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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

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  • 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

  • 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

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