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  • Q & A With Bahar Soomekh

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Persian Jewish actress Bahar Soomekh earned some serious attention last year when she played a young Iranian in "Crash," the Academy Award winner for best picture. She's now appearing in an even bigger role -- playing alongside Tom Cruise in the thriller, "M:I:III." On the eve of the...

  • Iranian Jewish Spiritual Icon Dies

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Hacham Yedidia Shofet, a spiritual icon for Persian Jews both in Iran and the United States died last week at 96 in Los Angeles.

    In Iran, Shofet served both as a religious leader and as the liaison representing Iran's Jewish community before the Shah's government. Shofet joined the...

  • 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...

  • Local Iranians Counsel Congress

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As Iran's fundamentalist regime has increased its persecution of Jews and become a major sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East, local Iranian Jewish leaders have stepped up efforts to inform U.S. officials of the increasing danger posed by the Islamic nation.

    "We're at the...

  • Center Aids Iranians in Need of Help

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    After only a few months in Los Angeles, Shirley N., a 30-year-old Jewish immigrant from Iran, almost returned to her homeland because of financial difficulties.

    "I was down, I was broke, I didn't have anyone here, and I was also worried about my family in Iran," Shirley said. "I...

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