Jewish Journal

  • New Iranian Golden Dome Synagogue Opens In L.A.

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 10, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    With its sparkling 24-karat gold dome and Jerusalem stone exterior, the new 25,000-square-foot Southern California Jewish Center (SCJC) stands out more than just a little among the various stores and restaurants, many of them Persian-owned, that line... read on

  • Iranian Jews Pledge Money & Support For Israel After Hezbollah War

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 10, 2007 | 6:49 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    The young woman stood at the podium and spoke to a quiet, tearful audience. “We just got married last October,” said Karnit Goldwasser, “and I can’t describe to you how my life was just turned upside down on that one day.”

    Goldwasser’s husband is Ehud... read on

  • Nessah President Trailblazing For Iranian Jewish Women

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 10, 2007 | 6:34 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    Dr. Morgan Hakimi has a variety of roles—psychologist, Jewish activist, wife and full-time mother. But it’s her position as president of the Nessah Educational and Cultural Center in Beverly Hills that has captured the attention of the L.A. Persian Jewish... read on

  • L.A.‘s Iranian Jews Working With JBBBSLA

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 10, 2007 | 6:18 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    A recent gathering at a home in the San Fernando Valley brought together more than 40 Iranian Jews to discuss issues of mentorship. However, this informational meeting wasn’t about matching up Baby Boomers with Gen X-ers to discuss long-term career... read on

  • Jennifer Chadorchi: The Hunger to Help

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 10, 2007 | 6:10 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    At 6:30 p.m. on a chilly Wednesday night in December, more than 30 young Jewish professionals gathered on the corner of Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street in West Hollywood to feed homeless people waiting in line for a hot meal.

    There on behalf of the... read on

  • Iranian Jews Establish New Downtown L.A. Synagogue

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 10, 2007 | 5:35 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    With a new Torah in their arms, about 100 local Iranian Jewish businessmen sang Hebrew songs and danced down a busy street in downtown Los Angeles’s garment district June 13 to celebrate the official opening of a new synagogue, where many Iranians... read on

  • New Found Freedom For Immigrant Iranian Jewish Artist

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 10, 2007 | 5:05 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    She has won international art competitions, sold her works around the globe, and even had her pieces displayed in renowned galleries around the world, yet nothing has been more gratifying to Iranian Jewish artist Krista Nassi than experiencing the... read on

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Karmel Melamed is an internationally-published freelance journalist based in Southern California.

Since 2000, Melamed has specialized in covering the growing influential...

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