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  • What is the thinking when supporting Trump?

    August 4, 2016 | 11:40 am

    One can argue back and forth, Trump or Hillary, but in the Jewish Journal post “10 reasons Persian Jews support Trump,” by Afshine Emrani, what is most alarming is the willful ignorance of events that accompanies much of this list.  Susan Esther Barnes attempts a point by point...

  • Response to ‘10 reasons Persian Jews support Trump’

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 3, 2016 | 9:35 am

    I started reading Afshine Ash Emrani’s Los Angeles Jewish Journal post, “10 reasons Persian Jews support Trump” with great interest. What, exactly, I wondered, is it about Donald Trump that so appeals especially to Persian Jews?

    As I started to read, however, I began to think it...

  • 10 reasons Persian Jews support Trump

    August 2, 2016 | 1:39 pm

    For many American Jews, #NeverTrump is the only slogan that matters. His shameful, unfiltered words have them running to Hillary Clinton.

    For those of us with political honesty, the choice is the lesser of two evils. We are not choosing between Mother Teresa and the Rev. Martin...

  • Chanukah: Sugar rush

    By Gina Nahai

    December 2, 2015 | 11:27 am

    I don’t know what it was like for the others, but, for me, Chanukah as a holiday has been a complete revelation.

    I don’t think I had heard mention of it growing up in Iran, and I certainly don’t remember lighting a menorah or indulging in any kind of frivolous food or activity at...

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  • Persian-Jewish women keep tradition alive on canvas

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 28, 2015 | 10:37 am

    In reporting on the Jewish community, I’ve learned about politics, schools, aging, race relations, religion and other matters. Few of these topics combine the complexity, creativity and history of a fascinating subset of Los Angeles Jewry, the Persian-Jewish women who paint.

    The...

  • LGBT Persian Jews live in changing times

    By Ryan Torok

    March 26, 2015 | 1:08 pm

    Although attitudes are becoming increasingly accepting toward homosexuality in the Jewish community, prejudices remain in the typically more conservative Persian community. To help bridge the gap, JQ International — a nonprofit, Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to...

  • Bridging two cultures within one community

    By Ryan Torok

    February 25, 2015 | 2:53 pm

    A recent discussion at Sinai Temple called “Inside the Persian Jewish Community” examined the community’s internal as well as external forces, as talk turned to the stereotypes and tensions that sometimes develop with local Ashkenazi Jews. 

    “Persians feel so judged by the...

  • Every nation is many nations

    By Gina Nahai

    February 4, 2015 | 11:38 am

    I’m sitting with three other people in a narrow booth in a bustling cafe in Manhattan. It’s the week of snowstorms and icy weather that most Angelenos dread but that I like so much, even if it does hurt to breathe outdoors, the cold air stabbing the brainstem like the sharp tip of...

  • Saba Soomekh discusses the hybrid identity of Iranian Jews in L.A.

    December 11, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    Saba Soomekh held up her book, “From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women Between Religion and Culture,” revealing the image of a child bride on the cover. 

    It was her then-10-year-old great-grandmother on her wedding day.

    Speaking to a group of...

  • Sticks and stones may break my bones, but those green onions scars will eventually heal

    March 22, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Growing up Iranian Jewish in LA, our Passover Seders were like long, annoying road trips, where instead of the kids asking, "Are we there yet?", our parents were subjected to repeated questions about the order of the Seder:

    After the first cup of wine:
    Is it Dayenu time yet??

    ...
  • The splendor and distinction of Iranian-Jewish art

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 15, 2013 | 8:11 am

    For visitors to the Fowler Museum’s recent exhibition, the show’s catalog, “Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews” edited by David Yeroushalmi (Beit Hatfutsot/Fowler Museum: $30) will be a keepsake. For those who missed the exhibition, the book captures the sumptuous images...

  • Young Iranian-Jews discuss taboo topics at UCLA

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 13, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Nearly 300 young Iranian Jews packed UCLA’s Fowler Museum auditorium on March 7 for a discussion featuring five prominent young Iranian-Jewish professionals openly discussing topics considered to be taboo within their community. The gathering was historic not only because young...

  • 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...

  • Pop Iranian and Israeli singers to perform together at unity concert

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 2, 2012 | 4:45 pm

    Iranian-Armenian pop singer Andy Madadian is perhaps one of the best known Persian language musical artists internationally. Whether in North America, Europe or even in his native Iran, this singer who is known to his fans worldwide as just “Andy”, has sold millions of records....

  • Discovering the magic behind the music of Alen G.

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 22, 2012 | 9:55 am

    He is the never ending musician, a perfectionist, the quintessential showman and entertainer with perhaps two of the most sought after musical bands in Southern California’s Iranian American community today. Alen Nazarian, popularly known to fans by his stage name of “Alen G.”,...

  • Vahik: Capturing the true essence of Iranian Jewish weddings on film

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 21, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Some of Southern California’s Iranian American couples are increasingly turning to professionals in their own community to help with their wedding party arrangements. Perhaps one of the most popular photographers and videographers the community has turned to is Vahik Rostamian— the...

  • Iranian Jewish caterer masters delicious Kosher Fusion food

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 20, 2012 | 8:28 am

    For nearly 20 years local Iranian Jewish caterer David Javaheri who is the founder of the Sason and Nana Catering businesses has been delighting his L.A. area Jewish clients with a continuously unique assortment of “kosher fusion” food. I had a special opportunity to taste some...

  • Anti-Semitism in Iran: Worse than you think [UPDATE: FARSI TRANSLATION]

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 17, 2012 | 10:00 am

    Read a translation of this article in Farsi here

    In Tehran last month, during a ceremony marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Iran’s current vice president, Mohammad-Reza Rahimi, launched an anti-Semitic tirade.

    I am fluent in Farsi and...

  • UCLA’s Museum to host new Iranian Jewish art exhibition

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 2, 2012 | 7:12 am

    To my delight I recently discovered that UCLA’s Fowler Museum will be exhibiting the “Light and Shadows” exhibit at their facility this fall which will feature the remarkably rich art and history of Iranian Jewry dating back nearly six centuries. This powerful exhibit was...

  • A unique look into Shaul Mofaz’s Iranian Jewish roots

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 31, 2012 | 7:26 am

    Southern California’s vibrant Iranian Jewish community has been abuzz during the last few months with recent news of the election victory of Iranian-born Shaul Mofaz as the new leader of the Kadima party in the Israeli Knesset in late March and when earlier this month with his...

  • Exclusive Video Webcast: Israeli Consul General Siegel outreaching to L.A.‘s Iranian Jewry

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 26, 2012 | 7:18 pm

    Yesterday nearly 50 of Southern California’s prominent Iranian Jewish community leaders and activists gathered in the L.A. area for an informal breakfast meeting with Israel’s Consul General for the Southwest region, David Siegel. The gathering allowed Siegel, who just last year...

  • 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,...

  • New Iranian Jewish art gallery shines light on Jewish artists

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 3, 2012 | 6:55 pm

    During the last ten years a growing number of young, educated and successful Iranian American Jews have ventured into the arts and entertainment industry as their primary profession. The sense of sharing their creative energy and aspirations has been attractive to young Iranian...

  • Q&A: Iranian Jewish author Angella Nazarian’s new book makes splash!

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 8, 2012 | 7:17 am

    Two years ago I had the special pleasure of interviewing Angella Nazarian, one of the Iranian Jewish community’s best-selling authors and award-winning poets. Her last book “Life As A Visitor” was indeed powerful because it revealed the difficulty she and her family faced as...

  • Lalezary is what is right about L.A.’s Iranian Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 9, 2012 | 7:13 am

    Southern California’s Iranian Jewish community has been abuzz this week after a recent press conference held by the Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca who announced that Iranian Jewish volunteer deputy Shervin Lalezary was responsible for the arrest of an alleged serial arsonist...

  • Iranian Jewish Businessman Farahi indicted for ponzi scheme

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 13, 2011 | 12:52 pm

    Los Angeles area Iranian Jewish radio talk show host and financial investment manager, John Farahi last week was charged in U.S. Federal District Court in downtown Los Angeles with allegedly defrauding more than 100 local Iranian American investors and various financial institutions...

  • Mother of Jersualem is Crying novel humanizes Middle East conflict

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 20, 2011 | 6:36 am

    Dr. Rosemary Hartounian Cohen is perhaps one of the rare authors and academics you’ll ever come across today because of her identity as an Iranian, Armenian and a Jew. Her unique background, her life experiences and those of her own family have enabled her to see the world—...

  • Q&A: Ebrahimi’s new book sheds light on life of Jews in revolutionary Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 13, 2011 | 2:17 pm

    Three years ago I had the rare opportunity to interview Simon Sion Ebrahimi, one of Southern California’s prominent Iranian Jewish authors about his true life experience of being held hostage in his own accounting firm in Iran during that country’s revolution. In November 1979,...

  • Q&A: Italian Fashion Group makes splash in Hollywood with custom suits

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 30, 2011 | 12:54 pm

    Shahrouz Stefano Kalepari is one of the Iranian Jewish owners of the L.A. based “Italian Fashion Group” that sells custom-made Italian men’s suits. The success of his family-owned business has resulted in Hollywood costume makers and designers turning to him for their suit...

  • Gabay’s new book makes the case for moderate Judaism

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 12, 2011 | 10:50 am

    Nourallah Gabay is perhaps one of only a dozen open minded and well rounded older individuals in the Southern California’s Iranian Jewish community that I have come to know over the years. Aside from being a successful businessman, he has long been involved with countless community...

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