Jewish Journal

  • U.N. finally holds Iran accountable for human rights abuses

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 28, 2008 | 9:30 pm

    For nearly six decades the United Nations General Assembly has been notorious for passing ridiculously anti-Israel resolutions condemning supposed human rights violations by Israel. This is accomplished with the help of a large group of Arab and Islamic member countries such as... read on

  • Photo essay: L.A.‘s Iranian Jews celebrate unique Tu B’Shevat

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 21, 2008 | 11:25 am

    Tu B’Shevat has typically not been one of the most popular nor widely celebrated Jewish holidays for Iranian Jews in general and those living in Southern California. Yet this past Sunday, more than 200 local Iranian Jews gathered at the Eretz-SIAMAK Cultural Center in Tarzana to... read on

  • New history book on Iranian Jewry should be in English!

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 18, 2008 | 12:55 am

    The above Persian language television commercial is to advertise the release of a new book about the lives and history of Iran’s Jews during the 20th century. I typically do not reflect much on material produced in Persian language about Iranian Jewry, because I like many younger... read on

  • New shaliach from Israel to help L.A.‘s young Iranian Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 10, 2008 | 7:10 pm

    Los Angeles’ Iranian Jewish community received its first Israeli shaliach (emissary) in November. Maccabi World Union’s Nave Chupkov will work out of the Eretz-SIAMAK Cultural Center in Tarzana for the next two years. Sponsored by Neria Yomtoubian Foundation and Eretz-SIAMAK,... read on

  • Iranian Jews are a large part of keeping L.A. synagogues open and vital

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 5, 2008 | 11:42 pm

    Anyone who regularly attends the well known synagogues in Los Angeles for Saturday morning services nowadays will tell you that a substantial number of individuals attending are Iranian Jews. Whether it’s Sinai Temple in West Los Angeles, Tiferet Israel Sephardic Temple in West Los... read on