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  • Q&A: Nikbakht explains how Iranian regime is exporting anti-Jewish ideology to U.S.

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 12, 2015 | 11:39 pm

    Frank Nikbakht is perhaps one of the world's foremost experts on the Iranian regime's advancement of anti-Semitic content in the media. With the U.S. State Department recently granting a visa to the notorious anti-Jewish Iranian comedian, Akbar Abdi, I sat down with Nikbakht...

  • Iranian Jews honor local Jewish nonprofits, HIAS

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 13, 2013 | 11:42 am

    Nearly 500 local Iranian Jews packed two auditoriums at UCLA’s Fowler Museum on Jan. 28 for an event honoring three prominent Los Angeles-area Jewish nonprofits and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). 

    The gathering, sponsored by the Los Angeles-based Y&S Nazarian Family...

  • PBS’ Iranian-American Story

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 12, 2012 | 2:02 pm

    Following more than three decades of Iranians flourishing in the United States, a documentary titled “The Iranian Americans” offers a nostalgic look at how tens of thousands of immigrants resettled in America following the 1979 revolution in Iran. It will air Dec. 18 at 9:30 p.m....

  • Reluctant hero Lalezary honored by L.A.‘s Iranian Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 20, 2012 | 12:20 pm

    In the early hours of Jan. 2, Shervin Lalezary was on only his fourth solo patrol as a Los Angeles reserve sheriff’s deputy. Driving on Sunset Boulevard near Fairfax Avenue in West Hollywood, he spotted a minivan that fit the description of one believed to be used by an arsonist who...

  • Author promotes moderate faith for Iranian Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 25, 2011 | 7:46 pm

    After their immigration to Southern California more than 30 years ago, the majority of the area’s Iranian Jewish community poured their energies into re-establishing themselves financially. Following their success, some Iranian Jews have turned their attention to promoting...

  • Sam Nazarian dubbed most powerful West Coast nightclub operator

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 23, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    The L.A. Times recently named L.A. area Iranian Jewish businessman Sam Nazarian as the most powerful nightclub owner on the West Coast after his company, SBE Group recently acquired its largest Los Angeles night-life competitor, Syndicate Hospitality. The move now gives Nazarian’s...

  • L.A.’s Iranian Americans keep tabs on new freedom protests in Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 22, 2011 | 6:40 pm

    In the wake of the Feb. 14 Iranian protests for greater freedom, which took place throughout that country, Iranian Americans of various religious backgrounds in Southern California have been closely monitoring the developments and voicing support for those seeking democracy.


  • 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...

  • Why I continue to write about L.A.‘s Iranian Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 11, 2008 | 10:06 pm

    My article in The Jewish Journal last week has sparked some interesting reactions from Los Angeles Iranian Jews who were not happy with the fact that I was giving coverage to an incident in the community which was a topic of controversy surrounding the Iranian American Jewish...

  • 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...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Wish Upon a Star

    March 13 found celebrities doing the work for a change, as television and sports stars chipped in for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles' 11th annual wine tasting and auction benefit, "Uncork a Wish."

    For more than 20 years, the organization's...