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  • Chadorchi and other Iranian Jews are giving back to the community

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 7, 2007 | 12:41 am

    For the past 20 years or so Iranians and Iranian Jews living in Southern California have been seen in our society as affluent, very well educated and even at times snobbish for remaining in their own enclaves of Beverly Hills and Encino. While covering the Iranian Jewish community,... read on

  • Iranian Jews gathering at movie theatre for Shabbat services

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 5, 2007 | 1:48 pm

    If you passed by the small Fine Arts Theatre located on Wilshire Boulevard before La Cienega Boulevard on Saturday mornings, you might find it stranger to see random local Iranian Jews entering it without paying any admission. At first glance you might think these Iranian Jews... read on

  • 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

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  • 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
  • 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

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