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  • Moving and shaking: Rick Santorum, Brad Sherman, L.A. Dodgers and more

    By Ryan Torok

    September 3, 2015 | 1:41 pm

    Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential hopeful, spoke for an hour on foreign policy, Iran and radical Islam at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills on Aug. 27 to a small but overwhelmingly sympathetic audience. 

    Sporting a black kippah and...

  • Iran deal debate rages on throughout L.A.

    By Ryan Torok

    August 26, 2015 | 3:34 pm

    Activist Sam Yebri and USC lecturer Josh Lockman have read every page of the controversial Iran deal, but they’ve come to very different conclusions.

    “Iran wants this deal. They need it. We can do better than this deal,” Yebri said, garnering applause during a community debate on...

  • Moving and shaking: Singing at Dodger Stadium, JNET, Amos Horev and more

    By Ryan Torok

    July 27, 2015 | 9:05 am

    Cantor Marcus Feldman of Sinai Temple sang the national anthem at Dodger Stadium on July 7 as the Los Angeles Dodgers took on the Philadelphia Phillies. Approximately 50 people from the Westwood-based Conservative congregation — including Rabbis David Wolpe and Jason Fruithandler —...

  • European Jews, Iranian Jews and Exodus.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    January 28, 2015 | 11:26 am

    In the darkness of escalating anti-Semitism, so much has been written on why European Jews should leave.

    There is comfort in the familiar, even when abusive, even when painful.  It’s nearly impossible to understand the lure of wishing to stay oppressed.

    Yet, Exodus is the story...

  • Iranian-American Jews in L.A. look to the future

    By Avishay Artsy

    November 3, 2014 | 1:37 pm

    Foreign conflict and human rights abuses were front and center in the minds of Los Angeles’ Iranian-Jewish community leaders who attended the 30 Years After 4th Biennial Civic Action Conference on Nov. 2. Panel discussions touched on tensions between Israel and Hamas, the threat of...

  • An Irreplaceable Legacy

    June 4, 2013 | 5:10 pm

    Most Iranian-American Jews would not recognize the name Frank Lautenberg. But they should.

    Senator Lautenberg was the Senate's oldest member, its last-surviving WWII veteran, a staunch advocate of Israel, and personally responsible for the entry of thousands of Jews from the...

  • To Dock or Not to Dock

    April 11, 2013 | 7:36 pm

    Many odious entities enter Los Angeles every day--smog, D-list celebrities, hipsters from the East Coast that have had enough of the cold--but one such group is particularly disturbing: it is the host of ships that frequently enters the ports of Iran to conduct business with the...

  • Young Iranian-Jews discuss taboo topics at UCLA

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 13, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Nearly 300 young Iranian Jews packed UCLA’s Fowler Museum auditorium on March 7 for a discussion featuring five prominent young Iranian-Jewish professionals openly discussing topics considered to be taboo within their community. The gathering was historic not only because young...

  • House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce Meets with Iranian-American Jewish Leadership in Los Angeles

    February 26, 2013 | 6:01 pm

    U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R), currently serving his eleventh term in Congress representing Southern California’s 39th District, attended an intimate meeting with political, community, and business leaders from Los Angeles’ Iranian-American Jewish community on February 19th, to...

  • A Jew murdered in Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 11, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    In the wake of the gruesome murder of a 57-year-old Jewish woman living in the Iranian city of Isfahan nearly three weeks ago, a group of Iranian-Jewish activists in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., have banded together in an informal group hoping to raise public...

  • Engaging Iranian Jews at 30 Years After event

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 17, 2012 | 4:54 pm

    By the time former Congressman Mel Levine took the stage as an official surrogate for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign at a gathering of mostly young Iranian Americans, the ballroom at downtown’s Millennium Biltmore Hotel was more than half empty. 

    Most of the more...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 13-19, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    October 10, 2012 | 9:44 am

    SUN OCT 14


    11th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days

    Dedicated to the life and memory of journalist Daniel Pearl, this October music month features concerts across the globe, including today’s performance of “Songs of Salomone Rossi: Harmony for Humanity” by Tesserae at...

  • Local and national leaders to adresss young Iranian-Americans’ conference

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 9, 2012 | 10:34 pm

    As anyone who listened to Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney’s recent foreign policy speech, the threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran to the United States and to its ally Israel sits at the center of the contest to determine who will lead the United States for the next...

  • Webcasts: 30YA’s 2010 Conference - A Call for Iranian Jewish activism

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 17, 2010 | 12:17 pm

    History was made on October 10, 2010 at 30 Years After’s conference on Iranian American Jewish social and political activism in the U.S. The following are just some of the interviews and speeches I captured during my reporting on this conference….

    My interview with 30YA...

  • Webcast: Former L.A. DWP chief Nahai defends 30YA amidst union controversy

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 17, 2010 | 12:07 pm

    I caught up with the former L.A. Department of Water & Power chief, H. David Nahai before the 30 Years After (30YA) conference on October 10th before he was to appear on a panel for the conference to get his reactions to the recent controversy 30YA was caught up in with the Hyatt...

  • Reflections From The White House

    By Sam Yebri

    July 6, 2010 | 7:22 am


    July 5, 2010

    By Sam Yebri

    Thank goodness for frequent flyer miles.  When I received word that I was invited to the White House to witness President Obama sign the new Iran sanctions legislation, I scrambled to find a last-minute flight. ...

  • Webcast: L.A.’s 30YA professionals making summer waves

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 14, 2010 | 2:14 am

    Last week L.A.’s Iranian Jewish young professionals with the 30 Years After Organization (30YA)  came out in full force with an interesting mix of events. Their first even based at a private home in Bel Air featured local elected officials such as L.A. City Councilmember Eric...

  • Our Turn

    By Sam Yebri

    March 3, 2010 | 3:54 am

    By: Michael Yadegaran

    Growing up, I listened in utter disbelief as different members of my family recalled the hardships they endured as political refugees leaving Iran. Their accounts revisit the arduous and heartbreaking process of fleeing a country so deeply entwined with our...

  • Hanukkah on “Rodeo Drive”: Young Iranian Jews aid worthy causes and party in style!

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 26, 2009 | 12:13 pm

    When you think of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, you think of the glitz and glamour of high society and the street which is home to some of the fashion world’s most expensive high-end stores. Well more than 600 local young Iranian Jewish professionals brought that same glamour to...

  • A Time For Action

    By Sam Yebri

    October 27, 2009 | 9:12 pm

    By: Ramin Rabieian

    Last week, I attended a press conference at Beverly Hills City Hall, organized by Assemblymembers Mike Feuer and Bob Blumenfield.  They announced that they will introduce legislation prohibiting contracts between the State of California and companies with...

  • The Role of Technology in Diplomacy

    By Sam Yebri

    September 1, 2009 | 3:08 am

    The Role of Technology in Diplomacy
    Nicole Farnoush

    Social networking sites like Facebook and the now popular Twitter have hurriedly and indispensably integrated themselves into the daily lives of millions of users.  Not only do these sites connect peers socially, they have emerged...

  • L.A.‘s young Iranian Jews mix partying and politics

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 17, 2009 | 3:45 am

    As a journalist covering Southern California’s Iranian Jewish community, I probably get invited to nearly a dozen community events each month with the majority involving social or religious-based gatherings. I typically take a rain check on attending these events because they are...

  • Podcast Interview: Former C.I.A. director Woolsey speaks out on Iran’s nuclear program

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 28, 2009 | 10:10 pm

    On June 18th Ambassador and the former Central Intelligence director R. James Woolsey visited the Musuem of Tolerance in Los Angeles for an event put together by the local Iranian Jewish group 30 Years After to discuss the threat of Iran’s growing nuclear weapons program. Woolsey,...

  • Young Iranian Jews react to 2008 election results

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 11, 2008 | 12:23 am

    Nearly 200 young local Iranian Jews from the “30 Years After” organization gathered at the Parlor sports bar in Santa Monica on November 4th to mingle and watch the results of the 2008 Presidential election. While a substantial segment of Southern California Iranian Jews were...

  • Photo essay: Kudos to 30 Years After on their conference

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 23, 2008 | 4:01 am

    From the beginning of this year, I have witnessed a quiet revolution among young Iranian Jewish professionals unfolding in Southern California with the emergence of the 30 Years After organization. This group of young Iranian Jews has decided that the time is ripe for them to help...

  • Escape, exile, rebirth: Iranian Jewish diaspora alive and well in Los Angeles

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 4, 2008 | 2:40 am

    Thirty years have passed since the massive and violent demonstrations against the Shah of Iran that began in September 1978, and for many, the start of that country's bloody revolution might seem a faded memory. Yet I have carried those shattering events with me all of my life: I was...
  • Boy proves key in getting grandparents into U.S.

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 4, 2008 | 2:28 am

    Tears ran down my face as my grandmother told an interviewer in Persian the story of her miraculous escape from Iran 25 years ago.

    I had heard portions of her story many times before, but this time, I was serving as her translator for an on-camera interview, and for the first time,...

  • Younger Persians seeking greater role in community

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 4, 2008 | 2:22 am

    Many of Los Angeles' young Iranian Jews arrived in the United States as small children or were born here to immigrant parents.

    Now young professionals in their 20s and 30s, they have fully embraced life in America and are championing greater political activity for the Iranian Jewish...

  • Hide ‘n’ seek no child’s game in fleeing Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 4, 2008 | 2:15 am

    Ruben Melamed is an 80-year-old Los Angeles-area businessman and a fifth cousin of mine who escaped near death in Iran. I did not know of his story until recently, when I began searching for stories of Iranian Jews who escaped their homeland during the revolution some 30 years ago....
  • Sion Ebrahami: I was taken hostage by the moujahadeen

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 4, 2008 | 2:09 am

    If you ask retired Iranian Jewish accountant and author Simon "Sion" Ebrahimi about being held hostage for many months in his office in Tehran during the Iranian revolution, he will tell you the circumstances were a sort of a tragic comedy. Ebrahimi's office was located across the...
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