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Mojdeh Sionit

  • No Worries

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My mom yells at me: "Hurry up, it is almost Pesach and we haven't done anything yet."

    The memory goes back several years, when I was a teenager living with my parents and brother in our three-story building in western Tehran.

    I walk toward the stove, where a big pot of water...

  • A Persian Artist’s Crowning Moment

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Yosef Setarehshenas wants to revive and introduce Jewish Persian art to the world.

    And on the Jewish New Year of 5764, he plans to do it through a unique Persian calendar that will incorporate four different calendars: The Hebrew (Jewish); the Persian (Solar); the Arabic (Lunar) and...

  • Persian Jews Mourn Deaths at Market

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Janet Nabatian tried to answer her cellphone at the busy Santa Monica Farmers' Market July 16 at about 1:30 p.m., but the reception was so weak that she had to walk a few steps away from her mother and 7-month-old son to get better reception.

    Nabatian, 32, was at the market with her...

  • Star of the Canyon

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Canyon Country Store -- the star-studded grocery featured in the older woman/younger man film "Laurel Canyon," starring Frances McDormand -- is actually run by two Persian Jews.

    Owner David Shamsa and manager Tommy Bina have tried to maintain the store's authenticity.

    Shamsa,...

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  • A Survivor’s Pesach

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Passover I spent with Rav Tov, a Jewish Rescue Organization in Vienna, in 2001, was my first time being separated from my family and  our Pesach seder.

    Rabbi Michael Pressburger, a prominent Austrian rabbi, hosted us in his small Orthodox synagogue. Pressburger, a native...

  • Persian Jews Divided on War

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "I am all for this war, all humanity should be for it," said Ramin Shookhtim, a Persian Jew who left Iran in 1987 to study in the United States.

    "Although there is no single solution against terrorism and terrorism will always be there, I think this war would help the fight...

  • Persian Youth, Parents Grapple With Culture Gap

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Picture a middle-aged Jewish Persian couple who have lived in the United States for years and are concerned about what goes on with their children in this strange and foreign country. They are upset that their daughter disobeys them by studying photography, not medicine, at college,...

  • Rags to Riches: An Immigrant’s Tale

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In 1973, when then-33-year-old Jimmy Delshad was sitting in Sinai Temple, he asked his father-in-law, "Who's that man sitting next to the rabbi on the bimah?"

    "That's the president of the synagogue," his father-in-law replied. "But don't worry. That will never happen to you."

    How...

  • Watching Elie

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I have been here less than two months, from Iran by way of Washington, D.C., and my very first days in Los Angeles are strange and lonely.

    I gravitate toward a nearby public library. In a strange city, it is water in the wilderness. I glance around, and spot something familiar, not...