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  • Angelenos raise money for mikveh, $1 million for Israeli school

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 7, 2008 | 4:37 pm

    Money for a Mikvah

    Though demure in their dress, the women of the Mikvah Society of Los Angeles were not as modest with their checkbooks during an "Evening of Auction and Ambiance," a Nov. 2 fundraiser for the maintenance of Mikvah Esther located on Pico Boulevard. Assembled on the...

  • This time, I remember

    By Gina Nahai

    November 6, 2008 | 11:05 pm

    We're sitting around my parents' dining room in Century City for Shabbat dinner, and the conversation veers toward our childhoods in Iran.

    My cousin, who's a few years older than I (though you'd never guess it by looking at her, because she has that remarkable ability to forgive the...

  • Photo Essay: L.A.‘s Iranian Jews repaying Alliance’s generosity

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 2, 2008 | 1:15 am

    On October 19, 2008 I was witness to a incredible event in Iranian Jewish history which brought a warm feeling to my heart. After 110 years Iranian Jews (living in Los Angeles) finally and properly showed their appreciation to the Alliance Israelite Universelle (AIU), a French Jewish...

  • Podcast: Why do 20,000 Jews still live in Iran?

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 16, 2008 | 11:15 am

    With tensions growing between Iran and Israel this past year over Iran’s efforts to acquire nuclear weapons, many Jewish communities worldwide—especially Iranian Jews living in the U.S. have been worried about what will happen to the nearly 20,000 Jews still living in Iran should a...

  • 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...

  • It’s not easy having 9/11 as a birthday

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 11, 2008 | 4:01 am

    Following the horrific events of September 11, 2001 the lives of thousands of Americans were transformed overnight with terrorists attacking our great nation. Yet 9/11 has always been a unique day in my life as it was the day I arrived in this world. 30 years ago this year, I was...

  • Looking back on the Iranian revolution after 30 years

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 7, 2008 | 2:28 am

    Following the publication of my cover story this week in the L.A. Jewish Journal regarding the Iranian Jewish experience during that country’s revolution, readers of the paper and this blog have asked me why I decided to go forward with the piece at this point in time. My objectives...

  • A Eulogy for Mr. Davidoff

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 1, 2008 | 4:10 am

    Below is a eulogy I prepared and was asked to present at a memorial service on August 28th at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills for my dear friend Benjamin Davidoff. Unfortunately due to time restrains and other speakers speaking for long periods, I was not given the chance to...

  • Remembering the late Elias Eshaghian

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 20, 2008 | 2:05 am

    On August 8, Elias Eshaghian, a pivotal educator and director of many Jewish schools throughout Iran during the last century, passed away at the age of 78. More than 500 local Iranian Jews packed Temple Beth El in West Hollywood for his memorial service. Late last year I had the rare...

  • Podcast: Exclusive interview with U.S. Congressman Howard Berman about Obama & Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 12, 2008 | 3:32 am

    U.S. Congressman Howard Berman

    On May 6th nearly 250 local Iranian Jewish young professionals gathered at the Luxe Hotel in Bel Air to hear a panel of Jewish community leaders speaking in favor of both Democratic presidential nominee candidate Barack Obama and Republican...

  • L.A.‘s young Iranian Jews feeling sidelined

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 23, 2008 | 4:56 am


    As a journalist who covers Southern California’s Iranian Jewish community I often have the rare opportunity to regularly chat with both young and old within the community to get a real sense of what activities are brewing and people’s sentiments. Folks within the community...

  • Kuntar’s release reveals true evil of Iran’s regime

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 17, 2008 | 1:53 pm

    (left to right; Released PLO Terrorist Samir Kuntar and Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah)

    Israel is in mourning today after yesterday’s exchange of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev for notorious PLO terrorist Samir Kuntar, four other terrorists and...

  • Podcast: Anderson proposes new Iran divestment bill in CA Assembly

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 14, 2008 | 3:41 am

    California Assemblyman Joel Anderson

    I recently attended a press conference for Southern California’s Persian language media at UCLA’s Covel Commons held by freshman California State Assembly member Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon) regarding a new Iran divestment bill, also known as ACR...

  • Podcast: Magbit’s Young Leadership making waves for education in Israel

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 8, 2008 | 10:24 pm

    Magbit Young Leadership members

    More than 300 Southern California young professional Iranian Jews packed an old restaurant temporary transformed into a comedy club near Downtown L.A. on June 28th for the Magbit Young Leadership’s fundraiser for the Magbit organization’s Jewish...

  • Podcast: Iranian Jews on Obama and McCain

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 7, 2008 | 3:39 am

    L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca speaks to young Iranian Jews

    More than 300 young professionals members of the local Iranian Jewish “30 Years After” organization gathered at a private residence in Beverly Hills to encourage political activism in the community on June 25th. Our...

  • Lawsuit re POW swap involves L.A. family; Student writes guide for U.K.

    July 2, 2008 | 9:55 pm

    Lawsuit Filed to Block Israeli Prisoner Swap Involves L.A. Family's Missing Son

    A day after the Israeli government agreed to trade five Lebanese prisoners for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers whose kidnapping sparked the 2006 war with Hezbollah, a lawsuit was filed in Jerusalem by...

  • Photo Essay: Behind the scenes with Elias Eshaghian

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 19, 2008 | 11:47 pm

    Elias Eshaghian at AIU school event circa 1960’s

    For me, often times reporting on the local Iranian American Jewish community is an uphill battle and a somewhat painful experience similar to receiving a root canal procedure. Yet every once in a while I come across a special story...

  • Podcast: Young Iranian American Jews show support for U.S. troops

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 11, 2008 | 12:40 am

    Nessah’s young professionals on May 26th

    From my experience as a journalist covering the Iranian Jewish community in Southern California all of these years, the community is very patriotic but has never really participated in any events that would display their love of America. This...

  • Photo essay: Iranian Jews celebrate Israel’s 60th in Los Angeles

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 19, 2008 | 5:58 pm


    Yesterday I had the rare pleasure of attending one of Israel’s 60th independence day celebrations here in Los Angeles at Woodley Park which attracted thousands of local Jews—including Iranian Jews. The event was packed with Israeli music, food, carnival type rides, booths...

  • Insights into why seven old Tehran synagogues were razed

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 12, 2008 | 5:53 pm


    Several weeks ago various Jewish news sites and Jewish blogs were abuzz over news from Iran that seven old synagogues were razed in the old Jewish ghetto neighborhood in Tehran. The main story quoted various Iranian government officials who claimed the synagogues were razed...

  • Some non-Jewish Iranians still supportive of Israel after 60 years

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 11, 2008 | 5:43 pm

    On a daily basis I come across dozens of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic stories spewed out by the Iranian state-run news media outlets. Rarely does one hear from the non-Jewish Iranian voices of moderation who do not hate Israel nor the Jews, but they are out there. I know this...
  • JPOST story on Iranian Jews and Yom Ha’atzmaut is just pointless

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 8, 2008 | 5:15 pm


    In the past I’ve praised the English language and Israel-based Jerusalem Post newspaper for their continuous coverage of Iranian Jewry living in Iran, Israel and the U.S. Yet a brief story they recently published about Iranian Jews and Yom Ha’atzmaut in my opinion was a poor...

  • Nikbakht explains why Iranian Jews are not crazy about Obama

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 5, 2008 | 4:57 pm


    My article this week in the L.A. Jewish Journal focuses on the lack of enthusiasm among Iranian Jews for Democratic Presidential candidate Barak Obama. From what I’ve gathered from local Iranian Jews, they are turned off by Obama’s desire to diplomatically engage Iran’s...

  • Podcast: Iranian Jews and the taboo of discussing violence

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 2, 2008 | 4:49 pm

    On March 20th, Alfred Hakim, 49, a Iranian Jewish resident of Beverly Hills, was allegedly shot by his 47-year-old brother, Adel. The incident rocked the local Iranian Jewish community which has been abuzz because such gun violence and violence in general is quite rare for the...

  • Podcast: Iranian Jews giving back to L.A.‘s homeless and needy

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 27, 2008 | 4:40 pm

    On weekly basis I am approached by dozens of individuals from various backgrounds ranting about how Iranian Jews are “taking over Beverly Hills and flashing their money everywhere”. In fact one American Jewish individual at Sinai Temple in West Los Angeles asked me how involved the...

  • Some Iranian Jews still follow old traditions for preparing their weddings

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 19, 2008 | 1:30 am

    Late last year I reported on a controversial topic of extravagant spending by some Southern California Iranian Jews on their wedding celebrations in this piece which was published in the L.A. Jewish Journal. The story really touched a nerve in the community and drew both praise...

  • Just ask an Iranian American Jew about the real evil and threat from Iran’s regime

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 16, 2008 | 10:22 pm

    I was recently approached by a non-Jewish American friend who point blank asked me why Iranians and Iranian Jews living in the U.S. were so opposed to the regime in Iran. “Jews are not mistreated in Iran, besides why are you guys making such a big deal about the Iranian government...

  • Iran’s 1979 Revolution and greed tear one Iranian Jewish family apart

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 14, 2008 | 12:05 am

    “Come closer young man,” whispered an older Iranian Jewish gentleman to me in Persian language late last week. I was visiting one of the many Iranian synagogues in the Los Angeles area and this man in his early 70’s had managed to corner me before I had left the place. “You’re the...

  • Iranian Jewish author Gina Nahai not afraid to support Democrats in ‘08

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 9, 2008 | 5:08 pm

    In her column recently in the L.A. Jewish Journal, Iranian Jewish author Gina Nahai took a real bold stand by publicly supporting two of the remaining Democratic candidates for the 2008 U.S. Presidential race. This move by Nahai is indeed unique because Iranians and Iranian Jews...

  • Behind the scenes in covering the Dariush Eghbali incident

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 3, 2008 | 7:12 pm

    Accurate news coverage of the incident involving popular Iranian Muslim singer Dariush Eghbali in Las Vegas last December has been no easy task for me during the past three months. My article this week in the L.A. Jewish Journal concerning the incident can be found here.


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