because
of the Arab influence, much as Armenian Americans can be easily spotted by their vocabulary
and accent when they speak the mother tongue.
"My father was an electrical contractor in Palestine and built the first electric generating plant in
what was then Transjordan (later Jordan). He was shot by an Israeli sniper during the 1948
Israeli-Arab war while he was on his way to work in East Jerusalem during a lull in the fighting
when the U.N. declared a cease-fire. My mother was a school teacher, one of the first Armenian
women in Jerusalem to work outside the home, as she had to do when she was widowed.
"I went to Armenian kindergarten and one grade of elementary school before transferring to St. George's School, a private Anglican school in Jerusalem that taught the sons and daughters of the elite in Palestine. I have two sisters (both live in Holland, having been educated there and married Dutchmen) and one brother who was educated in the United States and lived here for
twenty-five years before deciding to marry an Armenian woman from Jerusalem and to return
home. He now teaches at the Armenian high school in Jerusalem and also works as the civilian
superintendent of the Armenian Seminary. If you go there, just ask for Mike.
"On graduation from high school, I taught English and geography for two years at a U.N. refugee
camp for Palestinians in Jericho. I came to the United States in 1957 as a student on scholarship
at Southern Illinois University. The scholarship paid only part of my expenses. I had to work for
the rest, first as a janitor, then as an usher at a movie theater, and for the last two years of school
as assistant manager of the two movie houses in Carbondale, Ill. My mother could not afford to
give me financial help.
"I graduated in journalism in 1961 and went to work for the Associated Press in the Chicago
bureau as a reporter. My next job was as a city hall and court reporter at the Galesburg [Ill.]
Register-Mail. Galesburg was the home town of Carl Sandburg and a favorite place of Abraham
Lincoln! After two years in Galesburg, I enrolled in the graduate journalism program at the
University of Iowa and was graduated in 1964 with an MA in mass communication.
"I next worked for a chain of six medium-sized Illinois dailies called the Lindsay-Schaub
Newspapers, headquartered in Decatur, Ill. I started as an editorial writer, became their state
capitol correspondent and then editorial page editor of all six newspapers.
"While in Decatur, I was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, one of the most
prestigious awards in our business. I spent a year at Harvard sampling anything and everything
but concentrating on the economics of oil.
"After the Nieman year, I worked for the old (and now merged) Boston Herald Traveler as
associate editor. From Boston, I accepted a position as a member of the editorial board of the St.
Louis Post Dispatch, where I worked for seven years until 1978. I came to Hartford as editorial
page editor of The Hartford Courant, the biggest daily newspaper in Connecticut and the oldest
in continuous publication in the United States. I have been here twenty-one years, in charge of a
staff of sixteen people. I am now a corporate vice president as well as editorial page editor.
"I have won numerous journalism awards, local, regional and national,
including an Overseas Press Club award for a series I did on the Middle East
and the InterAmerican Press Award for a series on Central America and the Scripps
Howard Walker Stone national award for an editorial campaign to improve Connecticut's
judicial system. I was also named as Journalism Alumnus of the Year at Southern
Illinois University in the 1970s. I am married to a fellow Southern Illinois
University alumna, the former Kay Holder and have two sons, Paul and David.
David is a hotshot computer programmer in Kansas City, married to a television
(CBS) weather forecaster in that city. Paul manages community group homes for
mentally ill young people in Connecticut."
Mr. Zakarian is interested in Armenian issues and is well-respected
in the Armenian community.
Dr. Raffy Hovanessian
Dr. Raffy Hovanessian is a noted physician from Jerusalem who now lives in Chicago. He
represented the American Diocese of the Armenian Church, as I did, at the election in
Etchmiadzin of Karekin I as Catholicos of All Armenians. In fact, he was nominated, but not
elected, to chair the conclave. Dr. Hovanessian is a close friend of His Holiness and acts as his
personal physician. I did an oral history interview of Dr. Hovanessian which follows in part.
(RH=Dr. Raffy Hovanessian)
RH: I was born in Jerusalem in 1938, and I lived there until the Arab-Israeli war in 1946, at
which time the Haganah came and forced us out of our home. We went across the street to the
YMCA for one week, waiting to get our house back. But the time seemed unending, and so our
parents took us to Aleppo, where my father's cousins were, and that is where I grew up.
My next trip to Jerusalem was in 1953, and I crossed from Damascus through Jordan, and since
then I have been there many times.
DP: Where did you get your education?
RH: My education was basically in Aleppo. I went to the American Protestant School and then
to Aleppo College for my secondary education. I then went to Beirut for my medical education.
DP: How many Jerusalemites went to Aleppo?
RH: I would say five or six families. Most of the time the families went where they had
relatives to help them get settled. For example, my wife's family left Jerusalem during the war
and went to Beirut. My wife was not born in Jerusalem, but her mother and all her aunts were
born there. They had to run away. My mother-in-law was married in Beirut, and so the whole
family came and stayed with them until they could strike out on their own. My wife's maiden
name was Shoghag Deirmenjian.
DP: Did she study at all in Jerusalem?
RH: Oh, yes. In the Tarkmanchatz school. Yes, all her aunts and her uncles studied in the
Tarkmanchatz school, and one of their teachers was the present Patriarch, Torkom Srpazan, who
was a priest at that time.
DP: How may Jerusalemites do you know in this country? How many families?
RH: At least 150 or 200 [families].
DP: Of these, how many do you personally know. 50-60?
RH: At least 60-70.
DP: Is there an organization of Jerusalemites in America?
RH: Yes, the Tarkmanchatz graduates have such an organization. They are mostly from
California. They meet annually for a function to raise money for the school. But I am not aware
of any other Jerusalem or Palestine Armenian organization in America. One sources, if you want
to know more, is Hasmig Hovnanian, who is a graduate of the Tarkmanchatz school. My
mother-in-law would know since she went to the reunion, and my wife's uncle would know, he is
Hagop Deirmenjian who lives in Orange county California. They would be glad to help you.
DP: A final question, what would you say are the major occupations of the Jerusalemites in
America. Are they in the professions?
RH: They are in the professions, in business, in medicine, and many of them are photographers,
engravers, jewelers, and shoe repair in the old days.
DP: Have any of them become great industrialists?
RH: Off hand, I cannot think of any. Your best source would be
As it turned out, Kegham Tcholakian became my most knowledgeable
informant. (KT=Kegham Tcholakian)
April 15, 1999
DP: I am speaking to Kegham Tcholakian, an accountant, who is an Armenian from Jerusalem
living in America. Kegham, you are a member of the Friends of Jerusalem Committee. Can you
tell me when it was founded, what is its purpose, who is the president, who are the officers, the
members and the like?
KT: [In 1968, a number of farsighted Armenian business men in America thought that it would
be appropriate to found a tax-exempt organization through which they could fund important
projects in Jerusalem. They were particularly concerned with the Patriarchate, itself, and also the
Armenian educational system, especially the seminary.
As I said, The Friends of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem was created in 1968, some of
the founders being the late Alex Manoogian, the late Dadour Dadourian, and Suren Fesjian who
is the current president. I am the treasurer. Misak Haigentz is the recently appointed part-time
Executive Director. Members are Alex Dadourian, Dr. Pergouhe Svajian, and Artin Aslanian.
Newly newly appointed are Leon Nigoghosian, Gregory Manuelian, Hamo Darmanian, Arpine
Aslanian, and Michael Haroutunian. That makes about 10-11 of us.] Quoted above.
DP: How many of the members are actually from Jerusalem?
KT: Until recently, I was the only one. Now a fine young lady, Arpine Aslanian, joined, whose
family is from Jerusalem. Artin Aslanian, who was also from Jerusalem, was a friend of Dadour
Dadourian. Currently they live in New Jersey.
DP: How many people from Jerusalem do you personally know from this area?
KT: I would say at least 60-70 individuals, about 20-30 families.
DP: What distinguishes Armenians from Jerusalem. There are Armenians from Istanbul, from
Beirut, from Cairo, from Persia. What are the special characteristics of the Armenians from
Jerusalem? What distinguishes them from the others?
KT: That is an interesting question. The Armenians from Jerusalem have been brought up with
the understanding that the church is the center of the universe. The church is very important in
our lives. The Armenians from Lebanon, from Egypt, from Turkey, they have an affection for
the church, but the Armenians from Jerusalem see the church as their protector.
We mingle. We join. But we rarely take top leadership positions. Why is it so? In Jerusalem it
is not political, there is no strong differences in political positions as you have it here. The clergy
in Jerusalem were responsible for the spiritual, mental, and physical well being of the community
which was under their guardianship. We joined organizations here, but very few of us have been
active members in leadership positions of Armenian organizations in the United States. Most of
us are passive. We see the churchmen as the natural leaders and have no aspiration to run for
DP: Now you were the Avak Sbarabed (Grand Commander) of the Knights of Vartan, a major
Armenian organization in America. On your Avak Tivan (Grand Council), did you have any
Armenians from Jerusalem?
KT: We had a number of Jerusalemites in high positions. For example, Hovsep Hovsepian was
my District Representative for the Mid Atlantic Region. There were others on my Tivan. And,
of course, you were also my District Representative for the Mid West, but you are not from
Jerusalem. Yet I must say, I had a large number of high calibre individuals associated with my
administration and history will tell our accomplishments.
DP: In this New York-New Jersey area, do you know any Armenians from Jerusalem?
KT: Yes, and there are a number of them in California. I am particularly proud of Hampar
Karagouzian, who is a Ph.D. from MIT. In fact we are going to his sons wedding May 8.
Hampartsoom is doing work on AIDS, and we hope he can find a cure. A lot of
them--Jerusalem Armenians--are doctors, pharmacist, business men, jewelers, photographers,
in different walks of life.
Although we don't see each other often, when we do see each other we feel at home. Our
memory goes back to Tarkmanchatz, the vank, and St. James. That keeps us close and also keeps
DP: Are you personally from Jerusalem.
KT: Yes, I was born in Jerusalem in 1940. I got my education, as did my wife Ashkhen, from
the Tarkmanchatz school. Then some of us stayed for our secondary education in the
Tarkmanchatz school. I personally went to the Freres's College, a French school. It is a well
known school there. In fact the principal is an Armenian, Sarkis Melidosian, a dear friend, a fine
After being away since 1959, the first time I went back was in 1976, then in 1979 when the
Mardigian museum was opened, then in 1981, and in 1990. One of the most memorable days in
my life was the enthronement of the Patriarch Torkom Manoogian when I represented the Board
of Directors of the Friends of Jerusalem. I love Jerusalem.
DP: How many Armenian families were in Jerusalem when you were very young?
KT: At one time, due to its climate, Jerusalem was one of the centers of Armenian culture.
Today, after Holy Etchmiadzin the most respected See is that of St. James, the Patriarchate of
Jerusalem. And we had in the '20s, '30s, and '40s very, very fine intellectuals, good teachers,
good thinkers, such as Hagop Oshagan, whose 100th anniversary we commemorated recently. At
that time, in 1948 there were about 20,000 Armenian families. Many repatriated to Armenia in
1948 after World War II, but still in Stalin's time, and later on, of the families who stayed, their
children went to London, Paris, Europe, but always they went back. Once a Jerusalemite always
DP: How many are there today.
KT: Maybe two, three thousand people. Many emigrated for economic opportunity and personal
security, but their hearts are always in Jerusalem.
DP: Have any Jerusalemites, to your knowledge, enjoyed outstanding success in this country?
KT: Yes, Dr. Raffy Hovanissian, who takes care of the Catholicos, he has an outstanding
reputation in his field. His uncle was Siraganian, who stayed in Jerusalem when Raffy's family
moved to Syria. His sister Aida is here, whose husband is in real estate in New Jersey; Hasmik
Hovnanian, whose husband is also in real estate and very charitable, is from Jerusalem. In fact
Vahakn, her husband, and she are the co-chairman of the Pilgrimage 2000 program to Jerusalem,
of which I also am a member. We hope to take 2,000 pilgrims with us from January 13-January
22, 2000 to have Christmas (January 6) in Jerusalem. The Patriarch has sent out invitations to
There is also Ara Kalayjian, former editor of Sion [Zion], the Armenological monthly of the
Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem and later for a while of the Armenian Mirror-Spectator, an
English language Armenian weekly published out of Watertown, MA.
DP: What you have said about the Jerusalemites, is that they are good, hard working people,
who have excelled in the professions, like photography, medicine, jewelry, real estate, and the
like. But very few, it seems, are in industry.
KT: Well there are the very famous Asadourian brothers who make chips for computers. They
are low key, they do not show themselves, just like the Aslanian brothers. In California there is a
Shahan Boyajian, who is an engineer, and is building hospitals. He said that he would volunteer
his services for the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem and all they had to do was to ask. Jack
Dgerajian has a group of pharmacies, Western Pharmacies, in California and had the wealth to
purchase for six million dollars the house of Walt Disney's brother. There is also Sebo [or
Sebouh] Tashjian, who was the Armenian minister of energy when Armenia became independent
in 1991. We are also proud of professors Abraham Terian and Avedis Sanjian, who have
excelled in their profession. Dr. Terian is now dean at St. Nersess, and I am told by
knowledgeable people that his learning gives class to the Seminary. He is well recognized in the
academic world and is outstanding in his knowledge of Armenian scholarship. So, Terian is one
of those sons of Jerusalem who have contributed greatly to Armenians in America. Avedis
[Sanjian] was a classmate of my bother Arthur and his younger brother
DP: Arthur was a famous photographer in his right.
KT: Yes, when my nephew Dr. Edward Sanosian wanted to do a paper for class at Fordham
University, he used Arthur's Armenia: State, Life, People (1975) as his source. He got an A+ on
[Arthur's most famous book was Israel: Land of Promise (1973), on the state of Israel. He
showed Ben Gurion standing in front of the YMCA with Jerusalem as a background. He was a
friend of all the leadership of Israel. In that book is portrayed Moshe Dyan and all the leaders of
that time. The fact that he was raised in Jerusalem attracted him to Israel and to do that
photographic study. The book was a best seller
Then he did a book on The Majesty of the Black Woman , and he was the first person to
popularize the phrase that "black is beautiful."
DP: Oh, I remember it well. It was a great book. I can still picture it in my mind. I bought it
before I knew Arthur. I especially remember one caption, "She was a tower of strength to them."
There was this tall, thin black woman, obviously not wealthy, with two young children clinging
to her skirt. She was a tower of strength to her children even though in the wide world the
mother was not powerful but perhaps a pitiful object. To her children she was powerful, as
indeed for them she was.] This material used above.
KT: Then he did the book on Armenia in 1975. And then in 1978 he did a book on Antelias on
the occasion when Karekin was consecrated a coadjutor Catholicos of Cilicia. The text was in
Armenian, New Voice, New Echo. Then he wrote a book on the 100th anniversary of Vahan
Tekeyan. Not only did he photograph the books, he also wrote the text that accompanied the
The advantage of being born in Jerusalem in the old days was that each family had five or six
children, usually born two years apart, so that each child has his own cohort in school which was
then bound to the family through that child, so each family had strong ties with many other
families and kids, very close ties. Everyone knew everyone, there were no secrets, they all used
the same school, the same grocers, the same butcher, the same bread man, the same church.
The sense of amout (shame) was very important to us. We were constantly told, "Shame, what
will the neighbors say." We stayed in line, disciplined, proper, and almost everyone turned out to
be proper and law abiding. Very few went off the path. We don't gamble, we don't drink to
excess, we are not licentious, and don't do unusual things. God fearing, hard working, and we
love the clergy. Personally I love them all.
These are some of the backbones of Armenian society in Jerusalem: Mardo Nalbandian, a
photographer. Sarkis Melidosian, who is the principal of the Frere's College. Hagop Antreasian,
who is the editor of the Ho Yech Men publication. Saro Nakashian, who is the chairman of a
department of business administration at one of the universities there. Anush Nakashian, the
poet; Berj Gejegoushian all of whom are my cousins. Vahan Ohanesian, who is married to my
wife's sister, Marie; Baron Takvor Ohanesian who lives in Ramallah; and Nairi Lepetjian, who
makes those ceramic plates; Hagop Shohmelian, a benefactor of the Armenian Community. Fr.
Aljalian's brother is a priest there. Everyone will welcome you. Everyone is nice. But Fr.
Nourhan is our best friend.
DP: What was life like in Jerusalem when you were small?
KT: Ah, a good question. I can remember back when I was two years old. We, of course, were
naughty as all children and got into mischief. Once my sisters and I caught a snake in the back
yard. We learned only later that it was poisonous. Once I drank kerosene which I thought was
Every Armenian child owes a great deal to the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, who were not
only our spiritual caretakers, but they did their best to help us in all ways.
I can remember the day I started the Sourb Tarkmanchatz School which is in the enclave of the
convent. They had over 1,500 graduates. The prominent individuals I have named are graduates
of the Sourb Tarkmanchatz school. At that time we were taught Armenian, French, Arabic,
Hebrew and English. Where else would you find a school that taught five languages as well as
history, geography, mathematics, science, and all, as well as gronk, which is religious studies.
Every child in that school had equal privileges, and I thank the American and European
benefactors who gave the money and supported the school for so many years.
As a matter of fact, both my wife, Ashkhen, and I are graduates of the school. We finished the
elementary school in 1955 and they prepared us to sit in 1959 for the general certificate of
education which qualifies you to attend British universities. I was accepted to go to Oxford, but
rather I chose to come to America with my father and mother and all my siblings. So many of
the graduates have attended outstanding universities in America, Harvard, Yale, MIT, the
University of Michigan and UCLA. And where did we get our education free of charge to
prepare us for these fine colleges and universities? Thanks to the Patriarchate.
Guregh Srpazan was our principal.
DP: Who were the faculty members?
KT: The faculty members were Bedros Lepedjian, Movses Janoian, and all the clergy. I was
taught by Archbishop Chinchinian, who is now arachnort of Egypt. I was taught by Fr. Varoujan
Kabaradjian, who serves in Evanston. A very important person, who taught us English, was
Yeghia Dicranian, who is the vice principle.
When you go to Jerusalem, within the circumference of a mile, you have the matenadaran, the
Gulbenkian Library, which has a wealth of books and manuscripts in Armenian and most other
languages. Then there is the museum, the Tarkmanchatz school, where students start at three
years of age, in the nursery, and continue until they are nineteen years old in the high school. In
other words under one roof, your child can get an education in a protected and religious
environment thanks to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. ....
I told Suren Fesjian, when he gave a $100,000 donation to the Knights of Vartan for the
Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, that we were grateful to him
not only for his philanthropies in America, but that we had also benefited from his munificence
in Jerusalem. Most of my friends are graduates of the school, such as Hovsep Hovsepian, my
sisters Anush and Anahid, my brothers Varouj, Arthur, and Zaven, in fact the whole Tcholakian
family. Also the Stephanians, lets talk about Jack Stephanian who was the chairman of the
Parish Council in Toronto when the church of the Holy Trinity was built, Ashkhen's brother, who
is the recipient of the St. Nersess Shnorhali Medal, is the vice president of a large bank in
Toronto. Many quality people have come from Jerusalem. When I see clergy, I bow and kiss
their hand, which is not new to me here, I learned it in Jerusalem. The clergy are looked up with
respect, they are the administrators, and as I mentioned before, our spiritual fathers.
DP: Do the seminarians start off in the Sourp Tarkmanchatz school, too?
KT: Some like Fr. Baret [Yeretzian] and Zaven Chinchinian, who were born in Jerusalem, Tavit
Srpazan, who I think is in Paris, did. There is Hayrig Vartabed there who was born in Jerusalem,
but most of them came from other countries as young boys and went directly to the Seminary
school, which is separate from Sourp Tarkmanchatz, and it is an excellent school, itself.
Most of our spiritual fathers here in America are graduates of the Jerusalem seminary, including
our Primate Khajag Srpazan, and the present Grand Sacrist of the Patriarch, Fr. Nourhan
Manoogian, who was called back and left here.
DP: Where did Archbishop Tiran's family come from?
KT: From the interior of Turkey. When he was 12-13, he was taken to Jerusalem, my own
father was in his class, including Hairig Srpazan, Haigazoon Srpazan, Yeghishe Patriarch, they
were all seminarians together. They were in the orphanage first, Ararat Vorpanotz, and some
went on to become clergy, and others became professionals--some became photographers, some
became barbers, jewelers, or whatever.
So, Jerusalem is dear to us. We join with the Jews who say, "Next year in Jerusalem." And no
matter where we go, Jerusalem is a part of us.
DP: Jerusalem never leaves a Jerusalemite.
KT: It never does.
DP: Thank you very much.
KT: When you go to Jerusalem, remember that Tzolag Momjian is
the consul of Armenia, and he is a very good friend of mine. Be sure to see
him, and may God be with you on your journey.
Ashkhen Tcholakian, present wife of Kegham Tcholakian, was also a valuable informant.
New York City
April 15, 1999
AT: I was born Ashkhen Stepanian, in Jerusalem, and I am the daughter of refuges from the
massacres. They came and settled in Jerusalem. My mother's maiden name was Vartuhi
Bastoyan. And my father's name was Levon Stepanian.
I married a Mnatzaganian whose family was in Jerusalem for some 400 years. They have a long
history in Jerusalem. They came from Nor Jugha (New Julfa).
I was born in Jerusalem, which was then Palestine, and I have a birth certificate written in three
languages--English, Arabic and French. I became a Jordanian citizen after 1948 of the
Hashemite Kingdom, which controlled the Old City.
I was born in the Armenian quarter. My father was a jeweler. We were a family of ten, seven
children and my father and mother and my grandmother, who was also a survivor of the
massacres. My mother was born in Sasun and my father in Aintab.
I left Jerusalem in 1970, after the 1967 war between the Arabs and the Israelis. We thought this
part of the world would never be peaceful and decided to leave. So we made up our minds and
prepared ourselves to emigrate to Canada, and went to Toronto. By then my brother was there
and he sponsored us. One of my brothers is a jeweler, the second is a banker, and I have five
sisters--one in Jerusalem, one in Ramallah, one in San Francisco, and two in Toronto.
I was widowed in 1978 and I met Kegham Tcholakian of New York in 1982, and we were
married in 1984.
DP: How many people from Jerusalem do you know who live in the United States?
AT: Jerusalem Armenians started to leave Jerusalem since 1948-1949. We were about a 15,000
family Armenian community there, in Jerusalem, Haifa, Jaffa, all that area. But most have
emigrated all over the world, many to the United States. The young for education, the adults for
work--economic reasons--and they took their families too. United States, Australia, Canada, all
over. Maybe a thousand or fifteen hundred families are left.
In our day the Sourb Tarkmanchatz school had 400-500 students. Now there are maybe 140.
DP: What education do you have?
AT: I studied at the St. Tarkmanchatz school and finished high school there and got the DCE.
Then when we went to Canada after my son Ivan was born. I went to college for three years
where I received a certificate in medical technology. Recently my son Ivan married July
Haroutounian, of California. Ivan graduated from law school and now they have a baby, Sofia.
DP: How many families from Jerusalem settled in Toronto? Ten or fifteen?
AT: No, more. Maybe fifty or over.
DP: How many families from Jerusalem do you think are in the New York area?
AT: Maybe two or three hundred in the New York-New Jersey area. Most of them went to
California, to the greater Los Angeles area.
DP: And what do the Jerusalemites do? Are any conspicuous in any way or in any of the
AT: Jerusalemites have that innate feeling of cooperating with the community. They want to
help the community. We gained the feeling of cooperation in Jerusalem. Although we were
living among Arabs, we were a community unto ourselves, so we tried to stay as pure Armenian
as we could. We are also doing the same thing in the United States.
DP: Is the church the center of all activities in Jerusalem?
AT: The church, yes the Patriarchate. And there are the political parties. The AGBU was under
the umbrella of the Ramgavars. And there is the Dashnak party. But they all work together on
issues. We have one church there. There are no two churches. We all belong to Etchmiadzin.
The Jerusalemites are all well-educated and classy people. They all went overseas for their
higher education, only for education.
DP: You say your first husband's family goes back 400 years in Jerusalem. In your own best
judgment, what percentage of the Armenian Jerusalemites were from the old families and what
percentage survivors of the Genocide?
AT: Oh, maybe 70% were newcomers, survivors. The old families never intermarried with the
Arabs and often not with the newcomer. They kept to themselves, had their own community.
They were generally highly educated people. Many had positions in the government, whereas the
survivors of the Genocide, the newcomers, were trades people and businessmen. They were
refugees, but they did well enough. Once they settled they started their own businesses and they
were really conscientious people.
DP: Can you name a few families from the New York-New Jersey area.
AT: Yes, we have the several branches of the Tcholakian family. Most of them are in the
photographic business, and my husband is in accounting, taxes. I can't remember right now, but
there are lots of them.
DP: Any doctors, dentists, jewelers, businessmen?
AT: Oh yes, businessmen in New Jersey. For example, Sarkis Bedevian. And now their
children are highly educated, and they are in banking, the stock market, teaching, and so forth.
DP: Are there any who stand out as particularly rich, or famous,
or a community leaders.
AT: My husband is a community leader. Dr. Raffy Hovanessian of
Chicago is a community leader. Hasmig Hovnanian is a Jerusalemite, and her husband,
Vahakn, is rich and prominent. He is from Iraq. They are a charitable family.
Also the Aslanians, who use to be active.
After the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks in 1915-1922, the Armenian
seminaries and monasteries of Constantinople and historic Armenia were closed and could no
longer serve as centers of learning and the dissemination of knowledge through printing for the
diaspora. Likewise, when the Armenian Republic was overcome by the Communist in 1920,
Armenia itself could no longer serve either as a center of learning or for the dissemination of
knowledge through printing. The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem was able to fill that
vacuum thought the dedicated services of the patriarchs, the Brotherhood of St. James, and the
Armenian intellectual community. Most of the liturgical books used by the Armenian Church in
America, for example, were printed in Jerusalem or are local offprints of books first printed in
The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, consequently, has made and continues to make
important contributions to the Armenian community of America, particularly to the American
Diocese of the Armenian Church. One of the major elements of the Patriarchate's contribution
has been to provide the overwhelming majority of the priests of the eastern Diocese, either by
sending ordained clergymen to serve the eastern Diocese or providing training for theological
students sent from America to study in Jerusalem. The eastern Diocese has a larger number of
priests associated with Jerusalem than either the Western Diocese or the Canadian Diocese.
Many of the clergy associated with Jerusalem come to America or return to Jerusalem according
to the needs of the church and the progress of their own careers. The fraternal relations are
strong and have been long lasting. For example, the present Patriarch, His Beatitude Torkom
Manoogian, was diocesan Primate in America for over thirty years, having given leadership to
both the eastern and the western dioceses. And the Grand Sacrist of the Patriarchate, Fr.
Nourhan Manoogian, served with distinction in America until his recent return. Even non-Jerusalemites think of Jerusalem as a home away from home.
Clergy from Jerusalem have also founded and staffed the St. Nersess Armenian Theological
Seminary in New Rochelle, NY, which serves the three Armenian dioceses of North
America--the eastern and western and the Canadian. The seminary in Jerusalem and the St.
James Brotherhood also provide a learning experience for students and graduates of St. Nersess
in liturgics and Armenology. The fact that the Armenian Patriarchate is responsible for the Holy
Places, and continuously provides church services, makes it a particularly valuable place for
Beside the clergy, Jerusalem has provided America with outstanding scholars and community
activists. For just a few examples, Dr. Abraham Terian, a scholar of great learning, is presently
the Academic Dean of St. Nersess Armenian Theological Seminary. Dr. Avedis Sanjian for
many years held, until his death, the Krikor Naregatsi chair of Armenian language and literature
at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). Mr. John Zakarian is the editor of an
important newspaper in the New York area. Arthur Tcholakian was a photographer and writer of
note. There are many others, including the community leaders Dr. Raffy Hovanessian from
Chicago, who is the personal physician of the Catholicos, Karekin I, and Mr. Kegham
Tcholakian, who was the Grand Commander of the Knights of Vartan for two terms.
There are at least two organizations in America dedicated to Jerusalem. The Armenian Friends
of Jerusalem, which was founded in 1968, is dedicated to helping the Patriarchate and, through
the Patriarch, the Armenian community of Jerusalem. There is also an organization of the alumni
of the Sourp Tarkmanchatz school run by the Patriarchate for the local Jerusalem Armenian
community, an organization which has periodic reunions and sponsors an annual banquet to raise
money for the school. Recently formed in 1997, I understand, is the Friends of the Calouste
Finally, there are many Armenian families which have emigrated
from Jerusalem to America, who now live in all the Armenian communities of the
United States and Canada, but particularly in southern California. These families
are characterized by close familiar ties. Most of them have a good educations,
are occupied in the trades or the professions, are exemplary citizens, have
great respect for the Armenian Church, and look back on life in Jerusalem with
nostalgia. As Kegham Tcholakian put it, "A Jerusalemite never really leaves
There is always a temptation to see the past as prologue and to
attempt thereby to divine the future. To my mind, the Armenian Patriarchate
is secure and should continue its good work for centuries to come. Regarding
its relationship with the Armenian Church in America, there will always be a
need for the American branch of the church to be associated with a large Armenian
monastic order, particularly one in the Holy Land with so many valuable traditions
and important responsibilities. The synergism possible between the two are too
striking to be ignored, now or in the future.
1. Fr. Hovsep Sarajian did not study in Jerusalem, contrary to the statement in The Torch was Passed: The Centennial History of the Armenian Church of America, Chris Zakian, ed., New York, Diocese of Armenian Church of America, 1998, p. 3. Fr. Ashjian researched this issue further and discovered the error.
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2. Manuscript of Fr. Arten Ashjian.
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3. Manuscript of Fr. Krikor Maksoudian.
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4. Manuscript of Fr. Krikor Maksoudian.
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5. Manuscript of Fr. Arten Ashjian. The Torch was Passed.
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6. Manuscript of Fr. Arten Ashjian.
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7. The Torch was Passed. Manuscript of Arten Ashjian.
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8. Manuscript of Fr. Krikor Maksoudian.
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9. Manuscript of Fr. Arten Ashjian.
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10. Manuscript of Fr. Arten Ashjian.
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11. Manuscript of Fr. Krikor Maksoudian.
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Return to Selected writings
Armenians and Jerusalem: A Bibliography
"Amongst the Armenians in Jerusalem" Church Quarterly 3 (Jan 1939).
Armenian Section of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
Catalogue of Books of St. James Printing Press (Jerusalem: St. James Printing Press, 1991).
"Cyril II, late Patriarch of Jerusalem" Armenian Affairs 1, no. 2 (Spring 1950).
Hamarot Patmutiwn gam Ughetsoyts Srbazan Tegheats (Jerusalem: I Tparani Arakelakan S.
Atoroys Srbots Hakovbeants, 1888).
Hayots Erusaghemi Patriarkutiwne (Erusaghem: Tparan Srbots Hakobeants, 1957)
The Holy Sepulchre (Jerusalem: np, 1962).
"Letter Regarding the New Jerusalem Plan" Armenian Affairs 1, No. 2 (Spring 1950).
Mshakn u Vardzke: hobelinakan hratarakutiwn; i hishatak Amen. Durean T.
Eghishe S. Patriarkin Erusaghemi hisnameay kahanayutean hobeleanin,
1879-1929. (Erusaghem: Tparan Srbots Hakobeants, 1931).
Sion (Jerusalem: St. James Press, 1993 onwards + some back issues).
Tertereani anorenutiwnnere: knnakan motetsum Erusaghemi Patriarkakan Atori
tagnapin. (Pariz: [s.n.], Imprimerie Araxes, 1961).
Tetrak govasanats i veray hamoren tnorinakan Surb Ukhtategheats ork en
hastuatsahrash kaghakn Surb Erusaghem: i khndroy terunakan ew jermerand ukhtaworats.
(Erusaghem: Tparan Arak. Atoroy S. Hakobeants, 1914). (Poems on Jerusalem)
Achemean, Shahe (ed). Girk Saghmosats Dawti: est 1868-in Erusaghemi mej tpagruats bnagirin
(Dziteneats Ler, Erusaghem: Surb Grots Usumnasirutean Kedron, 1989).
Aghawnuni, Mkrtich. Miabank ew aytseluk hay Erusaghemi (Erusaghem: Tparan Srbots
Amatuni, Karapet. Minas Vrd. Amdetsi Patriark Erusaghemi (1630-1704)
(Vienna: Mkhitarean Tparan, 1984)
Anel [Garabetian, Garo H.]. Ordi Mardoy [Child of Mankind] (Jerusalem: Tparan Srbots
Antreassian, Assadour. Jerusalem and the Armenians. (Jerusalem, St.
James Press, 1968).
Antreassian, Assador. Jerusalem and the Armenians (Jerusalem: np, 1969). (our record)
Antreassian, Assadour. Jerusalem and the Armenians, 2d ed. (Jerusalem: St. James Press, 1969).
Antreassian, Assadour. Jerusalem and the Armenians, 4th ed. (Jerusalem,
St. James Press, 1977).
Antreassian, G. Erusaghemi Hayots Mayravanke ew Srbots Hakobeants Mayr Tachare = St.
James' Cathedral in Jerusalem = La Cathedrale armenienne de St. Jacques de Jerusalem
(Erusaghem: Tparan Srbots Hakobeants, 1967)
Armenian Church. Erusaghemi Patriarkutiwn. Kanonagir Erusaghemi Surb Hakobeants Vanuts.
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Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Bardizatagh (Jerusalem: Armenian Patriarchate of
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(It probably should be "dzeragrats" but that is how it is cataloged.)
Artsrunean, Mkrtich. Storagrutiwn srboy kaghakin Erusaghemi: knnuteamb hamaroteal i Hanna
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(Erusaghem: Tparan Srbots Hakovbeants, 1859).
Azarya, Victor. The Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem: Urban Life Behind Monastery Walls
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Brooks, E. W. "An Armenian Visitor to Jerusalem in the 7th Century," English Historical Review
Carlson, John Roy (Derounian, Arthur). Cairo to Damascus (New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1951).
Carswell, John. Kutahya Tiles and Pottery from the Armenian Cathedral of
St. James, Jerusalem (Vol I and II) (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972).
Secondary author(s): Dowsett, C.J.F.
Chair of Armenian Studies. Armenian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Jerusalem:
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Institute of African and Asian Studies, 1995).
Chilinkirean, Eghishe. Nkaragrutiwnk Erusaghemi, Halepi, Damaskosi gaghtakanakan
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Cohen, Amnon. Economic Life in Ottoman Jerusalem (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
Coryat, Thomas. Master Thomas Coryates travels to, and Observations in Constantinople, and
other places in the way hither, and his Journey thence to Aleppo Damasco and Jerusalem
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Dalrymple, William. From the Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium (New
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Dannenfeldt, Karl H. Leonhard Rauwolf: Sixteenth Century Physician, Botanist, and Travelor
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Feron, James. "Armenians Unveil Jerusalem Riches," New York Times (Jul 28, 1969).
Feron, James. "Armenians to Show Jerusalem Treasure," New York Times.
Fosdick, Harry Emerson. A Pilgrimage to Palestine (New York, NY: The Macmillan Company,
Garnik, T. Erusaghem (Pariz: [ s.n.], 1956).
Gushakean, Torgom Patriark. Hndkahayk: tpaworutiwnner ew teghekutiwnner (Patkerazard)
(Jerusalem: Tparan Srbots Hakobeants, 1941).
Hagopian, Arthur. Armenians ([Jerusalem?]: Hagopian, 1986).
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Secondary author(s): Bailey, Betty Jane.
Kaplan, Kenneth. "Armenian Quake Victims Coming to Israel for Treatment," Jerusalem Post
(June 26, 1989).
Kaplan, Kenneth. "Quake Victims Pray for an Israeli Medical Miracle," Jerusalem Post (June 28,
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Makar, II, Patriarch of Jerusalem. Tught Makaray B. Erusaghemi Hayrapeti ar Vrtanes
Episkoposapet Siwneats haghags kargats ekeghetswoy: bnagir ew knnutiwn (Vienna: Mkhitarean
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Jerusalem, March 1993).
Manoukian, Serovpe Vardapet. The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem (illustrated supplement)
(New York: Armenian Affairs, 1,2, Spring 1950).
Manukean, Sion Episkopos. Hay Erusaghem [Armenian Jerusalem] (Boston: Tparan Paykar,
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Miabanutiwn Srbots Hakobeants. Boghok erkrord ar Azgayin endhanur zhoghovn zor
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Minasean, Martiros. Hatkatsutsich-Hatkatseal Kapaktsutiune Grabarum [The Group of
Compliments of Noun In Ancient Armenian] (Jerusalem: Alek Manukian Mshakutayin
Nardowni, Shawarsh. Erusaghem! Erusaghem!: vipergutiwn (Pariz: [Hratarakutiwn Hay
Mshakutayin Miutean], 1938). (A novel, but could you work in a section on how the Diaspora
Narduni, Shawarsh. Erusaghem, Erusaghem: vipergutiwn (Gahire: Tparan Husaber, 1954). (A
novel, but could you work in a section on how the Diaspora views Jerusalem--especially since it
apparently was so popular that it was reprinted 16 years later?)
Narkiss, Bezalel (ed.). Armenian Art Treasures of Jerusalem (New Rochelle, New York:
Caratzas Brothers, 1979).
Secondary author(s): Stone, Michael E. (ed.) and Sanjian, Avedis K. (ed.)
Narkiss, Bezalel (ed.). Armenian Art Treasures of Jerusalem (Jerusalem: Massada, 1979).
Secondary author(s): Stone, Michael E. (ed.) and Sanjian, Avedis K. (ed.)
Narkiss, Bezalel (ed?). Armenische Kunst: die faszinierende Sammlung des
Armenischen Patriarchats in Jerusalem (Stuttgart: Belser, 1980). This is
probably the German edition of the two above.
OTHER: Stone, Michael E., Sanjian, Avedis Krikor.
National Advertising System (ed). Tourist and Hotel Guide for Lebanon, Special Edition (Beirut:
Catholic Press, 1962).
Nshanean, Mesrop Episkopos. Patmutiwn Erusaghemi, Erkrord Hator (Jerusalem: Tparan Srbots
Hakobeants, 1931). (Which may be the same as the entry under Sawalaneants, but our copy
doesn't mention Sawalaneants at all)
Nshanean, Mesrop Vardapet (ed). Zhamanakagrutiwn Grigor Vardapeti Kamakhetswoy gam
Daranaghtswoy (Jerusalem: Tparan Arak. Atoroy S. Hakobeants, 1915).
O'Mahony, Anthony (ed). The Christian Heritage in the Holy Land (London: Scorpion
Cavendish Ltd, 1995).
Secondary author(s): Gunner, Goran (ed) and Hintlian, Kevork (ed). (Two articles on Armenians and Jerusalem.)
Orfali, Jacob (Hagop Khatcherian). An Armenian From Jerusalem (Berkeley, CA: Ronin
Publishing, Inc., 1987).
Ormanean, Maghakia. Haykakan Erusaghem: nkaragir Atoroy Srbots Hakobeants
(Erusaghem: Tparan Srbots Hakobeants, 1931). (His Azgapatum might be
of use also.)
Oshakan, H. Hay Grakanutiwn (Jerusalem: Tparan Srbots Hakobeants, 1942).
Papas, William. People of Old Jerusalem (New York, NY: Holt, Rinehard and Winston, 1980).
Pasmachean, Garik. Shtakarer (Banasteghtsutiwnner Ew Gtsankarner [Poems and Drawings]
(Jerusalem: Tparan S. Hakobeants, 1973).
Pogharean, Norayr. Hay ekeghetsiots havatots hanganaknere [Gifts of Believers to the Armenian
Church] (Jerusalem: St. Hakobiants Publishing House, 1993).
Prescott, H.F.M. Friar Felix at Large: A Fifteenth-Century Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (New
Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1960).
Sahakay, S., Hayrapeti. Zhamagirk [The Book of Hours] (Jerusalem: Tparan Srbots Hakobeants,
1947). Secondary author(s): Mesropay, Vardapeti.
Samoorian, Very Reverend Ghevont. Jerusalem (Chelmsford, MA: n.p., March 1990).
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