Jewish Journal

  • Reasoning behind Iran’s Holocaust denial

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 7, 2007 | 6:32 pm

    Frequently I am approached by Americans and other folks who ask me why Iran’s government officials and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have decided to deny the Holocaust all of a sudden. Why the Holocaust? What does the Shoah have to do with Iran and the regime? From the Iran experts... read on

  • Danoch makes historic TV outreach to Iranians in Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 7, 2007 | 4:07 pm

    Los Angeles’ Israeli Consul-General Ehud Danoch made history on Sunday, Sept. 2, by becoming the first Israeli official in more than 25 years to directly address the people of Iran via live television.

    Danoch appeared on “Roundtable With You,” a Persian-language call-in program... read on

  • New Jewish center in Iran, just another publicity stunt

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 3, 2007 | 3:54 pm

    Yesterday the Iranian government announced plans to build a new 73,000 square foot cultural and sports complex for its Jewish minority in central Tehran. Mohammad Saidi-Kia, Iran’s Minister of Housing and Urban Development broke ground on the site of the project that is slated to... read on

  • Photo essay: Mayor Delshad’s first State of the City address

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 31, 2007 | 4:27 pm

    On August 30th nearly 300 Beverly Hills residents, business owners, community leaders and elected officials gathered at Graystone Mansion in Beverly Hills for Mayor Jimmy Delshad’s first State of the City address. Delshad, made history this past February when he became the first in... read on

  • Nessah reaches out to young Iranian Jewish professionals

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 31, 2007 | 4:18 pm

    Like other Jews in Los Angeles, Iranian Jews have a wide range of Ashkenazi and Sephardic synagogues of different denominations to choose from for High Holy Days services. This year, Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills hopes to attract a sizeable portion of the Iranian Jewish... read on

  • Sam Nazarian’s SBE Group hosts fundraising events for Hillary and Obama

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 28, 2007 | 10:21 pm

    On August 9th Iranian Jewish hotel and nightclub entrepreneur Sam Nazarian hosted events for both presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama at two of his company’s trendy venues in West Hollywood. Following her participation in a democratic presidential forum in Los... read on

  • An insider’s story: when an American Jew marries an Iranian Jew

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 28, 2007 | 6:35 pm

    Gerald Bugoff is a very close and dear American Jewish friend of mine who has been married to my second cousin Dorit for nearly 40 years. “Gerry”, as he is affectionately referred to by everyone in the family, is among the first group of non-Iranian Jews to have married into our... read on

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Karmel Melamed is an internationally-published freelance journalist based in Southern California.

Since 2000, Melamed has specialized in covering the growing influential...

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