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Past Events

December 10, 2021

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July 13, 2021

A Conversation with Menashe Amir

We would like to thank the community for joining us as we reopened our doors to welcome prominent Iranian-Israeli journalist and newscaster, Mr. Menashe Amir to IAJF's halls for an engaging and informative discussion that was moderated by our very own Zohreh Mizrahi.

Full Video:

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March 24, 2021

Persian Pesach with Nicole Dayani

Want to learn Persian style recipes for Passover? Nicole Dayani of Nicoleskitchenla will be teaching a full menu on both traditional and fresh, Iranian inspired dishes that are colorful, flavorful, and perfect for the whole year in addition to Pesach! The cherry on top? Proceeds will be donated to #IAJFLA! 🍒🍰

Nicole reflects on her memories of celebrating Pesach with her family and the traditions & her close ties to IAJF: Watch Here.


December 10-18, 2020

2020 Hanukkah Fundraiser

All donations to the Iranian American Jewish Federation will be price matched by an anonymous donor up to $15,000. Double your donation by donating to IAJF during Hanukkah!


Thank you for your generosity and assistance!

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October 27, 2020

Lessons from the Iranian Revolution & Why the 2020 US Presidential Election Matters (webinar)

Join IAJF's webinar with esteemed guest, Dr. Behzad Tabatabaei, Tuesday, Oct. 27th at 7:00 PM (PST)

Watch the webinar HERE.

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August 5, 2020

Coping With Coronavirus (webinar)

Join IAJF on August 5, 2020 7:30- 8:30 PM as we discuss navigating the difficulties that COVID-19 has presented us. Understanding that many factors affect our general well-being, our all-encompassing webinar will consider three perspectives: spiritual, medical, and psycho-social.

Watch the webinar HERE.

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June 17, 2020

Homelessness, COVID-19 and Race Relations (webinar)

IAJF proudly partners with 30 Years After for their upcoming program, Homelessness, COVID-19 and Race Relations: How Do We Build A Los Angeles That Is Healthy, Safe and Just with Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney.


March 21, 2020

1399 Nowruz Message from Ms. Susan Azizzadeh, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Iranian American Jewish Federation

پيام نوروزي خانم سوسن عزيززاده رييس هيئت اجرايي فدراسيون يهوديان ايراني امريکايي

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October 24, 2019 

Honoring Gala for Dr. Hekmati

IAJF honors our beloved member, Dr. Hekmati in celebration of the Hekmati Endowment Fund.

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September 19, 2019

A Musical Selichot with IAJF & Rabbi Malekan

For the first time in Los Angeles, the community welcomes the new year with a traditionally musical, candlelit service led by Rabbi Malekan.

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August 28, 2018

Professor Motti Haridim, the Prominent Iranian-Israeli Scientist

A meeting with Professor Motti Haridim, prominent Iranian-Israeli Scientist and inventor of Systems Detecting Tunnels.

Read more here.

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April 17, 2018

IAJF Rejects Bernard Levy's Claims on Andisheh TV

In an interview with a French television station in April of 2018, Bernard-Henri Levy claimed that the name change from Persia to Iran was due to a secret negotiation between Adolf Hitler and the late Reza Shah.


Read the full statement here.

(English & Farsi)

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November 16, 2017

Ben Gurion Epilogue

Featuring a lost interview with the founder of Israel, David Ben Gurion. Plying at the Saban Theater.


View Flyer Here.

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June 7, 2017

Jerusalem of Gold

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July 27, 2016

A Dialogue with California Assembly Member Mr. Adrin Nazarian 

The first Iranian American Assembly member joined a group of participants on July 27th to build community bridges and take the message of unity and support back to the State Capitol.

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February 16, 2016

Political Correctness and Its Impact on Human & Women's Rights

Renowned Canadian Human Rights Activist, Raheel Raza, discussed the impact of policies in the Middle East and the effects on women issues. Raheel Raza, a journalist and public speaker holds many interfaith discussions to promote democratic and humane treatment of all men, women and children around the world.


Learn more about Raheel Raza

To watch the video click here.

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August 27, 2015

A Memorial Tribute to Mr. Meir Azri

Join IAJF in honoring the first Iranian diplomat to represent Israel in Iran and a pioneer in the relationship between the two nations.

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April 14, 2015

Never Forget: Holocaust Memorial

IAJF's JEWPERS proudly presents "I Pledge to Never Forget;" A holocaust memorial featuring guest speaker, Mr. William Harvey; life coach, Holocaust survivor, and distinguished speaker at the Museum of Tolerance. 



March 21, 2015

1394 Nowruz Message from Ms. Susan Azizzadeh, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Iranian American Jewish Federation

پيام نوروزي خانم سوسن عزيززاده رييس هيئت اجرايي فدراسيون يهوديان ايراني امريکايي

Listen Here

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-- 2015

An evening with an Israeli Bedouin Diplomat: Ishmael Khaldi

شبي تفکر برانگيز با اولين ديپلمات بدوين اسراييلي

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High Holidays 2014

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur at IAJF 2014

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur with Cantor Farid Dardashti.

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April 26, 2014

Holocaust Memorial & Iran During the Holocaust

The Iranian American Jewish Federation

held a Holocaust Memorial and discussed the role Iranduring it.


On April 26th, 2014 at the Federation's Neman Hall which was open to all nationalities and faiths.

View More. Click speaker's names for their speeches. 

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January 22, 2014

Honoring Mr. Parviz Nazerian

A tribute to Mr. Parviz Nazerian, author of the highly praised book, "A Passage Through Time."


March 21, 2013

1393 Nowruz Message from Ms. Shahla Javdan

Nowruz Message by Ms. Shahla Zargarian Chavdan, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Iranian American Jewish Federation.

Listen here

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November 1, 2012

Rita: My Joys (Concert)

 Watch RITA: click here or here or here


*The Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, published an article about RITA and the people in Iran. Please click here to listen in Farsi.


*Radio Israel's report about RITA 's concert (in Farsi) click here 

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August 22, 2012

Summer Celebration Luncheon

An informative luncheon discussing self-care with Dr. Simon Ourian.


Special performance provided by the popular international group, Allen G.


MC: Mrs. Zohreh Lalezari


March 21, 2012

1392 Nowruz Message from Ms. Shahla Javdan

Nowruz Message by Ms. Shahla Zargarian Chavdan, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Iranian American Jewish Federation.

Listen here

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September 21, 2011

Discussing Intimacy and Companionship

Increasing communication, friendship, and intimacy in your marriage with Homa Halimi Nassirzadeh, MFT. Presented by IAJF's Women Division.

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October 26, 2011

Combating Global Anti-Semitism (webinar)

Follow up discussion facilitated by Dr. Sean Pakdaman and Homa Halimi Nassirzadeh, MA MFT on interpersonal relationships between men and women.


March 21, 2011

1391 Nowruz Message from Ms. Shahla Javdan

Nowruz Message by Ms. Shahla Zargarian Chavdan, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Iranian American Jewish Federation.

Listen here



May 4, 2021

The Europe-Israel Relationship

Explore the relationship between Europe and Israel in this special broadcast co-hosted by the Iranian American Jewish Federation (IAJF) and ICAN, the Israeli-American Civic Action Network.

Israel faces several geopolitical challenges, namely the potential return to the JCPOA, the so-called “Iran Deal,” and the referral to the International Criminal Court. Europe plays a central role in these, and other challenges facing Israel.


March 21, 2020

1400 Nowruz Message from Ms. Susan Azizzadeh, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Iranian American Jewish Federation

پيام نوروزي خانم سوسن عزيززاده رييس هيئت اجرايي فدراسيون يهوديان ايراني امريکايي

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December 13, 2020

Breaking the Silence: Ending the Stigma (webinar)

Mental illness has always been a sensitive topic in our community, but with so many of us spending more time at home, we are facing its realities in our households and with our loved ones now more than ever. Join us for an informative talk to better understand mental illness and its stigma in our culture as well as how to cope with the challenges that it poses to our families.

Sunday, Dec. 13th at 10:00 - 11:30 AM (PST) 

Watch the webinar (in Farsi) HERE.

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September 23, 2020

Guiding You Through the 2020 Election (webinar)

Due to the pandemic, Americans will face a challenging voting process. The information discussed in this webinar will inspire voters to vote with confidence this election season. IAJF presents esteemed panelists; investigative journalist, Mrs. Lisa Daftari, and the nation's foremost election law expert, Mr. Hans von Spakovsky.

Watch the webinar HERE.

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July 15, 2020

Combating Global Anti-Semitism (webinar)

A Conversation with David Peyman, U.S. State Department Special Envoy To Combat Antisemitism, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Sanctions and Counter Threat Finance.


April 9, 2020

IAJF Uniting The Community

Watch the complete video of  Rabbi Malekan's Pesach service from home:

Click Here


February 2, 2020

Commemorating Soleiman Haïm

IAJF commemorates the incredibly life of lexicographer, playwright, poet, composer, and father of the bilingual dictionary; Mr. Soleiman Haïm.

A special edition of the commemoration will be published by Mr. Bijan Khalili from Ketab Corp. You can join us on this project by e-mailing us pictures, documents, articles and more to help highlight Mr. Haïm's  global influence.

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October 27, 2019

Commemorating of Dr. Iraj


On October 27th, 2019; producer and director Abbas Hojat Panah presented his documentary Professor Iraj Lalezari at Neman Hall; Father of modern organic chemistry in Iran and the first Jewish Dean at Tehran University.

Text & Gallery

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April 23, 2019

Ebrahimi Cohen Book Signing

The Persian American Women’s Conference (PAWC) held a book signing for Tales of a Pearl, on April 23rd, at the Beverly Hills Library.


The Emergency Fund of the Iranian American Jewish Federation was the beneficiary of the proceeds to help the needy in our community. 

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December 13, 2018

Emergency Fund Gala Dinner

Featuring keynote speaker, Dennis Prager and performer, Rana Mansour.


View Flyer Here.


March 21, 2018

1397 Nowruz Message from Ms. Susan Azizzadeh, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Iranian American Jewish Federation

پيام نوروزي خانم سوسن عزيززاده رييس هيئت اجرايي فدراسيون يهوديان ايراني امريکايي

Listen Here

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October 15, 2017

Commemoration of the late Habib Elghanayan بزرگداشت زنده‌یاد حبیب القانیان

Read about the event, life and legacy of Habib Elghanayan here.

Read & View More.

View the video here.


March 21, 2017

1396 Nowruz Message from Ms. Susan Azizzadeh, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Iranian American Jewish Federation

پيام نوروزي خانم سوسن عزيززاده رييس هيئت اجرايي فدراسيون يهوديان ايراني امريکايي

Watch Here


April 7, 2016

Asher Taban MD, Gala

Guests, community leaders, media personalities and the IAJF family witnessed a night of excitement, camaraderie and expressions of gratitude toward a prominent neurosurgeon with long history of public and community service.  The first Elias Esfandi Award was presented to Dr.  Asher Taban.

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October 28, 2015

LA Screening of "Baba Joon"

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May 3, 2015

Coping with Chronic Illness

Coping with chronic illnesses within Iranian Jewish families is a complex time to navigate. Join our panelists who will shed some light on what to expect and how to cope during that time:

Rabbi David Shofet

Arman Hekmati, PhD

Shadee Toomari, Psy.D.

Minou Soomekh Michlin, LCSW, PhD

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March 26, 2015

Persian American Women's 3rd Annual Conference

"We, at the PAWC, are dedicated to the women of our community. Our journey is one of sisterhood and positive regard. Our mission is to explore, our vision is to inspire, and our common bond is to unconditionally support all women.”


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May 3, 2015

Faith, Prayer, and Healing

An Iranian Jewish perspective on faith, prayer and healing.


Our panelist features:

Azita Nahai, PhD

Jamshid Elist, MD

Rabbi Yedidya Shofet

Mitra Maghbouleh, PhD

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January 13, 2015

IAJF Introducing AMCHA

Dear Friend and Community Member


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July 23, 2014

IAJF Fundraising Gathering

Neman Hall, 1317 N. Crescent Heights Blvd. West Hollywood

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March 9, 2014

Persian American Women's Conference

IAJF presents the second annual Persian American Women's Conference at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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December 5, 2013

Honoring Mr. Lotfollah Hay

Join IAJF as we celebrate the 97th birthday of Mr. Lotfollah Hay.

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October 27, 2013

Honoring Professor Jacob Ayenechi and Dr. Ardeshir Babaknia

IAJF takes immense pride in honoring two of our community's most distinguished scholars:

Prof. Jacob Aynechi, PhD; and Dr. Ardeshir Babaknia, MD.

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High Holidays 2013

Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur at IAJF 2013

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur with Hazzan Farid Dardashti from New York.

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August 20, 2012

End of Summer Party

For the younger members of the Persian-Jewish community. Bring a friend and dance the night away! 

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December 31, 2011

New Year's Party with IAJF

New Year's Party at the Iranian American Jewish Federation.

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November 3, 2011

Jerusalem College of Technology Gala

Fundraising gala honoring Rabbi David Shofet. In cooperation with Iranian American Jewish Cultural Organization and Bank Leumi.

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October 25, 2011

Persian Maimonides Foundation at Iranian American Jewish Federation 

Persian Maimonides Foundation at Iranian American Jewish Federation.

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October 27, 2011

Jewish Communities of Iran

Under Fariborz Fred Matloob, B'nai Brith holds a special book signing ceremony at Sinai Temple.


April 6, 2021

Holocaust Remembrance Day with ICAN & IAJF

Join the IAJF and the Israeli-American Civic Action Network (ICAN) for a special Yom Hashoah commemoration – Holocaust Remembrance Day: Preserving Memory, Promoting Truth. Hear the story of Silvia Foti, author of “The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered my Grandfather Was a War Criminal” – and Grant Gochin, a descendant of Holocaust victims who were murdered by Silvia’s grandfather. Today, Silvia and Grant work together to promote accurate Holocaust history, education, and remembrance.

Watch Here


January 21, 2020

Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Petition

In partnership and support of California's diverse Sephardic communities, please add your name to this petition to tell California's State Board of Education that our students must learn about antisemitism in an Ethnic Studies framework. The lesson plan, "Antisemitism and Jewish Middle Eastern Americans" should be situated next to lessons focused on other forms of bigotry targeting Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans.

Sign Here


December 1, 2020

#GivingTuesday 2020

This #GivingTuesday, Facebook is price-matching all donations made to non-profits! We hope that you consider the Iranian American Jewish Federation as your charity of choice, and help us double our funds by donating THIS TUESDAY on Dec. 1st! 

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September 15 & 16, 2020

"Fiddlers Beyond the Roof" Fundraiser

Once performed with high acclaim at the Saban Theater, The Lavi Foundation has generously given the rights to broadcast the production for two nights only. All proceeds of this event will go directly to the Iranian American Jewish Federation (IAJF) as they face an existential threat in light of the pandemic.

Watch the trailer HERE.

Watch the interview between Lavi Foundation President, Mitra Simanian, & IAJF President, Susan Azzizadeh.

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June 24, 2020

Education In The New COVID Era (webinar)

IAJF proudly partners with 30 Years After for their upcoming webinar,
Education In The New COVID Era with LAUSD Board Member, Nick Melvoin.


April 2, 2020

IAJF Uniting The Community

Community Prayer

مراسم زنده نيايش همگاني در دوم آوريل ساعت هفت و نيم بعد از ظهر

Livestream Prayer with Rabbi David Shofet

Click Here


January 13, 2020

A Bird's-Eye View from Israel

Dr. Anat Berko is a world-renowned commentator and policy maker whose research focuses on suicide bombers and their handlers. She shares with IAJF 25-years of insight on the intricate topic of global terrorism.

View flyer here.

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Oct. 8th - Oct. 9th, 2019

High Holidays 2019

The Iranian American Jewish Federation wishes you a sweet year blessed with health, peace and joy. 

Letter from President Azizzadeh & Photo Gallery

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June 23, 2019

Parviz Hakimi Book Signing

Turkey: Bridge to Freedom

Discussion and Book Signing with author, Parviz Hakimi.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to IAJF.

Read More

Buy the book here.


May 6, 2018

Honoring Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat

Sunday May 6, 2018 - The Beverly Hilton Hotel


Hosted by: Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Moradi and The Iranian American Jewish Federation

Gallery and event summary here.

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January 22, 2018

Guest Lecture Series: 

Hatred & Violence Promoted by Palestinian Media

Read about Dr. Itamar Marcus' guest lecture here.

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High Holidays 2017

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur at IAJF 2017

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October 27, 2016

Menasheh Amir Gala

IAJF, hosted an honoring ceremony in recognition of Mr. Menasheh Amir’s contributions to the Iranian community as a radio broadcaster, commentator, and expert on the Middle East over half a century.

View more here


March 21, 2016

1395 Nowruz Message from Ms. Susan Azizzadeh, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Iranian American Jewish Federation

پيام نوروزي خانم سوسن عزيززاده رييس هيئت اجرايي فدراسيون يهوديان ايراني امريکايي

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High Holidays 2015

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur at IAJF 2014

The Iranian American Jewish Federation wishes you a sweet year blessed with health, peace and joy. 

Shofar Blowing at Beth-El Synagogue

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July 21, 2015

Iran & Israel: A Scientific Collaboration

Can Iran and Israel's ancient collaborations in science be revived?


With guest speaker: Hessam Nowzari, DDS, PhD


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March 26, 2015

Norooz with Hafez

Featuring live music, short plays, and guest speaker; Alireza Meybodi.



March 11, 2015

A Night with Ebi

International, Iranian star Ebi, join us to raise money for IAJF's Emergency Fund.

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December 7, 2014

Honoring Mrs. Shahla Javdan

IAJF proudly honors its past president, Mrs. Shahla Zargarian Javdan - IAJF's first female president - for her exemplary and success in the creation of a strong community bond during her two terms. 

Guest Performer: Rita

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May 22, 2014

Commemoration of Iraj Pezeshkzad

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February 27, 2014

Commemorating the Authors in Our Community

Commemoration of a poet and a writer and introduction of their latest books:


"The Story of a Nation" by Jahangir Sedaghatfar

"Veiled Romance" by Zion Ebrahimi

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May 21, 2013

All About ABEROO

A psychological and cultural view of the concept in its historical and modern day contexts. Presented by IAJF's Health & Wellness Committee.

Presentations and speeches can be accessed here.

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March 10, 2013

PAWC Celebrates Women's Month at UCLA's Fowler Museum

Persian American Women's Conference & Iranian American Women Foundation celebrate Women's Month with an inspiring and engaging panel.

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High Holidays 2012

Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur at IAJF 2012

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur with Cantor Farid Dardashti.

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August 18, 2012

Shabbat Service With Mrs. Parvaneh Sarraf from New York

Shabbat Service with Mrs. Parvaneh Sarraf from New York & Oneg Shabbat after service at Temple Beth El.

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November 20, 2011

Mr. & Mrs. Right Now?

An interactive discussion about our marital goals and dreams, with Dr. Dorit Halavy Miller and Dr. Farnaz Margo Galdje.

2011 Sep 15 Honoring Jahanbakhsh Pazoki.

September 15, 2011

Honoring Jahanbakhsh Pazoki

Honoring Jahanbakhsh Pazoki at Wilshire Ebel Theater.

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April 26, 2011

Seminar: Safe & Ready?

IAJF Health & Wellness Committee invites the community to learn about reducing toxicity at home and disaster preparedness. 

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July 23, 2010

Musical Shabbat Service at Hollywood Temple Beth-El

Service, dinner and music with Cantor Tannoz Bahremand; pianist, Marissa Steingold, and choir.

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