Jewish Journal

  • Eretz-SIAMAK Center Supports Struggling Iranian Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 14, 2007 | 11:26 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    After only a few months in Los Angeles, Shirley N., a 30-year-old Jewish immigrant from Iran, almost returned to her homeland because of financial difficulties.

    “I was down, I was broke, I didn’t have anyone here, and I was also worried about my... read on

  • Years After Persian Jew Disappears, His Mother Refuses To Give Up Hope

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 12, 2007 | 12:41 am

    By Karmel Melamed
    December 23, 2004

    Elena Tehrani turns away at the mention of her son, tears flowing down her tired face. Even 10 years after the fact, the story of Babak Tehrani’s imprisonment in Iran is painful to tell.

    On June 8, 1994, Babak, then 17, and his friend... read on

  • Mother of Kidnapped Iranian Jew Speaks Out

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 12, 2007 | 12:31 am

    By Karmel Melamed

    “Why is the world so silent—why are Jews so silent about the plight of Jews being held captive in Iran?” Elana Tehrani, an Iranian-born Jewish woman now living in Los Angeles asked a crowd during a speech at the Nessah Cultural Center in Beverly Hills.... read on

  • EXCLUSIVE: Israeli Consul General Ehud Danoch Shares Thoughts on Iranian American Jewry

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 12, 2007 | 12:13 am

    By Karmel Melamed
    September 2006

    After being appointed in October 2004 as Consul General of Israel for the Southwestern region of the United States, Ehud Danoch has brought a fresh new approach to working in this vital foreign post and energized both Jews and non-Jews alike to get... read on

  • Persian Shul Adopts Membership System

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 12, 2007 | 12:09 am

    By Karmel Melamed

    For many Jews, the High Holidays and membership drives go together like apples and honey. But for communities newer to America, the thought of paying an annual fee to “belong” to a house of worship is a foreign concept.

    For centuries, Persian Jews have... read on

  • For Iranian Jews, Purim Is the Real Thing

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 11:38 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    Historians may question whether events in the Book of Esther, which are celebrated at Purim, happened as described in the traditional tale. But to Persian Jews, the holiday resonates deeply.

    Part of it is that the story unfolds in ancient Persia—now... read on

  • Rabbi David Shofet to Serve as Iranian Jews Spiritual Leader

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 11:29 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    Nearly 90 religious and social leaders from Southern California’s Iranian Jewish community have formally and unanimously recognized Rabbi David Shofet of the Nessah Cultural Center as the community’s new spiritual head.

    While Shofet was not... read on

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