Late last year when some players from the new J.E.M. Iranian Jewish basketball league informed me they were playing in an official and organized basketball league in Beverly Hills, I thought they were joking. But to my pleasent surprise the league and its players are a reality and perhaps one of the few very productive organizations I have seen come to existance on behalf of local Iranian Jews in their 20’s and 30’s.
My article this week in the Jewish Journal not only explores these basketball games but also a unique trend of dating among young Iranian Jews that has arisen from the league. Our blog’s podcast also chatted with some of the J.E.M.‘s basketball players about their thoughts of the league.
The podcast can be heard: here
The following are some great images I captured of the J.E.M. basketball leagues championship game late last year: