Jewish Journal

  • Record Number of L.A.‘s Persian Jews Gather For Bone Marrow Drive

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 17, 2007 | 3:51 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    Nearly 1,500 local Jews and non-Jews packed the main hall at the Nessah Cultural Center in Beverly Hills on Sunday, July 8th to be tested for a potential bone marrow match urgently needed for two local Iranian Jews; Jenny Cohen, a 3-year-old and... read on

  • Fakheri Steps Down as President of Eretz-SIAMAK

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 13, 2007 | 11:02 am

    By Karmel Melamed

    After nearly 28 years of volunteer work in the local Iranian Jewish community and setting up one of the first Iranian Jewish non-profit organizations in Los Angeles, Dariush Fakheri has resigned as president of the Eretz-SIAMAK Cultural Center in... read on

  • Iranian Americans Oppose Bombing Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 28, 2007 | 10:14 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    In recent weeks, calls for possible strikes against Iran by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and other government officials have caused alarm among some local Iranian Jews and Muslims familiar with the Tehran regime.

    Iranian American experts on Iran’s... read on

  • Pianist, Tania Talks About Choosing A Musical Career in Persian Jewish Community

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 19, 2007 | 12:48 pm

    By Karmel Melamed
    June 2007

    It is not often young Iran Jews who have grown up and lived in the U.S. for the majority of their lives embrace the music and culture of their parents from Iran. Yet for Iranian Jewish pianist Tania Eshgahoff, Persian music has been one of the most... read on

  • Shushan USA: Iranian Jews in Southern California

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 17, 2007 | 12:41 am

    By Karmel Melamed
    May 2007

    While news about Iran often dominates current political headlines, one does not often learn much about its ex-patriot community – particularly its Jewish one. Yet almost 30 years after Iran’s Islamic revolution, the near 30,000 descendents of... read on

  • Jews and Muslims Unite Behind Iran Divestment Bill

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 27, 2007 | 12:06 am


    By Karmel Melamed

    Fourteen national and state Jewish organizations and dozens of Iranian Muslim groups opposed to Iran’s regime have found common ground in support of California Assembly Bill 221, which would require state pension funds to divest an estimated $24 billion... read on

  • Southern California Iranian Jews Back Katsav During Scandal

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 23, 2007 | 6:46 pm

    By Karmel Melamed
    March 23, 2007

    Despite a flurry of criticism directed at Israeli President Moshe Katsav over rape and sexual harassment allegations, support for Israel’s embattled president remains strong among Southern California’s Iranian Jews.

    “Many in the community here... 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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