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  • Why Jews Should Celebrate Halloween!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 30, 2014 | 5:44 pm

    Growing up in Iran, I did not have any of the electronic gadgets my children enjoy today.  Instead, what I loved was my neighborhood.

    On weekends, and during long summer days after school, we would run in the streets, unsupervised.  We would randomly join a local soccer match...

  • Beheading My Pet Lamb and Chicken Kaparot.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 1, 2014 | 5:35 pm

    I was eight years old when my father brought home our first pet.  Babai, an endearing name for a lamb in Iran, was cute, white, fluffy- all that a child wanted.

    My father emptied the pool and placed Babai in it to roam.  Each day, before and after school, I would walk down the...

  • When Friends Become Anti-Semites

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 23, 2014 | 6:05 pm

    This week, all diversity training and tolerance enhancing programs failed.  It’s like when you prepare for an earthquake with a drill, but don’t really care.

    We are all guilty.  We all whisper words of bigotry in the privacy of our homes.  But, in today’s social media, we have...

  • My First Passover Memory in Iran

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 16, 2014 | 9:56 pm

    A gasp.  The door flings open.  A stranger walks in.  The crowded room falls into silence.  Hunchbacked, cane in hand, covered in a white Arabic sheet head to toe, only eyes piercing and an imposing white beard, he carries a young child on his back.  The service stops for a...

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  • Are we hearing Iranian voices?

    December 22, 2011 | 11:30 am

    An elegant Manhattan apartment overlooking Central Park provided warmth and safety for American reporters representing four news agencies to speak directly via Internet with four Iranians facing drastically different circumstances. “If we get caught talking to foreign reporters,...

  • 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...

  • Podcast: L.A. City Council candidate Paul Koretz reaches out to local Iranians

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2009 | 12:13 pm

    Last night Paul Koretz, the Los Angeles City Council candidate for the Fifth district spoke at a fundraiser in Westwood, a local stronghold for various Iranian groups in the city. Last week our podcast program chatted with Koretz about his outreaching to Iranian voters. Koretz, who...

  • Iranian-Americans celebrate Norooz, Persian New Year

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Persian New Year, also known as Norooz, was celebrated at Los Angeles City Hall on March 16 as members of Persian American Communities Inc. -- a nonprofit organization consisting of local Iranian American Jews and Muslims -- joined with L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and members of...
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