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  • 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

  • Israel fights 24/7 infowar against Iran in cyberspace

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 28, 2007 | 6:29 pm

    By Karmel Melamed
    08/24/07

    In response to the Iranian government’s recent media war against Israel on satellite television and the Internet, Israel’s Foreign Ministry last month launched its own offensive—a Persian-language pro-Israel Web site. Although the site’s first aim is to... read on

  • Jonathan Cook is dead wrong about Iran’s Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 25, 2007 | 1:33 pm

    Recently one of the readers of my blog forwarded me a blog posting made by freelance journalist Jonathan Cook from the Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom. Cook, who is based in Nazareth in northern Israel, has made quite a number of incorrect assertions about Iran’s Jews in... read on

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  • Eretz-SIAMAK not offering High Holy Day services at local hotels

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 21, 2007 | 2:18 pm

    The leadership of the Eretz-SIAMAK organization will not be offering High Holy Day services at any of the local area hotels this year, as it had in years past. The group’s board of directors will still be providing services at their center in Tarzana. For last 25 years the SIAMAK... read on

  • Local Iranian Jews keeping social issues off the record

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 20, 2007 | 1:46 pm


    On a weekly basis I am approached by nearly a dozen Los Angeles area Iranian Jews who read my articles regularly and feel the undying urge to kvetch to me about the topics concerning the community that I cover as a journalist. They ask “why do you always focus on politics or Iran?”... read on

  • Saying goodbye to an old friend: Bill Belinson

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 19, 2007 | 1:46 am

    Yesterday a close friend of my family Bill Belinson, former chief of the Fire Department in Buffalo, New York passed away. For more than 30 years Bill and his wife Helen have been a close part of our family and a reliable source of strength for us since we immigrated to the U.S.... read on

  • Baba Kazah: Iranian Jewish musicians with new vibrant reggae sound

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 14, 2007 | 8:08 pm

    They don’t have joints sticking out of their mouths nor do they have long braided Rastafarian hair—they’re just two good Iranian Jewish boys playing Reggae music. Their band’s name has nothing to do with the popular Middle Eastern eggplant dish… nor anything from that... read on

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