Jewish Journal

  • Photo essay: Shmuley Boteach invades Nessah Synagogue

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 18, 2007 | 10:26 am

    “I am no ordinary rabbi, I am the love prophet!” announced Rabbi Shmuley Boteach to a crowd of nearly 500 Iranian Jewish young professionals and parents last night at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills. For the past six days during High Holy Day services, Boteach, a... read on

  • New Iranian Holocaust TV series is another P.R. stunt

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 14, 2007 | 4:22 pm

    Following a Wall Street Journal article about “Zero Degree Turn”, a new television dramatic series produced by Iran’s state-run broadcasting channel, international news media outlets and blogs have been buzzing at the emergence of a new Holocaust related message being put out by... read on

  • Lahijani family dedicates new Torah to Laguna Beach Chabad

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 12, 2007 | 12:01 pm

    Earlier this week, Kaveh Lahijani, an Iranian Jewish contractor in Laguna Beach dedicated a newly written Torah scroll in honor of his late father Isaac Lahijani to the Chabad Jewish Center in Laguna Beach. The gathering attracted nearly 400 guests from all around Southern... read on

  • California State Senate passes Iran divestment bill

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 12, 2007 | 11:58 am

    On Sept. 6, the California Senate unanimously approved a bill that would require state pension funds to divest an estimated $24 billion in investments from nearly 300 companies doing business with Iran.

    “I am thrilled with the state Senate’s overwhelming bi-partisan support for... read on

  • San Diego Jewish family wins verdict against Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 11, 2007 | 4:42 pm

    Five years ago Marla Bennett a 24-year-old Jewish graduate student from San Diego was killed with 8 other students by a bomb placed by Hamas terrorists at the Hebrew University’s cafeteria in Israel. Her grief stricken family refused to give up and decided to file suit against... read on

  • 9/11 has always been a somber birthday

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 10, 2007 | 9:49 pm

    Often times when folks discover that I was born on September 11th they express a sense of shock and sadness for me since terrorists attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001. Honestly I have not celebrated my birthday since my bar mitzvah but rather September 11th has been a day of... read on

  • Author Gina Nahai makes splash with new book “Caspian Rain”

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 8, 2007 | 5:06 pm

    Iranian Jewish author Gina B. Nahai is perhaps one of the most well known and successful writers in our community having penned a series of fictional novels that give a unique perspective into the world of Iranian Jews. Yesterday I had the special opportunity to meet Nahai and... read on

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