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  • Nessah reaches out to young Iranian professionals

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Like other Jews in Los Angeles, Iranian Jews have a wide range of Ashkenazi and Sephardic synagogues of different denominations to choose from for High Holy Days services. This year, Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills hopes to attract a sizeable portion of the Iranian Jewish community...
  • Briefs: Museum of Holocaust names new director, Iranians fast for accident victims

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Museum of Holocaust names new director

    Rachel Jagoda Lithgow, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust executive director, announced last week that she will step down from the post she's held for five years in advance of a move to Chicago. Mark Rothman, Holocaust services advocate at...

  • 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...
  • Iranian Jewish mentors reach out to youth

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A recent gathering at a home in the San Fernando Valley brought together more than 40 Iranian Jews to discuss issues of mentorship. However, this informational meeting wasn't about matching up Baby Boomers with Gen X-ers to discuss long-term career strategies. Instead, it was...
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  • Persian voices unite in lawsuit against Khatami

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In a rare display of unity, a variety of groups within the local Persian Jewish community have joined to voice support for a lawsuit filed against former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Sept. 9 by seven Persian Jewish families in Los Angeles and Israel. The suit holds Khatami responsible for the arrests and disappearance of their loved ones more than 10 years ago.
     
  • Persian Jews Dive Into Politics

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took office on July 1, he could have handed out thank-yous to groups all over the city for his Election Day drubbing of incumbent Mayor James Hahn.

    Jews, in all their local permutations, were a big part of Villaraigosa's victory: Orthodox Jews, Valley...

  • Iran to L.A.—Hope, Hardship Mark Path

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Jahangir Javaheri lived a full life in Iran as a pharmaceutical retailer, complete with a nice car, large house and the esteem and satisfaction that came with being a leader within the nation's small but cohesive Jewish community. Yet he wanted something more for his family,...

  • Five Iranian Jews Remain Jailed

    By Michael J. Jordan

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Three Iranian Jews imprisoned on charges of spying for Israel have been released, but the last five remain in jail, contrary to earlier reports.

    Sources close to the issue said Monday that Iranian authorities had granted the last five an indefinite furlough. On Wednesday, however,...

  • Hope for a Democratic Iran

    By Tom Tugend

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As Reza Pahlavi, son of the former shah of Iran, took the stage, the overflow audience of Iranian Jews rose as one. They waved Iranian, American and Israeli flags, broke into rhythmic clapping, and shouted in Farsi, "Long live the shah" and "We love you."

    The heir to the deposed...

  • Message of Hope

    By Tom Tugend

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Prospects are favorable that some of the prison senten-ces imposed on 10 Iranian Jews charged with spying for Israel will be reduced and that others will be set free, according to the Jewish community's official representative in the Iranian parliament.

    Maurice Motamed predicted that...

  • The Long Wait

    By Michael J

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The waiting game continues in Iran, as the judiciary there has postponed at least for another week a decision in the appeals of 10 Iranian Jews convicted on charges of spying for Israel.The delay is ostensibly because the three judges reviewing the appeals are divided on whether the...

  • Rally for the ‘Iran 13’

    By Tom Tugend

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Passover theme of liberation took on new meaning when more than 1,000 people rallied Sunday to demand freedom for the 13 Iranian Jews, imprisoned in Shiraz a year ago and facing trial for alleged espionage.

    The vigil in the outdoor memorial court of the Museum of Tolerance...

  • 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...

  • A Call for Justice and Freedom

    By Tom Tugend

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A dramatic appearance by the Rev. Jesse Jackson in Los Angeles last week helped kick into high gear an international campaign to free 13 Iranian Jews who were arrested by Iranian authorities for alleged espionage, and who face possible execution.

    In a news conference...

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