Jewish Journal

  • Wedding story really strikes a chord with L.A.‘s Iranian Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 1, 2007 | 12:30 am

    Several weeks ago following the publication of my article regarding the extravagant spending by local Iranian Jews on their weddings, members of the community have engaged in a rare but important dialogue concerning this issue. While it’s flattering to me that the story has... read on

  • Nahai nominated to head L.A. DWP

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 30, 2007 | 10:08 am

    Villaraigosa’s staff have indicated that Nahai will focus on renewable energy programs and modernize the reliability of water and electricity in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles DWP is the nation’s largest public utility with a $6.16 billion annual budget and more than 8,000... read on

  • No winners in dragging on the Katsav case

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 29, 2007 | 12:01 am

    The High Court of Israel announced that on Tuesday it will hold a hearing to review six petitions against the plea bargain former Israeli President Moshe Katsav made with the government regarding a criminal probe for his alleged sexual misconduct and other crimes. The Association... read on

  • Iranian Jews’ delicious obsession with Gondi

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 25, 2007 | 9:11 pm

    “What are those delicious dumplings that look like matzah-balls?” an American rabbi inquired of me recently. “You’ve got to find me someone who has the recipe for this food, it’s one of the best I’ve ever had in my life!” The rabbi could not stop asking me questions about some... read on

  • Dan Ahdoot: Iranian Jews have a stand-up comic too!

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 24, 2007 | 12:58 pm

    “It sucks being Iranian these days,” a Jewish comedian of Iranian heritage Dan Ahdoot jokes in his stand-up act. “People ask me the dumbest questions; “Yo, Dan, level with me. Are they making the nuclear weapons or what?” Like there’s this big e-mail list that goes out every month... read on

  • Christian-Jewish group offers Iranian Jews cash for aliyah to Israel

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 22, 2007 | 10:20 am

    The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, (IFCJ), a Chicago-based charity group is promising $10,000 to nearly 20,000 Jews living in Iran to immigrate to Israel. The non-profit currently provides millions of dollars in donations from evangelical Christians to Israel... read on

  • News media wrong on new Iranian TV series ‘Zero Degree Turn’

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 20, 2007 | 11:19 am

    News media outlets from New York to New Dehli for the past month have been a buzz and praising the content of the latest teleivision drama series “Zero Degree Turn”, produced by Iran’s state-run network. The show has been hailed by reporters worldwide as sympathic to the issue of... read on

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