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  • Letter to the Editor: Marijuana, Persians and the Oslo Accord

    October 9, 2013 | 4:04 pm

    More on Marijuana

    It can be seen by the article “Light-Up Nation” (Oct. 4) that medical marijuana is truly a science and has medical and emotional benefits. My hope is that funds will be allocated in the near future so that more research and clinical trials can be done. Why is it...

  • On being Persian

    By Gina Nahai

    October 3, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    Why do they call themselves Persian? 

    The first time someone asked me this was during a Harvest Day at my kids’ school. I had just been introduced to a blond, green-eyed American Jewish woman. I didn’t understand her question. 

    “Why do who call themselves Persian?”

    “The...

  • Blending Persian, Jewish cuisine

    June 26, 2013 | 3:45 pm

    Chef Louisa Shafia has been crossing culinary borders and bridging gastronomic gaps all her life. Shafia’s father, a Muslim from Iran, and her mother, an Askenazi Jew, raised a family around a very full dinner table laden with traditional Persian dishes right alongside the Jewish...

  • Iconoclast

    By Gina Nahai

    April 4, 2013 | 5:28 am

    This may be just another useless explanation, the kind of futile attempt at finding meaning and logic that we all resort to in response to grief, but sometimes it seems life has it in for you in a very personal way. You go along for years feeling spared and protected, taking...

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  • Locals celebrate Norooz

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 20, 2013 | 10:11 am

    Fast-paced Persian dance music and the aroma of beef kebabs filled the Arena Nightclub in Hollywood on March 16 as nearly 1,000 local Iranian-Americans and their young children gathered to celebrate the upcoming Persian new year of Norooz. 

    The Norooz Festival was the first in a...

  • The Shahs of Sunset – The Rise and Fall of Reza

    By Ilana Angel

    March 14, 2013 | 11:17 am

    I have been very fair in my blogging of The Shahs of Sunset.  I liked them season one, interviewed a few of them, and watched with delight as they made their way through reality TV stardom.   They were funny, fresh, didn’t take themselves too seriously, were proud of their...

  • 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...

  • Why isn’t L.A. up to haute kosher?

    January 30, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    During lunch at the Golden State restaurant on Fairfax, in between making sure my kids’ locavore-friendly food stays on plates and haranguing them to eat a few Persian cucumber slices, my eyes often linger on the hulking building across the street. In just a couple of seconds I’m...

  • 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....

  • Young Persian Jews cool, not cold, on Obama

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 2012 | 11:47 pm

    When the networks projected President Barack Obama’s re-election victory Tuesday night, most of the young, partying crowd at The Parlor bar in West Hollywood erupted in raucous cheers.  Except for one section.

    There, a crowd of more than 100 young Persian American Jews remained...

  • Iran’s Ahmadinejad says election, not war, solution for Syria

    October 2, 2012 | 9:48 am

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said a national dialogue leading to elections was the way towards a solution to Syria's crisis, in remarks broadcast on Tuesday.

    He told Al Jazeera television that war was not the way forward, adding: "There is another way to find a solution,...

  • The Jews of Kaifeng

    August 15, 2012 | 10:39 am

    Jewish liturgy and ritual frequently remind us that the Israelites were scattered to the “four corners of the earth,” as symbolized by the four fringes of the tallit, or prayer shawl. The extent of the geographic dispersion of the Jews over millennia has been vast, ranging from...

  • Israeli “Celine Dion,” Persian sensation Andy and a song of unity

    By Ryan Torok

    August 6, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    Performing at the Greek Theatre last weekend, 23-year-old Israeli singer and philanthropist Liel Kolet joined Iranian-Armenian pop star Andy for a song of peace.

    The power ballad, “We Hear Your Voice,” brought together Andy and Kolet and musicians from across the world,...

  • Shahs of Sunset Finale Recap - Finally!

    By Ilana Angel

    May 1, 2012 | 5:47 pm

    I don’t know what is harder to believe, that the first season of Shahs of Sunset is over, or that someone at Bravo actually thought that 6 weeks of this show would be enough.  Really Bravo?  We are hooked, and now we are also pissed.  These people make for good television and 6...

  • SEC halts Ponzi scheme targeting Persian Jews in L.A.

    April 16, 2012 | 10:02 am

    A Ponzi scheme targeting the Persian-Jewish community in Los Angeles was shut down by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

    The SEC obtained an emergency court order on April 13 to stop the scheme.

    According to the SEC, Shervin Neman, also known as Shervin Davatgarzadeh,...

  • Shahs Of Sunset – Poppa Can You Hear Me?

    By Ilana Angel

    April 11, 2012 | 9:27 am

    It’s a drag this season is only 6 shows because we are just starting to get into it and they will be gone.  It’s been interesting to meet these people and I hope when they return for season two, Ryan Seacrest lets go of the fake situations and just lets it flow.  These people are...

  • Shahs of Sunset: Colonic Anyone?

    By Ilana Angel

    April 4, 2012 | 8:57 am

    We start this week with Reza going over to GG’s for lunch. She is pretty and Reza is divine, but it felt a little too scripted to me.  I’m not sure if Bravo or Reza scripted it, but he got out of having to go the anniversary party of GG’s parents, and we were stuck watching an...

  • A Conversation with MJ of Shahs of Sunset

    By Ilana Angel

    April 1, 2012 | 4:51 pm

    I have interviewed a lot of reality personalities.  Some have been around for a long time, and some are new to the spotlight.  I have liked most and loved a couple, but never have I spoken with one who truly changed me.  Not in star struck way, but in an authentic and heartfelt way. ...

  • Shahs of Sunset:  Who Does That?

    By Ilana Angel

    March 25, 2012 | 10:41 pm

    We start off with the final moments of the Vegas trip for Reza’s birthday. Everyone is packed and ready to go except for MJ, who has not even started to pack.  You have to love MJ.  I have not figured her out yet but we know she is a sloppy drunk and seems to have absolutely no...

  • A Conversation with Sammy Younai of Shahs of Sunset

    By Ilana Angel

    March 25, 2012 | 6:58 pm

    I had the opportunity to talk with Sammy this week and I must tell you that I was really surprised by him.  I‘m not sure what it was exactly that I was expecting, but it was not what I got.  Shahs of Sunset has only been on for a couple of weeks and so it’s hard to say how he...

  • Obama appeals directly to Iranian people in holiday message [VIDEO]

    March 20, 2012 | 10:42 am

    President Obama in his message for the Persian New Year appealed directly to the Iranian people’s aspirations for freedom.

    “I want the Iranian people to know that America seeks a dialogue to hear your views and understand your aspirations,” Obama said in his message for Nowruz, the...

  • Opinion: Tunisian pizza

    By Gina Nahai

    January 4, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    There’s a concept in the Persian language – ghessmat – for which no exact equivalent exists in English. It refers to a person’s unrelenting, inescapable, for better or worse but either way, it was designed and executed specifically for you, destiny.

    Like when you miss your...

  • Opinion: Persian Tay-Sachs

    December 1, 2011 | 12:48 pm

    In the story, a young prince in an old and distant kingdom is mesmerized with salt.

    The prince loves the taste of salt on his tongue, the dryness of it on his skin. He loves the way the grains catch the light as they slip through his fingers like so many tiny pieces of glass on a...

  • For downtown’s Persian Jews, work plus worship equals success

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 26, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    Fast-paced techno dance music blasts through Chikas, a retail clothing store off Santee Street in the heart of downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District, which many call the Garment District. Robert Mahgerefteh, the store’s owner, helps the dozen or so young women looking for great...

  • 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...

  • Persian Jewish Von Trapp offers new spin on penitence

    September 2, 2011 | 10:56 am

    Growing up, Galeet Dardashti toured and performed with her father, Farid, a renowned cantor, performing Middle Eastern and Persian music throughout the United States and Canada as part of The Dardashti Family.

    “We’ve been called the ‘Jewish Von Trapps,’ ” Dardashti says...

  • Ryan Seacrest & Andy Cohen Go Persian with “Shahs of Sunset”

    By Ilana Angel

    July 21, 2011 | 9:08 am

    Just when you think Ryan Seacrest cannot possibly get another job, he’s gone and taken on another one.  Seacrest is teaming up with reality television genius Andy Cohen, from Bravo, to bring us “Shahs of Sunset”. They are saying it is modeled after “Keeping up with the...

  • Staying true to our own heritage

    By Gina Nahai

    June 1, 2011 | 10:22 am

    I once wrote a novel about an Iranian Jewish woman who grows wings and flies away from her husband’s home. She escapes because she’s in love with another man, and she believes it’s better to abandon her family than to stay and shame them by having an illicit affair. A few...

  • Not a Ralphs fan in the least

    By Julia Bendis

    December 27, 2010 | 12:09 pm

    Being a wife, a mother and a woman in general, you find yourself at a grocery store quite a bit.  I also find myself quite a bit pissed off when I am there.  I really thought that America was all about business, and customer service, and giving really good customer service.  I guess...

  • City, County Officials Celebrate No Ruz at Westwood’s Persian Square

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 7, 2010 | 1:28 am

    On March 28, nearly 10,000 Los Angeles Iranian Americans of various religions, including local Iranian Jews, celebrated the Persian New Year of No Ruz on Westwood Boulevard in Westwood Village, with the official naming of a street corner as Persian Square.  Los Angeles City Council...

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