Jewish Journal

  • Nessah reaches out to young Iranian Jewish professionals

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 31, 2007 | 4:18 pm

    Like other Jews in Los Angeles, Iranian Jews have a wide range of Ashkenazi and Sephardic synagogues of different denominations to choose from for High Holy Days services. This year, Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills hopes to attract a sizeable portion of the Iranian Jewish... read on

  • Sam Nazarian’s SBE Group hosts fundraising events for Hillary and Obama

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 28, 2007 | 10:21 pm

    On August 9th Iranian Jewish hotel and nightclub entrepreneur Sam Nazarian hosted events for both presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama at two of his company’s trendy venues in West Hollywood. Following her participation in a democratic presidential forum in Los... read on

  • An insider’s story: when an American Jew marries an Iranian Jew

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 28, 2007 | 6:35 pm

    Gerald Bugoff is a very close and dear American Jewish friend of mine who has been married to my second cousin Dorit for nearly 40 years. “Gerry”, as he is affectionately referred to by everyone in the family, is among the first group of non-Iranian Jews to have married into our... read on

  • Israel fights 24/7 infowar against Iran in cyberspace

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 28, 2007 | 6:29 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    In response to the Iranian government’s recent media war against Israel on satellite television and the Internet, Israel’s Foreign Ministry last month launched its own offensive—a Persian-language pro-Israel Web site. Although the site’s first aim is to... read on

  • Jonathan Cook is dead wrong about Iran’s Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 25, 2007 | 1:33 pm

    Recently one of the readers of my blog forwarded me a blog posting made by freelance journalist Jonathan Cook from the Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom. Cook, who is based in Nazareth in northern Israel, has made quite a number of incorrect assertions about Iran’s Jews in... read on

  • Eretz-SIAMAK not offering High Holy Day services at local hotels

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 21, 2007 | 2:18 pm

    The leadership of the Eretz-SIAMAK organization will not be offering High Holy Day services at any of the local area hotels this year, as it had in years past. The group’s board of directors will still be providing services at their center in Tarzana. For last 25 years the SIAMAK... read on

  • Local Iranian Jews keeping social issues off the record

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 20, 2007 | 1:46 pm

    On a weekly basis I am approached by nearly a dozen Los Angeles area Iranian Jews who read my articles regularly and feel the undying urge to kvetch to me about the topics concerning the community that I cover as a journalist. They ask “why do you always focus on politics or Iran?”... read on

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