By Kevork Keushkerian
ALTADENA, Calif. — Tekeyan Cultural Association’s Glendale-Pasadena Chapter organized a lecture about “Today’s Armenian Community in Jerusalem.” It took place on Sunday, March 26, at Tekeyan’s Beshgeturian center.
Asdghig Khanjian, a committee member, delivered the welcoming remarks and then introduced the lecturer, Dr. Minas Kojayan. The latter had spent the last two and a half years teaching Armenian language and history at the St. James Brotherhood Seminary and the Holy Translators School at the Armenian Convent in Jerusalem.
Kojayan was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He first studied at the Roupinian Elementary School and then at the Armenian General Benevolent Union’s Hovagimian-Manoogian Secondary School.
Before going to Armenia for his advanced studies, he lived in Paris, where he spent a year learning French. He obtained his Master of Arts Degree from the University of Yerevan in 1974 and his Doctorate from the same university in 1981.
Kojayan taught Armenian language and literature at the AGBU’s Melkonian Educational Institute in Nicosia, Cyprus, from 1978 to 1991. He was later transferred to Los Angeles, where he taught the same subjects at the AGBU’s Manoogian-Demirdjian Secondary School in Canoga Park.