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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

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  • 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

  • Haji Hayim sounds off on the extravagant Persian weddings

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 4, 2007 | 1:06 am

    Haji Hayim, a.k.a. Eman Esmailzadeh , is the brainchild behind Persianrabbi.com , a website dedicated to connecting young Iranian Jews worldwide with religious leaders and their Jewish identity. The 24-year-old Esmailzadeh is a Brentwood resident and perhaps one of my biggest... read on

  • Photo essay: Iranian Jews breaking taboo and supporting Etta Israel

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 30, 2007 | 4:37 pm

    Last night, more than 500 affluent Iranian American Jews from the Los Angeles area gathered for a night of festivities at the elegant Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills for fundraising on behalf of the Etta Israel organization. This was not just another glamorous fundraising... read on

  • Leven has a special bond with the Jews of Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 29, 2007 | 4:11 pm

    If you ask your average Iranian Jew in the U.S., Europe or Iran who Hubert Leven is, they wouldn’t have a clue. However, his family’s generosity to the Jews of Iran more than a century ago significantly transformed the fabric of our once isolated community. At the turn of the 20th... read on

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