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  • Two Iranian Jews appointed as Beverly Hills City Comissioners

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 13, 2007 | 9:34 pm

    Mayor Jimmy Delshad is not the only Iranian Jew working in the city of Beverly Hills these days. Recently two others from the local Iranian Jewish community were appointed to serve as city commissioners. Earlier this month the Beverly Hills City Council appointed businessman and... read on

  • Why Jennifer Chadorchi makes me proud to be an Iranian Jew

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 12, 2007 | 2:57 pm

    Two years ago, my sister and I were invited by our mutual friend Jennifer Chadorchi, a Beverly Hills Iranian Jewish resident, to volunteer our time one night to feed the homeless in West Hollywood. I was not only surprised by the large turnout of homeless individuals waiting for... read on

  • Lahijani’s story is one that cannot be forgotten

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 11, 2007 | 10:17 pm


    Kaveh Lahijani and his family have been close friends of my family for many years. I’ve known of his friendship with my cousin for a number of years, but was never fully aware of the story behind his father’s mysterious disappearance. This week, my article in the L.A. Jewish... read on

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  • Jewish fashion mogul reveals why his family left Iran in 1950’s

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 8, 2007 | 12:40 pm

    New York fashion mogul Elie Tahari, is one of the many very successful individuals in the world hailing from an Iranian Jewish heritage. Even though he was born in Israel and came to New York 35 years ago without a penny to his name, Tahari now 55, commands a $500-million... read on

  • Interpol finally goes after Iranian bombers of Jewish center

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 7, 2007 | 11:10 am

    After 13 years, Interpol, the world’s largest international police organization, today finally decided to hold Iran and terrorist members of its regime accountable for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. Even though justice has been... read on

  • Iranian Jews more socially conscious in gift giving

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 6, 2007 | 10:25 am


    Iranian Jews living in Southern California and New York these days always seem to have an excuse to throw parties whether it be for a wedding, bar mitzvah, brit milah, engagement, new home, or for one of the many Jewish holidays. While giving money or various sized Swiss gold ingots... read on

  • Photo essay: Iranian Jews flocking to ‘Read Hebrew America’ program

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 2, 2007 | 4:01 pm

    “I’ll teach you Hebrew if you teach me Persian!” joked Rabbi Hillel Benchimol, who is teaching a 5 week free crash course in Hebrew at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills. The educational Hebrew classes, also know as “Read Hebrew America” were created by the National Jewish... read on

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