Jewish and Persian Connections Mission

In response to statements emanating from the Middle East regarding nuclear threat to both the Jewish and Persian peoples, we seek to project an alternative voice on Jewish- Persian relations that disseminates knowledge about the historical and cultural ties between these two peoples, fosters friendship and openings for creative exchange, and contributes to the identity of adults and children of mixed Jewish and Persian ancestry.

Seeking Your Personal Stories and Intellectual Contributions!

Please submit your personal writings on the following topics:
a) Relationships between Persians and Jews
b) Raising a Persian Jewish child
C) Historical and/or current affairs between Persians and Jews/ Iran and Israel
D) Current Debate: Is the current conflict between Iran and Israel inherently tied into the Israeli- Palestinian conflict?

All submissions welcome including poetry, links and other recommendations. Please email any submissions to Authors are responsible for providing respectful, factually accurate, and fully citated submissions as a pre-requisite for inclusion. Articles should be a minimum of 2 paragraphs in length up to a maximum of 10 pages. Please use proper citation when referencing another writer or speaker. Assume no specific religious knowledge and explain all references to any religions. Translate all non-English words used, including Farsi, Hebrew, Arabic, Ladino or Yiddish. Writers wishing to anonymously post may use their first name only. Please send all submissions to All information outside of your submission will remain strictly confidential including your email and contact information. Thank you for your contributions!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Famous Persian Jews

Accessed 04/15/2007 (
Bahram V King of Persia (421–438). Jewish mother
Dan Ahdoot - Stand-up comedian
Jonathan Ahdout - Actor
Sa'ad al-Dawla - Physician and statesman
Rashid al-Din - Doctor, writer, and historian
David Alliance - British businessman and a Liberal Democrat politician
Shmuley Boteach - Rabbi (Persian father)
Sacha Baron Cohen - Comedian (Persian mother)
Daniel - Biblical character of the Book of Daniel
Richard Danielpour - Composer
Habib Elghanian - Businessman
Saeed Emami - Iranian Intelligence officer
Esther - A heroine of the biblical Book of Esther
Hacham Uriel Davidi- Religious leader
Soleiman Haim - One of the first dictionary writers of the Persian language.
Roya Hakakian - Writer
Lilly Hakim-Segal - President of the Cornell Sephardic/Mizrachi Organization
Dan Halutz - Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces
Moshe Katsav - Current President of Israel
Rita Kleinstein - Israeli singer
Isaac Larian - Chief Executive Officer of MGA Entertainment
Shaul Mofaz - Current Israeli Minister of Transport
Mordechai - Biblical character Book of Esther
Maurice Motamed - Jewish member of the Iranian parliament
Gina Nahai - Author
Benjamin Nahawandi - Karaite scholar of the early Middle Ages
Subliminal - Iranian musician and Tar player
Meulana Shahin Shirazi - Early Persian poet
Bahar Soomekh - Actress
Tami Stronach - Professional dancer and choreographer
Lotfi Zadeh - Mathematician and computer scientist