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  • L.A.’s Iranian Jews stand with Israel during war

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 13, 2014 | 9:45 am

    During the war between Israel and Hamas, local Iranian Jews have taken a two-pronged approach to supporting the Jewish state: raising substantial dollars on behalf of humanitarian causes in Israel and speaking out on Farsi-language media outlets based in Southern California. 

    “We...

  • Many doubt report on Iranian-Jewish captives

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 2, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    Los Angeles-area Iranian-Jewish activists are expressing doubt about a recent report from the Israeli intelligence agency that a group of Jews fleeing Iran during the 1990s were, in fact, kidnapped and then murdered.

    On March 20, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office...

  • 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...

  • Azizeh Bral: Pioneer Iranian Jewish female activist honored

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 10, 2009 | 2:00 am

    Over the course of my experience in interacting Southern California’s Iranian Jewish community, I have found there are really two types of “community leaders and volunteers”. There are those who are affluent, flaunt their wealth and claim to be leaders but really do nothing...

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  • Iranian Jews uneasy on Obama’s offer to ‘engage’ Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    Candidates Obama and Clinton 'debate' Iran. April 16


    With Iran a hot topic in the U.S. presidential race this year, the candidates' foreign policy statements are being examined closely by everyone, not least the Iranian Jewish community. Comments by Democratic frontrunner Sen. Barack...

  • Delshad reflects on his year as B.H. Mayor

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Mayor Jimmy Delshad was surrounded by nearly two dozen local Iranian Jews at his Beverly Hills City Hall office on March 10. Holdings hands, they recited a prayer of thanksgiving and he personally thanked his supporters in the community for backing his efforts as mayor.

    "I really...

  • Iran report stirs concern, doubt among L.A. Persians

    By Tom Tugend

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The Iranian Jewish community in Los Angeles is reacting to a U.S. intelligence report that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 with emotions ranging from deep suspicion to utter disbelief.

    A sampling of often-opposed activists in the largest Iranian Jewish concentration...

  • French philanthropist aid to Iranians comes full circle

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Philanthropist Hubert Leven, a French Ashkenazi Jew who recently visited Los Angeles, has ties to the close-knit Iranian Jewish community that go back four generations.

    More than 100 years ago, the Alliance Israelite Universelle (AIU), a nonprofit educational organization his...

  • Portman and Lynton and the departure dance of the Danochs

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Stars Come Out for Lynton

    The first weekend box office numbers typically come out on Saturday, actor and director Jon Favreau reminded the audience at the Beverly Hills Hotel. But every Saturday he finds Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton in shul -- West...

  • Iran’s Jewish legislator criticized during L.A. appearance

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A group of local Iranian Jewish activists spoke out in protest of the Dec. 4 appearance of Maurice Motamed, the only Jewish representative to the Iranian parliament, at the Iranian American Jewish Federation (IAJF) synagogue in West Hollywood, where he provided an update on the...
  • High Hopes

    By Julie Wiener

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The release on bail this week of three Iranian Jewish prisoners has raised hopes for their future, but not alleviated concerns that they and the other 10 accused of espionage will not receive a fair trial.

    Wednesday's release followed announcements earlier this week that a trial is...

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