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  • Too Persian, Too Jewish, Too Black, but Not Too Gay!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 18, 2014 | 9:46 am

    Egypt, where we were once strangers, exists all around us; in dark corners of our neighborhood where children are sold into sexual trades, where women are muzzled by cowardly men, where black earns less than white, where the rich step over the poor en route to banks, where the weak...

  • Is Your School Too Persian?  Is Beverly Hills Too Jewish?

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 14, 2014 | 7:09 am

    There is an open wound that is infecting all Jews in Los Angeles.  While across the street UCLA students are battling rampant anti-Semitism, at many of our temples and schools, we are facing anti-Persian bigotry.  "This school is way too Persian. I wouldn't send my kids there." ...

  • Video –  Persian New Year unites folks of different religions together

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 25, 2014 | 10:55 pm

    Non-Iranians often ask me what the big deal is about the secular Persian New Year’s celebrations of “No Ruz” which marks the beginning of Spring each year. Aside from the sense of nostalgia and cultural re-connection Iranian Americans get for with the celebration of No Ruz each...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Shahs of Sunset – Why So Much Hate?

    By Ilana Angel

    March 19, 2012 | 12:33 am

    I am not ashamed to tell you that I like this show.  It would be a lie, but I am not ashamed.  Truth is, I love it.  This is a fun, entertaining, mindless and fun romp into lives of a group of friends that happen to Persian.  Their religions vary, but that does not matter because...

  • The real shame in ‘The Shahs of Sunset’

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 12, 2012 | 5:07 pm

    I made it 31 minutes into the over-hyped “Shahs of Sunset” before switching it off, less out of offense than of boredom.

    The new reality show from Ryan Seacrest productions is a stunningly unoriginal look at L.A.’s Iranian-American community, but because it is the first such...

  • Shahs of Sunset - Hello? We’re Persian!

    By Ilana Angel

    March 12, 2012 | 2:54 am

    The wait is over.  Shahs of Sunset has been in the works for a long time and it finally premiered.  There has been a lot of talk about this group, and most of it not good.  They have been labeled bad for Persians, bad for Jews, and bad for America.  At the end of the day they are a...

  • Shahs of Sunset—the Love & Hate Begins

    By Ilana Angel

    March 4, 2012 | 6:25 pm

    Next week will mark the debut of Ryan Seacrest’s newest reality show, “Shahs of Sunset”.  I am a lover of reality television and I am excited about this one.  I live in LA, have some Persian friends, and this will be a fun romp. They seem cool, with just the right amount of...

  • Opinion: Oh, to be young and stupid again

    By Gina Nahai

    November 2, 2011 | 3:45 pm

    I was 21 years old, a first-year law student at USC, when I walked by a trailer parked on an empty lot off McCarthy Way on the downtown campus. It was late afternoon, and I was on my way home; I only noticed the trailer because it was such an anomaly among the red brick buildings...

  • Roger Cohen’s Dialogue with the Iran Jewish Community

    By Tom Tugend

    March 16, 2009 | 4:49 pm

    For video footage of the dialogue, click here.

    There was no clean knockout when New York Times columnist Roger Cohen faced off against some 400 members of the local Iranian Jewish and Bahai communities last week, but spectators were treated to some vigorous rhetorical sparring and...

  • LIVE VIDEO TONIGHT: A Dialogue with Roger Cohen and the Iranian Jewish Community

    By Jay Firestone

    March 12, 2009 | 4:36 pm

    [UPDATE] This is a replay of LIVE broadcast from Thursday, March 12, 2009. 

    JewishJournal.com presents a LIVE broadcast of a dialogue with Roger Cohen (New York Times) and the Los Angeles Iranian Jewish Community, moderated by Rabbi David Wolpe and hosted by Sinai Temple in Los...

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