Jewish Journal

  • Having found success in U.S., Iranian Jews Turn To Showbiz

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 6:46 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    The generation of Persian Jews who escaped Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution with their parents and traded a fearful existence for lives in New York and Los Angeles are now emerging in the entertainment industry.
    Whether it’s producing... read on

  • Exclusive Interview: Iranian Jewish Actress Bahar Soomekh

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 6:09 pm

    By Karmel Melamed
    January 2006

    While the Iranian Jewish community has countless renowned doctors, attorneys and other professionals to point to with admiration, the very talented Bahar Soomekh has become the first and so far only Iranian Jewish actress to have achieved substantial... read on

  • Iranian Colored Band Report Discredited

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 6:00 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    When the renowned exiled Iranian journalist Amir Taheri reported in a Canadian newspaper last week that Iran had just passed a law requiring Jews to wear yellow bands on their clothing, the world reacted with shock. The story, which also outlined required... read on

  • Israeli Diplomats Reach Out to L.A. Iranian Media

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 5:27 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    Representatives from Southern California-based Persian-language satellite radio stations and television shows attended a special press conference on Aug. 28, held for them at Los Angeles’ Israeli consulate, the first public interaction between the... read on

  • New Iranian Golden Dome Synagogue Opens In L.A.

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 10, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    With its sparkling 24-karat gold dome and Jerusalem stone exterior, the new 25,000-square-foot Southern California Jewish Center (SCJC) stands out more than just a little among the various stores and restaurants, many of them Persian-owned, that line... read on

  • Iranian Jews Pledge Money & Support For Israel After Hezbollah War

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 10, 2007 | 6:49 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    The young woman stood at the podium and spoke to a quiet, tearful audience. “We just got married last October,” said Karnit Goldwasser, “and I can’t describe to you how my life was just turned upside down on that one day.”

    Goldwasser’s husband is Ehud... read on

  • Nessah President Trailblazing For Iranian Jewish Women

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 10, 2007 | 6:34 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    Dr. Morgan Hakimi has a variety of roles—psychologist, Jewish activist, wife and full-time mother. But it’s her position as president of the Nessah Educational and Cultural Center in Beverly Hills that has captured the attention of the L.A. Persian Jewish... 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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