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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

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  • 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

  • First mentoring program to help Iranian Jewish teens

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 19, 2007 | 10:10 am

    Local Iranian Jewish young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s are looking to give back to their community through a unique mentoring program for Iranian Jewish teens. The new program matches high school students in the Iranian Jewish community with young professional mentors in... read on

  • Elat Market…shoppers’ paradise or chaotic madhouse?

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 14, 2007 | 2:21 am

    If you come to Los Angeles seeking to find Iranian Jews, you’d likely find them either at their synagogues or at Elat Market, one of the most popular locations where countless Iranian Jews gather in the Pico Robertson neighborhood. The market is not your typical grocery store but... read on

  • Marvin Kharrazi…the other Iranian Jewish stand-up comic!

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 11, 2007 | 10:20 pm

    Ask him what his name means in English, and Iranian Jewish stand-up comic Marvin Kharrazi will sarcastically say, “satisfied donkey!” His parents, however, are less satisfied. “I still can’t have a conversation with my mom without her pleading with me to return to law school, or... read on

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