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News and updates about Iranian Jewish community

Iranian elections:

Jewish leaders call on Jews to vote

Ahead of the elections for Iran's next president, Rabbi Younes Hamami Lalehzar is leading the call for his community to go to the polls.

Jewish leaders call on Jews to vote

Neturei Karta:

We are working to save Iranian Jew from death sentence

A member of the extreme anti-Zionist sect told Radio Kol Barama that community activists are in Iran working to save Arvin Ghahremani, who faces the death penalty after being involved in a deadly brawl.

We are working to save Iranian Jew from death sentence

Report:

Appeal of Iranian Jewish man sentenced to death rejected

Iranian court rejects appeal against execution of young Jewish man who killed a Muslim in self-defense after the Muslim man stabbed him.

Appeal of Iranian Jewish man sentenced to death rejected

Iranian Jewish community mourns death of Pres. Ebrahim Raisi

Leaders of Iranian Jewish community publish notice mourning Pres. Ebrahim Raisi after his death in a helicopter crash. 'We are full of sadness.'

Iranian Jewish community mourns death of Pres. Ebrahim Raisi

Iranian media:

Young Jewish man facing death penalty

According to reports, the man was arrested and sentenced to death after he was involved in a fight during which a non-Jewish Iranian was killed.

Young Jewish man facing death penalty

Iranian Jewish MP congratulates attack against Israel

Homayoun Sameh claimed the attack was successful, stating that Iran's goal was not to hit with all of the missiles, but to cause confusion and hit specific targets.

Iranian Jewish MP congratulates attack against Israel

Iranian Jewish MP condemns elimination in Damascus

Homayoun Sameh, the representative of the Jewish community in the Iranian parliament, condemns strike in Damascus which was attributed to Israel.

Iranian Jewish MP condemns elimination in Damascus

Iran:

Anti-Israel protest outside Mordecai and Esther's tomb

Demonstrators gathered at the Jewish holy site waving Palestinian flags and chanting 'Death to Israel.'

Anti-Israel protest outside Mordecai and Esther's tomb

Jewish visitors shocked

PLO flag hung at gravesite of Mordecai and Esther

Iranian Jews made the traditional annual pilgrimage to the site believed to be the graves of the protagonists of the Purim story.

PLO flag hung at gravesite of Mordecai and Esther

Jewish Iranian MP threatens revenge

MP Homayoun Sameh said the assassination of Razi Mousavi will not remain unanswered, and Israel 'will pay a heavy price for this action.'

Jewish Iranian MP threatens revenge

US accuses Iran of forcing Jewish citizens to condemn Israel

US Antisemitism Monitor Deborah Lipstadt says 'It is reprehensible that Iranian regime pressure Jews and others to advance their propaganda'

US accuses Iran of forcing Jewish citizens to condemn Israel

Report:

Iranian Jews forced to cut ties with relatives in Israel

Iranian Israelis say their relatives in Iran have left family Whatsapp groups and are even blocking their Israeli contacts.

Iranian Jews forced to cut ties with relatives in Israel

Iranian rabbi condemns Israel for strikes on Gaza

Iran's chief rabbi, Younes Hamami Lalehzar, says Israel's actions in Gaza 'should not be linked to the Jews and their religion.'

Iranian rabbi condemns Israel for strikes on Gaza

'Stay off the streets'

Iranian Jewish leaders issue warning ahead of Rosh Hashanah

First day of Rosh Hashanah coincides with first anniversary of murder of Mahsa Amini, which sparked widespread anti-regime protests.

Iranian Jewish leaders issue warning ahead of Rosh Hashanah

Iranian Jews take part in memorial for Ayatollah Khomeini

Heads of local Jewish community give speeches in memory of the Ayatollah, point out the religious freedom that the Jews in Iran have.

Iranian Jews take part in memorial for Ayatollah Khomeini

Iranian Jewish MP criticizes Crown Prince's Israel visit

The representative of the Jewish community in the Iranian parliament criticizes Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi's visit to Israel last week.

Iranian Jewish MP criticizes Crown Prince's Israel visit

Op-Ed:

Israel, a friend of Iran's historic legacy

A Jewish Iranian expresses the hopes of the anti-mullah Iranian diaspora and the people of Iran from Reza Phalavi's visit to Israel. Op-ed.

Israel, a friend of Iran's historic legacy

Jewish Iranian MP participates in anti-Israel demonstration

Dr. Homayoun Sameyah, Jewish representative in the Iranian parliament, says that "the occupied territories will be liberated."

Jewish Iranian MP participates in anti-Israel demonstration

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Iranian Jews sing after Purim megillah reading

Jews in Tehran sing the Shoshanat Yaakov prayer, which is sung at the conclusion of the reading of the Book of Esther.

Iranian Jews sing after Purim megillah reading

Tehran Jewish community condemns Iran protests, supports regime

Main organization of Tehran's Jewish community publishes letter voicing support for regime as protests continue.

Tehran Jewish community condemns Iran protests, supports regime

Iran's rabbi speaks: 'No danger to Judaism in Iran'

Rabbi Yehuda Grami of Iran says Jewish community is growing, speaks about the challenges of Jewish life in Iran.

Iran's rabbi speaks: 'No danger to Judaism in Iran'

Daughter of Jewish refugees is helping refugees in California

Iranian-Jewish teen growing up in Beverly Hills joins with classmate to launch Refugee Empowerment Project.

Daughter of Jewish refugees is helping refugees in California

AP photographer fled Iran after capturing images of Jewish life

He captured rare images of Jewish life in Iran. Then he fled, fearing for his safety.

AP photographer fled Iran after capturing images of Jewish life

Two Jewish asylum seekers in Germany to be returned to Iran?

They claim to have proof they are Jewish, fled Iran to Sweden and are in danger of being deported from Germany. Can they be helped? Op-ed..

Two Jewish asylum seekers in Germany to be returned to Iran?

Historic letters reveal purchase of graves of Mordechai & Esther

Iranian Jewish community negotiated with Shah of Iran to purchase site in Hamedan, western Iran.

Historic letters reveal purchase of graves of Mordechai & Esther

Granddaughter of executed Iranian Jewish leader shares his story

An Iranian Jewish leader was executed in 1979. Now his granddaughter wants his story known.

Granddaughter of executed Iranian Jewish leader shares his story

Iranian rabbi among those who pay tribute to Soleimani

Rabbi Hamnami Lalehzar tells PressTV that eliminated general "played key role in serving other religious communities".

Iranian rabbi among those who pay tribute to Soleimani

Leader of Jewish community in Iran condemns killing of Soleimani

Representative of Iran's Jewish community in Iranian parliament offers condolences to family of slain Iranian general.

Leader of Jewish community in Iran condemns killing of Soleimani

Leader of Iranian Jewish community urges Jews to vote

Rabbi Younis Hammami Lalehzar calls voting in the Iranian presidential election an "obligation" for the Jewish community.

Leader of Iranian Jewish community urges Jews to vote

200 people rally against Iranian government in LA

Demonstration features many different groups, including the Jewish community, taking a stand against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

200 people rally against Iranian government in LA

Growing up in Iran, I thought everyone celebrated Passover

'For years I believed Passover to be the beginning of the Jewish calendar,' one Iranian Jew recalls.

Growing up in Iran, I thought everyone celebrated Passover

Rare report from inside Iran's prisons

An American recently released from Iranian prison tells of the people he met inside, including an Iranian Jew jailed for visiting Israel.

Rare report from inside Iran's prisons

'Iran twisting Purim story to smear the Jews'

Haman the Persian? Activist reflects on Jewish life in Iran, Mordechai & Esther's Tomb, and how the Purim story is being used against Jews.

'Iran twisting Purim story to smear the Jews'

A new blow to Iran's forgotten Jews

Human rights group "3 Generations" should know better than to feature a journalist who denied oppression of Iran's Jews. Op-ed

A new blow to Iran's forgotten Jews

Watch: Selichot in Iran

Rabbi Yehuda Gerami, Chief Rabbi of Iran, posts footage of a Selichot prayer service at the synagogue in Isfahan.

Watch: Selichot in Iran

Chief Rabbi of Iran speaks out

Rabbi Yehuda Garami claims Iranian Jews have 'total freedom of religion'. 'Unlike in Europe, we don't need guards for our synagogues.'

Chief Rabbi of Iran speaks out

Iran's chief rabbi speaks out against Israel

In interview on official Iranian television, chief rabbi of the Iranian Jewish community condemns "Zionism".

Iran's chief rabbi speaks out against Israel

Tomb of Mordechai and Esther reportedly set on fire

Tomb of Mordechai and Esther, located in the Iranian city of Hamadan, reportedly set on fire. Jewish groups condemn.

Tomb of Mordechai and Esther reportedly set on fire

Watch: Megillah reading at Tomb of Mordechai and Esther

The Chief Rabbi of Iran led a reading of the Scroll of Esther on the occasion of the Purim holiday.

Watch: Megillah reading at Tomb of Mordechai and Esther

LA Iranian-Americans welcome dialogue with Trump admin. official

Trump administration's Brian Hook addresses Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Iranians in LA following elimination of Qassem Soleimani.

LA Iranian-Americans welcome dialogue with Trump admin. official

LA’s Iranian Jews enjoy first musical selichot performance

Watch: Hundreds of Iranian Jews in LA gather for special musical Selichot prayer service.

LA’s Iranian Jews enjoy first musical selichot performance

Iranian American Jewish Federation Saluted by ILAI Fund

'Technology has given us the ability to provide a way for these special children to express their feelings.'

Iranian American Jewish Federation Saluted by ILAI Fund

'Happy Rosh Hashanah', tweets Iranian Foreign Minister

Mohammad Javad Zarif takes to Twitter to wish the Jewish people a Happy New Year, includes photos from Iran synagogue.

'Happy Rosh Hashanah', tweets Iranian Foreign Minister

Iran paves way for Jews to run in municipal election

Iranian authorities overturned ban implemented barring religious minorities from standing in municipal polls.

Iran paves way for Jews to run in municipal election

Report: Vandals attack Iran synagogue, destroy Torah scrolls

Vandals break into the Hadash Synagogue in the Iranian city of Shiraz, destroy Torah scrolls and deface prayer books. Police investigating.

Report: Vandals attack Iran synagogue, destroy Torah scrolls

Iranian Jewish lawmaker blasts Netanyahu

Jewish member of Iran’s parliament calls Netanyahu "insane vampire" over his comments that Iran seeks the annihilation of the Jews.

Iranian Jewish lawmaker blasts Netanyahu

Iran, the Holocaust, 'Septembers of Shiraz' — and me

“Septembers of Shiraz” is a film about a prosperous Jewish family in Iran caught up in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution.

Iran, the Holocaust, 'Septembers of Shiraz' — and me

What is Life Like for Iranian Jewry?

Reporter who visited Iran gives details about Iranian Jews after historic visit. While they're not 'miserable', life can be precarious.

What is Life Like for Iranian Jewry?

Mossad: Three Missing Iranian Jews Were Murdered

Cyrus and Ibrahim Karamani, and Norallah Rabizadeh, escaped Tehran in 1997. Their families are in Israel.

Mossad: Three Missing Iranian Jews Were Murdered

Iranian Police Return Stolen Torah to Jewish Community

'Invaluable' Torah scroll was among several ancient manuscripts which 'disappeared' from a synagogue in Shiraz; Jewish MP thanks police.

Iranian Police Return Stolen Torah to Jewish Community

Iranian Chief Rabbi Bans Insulting Mohammed

Insulting Mohammed punishable by death in Judaism, Iran's Chief Rabbi allegedly says in statement likely coerced by authorities.

Iranian Chief Rabbi Bans Insulting Mohammed

Memorial Brings Recognition to Iran's Jewish 'Martyrs'

Special memorial erected in Tehran's Jewish cemetery highlights different perceptions of 'Jews' and 'Zionists' in Iran, locals say.

Memorial Brings Recognition to Iran's Jewish 'Martyrs'

Iran Unveils Monument to Jewish 'Martyrs'

At a public ceremony Monday, Iran unveiled a monument dedicated to Jewish soldiers killed in the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War.

Iran Unveils Monument to Jewish 'Martyrs'

Iranian Chief Rabbi Dies

Rabbi Yousef Hamadani Cohen, 98, dies of illness. What's next for Jews in Iran?

Iranian Chief Rabbi Dies

Rouhani Donates Money to Jewish Hospital

Iranian President donates $170,000 to the country's only Jewish hospital, his second such gesture since taking office.

Rouhani Donates Money to Jewish Hospital

Spotlight: From Iran to the IDF

Until 18 months ago, S. lived in her Iranian Jewish community and dreamed of making Aliyah. Now, she is serving in Israel's Border Police.

Spotlight: From Iran to the IDF

Iranian Jews Protest in Favor of Nuclear Program

In a rare public display, members of Iran's Jewish community rally in support of the country's nuclear program.

Iranian Jews Protest in Favor of Nuclear Program

Expert Reveals Iran’s Fake Jewish Support

Iranian leaders are showing off their Jews in hopes of boosting the country’s image, Iranian Jewish expert says.

Expert Reveals Iran’s Fake Jewish Support

Tehran Jewish Leader to Obama: Carpe Diem

Head of Tehran's Jewish community tells Obama he has an "unrepeatable" opportunity to mend fences with Iran.

Tehran Jewish Leader to Obama: Carpe Diem

Iranian Jews Hope for Change with Rouhani

The Jews who still remain in Iran "have an easy life" but hope for an improved standing under the new leadership.

Iranian Jews Hope for Change with Rouhani