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  • With music, fine food, events celebrate Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews

    By Avishay Artsy

    November 5, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    The phrase “Kan ya ma kan” is usually translated as “Once upon a time” in Arabic literature, and is the phrase that begins many stories. The founders of Clockshop, a Los Angeles nonprofit arts organization, adopted this phrase to launch a series of events highlighting the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...