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  • Star of the Canyon

    By Mojdeh Sionit

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Canyon Country Store -- the star-studded grocery featured in the older woman/younger man film "Laurel Canyon," starring Frances McDormand -- is actually run by two Persian Jews.

    Owner David Shamsa and manager Tommy Bina have tried to maintain the store's authenticity.

    Shamsa,...

  • Persian Jews Divided on War

    By Mojdeh Sionit

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "I am all for this war, all humanity should be for it," said Ramin Shookhtim, a Persian Jew who left Iran in 1987 to study in the United States.

    "Although there is no single solution against terrorism and terrorism will always be there, I think this war would help the fight...

  • A Persian American Feast

    By Shanee Banfshe Michaelson

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Every Erev Rosh Hashana, our dining room table is set with the requisite items: apples, honey,tongue and beets. Zucchini and black-eyed peas. Mouth-watering sweet pomegranate. Sound a little exotic? To Persian American Jews, this is a yearly reality as families get together to...

  • Nessah Seeks Younger Crowd

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On a typical Shabbat morning at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills, there is seldom a free seat in the spanking new 1,200-seat sanctuary. At Nessah, like other traditional Orthodox synagogues in Los Angeles, men and women sit separately, men lead the services and they don't use a...

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  • Shooting in Cheviot Hills

    By Mike Levy

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A dispute between two groups of young Persian men, one Jewish, one Muslim, erupted in a shooting at Cheviot Hills Park the night of June 3.

    Approximately 40 young men gathered in a back parking lot at the park, reportedly to resolve an ongoing dispute. Witnesses interviewed by police...

  • Sunday in the Park

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Maybe the post-apocalyptic parking situation was a tip-off. The overcapacity of automobiles surrounding Woodley Park seemed to confirm that this year's Israeli Independence Day Festival outdid itself in terms of spectacle and attendance. An estimated 50,000 attended, festival...

  • Party Up, Kosher Style!

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Call it a beach party without the beach. The pouring rain didn't stop Beverly Hills High School students from partying when they recently converged on the campus football field for an early evening bonfire. The up-tempo rally - which featured kosher hot dogs and school cheerleaders...

  • Marcelle Kadkhoda

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Top, left toright, Marcelle, Abraham, Janet, Isaac, Mansour and Alahyar Kadkhoda.Left, Janet and Marcelle today.

     

    It is a late Friday morning, not long before Rosh Hashanah, andalready the tantalizing smells of exotic spices and frying onions arewafting from Marcelle Kadkhoda's sunny,...

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