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  • 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

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  • Abaei is one of the Iranian Jewish unsung heros

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 30, 2007 | 3:17 pm


    This week I was pleased to cover Dara Abaei, an L.A. area Iranian Jewish activist and youth mentor as one of The Jewish Journal’s mensches. Abaei is one of maybe a handful of local Iranian Jews who is actually involved in hands-on efforts to help young people in the community and... read on

  • Iran’s regime uses the Jews again for publicity damage control

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 26, 2007 | 5:43 pm

    Following yesterday’s dramatic news of 40 Jews immigrating to Israel from Iran, the Iranian government has again marched out the leaders of the Jewish community in the country to do their public relations damage control. Maurice Motamed, the only Jewish member of the Iranian... read on

  • Covert operation brings 40 Jews from Iran to Israel!

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 25, 2007 | 2:53 pm

    More than a dozen Iranian Jewish families were crying with joy today at Ben Gurion airport in Israel after the arrival of 40 of their family members who had secretly left Iran. According to Jewish Agency officials in Israel, the Iranian Jews flew into Israel via an unnamed third... read on

  • Historical ties with Iran make leaving difficult for Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 21, 2007 | 11:52 am

    Imagine you have a large home, luxury cars, maids and butlers, real estate holdings, a multi-million dollar business and of course a substantial fortune in your bank accounts. Then imagine one day, you just simply walking away from that entire lifestyle and start your life again... read on

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