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  • Video –  Persian New Year unites folks of different religions together

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 25, 2014 | 10:55 pm

    Non-Iranians often ask me what the big deal is about the secular Persian New Year’s celebrations of “No Ruz” which marks the beginning of Spring each year. Aside from the sense of nostalgia and cultural re-connection Iranian Americans get for with the celebration of No Ruz each...

  • 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...

  • No Rooz celebrations this year source of pride and joy for L.A.’s Iranian Americans

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 29, 2011 | 3:18 pm

    For the last seven years Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas has been one of the few local elected officials who has championed the recognition of “No Rooz” or the secular Persian New Year at L.A.’s City Hall. This year’s honoring of No Rooz on March 18th by Cardenas...

  • Three Iranian Jewish men murdered in West Hollywood

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 29, 2010 | 9:28 pm

    According to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s report, on the evening of August 26th three men, now identified as local Iranian Jews, were found murdered inside their apartment located on the 600 block of North Kings Road in West Hollywood.

    The victims, who were found by Sheriff’s...

  • Webcast L.A. Officials Celebrate No Ruz at Westwood’s Persian Square

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 19, 2010 | 7:26 am

    No Ruz is an ancient secular new year celebrated by Iranians of different faiths worldwide to mark the beginning of Spring each year with the giving of gifts of money, dancing and parties held among friends. On March 28 nearly 10,000 Los Angeles area Iranian American of various...

  • J-Street and NIAC: An Unholy Alliance

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 6, 2009 | 9:13 pm

    As a young child I had the very unique opportunity of being raised by my wise Iranian Jewish great-grandmother who lived a full life of more than a century. Perhaps the most powerful lesson she taught me was “if you ever want to know what kind of person someone really is, see who...

  • L.A.‘s Iranian Americans want “Neda Square” named in Westwood

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 12, 2009 | 11:18 am

    After attending the September 23rd protest outside the Federal Building in Westwood, a handful of local Iranian American human rights and community activists informed this journalist of their upcoming campaign to urge the Los Angeles City Council to officially name the corner of...

  • Podcast Exclusive: L.A. Officials Celebrate Persian New Year of “No Ruz”

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 12, 2009 | 8:13 pm

    (left to right; City Councilmember Tony Cardenas
    and DWP head H. David Nahai at 2009 No Ruz
    gathering at Balboa Park)

    Last Sunday April 5th roughly 3,000 Los Angeles area Iranian Americans of various religious backgrounds gathered at Balboa Park in the San Fernando Valley to enjoy “No...