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  • Covering Iranian Jews in L.A. is not a piece of halvah

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 3, 2007 | 10:51 am

    “What are you doing reporting on us? You should find yourself a real job, a nice Jewish girl and get married!” said a prominent Los Angeles Iranian Rabbi to me when I approached him for an interview several months ago. Immediately he tried to convince me that my coverage of the... read on

  • When they killed Cousin Ebi with a bullet to the heart

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 24, 2007 | 9:04 pm


    Abe Berookhim tells his story at Sinai Temple 

    By Karmel Melamed
    07/23/07

    “He was shot with one bullet to his heart,” said my cousin Abe Berookhim, a Los Angeles Iranian Jewish businessman.

    At a Sinai Temple Men’s Club meeting earlier this month, Berookhim publicly shared the... read on

  • L.A.‘s Iranian Jews Shocked by Katsav Plea Bargain

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 19, 2007 | 11:15 am


    By Karmel Melamed
    07/19/07

    When former Israeli President Moshe Katsav pleaded guilty to charges of sexual harassment and resigned his post late last month, no one was more surprised and saddened than his strongest supporters in Southern California, the Iranian Jewish community.

    ... read on
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  • Southern California Iranian Jews Investing in Israel Bonds

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 17, 2007 | 4:02 pm


    By Karmel Melamed
    07/12/07

    Roughly 100 local Iranian Jews gathered at the Bel Air home of Mahnaz and Kambiz Hekmat on July 12th to promote the purchasing of Israel Bonds among Southern California’s Iranian Jewish community. Those in attendance purchased several hundred... read on

  • Delshad To Introduce Iran Divestment Measure

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 17, 2007 | 3:53 pm

    (left to right, Israeli Consul General Ehud Danoch and Jimmy Delshad, Mayor of Beverly Hills)

    By Karmel Melamed
    07/20/07

    On July 13th Iranian Jewish Mayor of Beverly Hills, Jimmy Delshad announced plans to introduce a city measure later this month that will require city employee... read on

  • 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
    07/16/07

    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
    07/13/07

    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

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