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  • 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...

  • Iranian-Jewish community split on Namvar sentencing

    By  Tom Tugend

    October 12, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    Reaction in the Iranian-Jewish community appeared divided on the guilt and punishment of Ezri Namvar, a longtime leading businessman and philanthropist, who was sentenced Oct. 11 to seven years in federal prison for stealing $21 million from four clients.

    U.S. District Judge Percy...

  • Promoting unity, Judaism among local Iranian Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 22, 2010 | 9:19 pm

    Southern California’s Iranian Jewish community has long been divided over a host of social and religious issues, often discouraging hopes among the elders for community continuity. Eman Esmailzadeh, a 27-year-old engineer and community activist, is one of a small number of young...

  • 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...

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  • Jimmy Carter hatred is alive in Iranian L.A.

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The September release of a new documentary that follows Jimmy Carter on tour for his controversial book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," has reignited the longstanding animosity many Iranian Americans feel toward the former U.S. president.

    The film, "Man From Plains", reveals the...

  • When they killed Cousin Ebi with a bullet to the heart, my family finally decided it was time to leave Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "He was shot with one bullet to his heart," said my cousin Abe Berookhim, a Los Angeles Iranian Jewish businessman. At a Sinai Temple Men's Club meeting earlier this month, Berookhim publicly shared the 30-year-old heart-wrenching story of his 31-year-old uncle's arrest and...
  • Sudan refugees sheltered in Negev, cash call doesn’t draw Jews from Iran

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Negev Desert Takes in Sudanese Refugees

    Israel is erecting a tent city in the Negev Desert to accommodate Sudanese refugees. Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter announced Monday that with hundreds of refugees from Darfur and other Sudanese trouble spots flocking to Israel through...

  • Rita, Israel’s reigning diva,  plays intimate evening in L.A.

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    The Rita show in Rio de Janeiro this February
    Only Rita could have pulled it off. Her famous "One" concert was the first time any Israeli recording artist has attempted such an extravagant, multimedia performance. With its crew of 50 tumbling dancers, grandiose costumes,...
  • The Persian rabbi explains it all

    By Sara Shereen Bakhshian

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Haji Hayim sings and dances to a traditional song typically sung at b'nai mitzvah ceremonies, but he does so to a techno beat.

    Haji Hayim animated gif The cartoon character started grabbing the attention of the Iranian Jewish community in January 2006, when his video was distributed in e-mails as part of...
  • Becoming American

    By Gina Nahai

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    She comes up to me through the crowd -- designer clothes and Tahitian pearls and that I-know-I'm-gorgeous confidence that makes her impossible to look away from -- and hands me one of my own books. We're at a writers' conference in Long Beach. I'm scheduled to speak later in the day,...
  • Delshad sworn in as B.H. Mayor, free money for offered to first-time campers, Q & A with ex-Chief Justice of Israel

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Delshad sworn in as B.H. Mayor More than 500 Beverly Hills residents, civic leaders, and rabbis gathered on Tuesday March 27th outside City Hall for the inauguration of Jimmy Delshad as Mayor of Beverly Hills.

    Delshad, who is of Iranian Jewish heritage, made history earlier this...

  • Iranian Jews stand by their man Katsav in rape and sexual harassment case

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Despite a flurry of criticism directed at Israeli President Moshe Katsav over rape and sexual harassment allegations, support for Israel's embattled president remains strong among Southern California's Iranian Jews.

    "Many in the community here know President Katsav on a personal...

  • Tehran cemetery Web site links local Persians to Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly four years ago, Shahram Farzan, an Iranian Jew living in Los Angeles, traveled to Tehran to have a hand-carved marble tombstone placed on his father's grave at the Jewish cemetery, which has been called "beheshtieh" by the city's Jewry for more than half a century. (The word...
  • The Legacy of ‘Esther’s Children’

    By Gina Nahai

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In his introduction to Esther's Children," (Jewish Publication Society, $110) editor Houman Sarshar speaks of a time when, at 6 years old and about to start elementary school, he discovered his legacy as an Iranian Jew. Over breakfast in their apartment in Tehran, Houman's father, a...