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  • Pianist, Tania Talks About Choosing A Musical Career in Persian Jewish Community

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 19, 2007 | 12:48 pm


    By Karmel Melamed
    June 2007

    It is not often young Iran Jews who have grown up and lived in the U.S. for the majority of their lives embrace the music and culture of their parents from Iran. Yet for Iranian Jewish pianist Tania Eshgahoff, Persian music has been one of the most... read on

  • Shushan USA: Iranian Jews in Southern California

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 17, 2007 | 12:41 am

    By Karmel Melamed
    May 2007

    While news about Iran often dominates current political headlines, one does not often learn much about its ex-patriot community – particularly its Jewish one. Yet almost 30 years after Iran’s Islamic revolution, the near 30,000 descendents of... read on

  • Jews and Muslims Unite Behind Iran Divestment Bill

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 27, 2007 | 12:06 am


    04/27/07

    By Karmel Melamed

    Fourteen national and state Jewish organizations and dozens of Iranian Muslim groups opposed to Iran’s regime have found common ground in support of California Assembly Bill 221, which would require state pension funds to divest an estimated $24 billion... read on

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  • Southern California Iranian Jews Back Katsav During Scandal

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 23, 2007 | 6:46 pm


    By Karmel Melamed
    March 23, 2007

    Despite a flurry of criticism directed at Israeli President Moshe Katsav over rape and sexual harassment allegations, support for Israel’s embattled president remains strong among Southern California’s Iranian Jews.

    “Many in the community here... read on

  • KIRN - PERSIAN LANGUAGE RADIO STATION MAKES WAVES IN BEVERLY HILLS

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 20, 2007 | 2:08 am


    By Karmel Melamed
    March 2, 2007

    Since their arrival in Beverly Hills nearly 30 years ago, local Iranian-Americans have kept in touch with current events, social activities, and their culture by tuning into various local Persian language media outlets.

    One of the most popular... read on

  • Iranian Jews & Muslims Celebrate Norooz at L.A. City Hall

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 18, 2007 | 12:24 am


    By Karmel Melamed
    03/16/07

    Persian New Year, also known as Norooz, will be celebrated at Los Angeles City Hall on March 16 as members of Persian American Communities Inc.—a nonprofit organization consisting of local Iranian American Jews and Muslims—join with L.A. Mayor Antonio... read on

  • Historical facts show Palestinians not “mere victims”

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 18, 2007 | 12:20 am

    By Karmel Melamed
    UCLA’s Daily Bruin
    May 19, 2003

    As a reporter who has traveled to and covered the news in the Middle East, I was utterly shocked and disturbed by Rebecca Steinfeld’s presentation of inaccurate historical facts and uncalled-for criticism of the Bruins for Israel... read on

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