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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

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  • 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

  • Iranian Jews give gifts on Purim…not Chanukah

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 10, 2007 | 10:43 pm


    While giving gifts on all the eight nights of Chanukah has become one of the most common and popular norms for American Jews, the tradition is fairly new for local Iranian Jews. Not having to compete with Christmas like most Ashkenazim, Jews living in Iran do not give gifts for... read on

  • Jewish author recalls past Jewish suffering in Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 9, 2007 | 11:39 am

    Kudos to Farideh Goldin for not letting Iranian Jews and other individuals in the world forget the injustices our grandparents and ancestors had endured in Iran! Iranian Jewish author Goldin’s recent story in the Jerusalem Post recalling conversations she had with her late... read on

  • Bratz toymaker Isaac Larian living the American dream

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 6, 2007 | 10:33 am

    It’s Chanukah and toys are on the minds of many parents for the holiday. One of the most popular girls’ toys for the past several years have been the “Bratz” dolls. They are cultural diversity with disproportionately large heads, large lips, and wearing trendy fashions—all unique... read on

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