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  • Why Iranian Jews cannot forget Elghanian’s killing

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 11, 2009 | 11:03 am

    He was known through out Iran at one time as the largest producer of plastic goods, he was a successful importer and industrialist with different manufacturing companies, the wealthiest Jew in Iran and their community’s leader as well as a generous philanthropist to Iranians of all...

  • Magbit raises funds for Israeli veterans of Operation Cast Lead

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 6, 2009 | 1:53 am

    During the course of the year I must receive nearly three or four dozen notices for various Iranian Jewish functions, fundraisers, networking events, religious gatherings and every other shindig you could possibly image coming from Southern California’s Iranian Jewish community. From...

  • Kudos to J.U.N. for honoring young Iranian Jewish leadership

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 14, 2009 | 10:39 am

    On April 2nd nearly 150 young L.A. area Iranian Jews gathered at the Tower hotel in the Pico-Robertson area for a Casino Night held by the local “Jewish Unity Network” (J.U.N.) organization. Party goers enjoyed playing various casino style games, danced the night away and honored...

  • Podcast Exclusive: L.A. Officials Celebrate Persian New Year of “No Ruz”

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 12, 2009 | 8:13 pm

    (left to right; City Councilmember Tony Cardenas
    and DWP head H. David Nahai at 2009 No Ruz
    gathering at Balboa Park)

    Last Sunday April 5th roughly 3,000 Los Angeles area Iranian Americans of various religious backgrounds gathered at Balboa Park in the San Fernando Valley to enjoy “No...

  • Oldest Jewish immigrant from Iran has an incredible story

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 30, 2009 | 1:52 am

    It’s not often I get the opportunity to chat with an individual in the Iranian Jewish community who has personally witnessed a century of our community’s existence in Iran, but I had that rare honor when meeting Heshmat Elyasian. She is the oldest Jewish immigrant to arrive in...

  • Podcast: New Iranian Jewish basketball league big hit in Beverly Hills

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 9, 2009 | 12:15 pm

    Late last year when some players from the new J.E.M. Iranian Jewish basketball league informed me they were playing in an official and organized basketball league in Beverly Hills, I thought they were joking. But to my pleasent surprise the league and its players are a reality and...

  • Iranian Jewish candidates fall short in Beverly Hills’ city race

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 5, 2009 | 2:00 am

    Following yesterday’s election results in Beverly Hills, the only two Iranian Jewish candidates for the city council race had very poor showings as a result of low voter turnout and a lack of excitement for this campaigns. While one Iranian Jewish candidate, Fran Cohen received only...

  • Roger Cohen still lying about Iran’s current regime

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 3, 2009 | 2:53 am

    Why the New York Times editors continue to publish the ridiculous lies and rants of their opinion columnist Roger Cohen is beyond my comprehension. Last weekend his shameful opinion article tried paint a rosey picture of the lives of some 20,000 Jews who still live in Iran. Cohen...

  • NY Times columnist Roger Cohen is wrong about Iran’s Jews!

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 26, 2009 | 1:22 am

    During this past weekend I was disturbed to come across a shameful opinion article written by New York Times columnist Roger Cohen who was regurgitating the usual lies Jews living in Iran are forced to give Western journalists who visit them because of the Jews fear of what will...

  • Iranian Jewish historical lecture event draws crowds at Nessah

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 24, 2009 | 11:00 am

    Nearly 150 local young and older Iranian Jews as well as a handful of other Jews packed the Nessah Synagogue’s main sanctuary hall in Beverly Hills on February 5, 2009 for a unique lecture event on the largely unstudied 2,700 year history of Iran’s Jews. The gathering was the...

  • Sam Nazarian seeking new SLS hotel in Tel Aviv

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 13, 2009 | 12:00 pm

    Despite the downturn in the economy here in the U.S. and in Israel, successful Southern California Iranian Jewish entrepreneur Sam Nazarian has expressed interest in opening one of his popular high end SLS hotels in Tel Aviv during a recent interview with the Jerusalem Post newspaper...

  • 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...

  • Podcast: Beverly Hills’ Iranian Jewish candidates for City Council

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 9, 2009 | 3:08 am

    This week my piece in the L.A. Jewish Journal focuses on the two Iranian Jewish candidates for the Beverly Hills City Council, a race this year that has not generated as much excitement and buzz as the previous February 2007 race. Our podcast program had a chance to chat with the two...

  • Iran’s Jews forced to join Iran’s pro-Hamas propaganda

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 16, 2009 | 2:49 am

    Late last month as the current Gaza war between Israel and the Iranian-back Hamas terrorist group erupted, I was disgusted to find countless news media outlets including the Israel-based Jerusalem Post (JPOST) running ridiculous stories that were obviously put out by the Iranian...

  • Go protest Iran’s regime…it’s the real culprit behind the Gaza war

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 7, 2009 | 3:07 am

    During the past week and several days I have read of reports of thousands of people protesting in the Middle East and elsewhere worldwide against Israel’s efforts to defend itself against Hamas terrorists in Gaza that have been launching rockets into civilian populations living in...

  • Q&A with Iranian Jewish “mensche” Manijeh Youabian

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 2, 2009 | 4:06 pm

    During the course of the year I am approached by hundreds of Iranian American Jews living in Southern California and New York who recommend stories for me to cover about their community. Whether it’s a worthy charitable cause or a problem issue that the community is grappling with,...

  • Exclusive Podcast Interview: U.S. Senator Arlen Specter

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 1, 2009 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly two dozen local Jewish and non-Jewish supports of U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R) attended a small fundraiser for the senior senator from Pennsylvania at the private home of Iranian Jewish couple Makan Delrahim and Michelle Kahen Delrahim in Malibu on December 17th. Guests...

  • Nessah’s young professionals gave IDF warm heros welcome

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 31, 2008 | 8:40 pm

    (From left) Nessah board member Simon Etehad, Rabbi Hillel Benchimol, Nessah board Member Bobby Zoleikhaeian. Photo by Karmel Melamed

    On December 13th more than 300 Southern California Jews packed the Nessah Synagogue to pray and also to show their deepest gratitude to nearly 30...

  • Bringing down Iran’s regime…it’s their economy stupid!

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 15, 2008 | 6:22 pm

    For the past several years, critics of this blog have discounted my suggestions that the Achilles heel of Iran’s current fundamentalist Islamic regime is its poor economy. Yet the recent events of the past few weeks with oil hovering at around $40 a barrel (and Iran’s lower-quality...

  • Why I continue to write about L.A.‘s Iranian Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 11, 2008 | 10:06 pm

    My article in The Jewish Journal last week has sparked some interesting reactions from Los Angeles Iranian Jews who were not happy with the fact that I was giving coverage to an incident in the community which was a topic of controversy surrounding the Iranian American Jewish...

  • Wiesenthal Center and L.A.‘s Iranian Jews help fight Holocaust denial propaganda

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 18, 2008 | 3:22 am

    On November 10th more a dozen Southern California based Persian language news media outlets owned by Iranian Muslims gathered at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in West Los Angeles for the launching of a newly translated Persian language version of the book “Night” by Nobel Prize...

  • Young Iranian Jews react to 2008 election results

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 11, 2008 | 12:23 am

    Nearly 200 young local Iranian Jews from the “30 Years After” organization gathered at the Parlor sports bar in Santa Monica on November 4th to mingle and watch the results of the 2008 Presidential election. While a substantial segment of Southern California Iranian Jews were...

  • This time, I remember

    By Gina Nahai

    November 6, 2008 | 11:05 pm

    We're sitting around my parents' dining room in Century City for Shabbat dinner, and the conversation veers toward our childhoods in Iran.

    My cousin, who's a few years older than I (though you'd never guess it by looking at her, because she has that remarkable ability to forgive the...

  • Photo Essay: L.A.‘s Iranian Jews repaying Alliance’s generosity

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 2, 2008 | 1:15 am

    On October 19, 2008 I was witness to a incredible event in Iranian Jewish history which brought a warm feeling to my heart. After 110 years Iranian Jews (living in Los Angeles) finally and properly showed their appreciation to the Alliance Israelite Universelle (AIU), a French Jewish...

  • Podcast: Why do 20,000 Jews still live in Iran?

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 16, 2008 | 11:15 am

    With tensions growing between Iran and Israel this past year over Iran’s efforts to acquire nuclear weapons, many Jewish communities worldwide—especially Iranian Jews living in the U.S. have been worried about what will happen to the nearly 20,000 Jews still living in Iran should a...

  • Photo essay: Kudos to 30 Years After on their conference

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 23, 2008 | 4:01 am

    From the beginning of this year, I have witnessed a quiet revolution among young Iranian Jewish professionals unfolding in Southern California with the emergence of the 30 Years After organization. This group of young Iranian Jews has decided that the time is ripe for them to help...

  • It’s not easy having 9/11 as a birthday

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 11, 2008 | 4:01 am

    Following the horrific events of September 11, 2001 the lives of thousands of Americans were transformed overnight with terrorists attacking our great nation. Yet 9/11 has always been a unique day in my life as it was the day I arrived in this world. 30 years ago this year, I was...

  • Looking back on the Iranian revolution after 30 years

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 7, 2008 | 2:28 am

    Following the publication of my cover story this week in the L.A. Jewish Journal regarding the Iranian Jewish experience during that country’s revolution, readers of the paper and this blog have asked me why I decided to go forward with the piece at this point in time. My objectives...

  • A Eulogy for Mr. Davidoff

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 1, 2008 | 4:10 am

    Below is a eulogy I prepared and was asked to present at a memorial service on August 28th at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills for my dear friend Benjamin Davidoff. Unfortunately due to time restrains and other speakers speaking for long periods, I was not given the chance to...

  • Remembering the late Elias Eshaghian

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 20, 2008 | 2:05 am

    On August 8, Elias Eshaghian, a pivotal educator and director of many Jewish schools throughout Iran during the last century, passed away at the age of 78. More than 500 local Iranian Jews packed Temple Beth El in West Hollywood for his memorial service. Late last year I had the rare...

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