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Mini Course with Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback and Dr. Saba Soomekh "Forty Years After: The Los Angeles Persian Jewish Community"

Upcoming Sessions

1. Wednesday, January 8, 2020 11 Tevet 5780

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

2. Wednesday, February 19, 2020 24 Sh'vat 5780

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Past Sessions
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 6 Kislev 5780 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The impact of the revolution in Iran in 1979 goes well beyond the Middle East and few communities in the United States have felt that impact more than Los Angeles. The Jewish community has been forever changed by the immigration of tens of thousands of Persian Jews over the past four decades. The influence has been mutual—both communities have been transformed in exciting ways because of these larger forces.

This series explores the mutual impact of the Persian Jewish community, the broader Los Angeles Jewish community, and the City of Los Angeles.

Identity  |  Wednesday, December 4, 2019  |  7:30–9 p.m.

Many Persians arrived in Los Angeles with a desire to remain steeped in their culture. Growing up in Los Angeles their children, however, have been shaped by the ethos of Los Angeles. This evening we explore the transition from the immigrant, “suitcase” mentality to a sense of rootedness as L.A. Jews.

Sexuality  |  Wednesday, January 8, 2020  |  7:30–9 p.m.

While Iran was cosmopolitan under the rule of the last Shah, the transition to Los Angeles was still a shock for many Persian Jews. We’ll explore how Los Angeles, and America more broadly, has changed the way many Persian Jews understand issues of sexuality and gender.

Culture |  Wednesday, February 19, 2020  |  7:30–9 p.m.

Jewish Culture in Los Angeles has been shaped by the Persian Jewish community. From cuisine to music and minhagim (customs), the Los Angeles Jewish community has been transformed over the past four decades. This evening we explore the indelible impact of the Persian Jewish community on the Jewish community of Los Angeles.

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