Jewish Journal

  • Persian Shul Adopts Membership System

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 12, 2007 | 12:09 am

    By Karmel Melamed

    For many Jews, the High Holidays and membership drives go together like apples and honey. But for communities newer to America, the thought of paying an annual fee to “belong” to a house of worship is a foreign concept.

    For centuries, Persian Jews have... read on

  • For Iranian Jews, Purim Is the Real Thing

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 11:38 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    Historians may question whether events in the Book of Esther, which are celebrated at Purim, happened as described in the traditional tale. But to Persian Jews, the holiday resonates deeply.

    Part of it is that the story unfolds in ancient Persia—now... read on

  • Rabbi David Shofet to Serve as Iranian Jews Spiritual Leader

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 11:29 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    Nearly 90 religious and social leaders from Southern California’s Iranian Jewish community have formally and unanimously recognized Rabbi David Shofet of the Nessah Cultural Center as the community’s new spiritual head.

    While Shofet was not... read on

  • Iran to L.A.: Hope, Hardship Mark Path For Iranian Jewish Immigrants

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 11:24 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    Jahangir Javaheri lived a full life in Iran as a pharmaceutical retailer, complete with a nice car, large house and the esteem and satisfaction that came with being a leader within the nation’s small but cohesive Jewish community. Yet he wanted something... read on

  • Iranian Muslims Brush Up on Shoah

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 11:15 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center hosted more than two-dozen representatives from local Iranian Muslim news outlets this month to provide them with information about the Holocaust that they can, in turn, use to educate their readers, listeners and viewers.

    ... read on
  • Iranian Jews Dive Into L.A. Politics

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 11:06 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    When Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took office on July 1, he could have handed out thank-yous to groups all over the city for his Election Day drubbing of incumbent Mayor James Hahn.

    Jews, in all their local permutations, were a big part of... read on

  • Young Iranian Jewish Star of “24”, Jonathan Ahdout Shares View on Career in Entertainment

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 10:52 pm

    By Karmel Melamed
    October 2006

    It is not often a young person from our community appears in a major motion picture and regularly in a popular national network television series, but 16-year-old Jonathan Ahdout has achieved these unique feats and more. Three years ago Ahdout, a... read on

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